PEOPLE

Vibhore Chaturvedi

Group head
Mumbai

M: +91 98331 43491
E: vibhore.chaturvedi@foxmandal.in

Vibhore is a Group Head at the firm’s Mumbai office and has over 10 years of extensive experience working in project finance, infrastructure, and energy laws. He has advised financial institutions, developers, investors, and international banks throughout the Asia Pacific region. With strong analytical skills. He has been recognized as a key lawyer in the Projects & Energy Sector by Legal 500.

EXPERTISE

Vibhore has substantial experience in handling end-to-end due diligence and documentation in project financing and infrastructure projects, including public-private partnerships and government contracts. His expertise includes roads and highways, airports, power plants (conventional, solar, wind, and hydro), educational institutions, rail networks, healthcare infrastructures such as hospitals and diagnostic facilities, agribusiness, and other infrastructure assets.

Vibhore has considerable experience, having worked as an in-house counsel with distinguished financial institutions. He brings a strong commercial understanding of assisting institutions in negotiating and structuring a transaction.

He offers sound legal advice combined with strong analytical skills to deliver a satisfactory solution to all his clients.

EDUCATION

  • LLB

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa

PRACTICE AREAS

Banking and Finance
Project Finance
Transportation (Roads, Bridges, Railways & Metro)
Renewable Energy
Urban Infra

SECTORS

Start-ups
Education

PEOPLE

S T Prashantha Kumar 

Partner
Bengaluru

M: +91 98801 62142
E: prashantha.kumar@foxmandal.in

With over 18 years of legal expertise, Prashantha has steered the firm’s Real Estate & Infrastructure practice in Bengaluru, Mumbai & Pune to new heights. His result-oriented approach and pragmatic solutions have struck a chord with every client. His client relations and overall recognition in the field has made him a valuable asset for the firm. Prashantha has been recognized as a ‘Notable Practitioner’ by ‘Asialaw’ in 2020.

EXPERTISE

He comes with a rich experience of litigation especially relating to real estate, and the same has given him an upper hand in understanding both the constructive and litigation side of the transactions. He has been gifted with a fine blend of drafting skills, wherein one can expect holistic, pragmatic and comprehensive legal and transaction documents.

His contribution to the evolutionary practice of real estate is commendable. He does deep research on new models of acquisition, occupation and enjoyment of real estate and has contributed a lot in developing these acquisition models. He is also known for providing a tax and stamp duty efficient model for the acquisition of real estate.

He has been working with a plethora of top developers in the country as well as eminent global real estate players. His list of clients includes TATA Realty, Godrej Properties, House of Hiranandani, Birla Estates, Maple Tree, ICICI Bank, Kotak Realty Fund, Axis Finance Limited and so on.

His contribution to the evolving acquisition/investment/real estate development models such as hybrid joint development, joint ventures, development management, Build-Rent-Maintain and Transfer, investment special purpose vehicles are noticeable and are highly pragmatic in nature.

He has been working with various welfare associations, pressure groups and government departments, including RERA and, has rendered pro-bono advice on rationalization of some obsolete laws and procedures and indulged in evolving models for ease of doing business.

EDUCATION

  • BAL
  • LLB

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka

AFFILIATION

  • Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI)
  • Bengaluru Chambers of commerce and industries (BCIC)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • City Civil Court Advocates Associations
  • National Real Estate Developmental Council (NAREDCO)
  • Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

(INTERNAL)

  • FAQ’s on Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020, July 2020.
  • Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 2020 to Promote Industrial Development?, May 2020.
  • Concept Note on Force Majeure Event in light of the COVID -19 Pandemic, May 2020.
  • COVID 19 Legal FAQ Series: Force Majeure & Impact on Real Estate Leases, April 2020.
  • Webinar on: Navigating Legal Challenges in Infrastructure Sector in the Wake of COVID – 19, April 2020.
  • Webinar on: Implications of Force Majeure on Commercial Leases in the wake of Covid-19, April 2020

(QUOTE)

  • Shared expertise on the Changes Of Karnataka Land Reforms Act with TV9 cannel.

RECOGNITION

  • Recognized as ‘Notable Practioner’ by Asialaw for Real Estate Practice in 2020.
  • Recognised as one of the ‘Recommended Counsels’ for Bengaluru Real Estate Practice by Legal 500- 2018 Edition.
  • Felicitated by NAREDCO in the year 2018 for having delivered a lecture on Real Estate Development in the era of RERA.
  • Felicitated by CREDAI (Karnataka chapter) 2018 for having delivered a lecture on Stressed Assets.
  • Invited for numerous media discussions (specifically on TV shows) on real estate related laws/enactments/rules.
  • Actively involved with departments like KIADB and Department of Housing and Urban Development with respect to Real Estate Development/Industrial Development in the state of Karnataka.
  • Chaired as a jury in various Karnataka State Run investment programs including Karnataka Start Up Councils.

PRACTICE AREAS

Real Estate
Litigation & Alternate Dispute Resolution

SECTORS

Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Energy
Infrastructure & transportation
Manufacturing
Services

PEOPLE

Ramaswamy B

Chief operationg officer
Bengaluru

M: +91 99724 71100
E: ramaswamy.b@foxmandal.in

From advising in the establishment of a mini Steel Plant to conducting procurement reviews for World Bank funded projects in Africa and Europe, Mr Ramaswamy has extensively worked in the field of engineering, construction, and infrastructure across a spectrum of industries. With over 35 years of wide-ranging exposure, he leads the firm’s infrastructure practice with special focus on end-to-end construction and project management.

EXPERTISE

An Infra-wizard, Mr. Ramaswamy has expertise in setting up and running medium-sized greenfield projects, including a natural mineral water bottling plant, a project for the fabrication of capital equipment for the tyre industry, manufacturing food-grade PET bottles, and a mini integrated steel plant. He is therefore well versed with all pre & post construction Greenfield Project activities, including the development of new products and markets, the establishment of all-India distribution networks, selection of project land, selection of technology and consultants, determination of project configuration, scheduling and project budget, liaising for approval from Government Bodies.

Mr. Ramaswamy was also involved in program management of Coca Cola’s Greenfield projects across ten states covering legal, technical, pre and post-construction approval, rehabilitation and resettlement processes. In the process, he participated in the conceptual stage of Industrial Model Township, Manesar (2000 acres) & Bawal Investate, near Gurgaon (1000 acres) promoted by Haryana State Industrial Development Corp and to assisted to NHAI to draft/determine the contract terms of the 20km Nellore Bypass, a BOT expressway and signatory to the first draft BOT concession agreement in India.

While holding significant positions in leading infrastructure consulting and advisory firms, he has helped forge business alliances and business diversification. He is further proficient in business development, general management, anchoring key projects and client coordination. Moreover, he has worked with the execution of turnkey engineering contracts and project and contract management.

Mr Ramaswamy is also experienced in Bid Process Management which he was familiarized with while handling procurement review for World Bank Funded Project in Africa and Europe. In addition, he has founded B2B e-commerce portals for hiring projectconsultants and construction equipment and assisted in developing Hospital Information Systems.

He held various positions in the Infrastructure Panel of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Karnataka State Council and CII Southern Regional Council since 2009. For the last four years, he has been a Co-Chairman/ steering committee member of Suminfra, a flagship event of CII for developing sustainable PPP projects in the infrastructure sector in South India. He was also a Board member of the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and was Chairman, Karnataka, for 2016-18. He is a regular speaker and panel chair in CII conferences on Infrastructure and Construction.

EDUCATION

  • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras
  • MMS. Marketing, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute (JBIMS) Mumbai
  • Business Negotiations Course, IIM, Ahmedabad in 1996

AFFILIATION

  • Infrastructure Panel of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Karnataka State Council and CII Southern Regional Council for more than a decade.
  • Co-Chairman/ steering committee member of Suminfra, a flagship event of CII.
  • Board member of the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Chairman, Karnataka (2016-18).

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

(INTERNAL)

  • Webinar on: Navigating Legal Challenges in Infrastructure Sector in the Wake of COVID – 19, May 2020.

PRACTICE AREAS

Real Estate

SECTORS

Infrastructure & Transportation
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance

People

Chandrasekaran R

Director
Chennai

M: +91 94443 98172
E: r.chandrasekaran@foxmandal.in

An Advocate and Company Secretary with over 45 years of experience, R Chandrasekaran (“RC”) leads the firm’s infrastructure practice on a pan-India level. He specializes in
PPP and EPC Models of Infrastructure Investment & Development as well as Claims Management. He has led complex structuring and contract negotiations across various of infrastructure projects in the Urban Transportation / Ports / Ship Building and Power Transmission sectors.

EXPERTISE

Utilizing a holistic approach, RC has provided comprehensive solutions on matters pertaining to National / State Highways / Ports / Power Transmission / Lenders / Debenture Trustees and other stakeholders. He has also offered his expertise on various assignments relating to EPC Contract / Joint Venture / Investor Agreements including those involving substantial foreign investment like CPPIB (Canadian Pension Fund). He has played a key role in negotiating and finalizing major Joint Ventures and Divestment Agreements with well-known names such as JP Morgan, HDFC, The Tata Group, The GVK Group, The Adani Group. He was fully involved in developing India’s first Green Field Airport in Bengaluru (BIAL) etc.

His specific expertise includes advising, reviewing and negotiating in respect of Concession Agreements in respect of various Infra Sectors , Transaction Documents, Project Financing Documentation (including the creation of Pledge / Mortgage), Stakeholders Agreements, Claims Management, Draft Schemes of Mergers, Demergers and Amalgamations pertaining to all Infra sectors.

He also brings extensive experience in the interpretation of clauses in the Concession, Financing and other Agreements, as well as rendering strategic legal advice on Litigation / Arbitration matters especially with Government Agencies. His experience includes Corporate Compliance, Due Diligence Reviews & Legal Audits. RC also has close to eight years of litigation experience in civil matters in the Madras High Court and is well-versed with various other aspects of Corporate and Commercial law, including Insolvency Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

Before joining Fox Mandal, he worked with the Murugappa Group/SPIC Group and Larsen & Toubro as Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary.

He has spoken at seminars organized by ASSOCHAM, IIM (Ahmadabad) on Land Legislation and Challenges in Project Financing Documentation and has participated as a panelist in a discussion on various risks involved in PPP Projects in SUM INFRA sponsored by CII.

EDUCATION

  • LLB – University of Madras
  • BSC
  • ACS

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry
  • Associate Membership of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

(INTERNAL)

  • Webinar on: Navigating Legal Challenges in Infrastructure Sector in the Wake of COVID – 19, May 2020.

PRACTICE AREAS

Real Estate
Corporate & Commercial
Dispute Resolution

SECTORS

Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Infrastructure & Transportation