Ranganath H. 

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Ranganath H. 

Director, Tax Advisory
Bangalore

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 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 transaction. 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 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, Bangalore

ADMISSION

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

AFFILIATION

  • Bangalore 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

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

Direct Taxation
Indirect Taxation
FEMA

SECTORS

IT/ITES
Manufacturing & Service

Rajesh Vellakkat

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Rajesh Vellakkat

Partner,
Bangalore

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 partner at Fox Mandal’s Bangalore 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 early stage, acting as their mentor in their legal function, many a times pro-bono.

 

EDUCATION

  • LLM – London School of Economics and Political Science (ongoing)
  • 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

Ramaswamy B.

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Ramaswamy B.

Chief operationg officer,
Bangalore

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 particular 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, manufacture of 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 provided assistance 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 firm, 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 the 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 ecommerce portals for hiring project consultants and construction equipment as well as assisted in developing Hospital Information Systems.

He has been holding 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

T. Vijayakumar Reddy

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T. Vijayakumar Reddy

Partner
Hyderabad

M: +91 80084 47849
E: vijay.reddy@foxmandal.in

With a career spanning over two and a half decades, Vijay provides valuable guidance to clients in addressing their legal needs, both in and outside the courtroom. As a partner at Fox Mandal in Hyderabad, Vijay focusses on litigation and alternate dispute resolution practice notably helping businesses from manufacturing, services and banking sectors with their civil and commercial disputes.

EXPERTISE

Vijay has profound experience in advising clients on the full sweep of litigation challenges right from Corporate, Civil, Criminal, Commercial to Consumer issues. Vijay’s multi-faceted approach helps him in serving clients belonging to varied sectors including Energy, Infrastructure & transportation as well as Healthcare and Lifesciences.

His long-range perspective on matters has enabled his clients to repose faith in his advice on various matters spanning Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Contracts, Transfer of property, Recovery of money, Winding up of Companies, Consumer Protection Act, Arbitration Act, IPR, Banking Laws, Negotiable Instruments, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, SEBI Act, etc.

He has peak experience in representing his clients before the High Court, civil and commercial courts, Debt Recovery Tribunals, National Company Law Tribunal. He has also represented various national and multi-national clients in several national and international arbitration matters.

He also has experience in Real Estate matters including carrying out title due diligence and preparing title reports of several commercial, agricultural and non-agricultural properties and preparing other relevant real estate documentation for various corporate houses.

EDUCATION

  • MBA (HRM)
  • LLB
  • BA

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Telangana

AFFILIATION

  • Telangana High Court Bar Association
  • A.P. High Court Advocates Association
  • Hyderabad District City Civil & Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Ranga Reddy District Courts Bar Association

PRACTICE AREAS

Litigation & Alternate Dispute Resolution
Real Estate
Corporate & Commercial
Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Employment & Human Resources

SECTORS

Manufacturing
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Services
Infrastructure & Transportation
Healthcare & Life sciences
Energy

Chandrasekaran R.

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Chandrasekaran R.

Head, Infrastructure,
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 a wide range 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 further 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 Bangalore (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 with 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

PRACTICE AREAS

Real Estate
Corporate & Commercial
Dispute Resolution

SECTORS

Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Infrastructure & Transportation