people

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

Sonia Patodia

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 70047 68113
E: sonia.patodia@foxmandal.in

With almost 10 years of legal expertise, Sonia is a Senior Associate with the firm’s Real Estate & Infrastructure Team in Bengaluru. She is a decisive problem solver with proven capability in handling complex cases with multiple deliverables. She works in the commercial goods and retail sector.

EXPERTISE

Sonia is a multi-disciplinary lawyer with experience encompassing Property Law, Project Finance, Commercial contracts, Indirect Tax Law, and Family Law. She has deep experience and expertise in Property Law, spanning Acquisitions, Compliance, and Litigation. She has profound experience & expertise across the full spectrum of legal functions, including Litigation, Legal Counsel & Advice, Legal Research & Documentation, Negotiation, Mediation & Conflict Resolution as well as Client Management.

She is a tech-savvy individual and an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal, negotiation, documentation, leadership, and mentoring skills. Her practice areas include commercial laws, corporate laws, Residential, Commercial & Township Development, Renewable Energy, Mediation, Indirect Tax, Joint Venture, and Project Finance. She is associated with an NGO called “TRAN” which provides legal assistance to single parents in India.

EDUCATION

  • BBA, ICFAI University, 2006
  • LLB, ILS Law College, Pune, 2009

ADMISSION

  • Jharkhand Bar Council

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Corporate Real Estate
Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Renewable Energy
Mediation
Indirect Tax
Joint Venture
Project Finance

SECTORS

Consumer Goods & Retail

PEOPLE

Smitha Pavan

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 89719 82900
E: smitha.pavan@foxmandal.co.in

Smitha from our Bengaluru office has over 15 years of experience in the areas of real estate and infrastructure. Her core practice areas include land acquisition and commercial real estate including office space, retail and hospitality, commercial/corporate contracts and litigation. She provides eclectic solutions to ensure client satisfaction through adaptive strategies and thorough legal analysis.

EXPERTISE

Prior to Fox Mandal, Smitha was associated with MD&T Partners (Advocates), Goldman Sachs Services Private Limited, Mantri Developers Private Limited and Brigade Enterprises Limited.

She advises on real estate matters relating to commercial (office, retail, and hospitality) and residential projects, including title search, drafting of agreements (conveyance and leasing), vendor contracts, service contracts, project management contracts, operation management contracts, public-private partnership– concession agreements, license agreements, etc.;

She is further skilled in structuring and negotiating commercial agreements such as joint development agreements, joint venture agreements, sharing agreements, construction agreements, agreements to sell & construct, etc. in connection with mixed-use, commercial and residential projects are her keen interests.

Moreover, she offers lease documentation – commercial and retail, and in this connection drafting and negotiating lease agreements/deeds and ancillary documentation such as letters of intent, term sheets, amendments, extensions, termination, etc;

She regularly handles routine commercial/corporate contracts including drafting, negotiation, and finalization of various commercial agreements/contracts viz., non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, services agreements for the supply of goods and services, professional services agreements related to statements/ schedules of work, consultant agreements, letters of intent, term sheets, legal notices, etc.;

She is proficient in civil litigation matters before various civil courts at Bengaluru, State Consumer Forum, and various other quasi-judicial authorities; matters under the Negotiable Instruments Act before magistrate court, Bengaluru; bail applications and appeals before the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka.

EDUCATION

  • B.A.L Bachelor of Academic Law – Bengaluru University.
  • L.L.B Bachelor of Law – Bengaluru University

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka – 2005

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real Estate
Renewable Energy
Hospitality
RERA
Consumer Disputes
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Construction Finance
Smart Cities

SECTORS

Agriculture

PEOPLE

Sharath Mulia

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 99724 64305
E: sharath.mulia@foxmandal.in

Sharath has more than a decade of post-qualification experience in Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Sharath has advised and represented clients before various courts, tribunals and authorities on a plethora of matters. He specializes in the commercial goods and retail sector.

EXPERTISE

Sharath works with the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team and advises, represents corporates and individuals predominantly before Courts in Karnataka (including High Court of Karnataka at Bengaluru, Civil Courts (Bengaluru Urban and Rural), National Company Law Tribunal, Magistrates (Bengaluru Urban), Labour Courts/Industrial Tribunals, Consumer Fora & Real Estate Regulatory Authority) in a plethora of matters.

He regularly represents a Public Sector Oil Company before the High Court of Karnataka at Bengaluru and also advised and represented them in Arbitration proceedings. Moreover, he was instrumental in organizing, preparing the whole trial for mock court proceedings on ‘Medical Negligence disputes’ for doctors at Sankara Eye Hospital.

In addition to his interest in litigation, he is keen on learning and practising in Aviation & Outer Space laws. While offering cost-effective and time-efficient dispute settlement options to his clients, he helps them smoothly navigate the cumbersome legal process.

EDUCATION

  • B.A.L.L.B, University Law College – Bengaluru University, 2005 – 2010

ADMISSION

  • Karnataka State Bar Council

AFFILIATION

Member of

  • Inter Pacific Bar Association
  • Young International Arbitration Group
  • Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Labour & Industrial Disputes
Copyrights
Trademark
Media, Entertainment & Gaming
RERA
Arbitration
Constitutional Law
Consumer Disputes
Litigation
Mediation

SECTORS

Consumer Goods & Retail

PEOPLE

Satish M P

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 94492 05447
E: Satish.mp@foxmandal.in

Satish has over 15 years of comprehensive experience in the practice of Real estate and Infrastructure. He works from the Bengaluru office and specializes in the Agribusiness sector.

EXPERTISE

Sathish deals with real estate matters relating to agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial transactions including but not limited to title Due Diligence, drafting of various agreements, deeds, etc. He is proficient in various applicable central, state, and regional legislation and rules pertaining to Real Estate such as Zonal Regulations, Building Bye-Laws, Comprehensive Development Plans, Rules pertaining to Environmental Impact Assessment and Fire Safety Norms etc. His hardwork and diligence are highly revered by his clients.

EDUCATION

  • BALLB, Bengaluru University, 2001

ADMISSION

  • Karnataka Bar Council, Karnataka, India

PRACTICE AREAS

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

SECTORS

Agriculture

PEOPLE

Sudarshan V Lakvalli

Vice President
Bengaluru

E: sudarshan.lv@fmas.co.in

Sudarshan V Lakvalli is the Vice President of Fox Mandal Advisory Services. He has over 25 years of consulting experience with major organizations and Fortune 500 companies in India and the US. With a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and MS from BITS Pilani in Software Systems, Sudarshan is highly regarded in the Infrastructure sector for his methodical approach and eclectic solutions.

EXPERTISE

Sudarshan has extensive experience in Engineering, Information Technology, and Management Consulting, having worked on a diverse array of projects with organizations including Reliance, Infosys, AT&T, Deloitte, Gartner, Merck, Landmark Group, Karnataka State Warehouse Corporation, Karnataka State Khadi, and Village Industries Board, etc. He further possesses relevant expertise in Management Consulting, Program Development, PPP, Technology Selection, Feasibility Study and Preparation of Project Reports.

In addition, he has comprehensive expertise in IT in Batch applications, Transaction processing, Product design & development and Project management. He specialises in the sectors of Education, Information Technology, Agribusiness and Consumer Goods & Retail.

EDUCATION

  • B.Tech – Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, 1990
  • M.S. – Software Systems, BITS Pilani, 1995

PRACTICE AREAS

Banking and Finance
Internet & E-commerce
IT & Telecom
Logistics & Warehousing
Insurance

SECTORS

Education
Information Technology
Agriculture
Consumer Goods & Retail

PEOPLE

Sushant Shetty

PARTNER
Mumbai

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

Sushant Shetty from the Mumbai office is a Partner – Real Estate & Infrastructure Practice for the Western India region with particularly strong expertise in due diligence, investment, and acquisitions in real property including renewables projects and data center advisory. He was awarded the International Bar Association’s Annual Scholarship in 2012 and also serves as the Newsletter Editor of the International Bar Association’s Real Estate Section. He regularly speaks at international conferences and contributes insightful articles in leading national as well as international publications. His pro-active disposition as well as extraordinary legal and business acumen has made him an asset for the firm.

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 social 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 works closely with the agricultural sector. His clients include property owners, property funds, multinational corporations, property developers, local and international investors, statutory boards, banks and financial institutions.

EDUCATION

  • BLS/ LLB, Government Law College, 2009

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • Lacunae in SEBI’s proposed REIT regulation in India’ – January, 2015 – IBA’s Asia Pacific Regional Forum Newsletter 
  • Coasting Along The Waters Of Fate: An Analysis Of The Supreme Court View’ – November 2019 – IBA’s Asia Pacific Regional Forum Newsletter 
  • E(law)vating Your Thoughts’ – August, 2020 – Elevator World (India edition), the premier journal for the international building transportation industry 
  • ‘Careers in Law’ detailing a career in law – the courses, institutions, co-curricular activities, and actual practice in the Education Reckoner – 2017.
  • Regular columnist for legal advice with respect to property and co-operative society laws in leading erstwhile daily newspaper DNA and publishing articles of interest.

CONFERENCES

  • Awarded the International Bar Association Scholarship, 2012 for research paper titled ‘Structuring Real Deals: Aiming for “True Value” in Real Estate Transactions’ attended its Annual Conferences held 
    • in Dublin
    • Ireland in 2012
    • Boston, USA in 2013
    • Rome, Italy in 2018
    • Seoul, South Korea in 2019
    • Its 11th Annual Real Estate Investments Conference in Dubai, UAE.

SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Speaker at the International Bar Association Annual Conference in Seoul, South Korea in September 2019 on the topic ‘Saving the ‘Seoul’ of the city – the rebirth of downtown’ highlighting the challenges of development of heritage properties in Mumbai.
  • Speaker at the International Bar Association’s webinar on the topic ‘Force majeure and real estate contracts – a comparative jurisdiction analysis of Covid-19’ held on May 26, 2020.
  • Speaking at leading private sector banks on ‘Drafting of Wills & Succession Laws’ for their HNI and senior citizen clientele.

PRACTICE AREAS

Real Estate

Infrastructure & Energy

SECTORS

Data Center and IT/ ITeS

Industrial Unit, Park and SEZ

Warehousing & Logistics

Manufacturing

Renewable Energy

Residential, Commercial & Township Development

Agriculture & Forestry

PEOPLE

Satish N D

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 89714 03035; +91 94807 09752
E: nd.satish@foxmandal.in

Sathish is a Company Secretary with 13+ years of rich experience in corporate law advisory and practice. He has handled clients from various sectors with commitment and dedication and is known for completing assignments and transactions within the  scheduled timeline. He has successfully handled projects pertaining to merger, due diligence, secretarial audits, takeovers, business transfers, restructuring, and capital infusion. He strives to explore new areas of practice and is currently trying to set up a new practice of food and beverage laws.

EXPERTISE

Satish has extensive experience and exposure towards Company Law (Both Companies Act, 1956 and Companies Act, 2013), SEBI Regulations, Stock Exchange compliance, RBI compliance, drafting and vetting of agreements, opinions, resolutions, etc. He has advised clients on Merger and Amalgamation related matters, including pre-merger due diligence and post-merger compliance and other related matters.

He has also assisted clients with compliance under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, Compounding of Offences under Companies Act, 1956 FEMA, conducted Secretarial Audits. He is further skilled in the practice of Companies Act, 2013 and FEMA Regulations, incorporation of Companies, LLPs, Societies, Trusts, Branch Office, Liaison Office, and Project Offices. In addition, he offers advisory on Acquisitions, Business Transfers, including the restructuring of Capital, Inbound and outbound investment, etc. He majorly handles matters in the Automotive, Consumer Goods & Retail, Food & Beverages, Information Technology, and Start-up sectors.

He also shares his knowledge with other CS students and volunteers with an NGO. He is a problem solver who patiently manages strict deadlines and adapts to provide creative solutions.

EDUCATION

  • Company Secretary (Fellow Member) from Institute of Company Secretaries of India (2010)
  • Commerce Graduate from Karnataka Law University Dharwad Law Graduate from Oxford Law College

ADMISSION

  • Certificate of Practice issued by Institute of Company Secretaries of India

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • https://www.foxmandal.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Compliance-Newsletter-MCA-Update.pdf
  • https://www.foxmandal.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Newsletter_FM-FDI-MM.pdf
  • https://www.foxmandal.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Corporate-Compliance-Newsletter.pdf
  • https://www.foxmandal.in/junk-food-ban-legal-responsibilities-of-school-authorities/

Conference participation

  • 47th National Convention of Company Secretaries on 14 November 2019
  • 20th NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF PRACTICING COMPANY SECRETARIES’ 05th – 06th July, 2019
  • International Day of Yoga 2020 Celebration:Wellness & Immunity on 21 June 2020
  • Webinar on Youth for Nation Building on 10 June 2020
  • Webinar on Yoga: Way to Manage Stress on 14 May 2020
  • International Webinar on Impact of COVID-19 on Global Economy: Role of Professionals & Way Forward on 15 May 2020
  • Webinar on “Redefining Leadership- Special Address by Ms. Smriti Zubin Irani Hon’ble
  • Union Minister for Women & Child Development and Textiles, Government of India &Inauguration of ICSI Overseas Centre, London, UK” on 24 August 2020
  • Webinar on Companies Amendment Bill, 2020 06 April 2020
  • Webinar on Determination and Disclosure of UPSI – Case Studies 13 May 2020
  • PCS Day Celebrations – 2020 on 15 June 2020
  • Crash Course on NCLT on 15 June 2020

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Law
Commercial Law
Compliance Audit
Disciplinary Proceedings
Health Safety & Environment
Environment
Quasi-Judicial Representation
M&A and Cross Border Transactions
Restructuring & Reorganization
Joint Venture
Debt Funding & Restructuring
Healthcare & Education
IT & Telecom
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory
Corporate Governance
FSSAI
FDI & ODI
Regulatory Compliance
Private Equity
Economic Offences
Capital Markets, REITs & InvITs

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Goods & Retail
Food & Beverages
Information Technology
Start-ups

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

PEOPLE

Sathya Prasad

Senior Consultant
Bengaluru

M:+91 97416 99155
E: sathya.prasad@foxmandal.in

Sathya Prasad currently heads the Corporate Compliance vertical in the firm. He is a multi-skilled expert who is not just a Lawyer and a Company Secretary but also an Insolvency Professional. He has been seamlessly syndicating those roles to provide invaluable service to clients for over 15 years with particular expertise in corporate compliance, mergers & acquisitions, legal, due diligence, restructuring and insolvency.

EXPERTISE

An investment maven, Sathya offers critical advice on matters related to FDI & ODI, setting up of businesses in India and overseas, insolvency, restructuring and general advisory under Corporate & Insolvency Laws. He also engages in representations before various authorities like NCLT, ROC, RD, RBI & CLB.

He has advised and assisted many companies, including start-ups focusing on the manufacturing and service sector, aerospace and defence collaborations and non-profit organizations.

He has diversified experience of advising Government undertakings like HAL (JV-HALBIT) to world giants in the private sector like Facebook (setting up in India) and LinkedIn (Acquisition of SlideShare).

He has further demonstrated remarkable operational expertise regarding to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, ranging from giving legal opinions and advisory services, assisting with the voluntary liquidation process, conducting due diligence on behalf of resolution applicants and submission of resolution plans.

He has been a member of the CSR panel of the Chamber of Indian Industries, Karnataka, since 2018. He is also a member of the Aerospace and Aviation Expert Committee, and the Banking, Finance & Corporate Affairs Expert Committee of Bengaluru Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC)

EDUCATION

  • Associate Company Secretary – Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)
  • Qualified Insolvency Professional – Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI)
  • LLM (International Law) – Osmania University (OU)
  • LLB – Osmania University (OU)
  • PG Diploma in Patent Laws – NALSAR, Hyderabad
  • B. Com – Osmania University (OU)

ADMISSION

  • Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
  • Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh
  • Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India.

AFFILIATION

  • Member of CII Karnataka CSR Panel – from 2018
  • Member of Aerospace and Aviation Expert Committee of Bengaluru Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) – from 2018
  • Member of Banking, Finance & Corporate Affairs Expert Committee of BCIC — from 2016

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

(INTERNAL)

  • Revised MSME Definition: Impact Analysis, June 2020.
  • Review of the Revised Foreign Direct Investment Policy Amendment, April 2020.
  • Corporate Compliance Updates, Newsletter, April 2020.
  • Corporate Compliance Updates, Newsletter, March 2020.

(QUOTE)

  • Featured in Business Standard on Unitech takeover: Despite IBC and RERA, homebuyers find no relief.

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Governance & Compliance services
Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Corporate & Commercial
Mergers and Acquisition (M&A)

SECTORS

Aerospace and Defence
Mining
Manufacturing
Service
Health Care & Life Sciences