PEOPLE

Padma Sinha

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 99007 87661
E: padma.sinha@foxmandal.in

Padma brings in over 10 years of experience advising clients in the technology space, from start-ups to fast-growing and mid-market business to mature global enterprises, across practice areas on corporate transactions, regulatory, compliance, employment, privacy laws, and contracting issues. She has successfully helped her clients navigate complex technology regulations through impressive critical thinking and effective drafting skills.

EXPERTISE

Padma has been associated with FoxMandal since 2006, when she started her legal career. After a  5 year stint with FoxMandal, Padma moved in-house with Infosys Limited, a 13 billion Indian multinational technology company, where she offered advice to the business teams on legal challenges for strategic business movements to various global markets.

She worked in-house and in law firms in London since 2015 with technology companies focussing on IT and internet laws, cloud computing, and ‘software-as-a-service transactions. She worked as a sole legal counsel for a London-based company in the sensory mobile marketing technology sector, handling two rounds of investment to take the company through its initial business cycle and further advising on legal matters including commercial and technology transactions, incorporating subsidiaries, conducting legal reviews of business and product development activities, employment matters including establishing employment best practices.

Padma read for an LLM in Public International law and an MPhil in privacy laws around surveillance in the United Kingdom. She had been actively involved with the university research groups and civil society organisations, contributing to research papers and articles. She currently works for the Information Technology and Start-up sectors at Fox Mandal.

EDUCATION

  • LLM- Queen Mary University of London
  • MPhil- Brunel University, London

ADMISSION

  • Karnataka State Bar Council

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Corporate Law
Employment & Termination
Labour Law
Digital Media & Content
Regulatory Compliance
International Trade & WTO
FDI & ODI
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory
IT & Telecom
Space Law
Privacy & Data Protection
Internet & E-commerce
Cyber Security
Artificial Intelligence

SECTORS

Information Technology
Start-ups

PEOPLE

Rajesh Vellakkat

Partner
Bengaluru

M: +91 94498 37538
E: rajesh.vellakkat@foxmandal.in

Rajesh is the go-to lawyer for tech startups and innovators who wish to enter the big league. As a partner at Fox Mandal’s Bengaluru office, he leads the Technology and Startup team while also overseeing the Corporate Governance and Capital Market division. Rajesh plays a significant role in augmenting the thought leadership of the firm and is regularly published in leading newspapers in the country.

EXPERTISE

Rajesh’s expertise lies in providing strategic advice on Intellectual Property, Information Technology Laws, Data privacy and E-Commerce, Investment and Securities law.

He has extensively worked with tech entities in the retail, fashion, finance and defence sectors, advising them on contractual arrangements with various stakeholders and helping them cruise through regulatory and liability issues, preparing policies relating to sourcing, designing, manufacturing, product endorsements, supply chain, warehousing, imaging, content publications cataloguing and copyrights

Over the years, he has provided a range of practical solutions on e-commerce, telecom licencing, software product licensing, software development agreements, ODCs, outsourcing contracts, data privacy & GDPR, IP patents and infringement actions, enforcement of trademark in the social media environment, trademark registrations, filing and prosecution.

He also helps clients deal with product liability issues, legal metrology and FSSAI related concerns, raising private equity and debt financing, creating corporate governance structure, SEBI settlement procedures and also takes up oppression and mismanagement matters before NCLT.

Rajesh often represents emerging start-ups and handholds them at an early stage, acting as their mentor in their legal function, many a time pro-bono.

EDUCATION

  • LLM – London School of Economics and Political Science 
  • MBL – National Law School of India University
  • BAL, LLB – University of Calicut

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka

AFFILIATION

  • IBA
  • ITECH law
  • IAPP

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

(External)

  • Was a Monthly columnist on tech law for more than a year in The Practical lawyer.
  • Coronavirus lockdown: Time for businesses to renegotiate contracts to avoid catastrophic fallouts, April 2020.
  • Personal Data Protection Bill: Will it Disrupt our Data Ecosystem? July 17, 2019
  • Why the personal data protection bill falls short: What this means for the common man, August 31, 2018
  • How Fundamental are Privacy Rights? July 26, 2017
  • Webinar on: Re-Calibrating Contracts and Collaborations-during Covid-19 & Beyond, April 2020

(QUOTE)

  • When firm delists amid Covid-19: Independent directors face testing times, May 2020.

PRACTICE AREAS

Information Technology and Telecom Law
Data Protection
Intellectual Property Rights
Corporate Governance
Capital Market

SECTORS

Technology, Media & Telecom
Consumer Products & Retail
E-commerce and Digital platforms
Services
Manufacturing

people

Santosh Vikram Singh

Partner
Bengaluru

M:+91 99013 11622
E:santosh.singh@foxmandal.in

With over 20 years of experience, Santosh leads the Firm’s IP & Sports Law practices in Southern & Western India, focusing primarily on fulfilling the business-legal requirements of clients.

EXPERTISE

Santosh is a pragmatic and proficient expert whose cognizance of IP issues and dexterity in resolving them is discernible. He advices on a range of IP services spanning acquisition, advisory, portfolio management, transactional, enforcement and dispute resolution.

He is also known to be on the ball when it comes to Sports Law. Some notable sports matters dealt with by him are assisting FICA in recovering their members’ dues from ICL-Zee Group and advising them on various contractual issues, assisting Sports Management entities in contractual issues and sports companies in planning, structuring setting up leagues, including forming policies and related documentations etc.

His IP expertise has put Media and Entertainment practice right in his wheelhouse where he has assisted clients on issues related to development, production, acquisition and distribution of contents; production and distribution of motion pictures, television and electronic media rights; music publishing; sponsorship deals and technology-related transactions.

His passion for IP and self-starter disposition has led him to attain prominence in major committees of global organizations. He has also been leading and assisting the firm in various roles, including strategy and business management, for the past several years.

Santosh also has years of experience advising on technology related transactions, data protection and privacy law issues. Under his guidance, the firm has attained top tier positions for its patent, copyright and trademark practices by renowned international journals.

EDUCATION

  • LLB – Bengaluru University
  • M.B.L. – University of Lucknow
  • B.Sc. (Biology) – University of Lucknow

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka (India)
  • Patent Agent – Indian Patent Office

AFFILIATION

  • Member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • Active Member in International Trademark Association (INTA):
  • Charter Member, TiE-Bengaluru (2016 onwards)
  • Founder Member of Worldwide IP Network IP-PG

RECOGNITION:

  • Ranked as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by Legal500 -Asia Pacific Guide 2022 for Intellectual Property Practice. 
  • Ranked as one of Top IP Lawyers in 2021 by Asian Legal Business. 
  • Ranked as ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by Legal500 in their Asia-Pacific 2021 Ranking. 
  • One of India’s Top 15 IP Lawyers Ranked by Asian Legal Business, 2020 

TESTIMONIALS

“He is communicative, he has called me to explain some of the written communications that could have been ambiguous. He has a clarity of the law and the ability to leverage Intellectual property. He has helped us to make decisions on which applications need not be pursued as it was unlikely it would have been awarded.” – Asialaw

“The team pays attention to detail. The senior partner sat on a discussion with our inventors to understand the concept and helped write the draft. The prior art search was very relevant and helped shorten the time it took us to file.” – Asialaw

‘Santosh Vikram Singh is a great practitioner particularly in the trade mark arena; responsive, proactive, and knowledgeable.’ – Legal 500

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

Fox Mandal Blog

  • Marrakesh Treaty: Making Literature Accessible to All – Oct, 2021
  • Online Games Involving Money Now Banned in Karnataka – Oct, 2021
  • The Messi Exit: A legal & Financial Perspective – Oct, 2021
  • Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code: Shifting Paradigm of Social & Digital Media Platforms – Sep, 2021
  • Influencer Advertising in Digital Media Comes Under the Purview of ASCI’s Self-Regulation –  June 2021.
  • PhonePe Vs. BharatPe Case: No Exclusivity Over a Part of a Mark, Not Even by Misspelling It – May, 2021
  • BigBasket vs DailyBasket Saga – May, 2021
  • Technological Doping’: A Threat To Equity In Sports – Jan, 2021
  • The Concussion Conundrum – Dec, 2020 ·
  • The Rise Of Fantasy Sports In India – Dec, 2020
  • The football transfer: How the Barcelona – Messi matter turned murky – Nov, 2020
  • BCCI’s Anti-Doping Saga –  Aug 2019
  • Arraying of the unknown party as the main Defendant disallowed – June, 2019
  • PepsiCo Vs. Potato Farmers: A Legal Take – May 2019

Webinar

  • 35th MARQUES Annual Conference on ‘ Influencer Marketing: Legal Challenges and to-do’s in an International Context’, 2021 
  • CII-Yi, 10th Entrepreneurship Summit, Be.NXT on ‘Effective IP Strategy for Start-ups.’, 2021
  • ‘Handling Legal Job Search Amid Pandemic’, August 2020

External Publication

  • Online Gaming Advertisements To Be Self Regulated – Dec, 2020
  • Govt. Takes The First Step Towards Regulating OTT Platforms In India –Nov, 2020

PRACTICE AREAS

Intellectual Property
Sports Law
Technology, Media & Entertainment
Data Protection

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Products & Retail
Education
Healthcare & Life sciences
Information Technology
Services
Sports
Technology, Media & Telecom