People

Indran M B

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 94835 49770
E: indran.mb@foxmandal.in

Indran is an advocate with more than 7 years of experience rendering general litigation services, general corporate legal consultation, technology, intellectual property prosecution. He has appeared before various courts, tribunals & forums, managed IP enforcement actions, concluded several commercial, transactional & technology agreements, serviced clients in managing IP portfolio, and provided consultation on Telecom, Information Technology, IP, and other commercial and procedural laws.

EXPERTISE

He is experienced in handling general litigation before various forums, Cyber Crime proceedings, Trademark prosecution before IP India Registry; CLB/NCLT Chennai & Bengaluru, NCLAT New Delhi; coordinating, drafting & managing litigation in other jurisdictions across India. He is also experienced in drafting commercial agreements, technology transactions, technology transfer, IP licensing, coexistence, and data sharing agreements.

He has expertise in advising and servicing clients on Intellectual Property prosecutions & registrations for trademark, copyright, and design matters, management of Intellectual Property portfolios, IP infringement actions. He has rendered due diligence and provided legal opinion & research on various matters, including Telecom & Broadcasting Laws, Information Technology Laws, Intellectual Property Laws, Commercial Laws, Labour Laws, FDI, Drug and Cosmetics Act licenses, and procedural laws. He is interested in upcoming technologies and their implications on the law.

He currently works in sectors ranging from Startups, Textiles, Apparel & Accessories, Information Technology, Healthcare & Life Sciences to Education, Food & Beverages, Consumer Goods & Retail, Automotive, etc. He is a dependable team player who is highly revered for his creativity and versatility.

EDUCATION

  • BA BL, Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University Chennai, 1997-2002

ADMISSION

  • BAR COUNCIL OF TAMIL NADU & PUDUCHERRY

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Employment & Termination
Labour Law
Labour & Industrial Disputes
Copyrights
Designs
Digital Media & Content
IP Transactions
Patents
Trademark
Litigation
Mediation
Artificial Intelligence
Cyber Security
Internet & E-commerce
Privacy & Data Protection
IT & Telecom
Consumer Disputes
Healthcare & Education
Health Safety & Environment
Space Law
Defense & Aviation
Logistics & Warehousing

SECTORS

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

PEOPLE

Jayaprakash Padmanaban

Partner
Chennai

M: +91 97909 76191
E: p.jayaprakash@foxmandal.in

Whether it is Real Estate Development & Planning (Residential, Commercial & Industrial) or Infrastructure Project or Government Advisory, Jayaprakash’s vast experience is constantly sought by clients to effectively manoeuvre varied legal concerns. As a partner in the Chennai office, he heads the Real Estate Practice.

EXPERTISE

In his 20 years of legal career, he has extended unique solutions in a versatile manner to a range of public and private clients. Much of his work involves handling real estate related litigation, carrying out title due diligence and drafting contracts for corporations, PSU’s, Financial Institutions, SEZ developers, real estate developers and individuals.

He also counsels clients on finance, joint ventures, debt restructuring, commercial leasing, environmental compliance and real estate redevelopment. Apart from this, he also deals with the development of townships, SEZ, commercial and industrial establishments liaising with various Government and Regulatory authorities, RERA registration, compliance and dispute resolution. He further indulges in drafting contracts relating to real estate transactions, including construction & engineering contracts, conveyance deeds, agreements relating to sale/lease, build-to-suit, leave and license, mortgage and hypothecation of property.

As part of Government advisory services, he closely interacts with policymakers and provides his expert advice on the legal intricacies surrounding new policies and reforms. As a recognition of his contribution, he has been appointed as an external legal consultant to Tamil Nadu Real Estate Regulatory Authority (TN RERA), Tamil Nadu Housing Board and Tamil Nadu Housing and Urban Development Department.

His sound working knowledge underpinned by a thorough understanding of legal principles has won him considerable recognition in the real estate industry in Chennai. He regularly conducts workshops, seminars and training programs for students, entrepreneurs, business organisations, confederations and government agencies on legal aspects revolving around the real estate industry. He is also empanelled with various Banks & NBFCs.

While the firm won an award for its ‘corporate and commercial practice’ by the Indian Business Law Journal, he was particularly commended for his ‘professionalism and quality of advice.’

EDUCATION

  • B.A. (Law) and B.L. – University of Madras

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu

AFFILIATION

  • Madras Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • Webinar on: Application of Section 56 to Leases, May 2020.
  • Webinar on: Implications of Force Majeure on Commercial Leases in the wake of Covid-19, April 2020.

PRACTICE AREAS

Real Estate
Corporate & Commercial
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Environmental Law

SECTORS

Infrastructure & Transportation
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Funds
Manufacturing
Services

PEOPLE

Jeevanandham Rajagopal

Partner
Chennai

M: +91 +91 98411 66670
E: r.jeevanandham@foxmandal.in

A Fulbright fellow, Jeeva understands the pulse of complex business transactions and applies his expertise in Commercial Laws to provide valuable advice to his clients. As a partner at Fox Mandal, he heads the Chennai office and co-chairs the Corporate and Commercial practice of the firm in South and West India. He has significant experience in the energy sector, especially renewable and technology-related.

EXPERTISE

Well-accoutered with over 18 years of diverse experience, he advises on a variety of arrangements that go to the core of clients’ ongoing business. These include foreign investment in India, joint ventures, debt and equity funding of projects and companies. He also works on inbound & outbound investments, mergers and acquisitions transactions and specializes in promoter/founder/investee representation.

He further deals in structuring and advising on overseas direct investment by Indian entities and Intellectual Property laws with a specific focus on transaction IP, IP strategies and facilitation and management of technology transfers.

His expertise also encompasses advising on debt and equity funding strategies, private equity and fund investments, as well as management of compliance. In addition, Jeeva has been mentoring several entrepreneurs and start-ups, often hand-holding many of them through multiple rounds of funding and exits.

His leadership skills and entrepreneurial approach has helped him to serve as the co-chair of ABA’s International Sub Committee of Young Lawyers since 2013 and be one of the first non-American lawyers to be recognized by ABA as Ambassador for its Business Law Section. He is also a committee member of the British Business Group and a member of the renewable energy and law committees of the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He was instrumental in helping the firm win an award for its ‘corporate and commercial practice’ by the Indian Business Law Journal, where his clients commended his ‘professionalism and quality of advice’.

EDUCATION

  • Global Leadership Program – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
  • B.A. (Law) and B.L. – University of Madras

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu
  • Patent Agent

AFFILIATION

  • Madras Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • British Business Group

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • Webinar on: Re-Calibrating Contracts and Collaborations-during Covid-19 & Beyond, April 2020.

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate
Intellectual Property Rights
Funds
Mergers & Acquisitions
Renewable Energy

SECTORS

Energy – Renewable & Technology
Education
Hospitality
Healthcare & Life sciences
Infrastructure & Transportation
Manufacturing
Technology, Media & Telecom

PEOPLE

John Zachariah

Group Head
Chennai

M: +91 99401 56935
E: john.zachariah@foxmandal.in

John is a seasoned litigator with 30 years of professional experience appearing in various courts and tribunals in Tamil Nadu. He is known for giving candid opinions and pragmatic solutions to his clients by ensuring a workable course of action. He works on varied practice areas ranging from corporate to employment and also works in other forms of dispute resolution.

EXPERTISE

John has appeared before the High Court and also before the Subordinate Courts and various Tribunals in Tamil Nadu, dealing with a variety of issues with a special focus on labour and employment matters. He has also worked in the creation of various Tribunals, to deal with specific issues. He currently works in the sectors of Agriculture, Automotive, Education, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Information Technology, Textiles, Apparels & Accessories for Fox Mandal. Client satisfaction is paramount for him, and he tries to achieve it through diligence and hard work.

EDUCATION

  • B.A. B.L. – Pondicherry University – 1991

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamilnadu & Pondicherry

AFFILIATION

  • Member of Madras Bar Association/Madras High Court Advocates Association

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Anti Sexual Harassment and Discrimination at Workplace
Disciplinary Proceedings
Employment & Termination
Health Safety & Environment
Labour Law
Labour & Industrial Disputes
Corporate Law
Environment
RERA
Arbitration
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Consumer Disputes
Litigation
Mediation
Quasi-Judicial Representation

SECTORS

Agriculture
Automotive
Education
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Information Technology
Textiles, Apparels & Accessories

PEOPLE

Kaamya Ramanan

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 98459 99480
E: kaamya.ramanan@foxmandal.in

With ample experience in the field of Employment and Corporate laws, Kaamya has been handling the firm’s Employment law practice in Bengaluru for over 7 years, with a focus on employment law-related advisory, documentation, and assistance with compliance. Her clients regard her for her remarkable legal acumen and workable resolutions.

EXPERTISE

Kaamya assists clients in various Employment-related legal matters, including advisory, documentation, compliance, structuring of policies, and handling of disciplinary / termination-related issues, with a view of balancing legal and practical requirements.

Since has been actively involved in the Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (POSH) practice, including the preparation of requisite documentation, such as policies, guidelines, notices, and resolutions, and providing advice on all matters relating to complaints of sexual harassment, preparation of training and awareness modules as well as serving as the external member on the Internal Complaints Committees of companies.

She also has varied experience with corporate commercial advisory and documentation, including commercial transactions, wills, trusts, data protection, FSSAI, FEMA, FDI, insurance, and related laws. She is a decisive and trustworthy attorney with remarkable communication skills and strong work ethics.

EDUCATION

  • BA LLB (5 Years), Christ University (Bengaluru Univerity), 2012

ADMISSION

  • Karnataka Bar Council

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

EXTERNAL

  • Hurdles to Inter-Generational Wealth Transfers in Pluralistic India, October 2014, Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Newsletter, International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, https://www.ibanet.org/Document/Default.aspx?DocumentUid=FE19A86E-484E-4A28-A83A-25CF3159C6DC

INTERNAL

  • Government To Subsidize Extended Maternity Benefits Available To Women Employees – Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, July 2019
  • Impact of Supreme Court Ruling Pertaining to Calculation of Provident Fund Contribution on Allowances, Aug 2019
  • A New Era of Labour Laws Beginning With The Code of Wages, 2019, Sep 2019
  • Consolidation Of Labour Laws – Balancing Ease of Business with Employee Right, Oct 2020
  • Highlights Of The Code On Social Security, Nov 2020

Speaking opportunity

  • Employee Labour Welfare Laws, 18th March, 2017, Institute of Company Secretaries India, Bengaluru Chapter

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Law
Commercial Law
Family Business
Anti Sexual Harassment and Discrimination at Workplace
Compliance Audit
Disciplinary Proceedings
Employment & Termination
Health Safety & Environment
Labour Law
Labour & Industrial Disputes
Organizational Policies
Arbitration
Restructuring & Reorganization
Privacy & Data Protection
Logistics & Warehousing
Regulatory Compliance

SECTORS

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

PEOPLE

Kaustuv Chunder

Partner
Chennai & Kolkata

M:+91 98367 91212
E: kaustuv.chunder@foxmandal.in

Kaustuv Chunder is a partner in the Chennai office having over three decades of experience as a general practice lawyer. Kaustuv has developed a solid track record assisting clients across wide-ranging industry sectors with a particular focus on litigations and alternate dispute resolutions in the fields of civil, commercial and banking as well as commercial contracts and labour issues.

EXPERTISE

Kaustuv is a fourth-generation lawyer associated with the firm since 1982. He has substantive experience in handling infrastructure construction-related disputes, labour and human resources issues, company matters, transfer of immovable property-related issues, testamentary and intestate succession issues, writ matters under the Indian constitution, etc.

He has given opinions and advised clients, including many public sector undertakings, private sector enterprises, financial institutions, private commercial establishments and small business houses, in addition to numerous individuals and families. Most of Kaustuv’s clients are engaged in manufacturing, industrial, banking, financial, real estate, infrastructure, logistics and environmental sectors.

He has also been involved in matters related to the commercial activities of several foreign enterprises. Moreover, he has advised pro-bono and guided several economically confronted individuals in cases of oppression and unfair deprivations. 

EDUCATION

  • LLB – Calcutta University
  • BA – Political Science with Economics

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of West Bengal

AFFILIATION

  • Supreme Court Bar Association
  • Incorporated Law Society– High Court of Calcutta
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association

PRACTICE AREAS

Litigation & Alternate Dispute Resolution
Corporate & Commercial
Employment & Human Resources

SECTORS

Manufacturing
Service
Banking, Financial Services and Insurance
Infrastructure, Transportation and Logistics

PEOPLE

Keerthi Kishore B C

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 99864 66139
E: keerthi.kishore@foxmandal.in

Keerthi Kishore has over 13 years of experience working as an attorney in the real estate sector and offers his services from the firm’s Bengaluru office. He primarily practices 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 works across varied practice areas with a special focus on the agriculture sector.

EXPERTISE

Keerthi Kishore 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 is further equipped to advise on the procedural aspects of stamp duty and registration of real estate documentation.

Keerthi Kishore 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 is skilled in organizing complex issues in a time-efficient manner and works through his networking abilities and creative thinking.

EDUCATION

  • BAL
  • LL.B

ADMISSION

  • Karnataka State Bar Council

PUBLICATIONS

Conference

  • ITech Law Summit in 2013.
  • Bengaluru Tech Law summit in 2017.

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real Estate
RERA
Litigation
Mediation
Joint Venture

SECTORS

Agriculture

PEOPLE

Laxman Erelli

Senior Associate
Hyderabad

M: +91 98485 64543
E: erelli.laxman@foxmandal.in

Laxman has over 19 years of transactional experience in real estate domain with a special focus on conducting title due diligence as well as drafting, pleading, conveyancing and preparing legal/commercial documents. He also provides client support and performs advisory functions.

EXPERTISE

Laxman offers clear and succinct advice towards the successful completion of comprehensive title due diligence, be it for acquisition, disposal, development or property dispute of the land. He is further proficient in drafting various deeds, including Lease Deed, Sale Deeds, Agreement of Sale, Development Agreements etc., to the utmost satisfaction of his clients.

Being adaptive, communicative and having clarity of thoughts has helped him stay ahead of the curve in all client matters.

EDUCATION

  • LL.B, Osmania University, Hyderabad, 1997
  • M. Com, Osmania University, Hyderabad 1993

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Real Estate

SECTORS

Agriculture

PEOPLE

Lubna Fairoze

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 99160 08708
E: lubna.fairoze@foxmandal.in

A distinguished rank holder in corporate and commercial laws from Christ University, Lubna has over 8 years of experience in Dispute Resolution. She regularly appears in various courts and tribunals in Bengaluru and across the country. A thorough professional, Lubna is known for formulating effective litigation strategies and offering resolutions in a time-efficient manner.

EXPERTISE

Having begun her career in Litigation with Anup S Shah Law Firm, Bengaluru and then being associated with M/s Srinivas and Badri Counsels, Bengaluru, Lubna has handled cases pertaining to Arbitration, Property Laws, Mining Laws and other civil matters before the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka, trial Courts, arbitral tribunals and other tribunals. Lubna also specialises in the newly enacted RERA Act and Commercial Courts Act. She is skilled in handling cases pertaining to varied industry sectors with a special focus on consumer goods and information technology.

EDUCATION

  • LLM (Corporate and Commercial Laws) from School of Law, Christ University in 2014

ADMISSION

  • Enrolled with the Bar Council of India

PUBLICATIONS

  • A Study on the evolution of adversarial system and the rise of various methods of
    Alternative Disputes Resolution System in India.
    Published online by Researcher’s Club on July 12, 2014 bearing ISSN Number: 2347-9922
    https://researchersclub.wordpress.com/?s=A+Study+on+the+evolution+of+adversarial+
    system+and+the+rise+of+various+methods+of+Alternative+Disputes+Resolution+System
    +in+India
  • Guns- A boon or a Bane under the U.S. Constitution
    Published online by International Journal of law and legal jurisprudence studies in Vol 1
    Issue 2 bearing ISSN No. 2348 8212
    http://ijlljs.in/guns-a-boon-or-a-bane-under-the-u-s-constitutionlubna-fairoze-and-
    srividya-r-sastry-institution-school-of-law-christ-university-batch-2013-2014/
  • Cartelization in the Indian Competitive Market
    Published online by International Journal of law and legal jurisprudence studies in Vol 3
    Issue 1 bearing ISSN No. 2348 8212
    http://ijlljs.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Cartelization-in-Indian-Competitve-Market.pdf

RECOGNITION

  • Rank Holder in LLM, Corporate and Commercial Laws.

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Family Business
Anti Sexual Harassment and Discrimination at Workplace
Employment & Termination
Health Safety & Environment
Labour Law
Labour & Industrial Disputes
Corporate Real Estate
Environment
RERA
Arbitration
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Consumer Disputes
Litigation
Mediation
Economic Offences

SECTORS

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

PEOPLE

MADHU K

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 87225 58844
E: madhu.k@foxmandal.in

Madhu is a skilled patent professional having over 10 years of practical experience in handling patent requirement of varied entities. He works in the Intellectual Property (IP) vertical at the firm’s Bengaluru office and has conducted over 700 patentability searches and drafted over 200 patent applications. With a positive outlook and patient disposition, he ensures that his clients receive holistic resolutions.

EXPERTISE

Prior to working with Fox Mandal, he has worked with other well-known IP firms in India. Madhu has handled all kinds of patent-related matters including patentability assessment searches, infringement analysis, claim mapping, state-of-the-art searches, FTO searches and establishing FTO opinions, technology landscaping and whitespace analysis, patent validation, and invalidation searches, competitor patent monitoring, drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications.

He has worked with the R&D teams of multiple clients and assisted them in taking suitable IP enforcement actions pertaining to their innovations. He has majorly worked with entities in the Information Technology, Education, Consumer Goods & Retail, Automotive, Start-ups, Textiles, Apparels & Accessories sectors.

Madhu’s adaptive nature, willingness to learn and clear communication skills resonates well with his peers and clients.

EDUCATION

  • BE-Computer Science, Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), 2009

ADMISSION

  • Indian Patent Agent-IN/PA-3853

PRACTICE AREAS

Patents

SECTORS

Information Technology
Education
Consumer Goods & Retail
Automotive
Start-ups
Textiles, Apparels & Accessories
Agriculture