PEOPLE

G V Gopala Rao

Director
Bengaluru

M: +91 9483512333
E: gopala.rao@foxmandal.in

Gopala Rao co-chairs the Firm’s tax vertical in Southern India. He retired as the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai, after serving the Income Tax Department for 35 years. He specializes in Corporate Taxation, Search & Seizure Assessment Procedures, Charitable Trusts & NGOs as well as Dispute Resolution. He has extensively worked with IT & ITES, Banks & NBFCs, Automobiles & Real Estate entities.

EXPERTISE

His proficiency lies in handling tax matters of Corporate entities, MNCs, PSUs, Charitable & Religious Trusts, Search & Seizure Assessment procedures. He was also actively associated with the work relating to registration, assessment and enforcement of law relating to Charitable Trusts, which were engaged in the fields of Education, Medical care, R & D and other Charitable activities. Being on the other side of the table, he has had the expertise of deciding appeals of various Companies, PSUs, big corporate and business houses as a First Appellate Authority. He has rich experience in representing the Income Tax Department before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Income Tax Settlement Commission (ITSC), Authority for Advanced Ruling (AAR) and National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

While in service, Mr. Rao was actively associated with revenue mobilization, recovery of arrears, prosecution of the defaulters, Tax Administration, HR management and Infrastructure Development. He was also responsible for the redressal of Public Grievances and Taxpayer Services. He orated on Income Tax and socio-economic characteristics of fiscal space in society in various Public Meetings.

EDUCATION:

  • M. A. (Economics) – Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam

ADMISSION:

  • Indian Revenue Services, 1985.

FOREIGN TRAINING:

  • Attended short term Training in IIM-Bengaluru and Syracuse University, USA (jointly conducted) as a nominee of the Govt. of India

RECOGNITION:

  • Received many Rewards / Commendations from the Income Tax Department for exceptional work done in the Investigation Wing.

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Taxation
Search & Seizure Assessment Procedures
Charitable Trusts & NGOs
Dispute Resolution

SECTORS

IT & ITES
Banks & NBFCs
Automobiles
Real Estate & Developers

PEOPLE

Pramod Banthia

Director
Bengaluru

M: +91 98450 88696
E: pramod.banthia@foxmandal.in

Pramod is a Director at the Fox Mandal Bengaluru Office and handles the entire gamut of indirect tax practice of the firm. He has more than 23 years of professional experience in indirect taxes and was a tax partner for 10 years with a Big4 consulting firm. Over the years, he has provided many practical solutions to complex tax problems that were in line with the business objectives of his clients.

EXPERTISE

Pramod has acquired comprehensive experience in the application of indirect tax laws including Customs, GST, Central and State Excise, Service Tax, Entry Tax (including Octroi and LBT), Value Added Tax, FTP, EOU/STPI, SEZ, etc. while serving a broad range of international and Indian clients.

He has advised clients on structuring tax-efficient transaction models. He has further assisted in devising appropriate pricing strategies with respect to products imported from related parties and assisted in presenting the valuation matter before the Special Valuation Branch of the Customs Department. He has also assisted clients in seeking advance rulings/ clarifications on various issues.

Pramod has been involved in conducting indirect tax due diligence of several large companies. He has handheld several clients from various industries in transitioning from erstwhile indirect tax regime to GST regime in 2017.

Pramod has been interacting extensively with the indirect tax authorities and developed a good relationship with senior-level officials during the course of audit and investigations, assessments, representations, etc. on behalf of several multinational clients.

Pramod was seconded to PwC New York Office for 6 months to assist its global clients on indirect tax matters pertaining to operations across the world. He has been a regular speaker at seminars and written articles on topical issues in indirect taxation in various leading English business newspapers and magazines.

EDUCATION:

  • Chartered Accountancy (CA) from ICAI
  • Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (B. Com) from the University of Calcutta
  • Attended advanced leadership program conducted by INSEAD Singapore

ADMISSION:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

AFFILIATION:

  • Member of Indirect & State Taxes – Expert Committee of the Bengaluru Chamber of Commerce

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS:

  • Published post budget tax analysis in leading business newspapers.
  • Published articles on indirect tax treatment with regard to various topical issues

RECOGNITION:

  • Worked for 2 consecutive years as a member of PwC Young Partners’ Forum on various firm’s strategic issues.
  • Awarded with PwC Chairman’s bonus for high performance on all business parameters.

PRACTICE AREAS

Tax
Indirect Tax

SECTORS

Aerospace & Defense
Consumer Goods & Retail
Healthcare & Life sciences
Information Technology
Industrial, Manufacturing & Transportation
Services
Start-ups

PEOPLE

Ranganath H

Director
Bengaluru

M: +91 98807 44482
E: ranganath@foxmandal.in

Ranganath Hari co-chairs the firm’s tax vertical in Southern India. He specializes in Tax and Regulatory Services. He has overseen tax, accounting and finance functions of publicly listed companies in the Information Technology and Manufacturing industries with a deep insight into the strategic management of finance and tax functions.

EXPERTISE

Ranganath has over 21 years of professional experience and focuses majorly on direct and indirect taxes, FEMA, and SEZ/STPI regulations.



He has advised on tax-efficient structures for entry strategy, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, reorganisation. Working with cross-practice teams, he advises on identifying opportunities to add value through effective tax planning on pre and post domestic and cross border transactions. He has also rendered tax advice to high net worth individuals, expats, firms, LLPs, as well as charitable & religious trusts and represented companies before revenue authorities in relation to the assessment of tax returns and appeal matters.



He has also advised and assisted companies in setting up SEZ/ STPI units,  including preparation of project reports and project financials and compliances under Central and State Acts, Rules and Regulations.

EDUCATION

  • B. Com, FCA
  • US GAAP: IIM, Bengaluru

ADMISSION

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

AFFILIATION

  • Bengaluru Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Committee Member
  • International Fiscal Association

PUBLICATIONS

(INTERNAL)

  • Boosting the Economy – Fortnightly Tax Update, May 2020
  • Key announcements in the field of Income Tax, GST, and Customs Duty; April 2020
  • Covid-19 Legal FAQ Series – Taxation Laws; April 2020
  • Covid-19 Financial Relief Measures – Newsletter; March 2020

PRACTICE AREAS

Direct Taxation
Indirect Taxation
FEMA

SECTORS

IT/ITES
Manufacturing & Service

PEOPLE

Sandip Mukherjee

Director
Pune

M: +91 98900 36292
E: sandip.mukherjee@foxmandal.in

Sandip leads the International Tax Practice of the firm as a Director and operates from the Pune Office. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience in the areas of tax, regulatory & business advisory. During his career span, Sandip has led client assignments and held leadership positions, working with Big4 professional firms and MNCs in India as well as overseas.

EXPERTISE

Sandip specialises in the areas of tax and regulatory laws, both domestic as well as international. His domain areas of practice have been corporate tax, employee tax, foreign exchange laws, tax litigation, international tax and mergers & acquisitions.


In an aggregate career span of 34+ years, Sandip has spent about 27+ years in the profession, primarily with Big4 professional firms such as PwC, Deloitte & Andersen, in India as well as overseas. Sandip has also spent 6+ years with MNCs such as Tata Group & ACL Group.


While Sandip has gained experience in catering to a vast spread of industry sectors, his primary focus has been the oil & gas, manufacturing and information technology sectors; particularly, issues facing the automotive, auto components, BPO & call centres. Sandip also has worked in the emerging markets and SME sectors, assisting sunrise industry units and start-ups.


An integral part of Sandip’s professional profile has been to effectively lead large teams, manage client expectations, network with key authorities & officials, contribute to knowledge & thought leadership initiatives and achieve success in exceeding practice development and market penetration goals. Sandip has, over the years, gained recognition as a ‘trusted business advisor’ for his clients, a ‘committed leader’ for his team, a ‘reliable resource’ for his business associates and most importantly, an ‘honest, hardworking & sincere individual’ to all those who have been associated with him.


Sandip is recognised as an active professional, a passionate writer, a speaker & a thought leader, with a committed following within the known circles of the business, profession & academia.

EDUCATION

  • FCA
  • MBF
  • B. Com
  • International Tax Training course, Arthur Andersen, Eindhoven
  • Executive Leadership Training Course – INSEAD, Singapore

ADMISSION

  • Fellow Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

AFFILIATION

  • Member of Bombay Chartered Accountants Society.
  • Member of International Fiscal Association
  • Pune Branch Committee Member of Indo American Chamber of Commerce
  • Attended – ‘Creating a Memorable Experience Program’ – Deloitte, April 2017
  • Attended – ‘Power Of Storytelling Program’- Deloitte, September 2018
  • Attended – International Tax Conferences – FIT
  • Attended – International Tax Conferences – BCA
  • Attended & Speaker – International Tax Conferences – IFA
  • Attended & Speaker – ASSCOCHAM ‘s Events on topics in domestic & international tax
  • Attended & Speaker – ICAI/WIRC Seminars on Domestic & International Tax
  • Speaker – Several Educational & Management Institutions in Pune

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Nominated among Asia’s ‘Top Tax Advisors’ in Vietnam by ITR, Netherlands, in 1999
  • Manager-in-charge of TLS-Risk Management in PwC-Indochina.
  • Partner & Coach for ‘Professional Service Experience Program’ for Deputy Managers in Deloitte
  • Partner & Coach for ‘Ascend’ Program for new joinees in Deloitte
  • Mentor for SPRINT Program for Senior Managers in Deloitte
  • Dean for Technical Training Programs for staff in Andersen, RSM, PwC & Deloitte

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author of ‘India Master Tax Guide’ – a joint publication initiative of PwC India & CCH – Wolters Kluwer
  • Author & contributor of numerous articles in various tax and professional journals

PRACTICE AREAS

Tax Advisory

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Products & Retail
Healthcare & Life sciences
Infrastructure & Transportation
Manufacturing
Services
Technology, Media & Telecom