PEOPLE

Preethi Agarwal - Fox Mandal

Preethi Agarwal

Senior Associate
Hyderabad

M: +91 90307 64204
E: preethi.agarwal@foxmandal.in

Preethi offers over 10 years of professional experience in the area of real estate and construction law including transactions pertaining to acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing of residential, commercial and mixed-use properties. Her acknowledged strategic know-how and extensive industry insights enable her to structure sophisticated and competent solutions that effectively represent the interests of clients in time-critical situations.

EXPERTISE

She has extensive exposure in structuring and drafting of real estate documents and a strong foundational knowledge of applicable laws pertaining to property acquisition. She has worked extensively in cases that demand conducting thorough title due diligence, drafting competent commercial contracts and execution of property transactions.

She specializes in drafting and negotiating various forms of real estate agreements, including commercial leases, Joint Development Agreements, Construction Agreements, Operation of Common Area Maintenance Agreements, drafting of bye-laws and Master community Rules for Residents Associations. She extends advisory solutions on the aspects of stamp duty and registration of real estate documentation.

Preethi has also worked in areas of civil, criminal litigation, company matters etc., and in connection therewith she has appeared before various courts and tribunals like High Court at Hyderabad, Civil Courts, Criminal Courts, State and District Consumer Forums and National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). She also handles general corporate matters on case-to-case basis.

Preethi’s industrious and proactive efforts, focused towards achieving impeccable results and client satisfaction has proved to be invaluable to the Firm.

EDUCATION

  • L.L.M. (Corporate Laws) degree from Osmania
    University, Hyderabad – 2014
  • B.A., L.L.B degree from Osmania University,
    Hyderabad – 2011
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution from ICADR
    (International Centre For Alternative Dispute
    Resolution), Hyderabad in association with
    NALSAR, Hyderabad – Distinction – 2013
  • A Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Laws from
    Asian School of Cyber Laws – 2010.

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Telangana

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law Residential, Commercial & Township Development Corporate real estate RERA Consumer disputes Litigation

SECTORS

Start-ups
Consumer Goods & Retail
Agriculture
Education
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Information Technology

AFFILIATION

  • Telangana High Court Advocates Association
  • Bar Association in City Civil Court, Hyderabad.

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Ashish Sharma - Partner - Fox Mandal

ashish sharma

Partner
kolkata

M:+91 98300 68130
E: ashish.sharma@foxmandal.in

With almost 20 years of experience in the real estate practice, Ashish has handled an array of real estate transactions for various industry sectors. A partner in the Kolkata office, Ashish’s observant and open minded temperament  particularly resonates with clients and colleagues. 

EXPERTISE

Ashish extends his professional services to clients on a gamut of real estate transactions, including the sale and purchase of residential and commercial properties, leasing of residential and commercial premises (including IT spaces), acquisition and conversion of agricultural land for various projects, joint development of projects, title due diligence of properties and the aspects of stamp duty and registration of real estate documents. 

His expertise includes drafting and negotiating real estate transaction documents such as sale agreements, sale deeds, lease deeds, leave and license agreements, tenancy agreements, development agreements, settlement deeds, etc. 

He has advised leading industry players and real estate developers in the country through serpentine legal mandates, compliances and technicalities of the law. His clients include owners, buyers, real estate developers, corporate houses, individuals and investors. 

Additionally, he regularly advises clients on hotel management contracts, financing and mortgages, succession planning and drafting of trust deeds, gift deeds, family settlement, release deeds, wills and obtaining probates and letters of administration thereof. 

His hardworking disposition, impeccable command of the law and sophisticated approach towards all his undertakings make him a trusted leader for his team and a preferred advisor to clients.

EDUCATION

  • LLB –  University of Calcutta

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of West Bengal 

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential, Commercial & Township Development Corporate Real Estate 

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Products & Retail
Healthcare
Information Technology

 

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Sumit Dhar

Partner
kolkata

M:+91 98300 45497
E: Sumit.dhar@foxmandal.in

Sumit is a third-generation lawyer, advising clients regularly on various real estate issues, including carrying out due diligence on properties and drafting all types of agreements relating to real estate projects. A soft-spoken lawyer with a productive leadership technique, Sumit is currently based out of our Kolkata office. 

EXPERTISE

Sumit has been advising various reputed real estate companies, SEZ developers and global logistics players in setting up units in West Bengal. He further helps various NRI clients spread across the globe with their real estate and legal issues in India. He also advises clients from diverse sectors on their HR and labour issues. His professional acumen also aids clients in commercial litigation and testamentary (probate) matters on a regular basis. 

Sumit has particularly dealt with residential and commercial property development, data center, warehousing & Logistic and RERA matters operating in the consumer products and IT sector. Known for his energetic and organized approach, he has refined networking skills.

EDUCATION

  • B.Sc (Eco) Honours – Calcutta University
  • LLB – BU

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of West Bengal 

AFFILIATION

  • Incorporated Law Society, Kolkata 
  • High Court Club , Kolkata

Confrence/WEBINARS

  • Speaker – Convocation programme of Heritage Law College, Kolkata

volunteering/pro bono

  •  Trustee (Private Trust) 

PRACTICE AREAS

Labour & Commercial Disputes 
Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real Estate
Data Center, Warehousing & Logistics
RERA
Industrial Unit, Park, SEZ & IT Park
Logistics & Warehousing

SECTORS

Consumer Products & Retail
Start-ups 

PEOPLE

Prerona Sil

Prerona Sil

partner
kolkata

M: +91 98310 58183
E: prerona.sil@foxmandal.in

As a partner in the Kolkata office, Prerona brings to the table more than 19 years of legal expertise in the real estate domain combined with strong analytical thinking, work ethic, conceptual research and negotiation skills. She is also proficient in handling succession matters and is revered for her meticulous approach in each assignment. 

EXPERTISE

Prerona offers sound advisory solutions to clients on a gamut of real estate laws and issues. These include conducting due diligence, drafting, reviewing legal documents, negotiating terms and conditions of real estate transactions such as leases, sales, purchases, mortgages, joint development agreements and infrastructure projects to facilitate transfer of titles, assessing legal risk in real estate documentation, paperwork and advising clients accordingly.  

Her industry insights and vast experience benefit clients in complicated transactions and cases. She keeps herself well-informed of relevant industry updates, ensuring that the real estate transactions she oversees are legal, binding and in the best interests of the clients. 

Prerona joined the Kolkata office in August 2003 as an intern and has since grown to be a natural leader who displays sound judgement and attention to detail. Her commitment, efforts and ability to thrive under high-pressure situations consistently resonate with her clients. Her outstanding communication and networking skills make her a preferred professional amongst developers, banks, and corporations.

EDUCATION:

  • LLB (Honours), Calcutta University, 2003

ADMISSION:

  • Bar Council of West Bengal 

PRACTICE AREAS

Family Business
Residential, Commercial & Township Development Corporate Real Estate

SECTORS

Consumer Goods & Retail
Education

PEOPLE

Jayaprakash Padmanaban

Jayaprakash Padmanaban

Partner
Chennai

M: +91 97909 76191
E: p.jayaprakash@foxmandal.in

Whether it is Real Estate Development & Planning (Residential, Commercial & Industrial) or Infrastructure Project or Government Advisory, Jayaprakash’s vast experience is constantly sought by clients to effectively manoeuvre varied legal concerns. As a partner in the Chennai office, he heads the Real Estate Practice.

EXPERTISE

In his 20 years of legal career, he has extended unique solutions in a versatile manner to a range of public and private clients. Much of his work involves handling real estate related litigation, carrying out title due diligence and drafting contracts for corporations, PSU’s, Financial Institutions, SEZ developers, real estate developers and individuals.

He also counsels clients on finance, joint ventures, debt restructuring, commercial leasing, environmental compliance and real estate redevelopment. Apart from this, he also deals with the development of townships, SEZ, commercial and industrial establishments liaising with various Government and Regulatory authorities, RERA registration, compliance and dispute resolution. He further indulges in drafting contracts relating to real estate transactions, including construction & engineering contracts, conveyance deeds, agreements relating to sale/lease, build-to-suit, leave and license, mortgage and hypothecation of property.

As part of Government advisory services, he closely interacts with policymakers and provides his expert advice on the legal intricacies surrounding new policies and reforms. As a recognition of his contribution, he has been appointed as an external legal consultant to Tamil Nadu Real Estate Regulatory Authority (TN RERA), Tamil Nadu Housing Board and Tamil Nadu Housing and Urban Development Department.

His sound working knowledge underpinned by a thorough understanding of legal principles has won him considerable recognition in the real estate industry in Chennai. He regularly conducts workshops, seminars and training programs for students, entrepreneurs, business organisations, confederations and government agencies on legal aspects revolving around the real estate industry. He is also empanelled with various Banks & NBFCs.

While the firm won an award for its ‘corporate and commercial practice’ by the Indian Business Law Journal, he was particularly commended for his ‘professionalism and quality of advice.’

EDUCATION

  • B.A. (Law) and B.L. – University of Madras

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu

AFFILIATION

  • Madras Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • Webinar on: Application of Section 56 to Leases, May 2020.
  • Webinar on: Implications of Force Majeure on Commercial Leases in the wake of Covid-19, April 2020.

PRACTICE AREAS

Real Estate
Corporate & Commercial
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Environmental Law

SECTORS

Infrastructure & Transportation
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Funds
Manufacturing
Services

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Sushant Shetty - Partner - Fox Mandal

Sushant Shetty

PARTNER
Mumbai

M: +91 98201 12748
E: sushant.shetty@foxmandal.in

Sushant Shetty is a Partner in the Mumbai office of Fox Mandal and heads the Real Estate & Infrastructure Practice of the firm for the Western India region. Sushant regularly advises domestic and foreign clients on the due diligence, investment, and acquisitions in real property, with a particularly strong focus on commercial leases, manufacturing facilities, warehousing, renewable energy projects and data centre advisory. His clients include global fund houses, multinational corporations, property developers, property owners, local and international investors, statutory boards, banks and financial institutions.

EXPERTISE

Sushant practices primarily in the area of real estate and construction law including transactions pertaining to acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of residential, commercial, and mixed-use properties. He is familiar with all stages of the real estate development process including construction agreements, loan documents, and performing real estate due diligence. He is experienced in landlord-tenant as well as society matters. He also advises on the procedural aspects of stamp duty and registration of real estate documentation.

Sushant also handles general corporate matters dealing with capital structure, conventional financing, contracts, and entity formation including simple and complex structures involving joint ventures, corporations, partnerships, and trusts. 

He also advises on setting up of data centers particularly with respect to planning, financing, due diligence, zoning, construction, leasing, colocation, operations and service level agreements. He further lends his expertise on issues pertaining to the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, appearing for disputes before the Authority under the Act as well drafting of the Model Form Agreement for sale of units by promoters to allottee/s.

EDUCATION

  • BLS/ LLB, Government Law College, 2009

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa

AFFILIATION

PUBLICATIONS

RECOGNITION

  • Featured by Asian Legal Business as one of ALB India’s Rising Stars of 2022.
  • Awarded the International Bar Association (IBA) Scholarship, 2012 for research paper titled ‘Structuring Real Deals: Aiming for “True Value” in Real Estate Transactions’

SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES/wEBINARS

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Real Estate & Conveyancing
  • Construction laws
  • Corporate Commercial Laws

SECTORS

Data Center and IT/ ITeS

Industrial Unit, Park and SEZ

Warehousing & Logistics

Manufacturing

Renewable Energy

Residential, Commercial & Township Development

Life Sciences

PEOPLE

Prashantha Kumar

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

Purnima Kamble Fox Mandal

Purnima Kamble

Partner
Hyderabad

M: +91 98661 90977
E: purnima.kamble@foxmandal.in

With more than 23 years of experience handling a range of legal issues for diverse industry sectors, Purnima has gained a reputation for understanding the pulse of her clients and consistently delivering optimal solutions. As a Partner at Fox Mandal’s Hyderabad office, she primarily focuses on Corporate, Commercial and Real Estate practice. She has been the Chairwoman of IWN Telangana and has been recognised for her bespoke counsel as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in India by Forbes in 2022. 

EXPERTISE

She is preferred for the originality of her approach and long-standing expertise in issues relating to the structuring of foreign investors’/ventures in India, including investment in JVs, restructuring of capital, amalgamations, mergers, acquisition of existing companies/business and other investment-related aspects including, funding options, regulatory compliances required for such investments, compliance with taxation laws, well as drafting legal documentation for establishing business relationships in India.

Her work further includes legal consultancy in foreign investments, joint ventures, merger and acquisitions, capital structuring, land acquisitions, commercial leasing and civil /commercial litigations.

She also serves as a trusted advisor on real estate issues and is known for providing bespoke counsel, especially on commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, development, planning, leasing, financing and disposals. She also advises on the real estate aspects of corporate transactions, including M&A.

Purnima takes a keen interest in women related issues and works actively in matters related to Sexual Harassment at the workplace, on which she has conducted several workshops and training sessions with CII in the past three years. In addition, she is a member of Internal Complaints Committees of many Multinational Companies (MNCs) and has conducted multiple inquiries and handed live cases.

EDUCATION

  • LLB, University of Lucknow
  • B. Com, University of Lucknow

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of U.P.

AFFILIATION

  • Tie Amaravati Chapter Board Member
  • Vice Chairman Indian Women Network (CII) Telangana 2020-21
  • National Council Member at WICCI (Women Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

(INTERNAL)

  • Guaranteed Land Title-Legal Perspective, July 2019.
  • Webinar on: Labour Reforms – A Game Changer or A Self-Goal? Fox Mandal in association with CIIIWN Telangana, June 2020.
  • Webinar on: Application of Section 56 to Leases, May 2020.
  • Webinar on: Decoding the complex Employer, Employee dynamics – Covid times, May 2020.
  • Webinar on Implications of Force Majeure on Commercial Leases in the wake of Covid- 19, April 2020.

PRACTICE AREAS

Real Estate
Corporate & Commercial
Mergers & Acquisition
Employment & Human Resources

SECTORS

Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Infrastructure & transportation
Manufacturing
Services