PEOPLE

Abhinay Thimmaiah

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 99020 08383
E: abhinay.thimmaiah@foxmandal.in

With more than 12 years of experience in real estate, Abhinay is proficient in title due diligence and documentation related to residential, commercial and industrial, as well as renewable energy (solar & wind) projects. He majorly handles clients in the Agribusiness, Food & Beverages as well as Consumer Products sector.

EXPERTISE

Abhinay is skilled in offering pragmatic solutions as well as preparing and vetting documentation relating to townships, technology parks, commercial, residential & renewable energy projects. He further works in the sale and purchase, lease, leave and license of property for developers as well as construction companies.

His experience also includes drafting and reviewing various deeds and agreements relating to Real Estate. He further works 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.

He offers diligent advice to his clients while maintaining high ethical standards. He believes in being straightforward and collaborates effortlessly to get the work done in a time-efficient manner.

EDUCATION

  • BA
  • LLB

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real Estate
Renewable Energy
RERA
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Logistics & Warehousing
Joint Venture
Consumer Disputes
Commercial Law

SECTORS

Agribusiness
Food & Beverages
Consumer Goods & Retail

PEOPLE

Aruna Singh

Group Head
Chennai

M: +91 95000 27623
E: aruna.singh@foxmandal.in

Aruna brings over 17 years of experience in helping clients navigate the complex real estate market with practical ease. She has been associated with Fox Mandal since 2007 operating from the Chennai Office with a special focus on real estate matters in the state of Tamil Nadu.

EXPERTISE

Aruna specializes in real estate and infrastructure title due diligence work spanning various industries. She has demonstrated expertise in dealing with a number of developers and multinational clients providing assistance with their commercial and residential projects including joint venture development and promotion of real estate, legal due diligence work, etc.

She is also experienced in documentation relating to joint ventures, development of townships, commercial and industrial establishments, technology park, infrastructure projects, construction contracts, sale and purchase, lease, leave and license, mortgage, hypothecation of property and various other real estate related agreements.

Aruna is a spiritual person who prefers to look for the solution rather than getting worked up in a crisis situation. In addition to being a hard-working focussed person, she is known for her trust-building compatible relationship with her team members as well as clients.

EDUCATION

  • B.A. B.L. 

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu

RECOGNITION:

  • Listed as one of the Top 3 Property case lawyers in Chennai, TN by ThreeBestRated.

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential
Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real Estate
RERA
Logistics & Warehousing; Joint Venture

SECTORS

Automotive
Information Technology

PEOPLE

Ashima Gulati

Senior Associate
Hyderabad

M: +91 99107 65443
E: ashima.gulati@foxmandal.in

Ashima is a Senior Associate at the firm’s Hyderabad office. She regularly advises clients on various corporate and commercial transactions, labour laws, employment issues and foreign direct investments. Her work also includes drafting and reviewing various contracts, especially in the IT and start-ups sector.

EXPERTISE

Ashima has over five years of professional experience. She is adept in drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of contracts, including service agreements, software license agreements, lease agreements, share/debenture subscription agreements and employment-related agreements. She is also involved in drafting and reviewing various policy documents, particularly human resource policy, privacy policy, sexual harassment policy.

Over the years, she has worked with many start-ups and MNCs, advising them on matters relating to investments in India, structuring of organizations, information technology laws, labour and employment matters. Additionally, she has extensive experience in conducting due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.

Ashima is a reliable team player who has exceptional time-management skills. Her honesty, dedication and commitment have been a winner with her clients.

EDUCATION

  • LLM in Business Law – AIALS, Amity University, Noida (2014-2015)
  • B.S.L., LL.B. – ILS Law College, University of Pune (2008-2013)

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Delhi

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) During Covid-19
  • Non-Personal Data Governance Framework, 2020

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Law
Commercial Law
Employment & Termination
Labour Law
Organizational Policies
Privacy & Data Protection
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory
FDI & ODI

SECTORS

Information Technology
Start-ups

PEOPLE

Banumathy R

Senior Associate
Chennai

M: +91 80564 14799
E: banumathi.r@foxmandal.in

Banumathy has over 20+ years of professional experience and works in the real estate division of the firm’s Chennai Office. She is regarded by her clients for her astute commercial awareness and industry outlook. She focuses on complex real estate matters, especially pertaining to the agriculture sector.

EXPERTISE

Banumathy started her career as a litigating attorney and later shifted her focus to the real estate division. Her key skills include conducting due diligence, documentation, vetting of agreements, deeds, contracts, ensuring transactions involving immovable properties, facilitating registration of documents, and providing Legal Opinions/Reports, advising clients on various issues and Conveyance etc. Banumathy is a hardworking and dedicated individual who demonstrates exceptional communication skills in her interaction with her teammates and clients.

EDUCATION

  • M.L., (Master of Law), University of Madras, 2002

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential
Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real EstateData,Center Warehousing & Logistics
RERA
Logistics & Warehousing

SECTORS

Agriculture

PEOPLE

Birendra Kumar

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 99534 79490
E: birendra.kumar@foxmandal.in

Birendra brings in over 16 years of experience as a Patent Attorney and handles clients from various industries, including Telecommunication, Software, Automobile, etc. His clients range from MNCs, Large Indian companies to SMEs, Startups and Individuals. He provides continual advice and assistance to the R&D teams of several clients with respect to new and ongoing research projects.

EXPERTISE

Birendra’s expertise spans conducting Patent searches such as Prior art search, Infringement search, and Invalidation search. He specializes in drafting patent specifications, preparing, filing and prosecuting Indian patent applications, including all stages of prosecution. He also helps prepare responses to foreign office actions as well as drafting and filing PCT application.

He further attends hearings before the controller of patents. He is also skilled in preparing and filing pre-grant and post-grant oppositions. His positive outlook, teamwork, problem-solving capabilities and strong work ethics have been his strong points in gaining the trust of his clients.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, 2002

ADMISSION

  • Registered Patent Agent

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • Why filing of Provisional Patent Application keeps you ahead in the Patenting race?, 21st September 2020, Fox Mandal Blog, https://www.foxmandal.in/why-filing-of-provisional-patent-application-keeps-you-ahead-in-the-patenting-race/
  • Developments In The Indian Patent Law In 2019, 26th February 2020, Fox Mandal Blog, https://www.foxmandal.in/developments-in-the-indian-patent-law-in-2019/
  • A Brief Analysis of the Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2019, 10th September 2019, Fox Mandal Blog, https://www.foxmandal.in/a-brief-analysis-of-the-patents-amendment-rules-2019/
  • Proposed Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2019, 6th June 2019, Fox Mandal Blog, https://www.foxmandal.in/proposed-patents-amendment-rules-2019/

PRACTICE AREAS

Patents

SECTORS

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

People

Chandrasekaran R

Director
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 various 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 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 Bengaluru (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 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

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

(INTERNAL)

  • Webinar on: Navigating Legal Challenges in Infrastructure Sector in the Wake of COVID – 19, May 2020.

PRACTICE AREAS

Real Estate
Corporate & Commercial
Dispute Resolution

SECTORS

Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Infrastructure & Transportation

PEOPLE

Dipti Das

SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Mumbai

M: +91 98201 80456
E: dipti.das@foxmandal.in

Dipti is a highly efficient legal professional with more than 19 years of experience. She operates from the Mumbai office and routinely handles litigation matters ranging from civil to criminal cases. She has successfully represented clients before various statutory authorities, judicial and quasi-judicial bodies, courts, forums and commissions. Her experience also includes settling matters through mechanisms for alternate dispute resolution, especially arbitration.

EXPERTISE

Dipti has dealt with matters before the High Court, Small Causes Court, City Civil Court, District Courts, Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court, NCLT, MAHARera, Consumer Court, Sessions Court.

She is proficient in initiating legal proceedings for recovery of dues for various companies via recovery suits & issuing Legal Notices, filing recovery suits before District Courts, Complaints u/s 138 of Negotiable Instruments Act. Her skills also include drafting and dealing with Recovery Suits, Summary Suits, Testamentary matters, Writ Petitions, Contempt Petitions, Appeals, Arbitration Petitions/ Applications, Family disputes, Property matters, etc., before the High Court.

Dipti has handled various issues relating to civil, corporate and commercial, arbitrations, recovery and negotiation between clients willing to settle the matter amicably. She is accomplished in conducting extensive research work, handling procedural aspects in various courts, interacting with clients, taking instructions and preparing them for trials. She believes in building and maintaining relationships every step of the way with clients and colleagues.

In addition, she is well-versed in alternate dispute resolution, including experience in handling international arbitration, arbitration before the NSE, BSE and MCX. She has broad-based legal expertise, including experience in working with various corporations, preparing Case Papers, Plaints, Written Statements, Affidavits, Writ Petitions, Caveats, and Appeals for managing legal activities/ proceedings, complaints, etc. She is also acquainted with property related documentation. Her responsibilities further include extensive legal research and coordination with Counsels; drafting deeds and documents, including letters and application forms etc., providing legal advice to clients, conceiving appropriate legal strategies for the client’s case after assessing  case history.

Her positive outlook, organized approach and leading attribute have helped her steer her team out of crucial challenges.

EDUCATION

  • LLB, MUMBAI UNIVERSITY, 2002

ADMISSION

  • BAR COUNCIL OF MAHARASHTRA AND GOA

AFFILIATION

  • BAR ASSOCIATION OF BOMBAY HIGH COURT

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

Conference Participation

  • CII and GAR

RECOGNITION

Notable Achievements / Awards

  • Assessed as the best student for the year 2009-2010 in the Certificate Course in Intellectual Property from Institute of Intellectual Property Studies, NMIMS University.

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Corporate Law
Disciplinary Proceedings
Employment & Termination
Labour Law;Labour & Industrial Disputes
Copyrights
IP Transactions
Trademark
RERA
Arbitration
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Constitutional Law
Consumer Disputes
Economic Offences
Litigation
Mediation
Quasi-Judicial Representation

SECTORS

Consumer Goods & Retail

PEOPLE

G V Gopala Rao

Director
Bengaluru

M: +91 9483512333
E: gopala.rao@foxmandal.in

Gopala Rao co-chairs the Firm’s tax vertical in Southern India. He retired as the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai, after serving the Income Tax Department for 35 years. He specializes in Corporate Taxation, Search & Seizure Assessment Procedures, Charitable Trusts & NGOs as well as Dispute Resolution. He has extensively worked with IT & ITES, Banks & NBFCs, Automobiles & Real Estate entities.

EXPERTISE

His proficiency lies in handling tax matters of Corporate entities, MNCs, PSUs, Charitable & Religious Trusts, Search & Seizure Assessment procedures. He was also actively associated with the work relating to registration, assessment and enforcement of law relating to Charitable Trusts, which were engaged in the fields of Education, Medical care, R & D and other Charitable activities. Being on the other side of the table, he has had the expertise of deciding appeals of various Companies, PSUs, big corporate and business houses as a First Appellate Authority. He has rich experience in representing the Income Tax Department before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Income Tax Settlement Commission (ITSC), Authority for Advanced Ruling (AAR) and National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

While in service, Mr. Rao was actively associated with revenue mobilization, recovery of arrears, prosecution of the defaulters, Tax Administration, HR management and Infrastructure Development. He was also responsible for the redressal of Public Grievances and Taxpayer Services. He orated on Income Tax and socio-economic characteristics of fiscal space in society in various Public Meetings.

EDUCATION:

  • M. A. (Economics) – Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam

ADMISSION:

  • Indian Revenue Services, 1985.

FOREIGN TRAINING:

  • Attended short term Training in IIM-Bengaluru and Syracuse University, USA (jointly conducted) as a nominee of the Govt. of India

RECOGNITION:

  • Received many Rewards / Commendations from the Income Tax Department for exceptional work done in the Investigation Wing.

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Taxation
Search & Seizure Assessment Procedures
Charitable Trusts & NGOs
Dispute Resolution

SECTORS

IT & ITES
Banks & NBFCs
Automobiles
Real Estate & Developers

PEOPLE

Gaurav Goyal

Manager – Direct Tax
Mumbai

M: +91 79777 38054
E: Gaurav.goyal@foxmandal.in

Gaurav is a Chartered Accountant with 6+ years of professional experience in tax and regulatory services. He specialises in cross-border taxation issues, transfer pricing, tax advisory, litigation, and compliances.

EXPERTISE

During his career span, Gaurav has worked primarily with Big 4/ 5 professional firms such as EY and BDO. Gaurav has handled complex taxation issues and has gained experience in various industry verticals such as Oil & Gas, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), Real Estate, Manufacturing, Information technology, and Financial Services.

He has advised on tax-efficient structures for inbound and outbound investments, taxation of non-residents, transfer pricing, expats, personal and domestic taxation. He has extensive experience in handling corporate tax litigation, including handling assessment and various other tax proceedings.

EDUCATION

  • Chartered Accountant
  • M.Com

ADMISSION

AFFILIATION

  • Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India – ICAI

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • Contributed to various tax articles/ alerts on controversial issues.
  • Co-authored article on SC: Consideration Paid for Purchase of Computer Software, Not Royalty, No Obligation on Buyers to Deduct Tax at Source pulished on Lexology.

PRACTICE AREAS

Direct Tax
International Tax
Transfer Pricing
Mergers and Acquisitions
Cross border restructuring
Foreign Exchange laws
Tax Advisory and Litigation

SECTORS

Oil & Gas
Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC)
Real Estate
Manufacturing
Information technology
Financial Services

PEOPLE

Gagandeep Sood

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M:+91 99017 72347
E: gagndeep.sood@foxmandal.in

Gagandeep is a goal-focused attorney with 9+ years of experience in Corporate and Taxation laws. He has demonstrated considerable dexterity in corporate tax advisory on foreign investments, cross border trade and service arrangements. He has also assisted in the tax structuring of corporates engaged in manufacturing and service sectors with cost and profit management through effective tax planning.

EXPERTISE

With a thorough understanding of corporate laws, foreign inward/offshore investments, and indirect taxes, he is constantly sought by clients to represent them before adjudicating authorities and Custom Excise and Service Tax Tribunals (CESTAT).

His well-rounded acumen is a consequence of his prior experience in legal metrology, food and safety laws, renewable and non-renewable energy laws, and the Indian tax system. His acquaintance spans industry sectors from manufacturing, real estate, automobile, food and beverage to the apparel Industry.

His perseverance, analytical skills, and reasoned judgment have helped him hang tough and achieve remarkable success in the field. He believes that success is discipline, and that belief has catapulted him into an acme of diligence. At Fox Mandal, he constantly endeavours to achieve excellence in client service by instilling the spirit of teamwork among his colleagues.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Law (Bengaluru University, 2011)

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council 

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • https://www.lawinsport.com/item/gagandeep-sood
  • https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/honoring-honest-perspective-transparent-taxation-gagandeep-sood/
  • https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/2017-year-major-tax-reforms-gagandeep-sood/
  • https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/indias-model-bilateral-investment-treaty-tightrope-walk-sood/
  • https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/indias-new-start-up-action-plan-offers-tax-breaks-gagandeep-sood 095912609498804224/

Conference participation

  • Organised by BCIC on the developments in the law and the regulatory regime
  • Organised by CII on the developments in the law and the regulatory regime
  • Organised by Trade Councils

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Corporate Law
Family Business
Immigration
Sports Law
Indirect Tax
Direct Tax
Tax Litigation & Representation
Tax Compliance
Economic Offences

SECTORS

Agriculture
Consumer Goods & Retail
Education
Food & Beverages
Start-ups
Textiles, Apparels & Accessories