PEOPLE

Varsha Raghavan - Lawyer - Fox Mandal

Varsha Raghavan

Senior Associate
Chennai

M: +91 94440 26953
E: varsha.raghavan@foxmandal.in

Varsha is an LL.M. graduate in International Trade and Investment Law from National Law University, Jodhpur. She works with the corporate litigation and alternate dispute resolution team in Chennai.  She has demonstrated commendable dexterity and assiduity in the field of dispute resolution and litigation, specifically in varied matters across the renewable energy sector. In 2019, she was awarded a scholarship by Bucerius Law School, Germany for a program in international dispute resolution under Prof. Dr. Stefan Kröll.

EXPERTISE

Varsha has been earnestly involved and committed to the energy, particularly renewable energy practice throughout her career. She believes in minutely understanding the requisite specificities and technology at the heart of every renewable energy project she extends her professional expertise in. Her portfolio includes impeccable and impressive solutions relating to engineering, procurement and construction of renewable energy projects and infrastructure related turnkey contracting, drafting and negotiating descoping agreements for wind power projects post the term of operation and maintenance engagements, government advisory pertaining to development of wind power projects and protecting and licensing intellectual property rights.

Her well-rounded acumen also extends to the matters of litigation and alternate dispute resolution primarily for independent power producers and OEMs before various forums including the CERC, Hon’ble High Courts of Madras, Bombay and Delhi, TNERC, MSEFC, subordinate courts across jurisdictions and distinguished arbitral tribunals. The disputes involving power purchase agreements with the State, grant of long-term connectivity, provision of evacuation infrastructure, grant of licenses and government approvals, operation and maintenance of wind power projects and shared services, protection of intellectual property relating to technology in renewable energy, land development etc.

Her expansive experience and a solution-driven outlook in contracting for renewable energy clients and her present role in litigation and ADR empower her to provide pragmatically and cost-effective advisory to the Firm’s foreign and domestic clientele.

EDUCATION

  • LLM in International Trade and Investment Law, National Law University, Jodhpur, Batch of 2017

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu 

AFFILIATION

  • Volunteer with the AIDINDIA – Association for India’s Development.

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate law
Commercial Law
Employment and Termination
Renewable Energy
Hospitality
Arbitration
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Litigation
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
International Trade & WTO

SECTORS

Start-ups

people

V.C. Mathews - Fox Mandal

v.c. mathews

group head
new delhi

M: +91 99531 88079
E: mathews.verghese@foxmandal.in

With over 12 years of experience in the field of Intellectual Property Rights, Mathews currently leads the firm’s Intellectual Property practice in New Delhi. His solution-oriented approach and ability to provide commercially insightful and dynamic solutions to IP challenges resonates with clients.

EXPERTISE

Mathews comes with a rich experience of handling varied aspects of intellectual property including trademarks, copyrights and designs, while hand-holding organizations through the serpentine maze of clearance searches to registrations and enforcement. His fervour, deep legal expertise and action-oriented outlook in IP law equip him to constructively collaborate and engage with a wide-range of clients, from start-ups to MNC’s across diverse industries such as fashion, technology, sports, telecom and retail.

His sophisticated legal prowess also supports the clients through the complexities of portfolio management, assignments and licenses that empower them to optimize, protect and monetize their IP effectively. He is also a regular speaker with organizations such as CIPAM, FICCI, etc, and has served as an adjunct professor of IP at his alma mater.

With a passion for sports and technology, Mathews can be seen dabbling in the convergence of sports and technology law with IP.

EDUCATION

  • BA LLB – Symbiosis Law School- Pune, 2008
  • LLM in Intellectual Property, Queen Mary University of London, 2010-2011

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa 

AFFILIATION

  • INTA 
  • Round Table India 
  • Young Indians

RECOGNITION:

  • Currently in the Designs sub-committee of the INTA Copyright Committee
  • Member of the INTA Trademark Office Practices subcommittee
  • Member and sub-committee chair of the Non-Traditional Trademark Committee of INTA for the years 2016- 2017.
  • Member of the Non-Traditional Trademark Committee of INTA for the 2014- 2015 term

QUOTES

Interview with Legiteye- July 2020

(https://legiteye.com/ip-laws-across-the-world-need-tobe-relooked-at-to-incorporate-the-use-of-ai-as-a-tool-and-as-a-protectable-ip-v-cmathews/)

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS/confErences

Fox Mandal Blog

WEBINARS

 
  • Designs 101, Feb 10, 2022
  • Insights on commercializing your Trademark, Dec 2021
  • Franchising, Licensing, Merchandising, Dec 2021
  • Licensing, Franchising, Merchandizing, Genericide, Cybersquatting, Dec 2021
  • Copyright 101, November 2021
  • Copyrights with Focus on Researchers, Oct 2021
  • AI & IP Law, April 2021
  • Brands & TM, March 2021
  • Trademark as a Business Asset, March 2021
  • Objections to TM Registration, March 2021
  • Basics of Copyright Law, Feb 2021
  • Trademarks Law, Feb 2021 
  • Introduction to Copyright Law – Investigation and Prosecution, Jan 2021
  • Trademark Law, Dec 2020
  • Trademarks & Brands, Nov 2020
  • Madrid Protocol, Oct 2020
  • Enforcement of Copyrights (for Hyderabad Police), Sept 2020
  • Madrid Protocol and India, Aug 2020
  • AI and the Practice of IP, Aug 2020
  • Grounds of Refusal, July 2020
  • Brands & Trademarks, June 2020
  • IP Law for Jewellers, April 2020

CONFERENCES

  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in Boston, 2019
  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in Seattle, 2018
  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in Barcelona, 2017
  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in Orlando, 2016
  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in San Diego, 2015
  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in Hong Kong, 2014

EXTERNAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Non-Fungible Tokens: A Boon or a Bane, April 2021, FICCI IP Newsletter
  • Digitization of the Indian Trade Marks Registry, May 2015 
  • Impact of Social Media on Brand Owners and Individual Relationship, October 2014, International Journal of Business Law
  • Opinion on Anti-Counterfeiting in the national legal magazine, December 2009, Lex Witness
  • Branding the “Himalayas”: Descriptive, Generic or a GI?, December 2008, Spicy IP 

PRACTICE AREAS

Copyrights 
Designs 
Trademarks  

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Products & Retail
Education
Healthcare & Life sciences
Food and Beverages
Information Technology
Startups
Textiles, Apparels and Accessories 

PEOPLE

Varalakshmi Bhamidi Fox Mandal

Varalakshmi Bhamidi

Group Head
Hyderabad

M: +91 91777 04221
E: b.varalakshmi@foxmandal.in

Varalakshmi is a Group Head at the firm’s Hyderabad office and brings in over 10 years of experience as a real estate practitioner on various aspects of commercial/residential real estate transactions including acquisition, development, leasing, financing, and disposals. She is regarded with admiration by her clients and peers for her extended knowledge and clear understanding.

EXPERTISE

Varalakshmi has impeccable expertise in title due diligence and risk analysis on matters relating to revenue laws including but not limited to land acquisition, agricultural and urban land ceiling laws. She is further proficient in reviewing and drafting of transaction documents for the transfer of immovable properties, like agreement to sell, sale deed, gift deed, agreement to lease, lease deed, development agreement.

She is also skilled in reviewing and drafting of commercial contracts like term sheets, lease deeds, memorandum of understanding, corporate license, assignment agreements, consultancy agreements, loans, addendum, joint venture, and allied agreements. In addition, she offers legal advice on stamp duty and registration fee-related aspect clarifications.

EDUCATION:

  • B.A.
  • LL.B
  • LL.M, Osmania University, 2006

ADMISSION:

  • Bar Council of India

AFFILIATION:

  • Ranga Reddy District Court Bar Association

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Commercial Law
Corporate Real Estate
Industrial Unit, Park, SEZ & IT Park
Renewable Energy
RERA
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory

SECTORS

Agriculture

PEOPLE

Vibhore Chaturvedi

Group head
Mumbai

M: +91 98331 43491
E: vibhore.chaturvedi@foxmandal.in

Vibhore is a Group Head at the firm’s Mumbai office and has over 10 years of extensive experience working in project finance, infrastructure, and energy laws. He has advised financial institutions, developers, investors, and international banks throughout the Asia Pacific region. With strong analytical skills. He has been recognized as a key lawyer in the Projects & Energy Sector by Legal 500.

EXPERTISE

Vibhore has substantial experience in handling end-to-end due diligence and documentation in project financing and infrastructure projects, including public-private partnerships and government contracts. His expertise includes roads and highways, airports, power plants (conventional, solar, wind, and hydro), educational institutions, rail networks, healthcare infrastructures such as hospitals and diagnostic facilities, agribusiness, and other infrastructure assets.

Vibhore has considerable experience, having worked as an in-house counsel with distinguished financial institutions. He brings a strong commercial understanding of assisting institutions in negotiating and structuring a transaction.

He offers sound legal advice combined with strong analytical skills to deliver a satisfactory solution to all his clients.

EDUCATION

  • LLB

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa

PRACTICE AREAS

Banking and Finance
Project Finance
Transportation (Roads, Bridges, Railways & Metro)
Renewable Energy
Urban Infra

SECTORS

Start-ups
Education

PEOPLE

Vidya H Pawar

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 98868 04686
E: vidya.pawar@foxmandal.in

Vidya is a Group Head in the Corporate Compliance Vertical at Fox Mandal’s Bengaluru Office. With over 11 years of experience as a Company Secretary, she offers quality advice relating to Corporate Laws and matters falling under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA). She is a highly motivated professional with remarkable expertise in handling Legal, Secretarial & Corporate Affairs matters for entities in the Trading, Manufacturing & Service Sector.

EXPERTISE

Vidya has immense knowledge and experience in dealing with matters relating to Company Law, Foreign Exchange Management Act, Legal Due Diligence, Transaction documents, Joint Ventures, Foreign Collaborations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Inbound and Outbound Investment, Advisory services with Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Non-Banking Financial Companies, Branch and Liaison offices, Foreign Direct Investment, External Commercial Borrowings, Overseas Direct Investment, Compounding of offenses, Corporate Re-structuring activities, and Voluntary Liquidations.

She advices diverse clients including one person companies, Private Limited Companies, Limited Liability Partnership Firms, Listed and Unlisted Public Companies, Trusts, and a wider range of Startups. She is actively involved in setting up compliance, approvals from all the Government departments including approvals from the Registrar of Companies, Regional Director, National Company Law Tribunal, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, and Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

She has comprehensive exposure in handling corporate secretarial and legal matters including Corporate Governance procedures, Compliance Management, Secretarial Audit, FEMA compliances, interfacing with various regulatory authorities, etc. She regularly contributes her insights to the firm’s newsletters and renowned publications as well speaks in webinars. She takes a keen interest in FEMA and Company Law-related matters and regularly attends various Seminars, Webinars, Conferences, Research Programs organized by various Institutes.

EDUCATION

  • LLB

ADMISSION

  • CS, Institute of Company Secretaries of India 2008
  • LLB, Karnataka Law University 2015

AFFILIATION

  • ACS 22015, CP 8164

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • Article on Impact of Covid-19 on Company Secretaries in May 2020 edition of ICSI Magazine

RECOGNITION

  • Completed 7 Days Course on “Critical Issues in Companies Act 2013′ and obtained the certificate of excellence on 1st June 2020.

SPEAKING OPPORTUNITY

  • Address to students on Inauguration of 11th Batch of One Day Mandatory Orientation Program for newly registered students in Bengaluru on 28th Nov 2019
  • Full Day Seminar on “Companies Act Amendments in last Six Months including Companies (Amendment) Ordinance – 2018 in ICSI Bengaluru Chapter on 12th January 2019.

CONFERENCE

  • Full day Seminar on Borrowing, Loans, recent changes in FEMA in ICSI Bengaluru Chapter – 29th February 2020
  • ICSI 20th National Conference of Practising Company Secretaries in Bengaluru – July 5 and 6. 2020
  • Conference in Mysuru- Manthan on 16th and 17th August 2020

PRACTICE AREAS

Capital Markets, REITs & InvITs
Corporate Law
Commercial La
Compliance Audit
Divestment
Joint Venture
M&A and Cross Border Transactions
Restructuring & Reorganization
Strategic Alliance
Debt Funding & Restructuring
Fund formation & structuring
Investment Funds
Private Equity
Venture Capital
Corporate Governance
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory
FDI & ODI
Regulatory Compliance

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Goods & Retail
Education
Food & Beverages
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Information Technology
Start-ups
Textiles, Apparels & Accessories
Agriculture

PEOPLE

Vivek Choudhary

Group Head
Hyderabad

M: +91 76749 13750
E: vivek.choudhary@foxmandal.in

Having post-qualification expertise of more than 13 years, Vivek has been a Group Head ( Corporate) and an important part of the Firm’s corporate practice in Hyderabad, wherein he has been instrumental in advising and assisting the diverse clientele of the Firm, including reputed National and Multinational Corporations, high net worth individuals across myriad legal intricacies concerning multifarious laws rendering results to the complete satisfaction of the Client. Vivek is highly adaptive and possesses excellent communication skills.

EXPERTISE

On account of his diverse exposure, Vivek has acquired enriching experience and regularly advises and assists the Clients encompassing practice areas such as Amalgamations, Asset Purchase, Business Transfer, Slump Sale, Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investments, Debt raising, Banking & Finance, drafting, vetting and reviewing Commercial Contracts of various kinds, Contract Evaluation, Due Diligence for various transactions, Foreign Exchange Control & Regulatory Affairs, Foreign Direct Investment, Employment & Labour Laws, Legal Advisory, Legal Audit, Licensing and Registrations, Transaction Structuring and Transaction Advisory for transactions of various nature.

Vivek has a very practical and solution-oriented approach to secure clients’ interests. Some notable transactions where he has contributed significantly include the acquisition of six operational educational institutions owned by Bengaluru-based education major in various locations in India on behalf of the acquirer being a Fund and acquisition of a running and operational hotel on behalf of an acquirer.

EDUCATION

  • BA. LL.B ( Hons), National Law Institute University, Bhopal, 2006

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of India

PRACTICE AREAS

Banking and Finance
Corporate Law
Commercial Law
Anti Sexual Harassment and Discrimination at Workplace
Compliance Audit
Employment & Termination
Labour Law
Labour & Industrial Disputes
FDI & ODI
Regulatory Compliance
Corporate Governance
Joint Venture
M&A and Cross Border Transactions
Divestment
Restructuring & Reorganization
Privacy & Data Protection
Debt Funding & Restructuring
Project Finance
Thermal Energy
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory
Health Safety & Environment
Private Equity
Corporate Real Estate

SECTORS

Automotive
Education
Information Technology
Start-ups
Textiles, Apparels & Accessories
Healthcare & Life Sciences

people

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