Fox Mandal has been ranked for eight practice areas by Legal500 in its ranking released for the year 2022. The ranked practices are:
- Corporate and M& A
- Intellectual Property
- Labour and Employment
- Private Equity and Investment Funds
- Projects and Energy
- Real Estate and Construction
The publication has also shared the following analysis and insights based on its research:
Corporate and M&A- Tier 3
Operating primarily in the mid-market, Fox Mandal’s corporate and M&A practice handles mandates ranging from commercial negotiations, regulatory and compliance to joint ventures and corporate acquisitions, including domestic and multijurisdictional M&A in the energy (including renewables), logistics, TMT and e-commerce sectors. Jeevanandham Rajagopal (who leads operations across the south and west regions) recently advised on strategic corporate restructurings involving cross-border security issuances. Purnima Kamble and Sathya Prasad T lead on investment-related mandates for established and growing businesses.
‘Genius, genuine and generous.’
LBR Foundation, ESR India, Lankasri India, RBL Hotels, Randa India, Hubilo Technologies Inc., HKR Roadways Ltd
Intellectual Property – Tier 3
Fox Mandal & Associates is home to ‘agile experts’ who provide a full range of IP maintenance and exploitation services, with an emphasis on the IP aspects of transactions such as acquisitions together with patents cases in the electronics and IT sectors. Santosh Vikram Singh‘s skills range from corporate advisory matters and portfolio management to enforcement and disputes. He is also known for his handling of sports, media and entertainment law matters such as the production, acquisition and distribution of media content. Rajesh Vellakkat also covers a broad range of IP matters, especially in the IT/tech sectors, data privacy and e-commerce. Sripirya Padmanaban, who heads the Bengaluru office, is highlighted by clients for her IP expertise combined with broader commercial work.
‘They provide in-depth analysis of provisional refusal instructions referred and sound advice.’
‘We work with Sripriya Padmanaban (associate) and Santosh Vikram Singh (partner). Both lawyers are well versed in the IP field and their turnaround time to respond to our queries have been good.’
Imedrix System, Reyocto Agrimation Private Limited, Rainbow Hospital, Global Consumer Products, Testbook Edu, KPIT Technologies, TTK Healthcare, Matrimony.com
Projects and Energy- Tier 3
On the energy side of Fox Mandal‘s practice, Chennai-based co-head Jeevanandham Rajagopal brings a long line of experience in wind and solar projects, continually assisting major OEMs and IPPs with project funding, EPCs and land acquisitions. Ramanathan Chandrasekaran and Bangalore-based Prashantha Kumar round off the leadership, fielding expertise across the transport infrastructure, mining, water management and urban infrastructure sectors.
Eagle Wardha Highways Pvt Ltd, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), BRB Buildcon Pvt. Ltd., Meenambakkam Realty Private Limited, Invent Assets Securitisation and Reconstruction Private Limited, CSB Bank Ltd, Tamil Nadu Housing Board
Real Estate and Construction Finance – Tier 3
Fox Mandal‘s real estate group is increasingly acting for domestic and international clients on the acquisition of land for logistics, warehouse and data centre projects. Practice heads are situated in multiple regions: Shuva Mandal in Mumbai; Purnima Kamble in Hyderabad; Jayaprakash Padmanaban in Chennai; and Prashantha Kumar in Bangalore.
Birla Estate, All Cargo, Mahindra Life Space, Sher Logistics, Wells Fargo, TATA Capital, House of Hiranandani, Vivid Renewables
Labour and Employment- Tier 4
Fox Mandal‘s client roster includes manufacturing enterprises, IT companies and healthcare institutions, which the firm advises on compliance handling as well as HR policy and systems implementation. Employment practice head Shyamal Mukherjee, who assists with POSH inquiries, is supported by Kaustuv Chunder and Purnima Kamble; Chunder also has recent experience before various National Consumer Disputes Redressal forums.
‘As compared to other firms, the labour and employment lawyers at Fox Mandal stand out due to their depth of practical knowledge about the industry, in addition to being excellent legal experts.’
‘Kaustuv Chander is an expert in the field – accessible, solution-oriented and with a good reputation.’
Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital
Tax- Tier 4
Fox Mandal‘s tax practice expanded in 2020 with the arrival of Mumbai and Pune-based international tax specialist Sandip Mukherjee, previously a tax partner at Deloitte India, as well as Bangalore-based Gopala Rao, a former chief commissioner of income tax. Mukherjee and Rao lead the practice with indirect tax specialist Pramod Banthia and director Ranganath Harirao, both also in Bangalore. Matters typically involve GST claims, tax incidence and transfer pricing regulations and the structuring of share purchase agreements.
With offices in Chennai and Bangalore, Fox Mandal boasts national capabilities in the TMT space, advising a host of e-commerce platforms, media houses, banks, and telecoms companies on contentious and non-contentious matters. Chennai office lead Jeevanandham Rajagopal is an experienced adviser who routinely assists clients operating at the intersection of tech and renewable energy. Bangalore-based Rajesh Vellakkat is highly regarded by a range of tech start-ups, with recent highlights including advising on master collaboration agreements, IP post-separation settlements, and platform development reviews.
Mphasis, Providence Global Centre, SEG Automotive, Reyocto Agrimation, Avocore Technologies, Zoon LLC, Vegam Solution, Snap2Insight