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

Senior Associate
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

Ruturaj Chaudhari

Senior Associate
Pune

M: +91 93722 27272
E: ruturaj.chaudhari@foxmandal.in

Ruturaj from our Pune office is a dedicated professional with an experience of over 12 years in the field of corporate Real Estate and litigation. Most of his clients belong to the Consumer Goods & Retail, Automotive, Start-ups, and Information Technology Sectors.

EXPERTISE

He has been extensively involved in advising on the acquisition of rights, title and interests in immovable property/ies, including commercial, residential, industrial, agricultural lands/properties through Absolute Conveyance, Agreement to Sell, Lease, Mortgage, Joint Venture, Development Agreement, Power of Attorneys, Leave and Licence Agreement .

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.


He further offers legal advice on testate and intestate succession as well as the implications of the Stamp Duty and Registration Fee obligations. He has also handled Civil/ Revenue matters by representing clients before the appropriate Courts arising in connection with Partition, Declaration, Acquisition, Succession, Debt Recovery, Dispossession, etc.

Ruturaj helps clients think transversely across sectors and provides comprehensive legal solutions with dedication and determination.

EDUCATION

  • LL.M. (Masters in Law) – Bharati University – 2009

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa & Bar Association of Pune

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Real Estate
Litigation

SECTORS

Consumer Goods & Retail
Automotive
Start-ups
Information Technology

PEOPLE

Ramasubramanian N

Group Head
Chennai

M: +91 95000 47123
E: n.ramasubramanian@foxmandal.in

Ramasubramanian is a lawyer and Company Secretary, currently heading the corporate compliance team at Fox Mandal, Chennai. He has over 12 years of experience specializing mainly in corporate compliance, consulting, and assisting Indian and foreign clients operating in various sectors. He has advised entities on compliances under various corporate laws and regulatory requirements relating to FDI, Companies Act, RBI, FEMA, etc. A bulk of his clients are from the Startups and Information Technology sector. His sound decision making and knack for problem solving has made him a trusted advisor for his clients.

EXPERTISE

His expertise spans across corporate law matters; compliances under the Companies Act, 1956, companies act, 2013, FEMA, etc. He is further skilled with the incorporation of companies, LLPs, societies, trusts, branch office, liaison office, and project offices. He also works in mergers, amalgamations, acquisitions, business transfers, including the restructuring of capital and management. Ram also offers investment advisory and handles matters pertaining to the compounding of offences under corporate laws and FEMA, secretarial audit and legal audit/legal, due diligence.

Ram is adept at drafting various investments related agreements and opinions under the companies act and FEMA, voluntary winding up and strike off of companies. The dextrously manages the closure of branch office, liaison office, and project offices and providing assistance for the closure of companies (both striking off and voluntary liquidation route). He is further proficient in liaison and procedural support in interactions with government and quasi-judicial authorities such as Registrar of Companies (RoC), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Regional Director (RD), Official Liquidator (OL) National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) etc. He has outstanding leadership qualities and a constant zest for learning.

EDUCATION

  • B.Com – Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore, 2001
  • LLB – Sri Venkateswara University, 2011

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

Conference

  • Attended the conference and seminar organised by ICSI

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Law
Compliance Audit
M&A and Cross Border Transactions
Restructuring & Reorganization
Joint Venture
Private Equity
FDI & ODI
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory
Regulatory Compliance

SECTORS

Start-ups
Information Technology

PEOPLE

Sripriya Padmanabhan

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 99008 33550
E: sripriya.p@foxmandal.in

With over 9 years of  experience in Intellectual Property & Commercial laws, Sripriya is a Group Head at Fox Mandal’s Bengaluru office. The majority of her work involves commercial law, copyrights, designs, IP transactions, trademark, media, entertainment & gaming, sports law, digital media & content, privacy & data protection, litigation, and internet & e-commerce. She provides diverse and all-encompassing solutions to her clients and is revered for her meticulous attention to details.

EXPERTISE

Sripriya handles various aspects of IP work including trademarks, copyrights, designs, confidential information, and provides suitable expertise in registrability, enforcement, and management. She works with a wide range of clients, which include start-ups, multinational corporations, partnerships, societies, etc., across various industries like fashion, F&B, IT, media, pharmaceutical, retail, etc.

She has advised clients in technology-related transactions pertaining to the development, license and commercialization of software and related products. She has also assisted clients with creating and updating policies that are compliant with data privacy laws. She has further represented clients across various sectors on transactions pertaining to franchise, licensing and assignment.

As part of the Media & Entertainment practice, she works closely with music & film production houses, actors and artists and has worked on several transactions such as digital distribution, celebrity endorsement, talent management, content license and assignment.

EDUCATION

  • BA LLB (Hons), Nalsar University of Law, 2009

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of India

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • INCASE Brand Wins Domain Incase.in, July 29, 2020, International Trademark Association,
    https://www.inta.org/perspectives/india-incase-brand-wins-domain-incase-in/
  • Dynamic Rulings on Dynamic Injunctions, September 23, 2020, Business World, http://bwlegalworld.businessworld.in/author/Guest-Author/Sripriya-Padmanabhan-89322/

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

  • International Trademark Association (Presently a member of Non-Traditional Marks- India-Sub-Committee)
  • Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
  • All About Music
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • ITech Law

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Copyrights
Designs
IP Transactions
Trademark
Media, Entertainment & Gaming
Sports Law
Digital Media & Content
Privacy & Data Protection
Litigation
Internet & E-commerce

SECTORS

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

PEOPLE

Sudarshan V Lakvalli

Vice President
Bengaluru

M: +91 78926 03544
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

Group Head
Mumbai

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

Sushant Shetty from the Mumbai office is the Practice Head – 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

AFFILIATION

  • International Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • ‘Lacunae in SEBI’s proposed REIT regulation in India’ – January, 2015 – IBA’s Asia Pacific Regional Forum Newsletter [https://www.ibanet.org/Document/Default.aspx?DocumentUid=0A5C109F-6234-4A5B-9CA7-A57DDE03D912]
  • ‘Coasting Along The Waters Of Fate: An Analysis Of The Supreme Court View’ – November 2019 – IBA’s Asia Pacific Regional Forum Newsletter [https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=02245CFC-818F-47E0-B2CF-E03D33467322]
  • ‘E(law)vating Your Thoughts’ – August, 2020 – Elevator World (India edition), the premier journal for the international building transportation industry [https://www.linkedin.com/posts/sushantlaw_elevator-world-elawvating-your-thoughts-activity-6701811054332166144-ZLIY/]
  • ‘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.

PRACTICE AREAS

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

SECTORS

Agriculture

PEOPLE

Vibhore Chaturvedi

Senior Associate
Mumbai

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

Vibhore is a Senior Associate 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