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

Prakash Bhat

SENIOR MANAGER
Bengaluru

M: +91 99023 26672
E: prakash.r@foxmandal.in

Prakash is an accounting and statutory registration professional with more than 16 years of
substantive experience with a major focus on the Information Technology sector. In the past year, he has maintained 1600 minimum annual billable hours and scored 90% on client satisfaction. He has been dedicated, focussed, and taken initiative in all his undertakings.

EXPERTISE

His functions include day to day accounting up to finalisation of accounts, coordination with auditors for finalisation of the Accounts & Auditing, Preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual GST, profession tax, income tax Return, preparations of, EPF, TDS, quarterly e-TDS & HR Payroll process. etc.

He is also involved in the preparation of Invoices GST, Trading invoices, import & export Invoices; attending to the PF, Income tax, GST assessment; timely Submission of statutory documents to STPI – Softex Forms; Monthly report; Qty Report; Annual Report; Bond register; handling EOU units works; preparation of Financials (Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Accounts); preparation of management reports & coordinating with the parent company, payment of profession tax, GST, TDS, annual filing of Form U under Labour Law, annual filing of Form D under Labour law, Statutory Registrations (Shops & Commercial Establishment, Profession Tax, Profession Tax Enrolment, Import Export Code, GST, STPI & NON-STPI); refund processing under GST Act; preparation & submission of Documents under Electronic Bank Realisation Certificate (EBRC).

EDUCATION

  •  BBM, Finance
  • M. Com.

PRACTICE AREAS

Banking and Finance
Compliance Audit
Labour Law
Direct Tax
Indirect Tax
International Tax & Transfer Pricing
Tax Compliance
FSSAI

SECTORS

Information Technology

PEOPLE

Pramod Banthia

Director
Bengaluru

M: +91 98900 36292
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

Preeti Kothari

Manager
PUNE

M: +91 91580 06126
E: Preeti.kothari@foxmandal.in

Preeti from our Pune office is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in Direct tax, International Tax, and Transfer Pricing. She has worked on Indian and MNC clients spreading across IT/ITeS, Automotive, and Industrial Goods sectors.

EXPERTISE

Preeti offers assistance pertaining to both advisory and compliance matters. She is deeply solution-oriented and ensures workable solutions to her client’s problems by effectively dovetailing the technical and practical aspects. She has an eye for detail and a passion for accounting which helps her understand complex tax matters without a hitch.

EDUCATION

  • Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants

ADMISSION

  • Nov 2003

AFFILIATION

  • Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants

PRACTICE AREAS

International Tax
Transfer pricing

SECTORS

IT/ITeS
Automotives
Industrial Goods

PEOPLE

Preetham P S

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 90089 36823
E: preetham.p@foxmandal.in

Preetham has been working with the firm as a senior associate and has 10 years of legal expertise in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He practices across industry sectors on various facets of law.

EXPERTISE

Preetham PS has nearly 10 years of experience in handling Civil, Commercial, and Corporate litigation matters. He has appeared before High Courts, District Courts, National Company Law Tribunal, Quasi-Judicial bodies, and Consumer Fora, representing private companies, Airlines, Automobile companies, and individuals.

He has expertise and experience in advising and handling Writ Petitions, Civil Miscellaneous Petitions (appointment of arbitrators), Company Petitions before the High Court & before the NCLT.; Civil Suits (Declaration, Specific Performance, Injunction, Partition, Recovery, Defamation, etc.); Arbitration Application & Suits; Execution of Judgment & Decree before Trial Courts; Arbitration before Arbitral Tribunals; Cheque dishonor cases before various Magistrate Courts. Claim Petitions before MACTs (Motor Accident Claim Tribunal); Consumer cases before the District Consumer Fora and the State Commission; Matrimonial cases before Family Court and Labour matters before Labour Court & Officers.

Preetam is dedicated and adaptable which makes him an exceptional team player who manages work without any hassle.

EDUCATION

  • BAL LLB, Bengaluru University, 2011

PRACTICE AREAS

Banking and Finance
Commercial Law
Employment & Termination
Labour & Industrial Disputes
RERA
Arbitration
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Constitutional Law
Consumer Disputes
Litigation
Economic Offences
Mediation
Quasi-Judicial Representation
Insurance

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Goods & Retail
Education
Information Technology
Start-ups
Textiles, Apparels & Accessories

PEOPLE

Praveen Kumar Chandur

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 99800 22104
E: praveen.chandur@foxmandl.in

With 14 years of experience in Real Estate, Infrastructure Projects and Energy Sector, Praveen works as the Group Head in Bengaluru. He has proven capabilities in title due diligence and documentation related to commercial and industrial establishments as well as Renewable Energy projects.

EXPERTISE

He specializes in Power Purchase Agreements, Fuel Supply Agreements and Concession Agreements. He has further handled NBFCs such as Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA). He has advised and assisted in matters related to technology parks, townships and infrastructure projects, and also in sale and purchase, lease and leave and license of property for developers, construction companies and multinational clients for their commercial and residential projects.

His experience also includes preparing and vetting documentation relating to townships, technology parks, commercial and residential projects and various infrastructure and energy projects. He has also aided the firm in liaising with authorities like BIAAPA, KIADB, BDA, BMRDA, BBMP, Office of the Assistant Commissioner, Office of the Tahsildar, Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Offices of various Sub-registrars, District Registrar etc.

Praveen believes in being productive rather than being busy and his team mates as well as clients find his trustworthiness, discipline and honesty noteworthy.

EDUCATION

  • LLM, Karnataka University Dharwad, 2004

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka

PRACTICE AREAS

Labour Law
Corporate Real Estate
Construction Finance
Renewable Energy
RERA
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Logistics & Warehousing

SECTORS

Agribusiness
Consumer Goods & Retail
Start-ups

PEOPLE

Partha Pratim Goswami

Senior Associate
Hyderabad

M: +91 97395 84397
E: partha.goswami@foxmandal.in

Partha has been associated with the firm for almost 9 years. Having honed his trade first at the firm’s Bengaluru office, Partha has surged to working as a Senior Associate with the firm’s Hyderabad unit. He offers legal solutions on a broad spectrum of practices, especially in the commercial, investment and renewable energy sector.

EXPERTISE

Partha is a skilled corporate and commercial lawyer who specializes in private equity and venture capital transactions. Partha has participated extensively in due diligence reviews and legal audits for various companies across diverse industries, inter alia IT and manufacturing industries. Partha is adept in scrutinizing and assessing the risk of companies with regards to compliance in various aspects such as corporate, financial indebtedness, contracts, and commitments, real estate, labour, environment, etc.; Partha is also proficient at drafting and reviewing complicated transaction documentation and commercial contracts. His hardworking and persevering disposition has struck a chord with his clients and peers alike.

EDUCATION

  • BALLB, Bengaluru University, 2011

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Assam

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • https://www.foxmandal.in/corporate-insolvency-under-the-insolvency-and-bankruptcy-code-2016/

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Corporate Law
Antitrust & Competition Law
Compliance Audit
Employment & Termination
Labour Law
Joint Venture
M&A and Cross Border Transactions
Privacy & Data Protection
Private Equity
Fund formation & structuring
Venture Capital
IT & Telecom
FDI & ODI
Regulatory Compliance
Labour & Industrial Disputes
Organizational Policies
Media, Entertainment & Gaming
Corporate Real Estate
Data Center, Warehousing & Logistics
Construction Finance
Renewable Energy
Industrial Unit, Park, SEZ & IT Park
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Arbitration
Consumer Disputes
Litigation
Divestment
Restructuring & Reorganization
Debt Funding & Restructuring
Investment Funds
Project Finance
Public Policy

SECTORS

Agriculture
Automotive
Food & Beverages
Education
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Information Technology
Start-ups

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

Purnima Kamble

Partner
Hyderabad

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

With almost 20 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.

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