PEOPLE

Mali Pavan Gowda

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 89711 16111
E: mali.pavangowda@foxmandal.in

Mali Pavan Gowda brings more than 7 years of experience as a lawyer specializing chiefly in real estate and land acquisition pertaining to the Agriculture sector. His experience further includes Civil and Criminal Litigation. His creative thinking, work ethics and clear communication has consistently turned up trumps with his clients.

EXPERTISE

Pawan specializes in advising and providing legal assistance in real estate matters, especially for finalising the most favourable/preferred location and other allied searches, including vetting of documents and verification of title. He further gives legal opinions in respect of land for acquisition for new projects to builders and corporate establishments. He also offers legal assistance in relation to the construction and development of projects and related contracts, sub-contracts, service agreements and maintenance agreements.

Moreover, he is experienced in providing legal procedural advice and assistance for regular Pre/Post Purchase/Sale and all relevant documentation including the issuance of Letter-of-Intent, Memorandum of Understanding, Public Notice, Agreement-to-Sale, Sale Deed etc. In addition, he offers legal assistance in relation to bringing up and developing Facility/Built-to-Suit Campus.

Pawan is also well versed in various applicable central, state and regional legislation and rules pertaining to Real Estate, such as Zonal Regulations, Building Byelaws, Comprehensive Development Plans, Coastal Regulatory Zonal Regulations, Rules pertaining to Environmental Impact Assessment and Fire Safety Norms etc.

He further advises on Stamp Duty and Registration Fee obligations and on setting up of SEZ and EOUs and on statutory compliances required for Star Classification for Hotel and Hospitality establishments.

EDUCATION

  • B.A.L Bachelor of Academic Law
  • L.L.B Bachelor of Law Bengaluru University 2011

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real Estate
Industrial Unit, Park, SEZ & IT Park
Renewable Energy
RERA
Joint Venture
Solar Energy
Wind Energy

SECTORS

Agriculture

PEOPLE

Malvika Bakshi

Senior Associate
Mumbai

M: +91 98206 59238
E: malvika.bakshi@foxmandal.in

Malvika has 11 years of experience as a Real Estate lawyer and works at the firm’s Mumbai Office. Her practice also extends to Corporate and Commercial Litigation as well as matters pertaining to Consumer Law and Admiralty Law. The sectors she primarily focusses on encompasses Education, Consumer Goods & Retail to Food & Beverages and Start-up.

EXPERTISE

Malvika’s expertise in Real Estate & Litigation includes advising on acquisition of rights, title and interests in immovable property/ies including commercial and residential properties (from title verification, due diligence to drafting, reviewing and finalizing various agreements and deeds, negotiating relevant terms & conditions and completing registration procedures) through absolute conveyance, agreement to sell, lease, mortgage, Joint Venture, development agreement, power of attorneys, leave and licence agreement and so on;

She has further worked on assignments pertaining to redevelopment of housing societies in Mumbai. In addition, she advises on testate and intestate succession, Consumer Law, Stamp Duty and Registration Fee obligations and providing legal assistance & facilitating registration procedure at the concerned Sub Registrar’s offices. She also takes up Civil matters by representing clients before the appropriate Courts arising in connection with Property disputes. Malvika is further skilled in handling matters related to Employment and Labour Law.

She wins her client’s trust through her compassionate disposition exhibiting emotional intelligence and providing creative solutions.

EDUCATION

  • Masters of Law (LLM) – Mumbai University 2014

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa

AFFILIATION

  • IPBA

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Anti Sexual Harassment and Discrimination at Workplace
Employment & Termination
Labour Law
Labour & Industrial Disputes
Trademark
Corporate Real Estate
Residential, Commercial & Township Development
RERA
Arbitration
Constitutional Law
Consumer Disputes
Litigation

SECTORS

Education
Consumer Goods & Retail;Food & Beverages;Start-ups;·

PEOPLE

Manaswini Mishra

Content Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 99715 33733
E: manaswini.mishra@foxmandal.in

An experienced lawyer and an accomplished journalist, Manaswini is the Content Head at Fox Mandal. She manages the overall content building activities and augments the firm’s thought leadership as well as media outreach. Equipped with a law degree from Symbiosis Law School, Pune, and having been awarded for excellence in the field of journalism, her pursuit naturally synergized with legal writing and communication.

EXPERTISE

Manaswini is a multi-skilled professional with extensive exposure in the Indian legal, accounting, and media industry as well as the US publishing industry. She has an overall experience of 5 years as a lawyer and more than 9 years as a content creator. She has successfully managed the legal writing team of a renowned US tax publication and worked as a corporate associate for prominent tax and accounting firms.

Her legal knowledge and drafting skills help her in effectively managing the content building activity of a law firm. She maintains editorial governance in order to keep the content consistent with brand voice, style and tone. She is also involved in the business development and CSR initiatives of the firm and further manages media communications.

In addition, she manages a YouTube channel with a significant subscriber base where she helps budding mothers with advice on maternity and childcare. She believes that cogent communication can drive change and channel growth. She is a strong supporter of freedom of expression and the movement towards gender equality.

EDUCATION

  • BALLB, Symbiosis Law School, 2011
  • Diploma in International Business Laws & Corporate Laws from Symbiosis Law School, Pune

ADMISSION

  • BAR COUNCIL OF MAHARASHTRA AND GOA

AFFILIATION

  • Member of Bar Association of Odisha

RECOGNITION

  • Awarded for Excellence in Journalism by the Odisha State Journalist Union.
  • YouTube channel – @themomschannel – 5000+ subscribers and more than 2 million views.

PEOPLE

Naga Champa B N

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 99458 34978
E: champa.bn@foxmandal.in

Naga Champa has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate practice and has been working as a group head at the firm’s Bengaluru office for the past 4 years. Her practice areas include Residential, Commercial & Township Development as well as Construction Finance. She particularly focuses on the Agriculture sector.

EXPERTISE

Naga Champa provides comprehensive solutions on Real Estate matters,  including Title Due Diligence, Conveyancing, and dealing with NBFCs. Her skills span from handling small matters to huge assignments such as the acquisition of lands up to 100 Acres at a stretch. She is adept at client handling and demonstrates remarkable work ethics. She is a member of the Better Business Bureau and volunteers to provide pragmatic solutions to the day to day administrative issues at the firm.

EDUCATION

  • LLB, Bengaluru University – passed out in 2000
  • LLM – Kuvempu University, Shivamogga – passed out in 2011

ADMISSION

  • Karnataka State Bar Council

AFFILIATION

  • Member in BBB

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Construction Finance

SECTORS

Agriculture

PEOPLE

Prof. Nripendra Lal Mitra

Partner
Bengaluru

M: +91 98805 93282
E: nl.mitra@foxmandal.in

Prof. N. L. Mitra is a Partner at Fox Mandal, Bengaluru. Author of more than 11 books and over 200 research papers, he is a highly regarded legal luminary. He has functioned as the Chairman of various important financial committees of the country and played an advisory role in important judicial reformation. He is a visiting professor at various National Law Schools and Advisor to IIT Kharagpur. He is acknowledged as an expert in conveyancing, market operations and investment law and practice.

EXPERTISE

Prof. Mitra was the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Market Studies/ Research Projects, Competition Commission of India. He headed several chairs in various universities and was the vice-chancellor of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru (1997-2000) and Chancellor of KIIT University. He was also the Founder Vice-Chancellor of the prestigious law institute in India- National Law University, Jodhpur. In addition, Prof. Mitra has been associated with many leading institutions, including the RBI, SEBI, GIC etc., in various capacities.

Prof. Mitra is a life member of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and India Law Institute (ILI), a former member of the Executive Committee of Common Wealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) and a  former invitee to the American Law Deans Association and American Bar Association.

He is also a member of the Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India. Moreover, he has been involved with several research projects on financial sectors and infrastructural legal reforms with the Harvard University, Asia Development Bank, UNDP and the World Bank. He is actively involved in drafting several legislations pertaining to the infrastructural sector, markets, including reforms in banking regulations, bankruptcy laws, financial frauds, investor protection and fiscal responsibility. To his credit, he has published over eleven books and more than 200 research papers in national and international journals and law reports.

He has conducted research on various contemporary issues like Gujarat Earthquake, the suicide of farmers, pesticide manufacture and distribution system etc. Prof. Mitra very actively supported the legal reform in International Harmonization Law, International Criminal Law, and armed conflict. He has advised the International Red Cross Society and VNHCR. Prof. Mitra gave the thematic address on the International Criminal Justice System in the Afro-Asian Consultative Committee Meeting in 1999 in Tehran.

He was the initiator of the Environmental Law Reform and Comprehensive protective system in 1999-2000 formed by the World Bank and was the National Committee Member certified by the Ministry of Environment. Prof. Mitra introduced the Distant Learning in Law in India with the Master Degree in Business Laws through Global Education.

EDUCATION

  • Strausburg France – Post Doc. Fellowship on Human Right movements
  • University of Calcutta – PH.D. (1982)
  • Utkal University – LL.M. (1978)
  • University of Calcutta –LL.B. (1961)
  • University of Calcutta – M. Com (1960)

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of India
  • Bar Association of West Bengal

AFFILIATION

  • Chairman Research and Advocacy Committee Competition Commission of India
  • Advisor to Governor of Reserve Bank of India on Financial Sector Reform (2000-2002)
  • Chairman of National Committee on Bankruptcy by RBI (1999-2000)
  • Member of Committee on Fiscal Discipline and Management (2000-1) under Ministry of Finance and presented the Report to the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpai
  • Member of the Banking Law Reform Committee (1998-99)
  • Chairman of Reform of Security Exchange Board of India Act on which comprehensive reform of the Security Exchange Board of India Act has been passed by Parliament in 2002
  • Chairman of National Committee on Financial Fraud (1999-2000) based on the report Serious Fraud Investigation Agency has been created in CBI
  • Member Of Standard Setting Committee Of Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) ( 2002-2004)
  • Member Of Legal Advisory Committee And Law Enforcement Committee Of Security Exchange Board Of India (SEBI) (2002-2005)
  • Advisor to RBI Committee on Electric Fund Transfer

RECOGNITION

  • https://www.lawyersupdate.co.in/personality-of-the-month/personality-of-the-month-prof-n-l-mitra-law-education-must-be-imparted-for-professional-use-in-all-domains/

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • The New Jurisprudence – The Grammar of Modern Law (Tagore Law Lectures)
  • Juvenile delinquency and Indian justice system
  • Report of The Advisory Group on Bankruptcy Laws – May 2001 –RBI
  • The Report of the Expert Committee on Legal Aspects of BankFrauds – Sep 2001 – RBI

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate
Antitrust & Competition
Banking & Finance
Intellectual Property

SECTORS

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

PEOPLE

Padma Sinha

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 99007 87661
E: padma.sinha@foxmandal.in

Padma brings in over 10 years of experience advising clients in the technology space, from start-ups to fast-growing and mid-market business to mature global enterprises, across practice areas on corporate transactions, regulatory, compliance, employment, privacy laws, and contracting issues. She has successfully helped her clients navigate complex technology regulations through impressive critical thinking and effective drafting skills.

EXPERTISE

Padma has been associated with FoxMandal since 2006, when she started her legal career. After a  5 year stint with FoxMandal, Padma moved in-house with Infosys Limited, a 13 billion Indian multinational technology company, where she offered advice to the business teams on legal challenges for strategic business movements to various global markets.

She worked in-house and in law firms in London since 2015 with technology companies focussing on IT and internet laws, cloud computing, and ‘software-as-a-service transactions. She worked as a sole legal counsel for a London-based company in the sensory mobile marketing technology sector, handling two rounds of investment to take the company through its initial business cycle and further advising on legal matters including commercial and technology transactions, incorporating subsidiaries, conducting legal reviews of business and product development activities, employment matters including establishing employment best practices.

Padma read for an LLM in Public International law and an MPhil in privacy laws around surveillance in the United Kingdom. She had been actively involved with the university research groups and civil society organisations, contributing to research papers and articles. She currently works for the Information Technology and Start-up sectors at Fox Mandal.

EDUCATION

  • LLM- Queen Mary University of London
  • MPhil- Brunel University, London

ADMISSION

  • Karnataka State Bar Council

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Corporate Law
Employment & Termination
Labour Law
Digital Media & Content
Regulatory Compliance
International Trade & WTO
FDI & ODI
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory
IT & Telecom
Space Law
Privacy & Data Protection
Internet & E-commerce
Cyber Security
Artificial Intelligence

SECTORS

Information Technology
Start-ups

PEOPLE

Partha Pratim Goswami

Senior Associate
Hyderabad

M: +91 97395 84397
E: partha.goswami@foxmandal.in

Partha has been associated with the firm for almost 9 years. Having honed his trade first at the firm’s Bengaluru office, Partha has surged to working as a Senior Associate with the firm’s Hyderabad unit. He offers legal solutions on a broad spectrum of practices, especially in the commercial, investment and renewable energy sector.

EXPERTISE

Partha is a skilled corporate and commercial lawyer who specializes in private equity and venture capital transactions. Partha has participated extensively in due diligence reviews and legal audits for various companies across diverse industries, inter alia IT and manufacturing industries. Partha is adept in scrutinizing and assessing the risk of companies with regards to compliance in various aspects such as corporate, financial indebtedness, contracts, and commitments, real estate, labour, environment, etc.; Partha is also proficient at drafting and reviewing complicated transaction documentation and commercial contracts. His hardworking and persevering disposition has struck a chord with his clients and peers alike.

EDUCATION

  • BALLB, Bengaluru University, 2011

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Assam

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • https://www.foxmandal.in/corporate-insolvency-under-the-insolvency-and-bankruptcy-code-2016/

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Corporate Law
Antitrust & Competition Law
Compliance Audit
Employment & Termination
Labour Law
Joint Venture
M&A and Cross Border Transactions
Privacy & Data Protection
Private Equity
Fund formation & structuring
Venture Capital
IT & Telecom
FDI & ODI
Regulatory Compliance
Labour & Industrial Disputes
Organizational Policies
Media, Entertainment & Gaming
Corporate Real Estate
Data Center, Warehousing & Logistics
Construction Finance
Renewable Energy
Industrial Unit, Park, SEZ & IT Park
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Arbitration
Consumer Disputes
Litigation
Divestment
Restructuring & Reorganization
Debt Funding & Restructuring
Investment Funds
Project Finance
Public Policy

SECTORS

Agriculture
Automotive
Food & Beverages
Education
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Information Technology
Start-ups

PEOPLE

Prakash Bhat

SENIOR MANAGER
Bengaluru

M: +91 99023 26672
E: prakash.r@foxmandal.in

Prakash is an accounting and statutory registration professional with more than 16 years of
substantive experience with a major focus on the Information Technology sector. In the past year, he has maintained 1600 minimum annual billable hours and scored 90% on client satisfaction. He has been dedicated, focussed, and taken initiative in all his undertakings.

EXPERTISE

His functions include day to day accounting up to finalisation of accounts, coordination with auditors for finalisation of the Accounts & Auditing, Preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual GST, profession tax, income tax Return, preparations of, EPF, TDS, quarterly e-TDS & HR Payroll process. etc.

He is also involved in the preparation of Invoices GST, Trading invoices, import & export Invoices; attending to the PF, Income tax, GST assessment; timely Submission of statutory documents to STPI – Softex Forms; Monthly report; Qty Report; Annual Report; Bond register; handling EOU units works; preparation of Financials (Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Accounts); preparation of management reports & coordinating with the parent company, payment of profession tax, GST, TDS, annual filing of Form U under Labour Law, annual filing of Form D under Labour law, Statutory Registrations (Shops & Commercial Establishment, Profession Tax, Profession Tax Enrolment, Import Export Code, GST, STPI & NON-STPI); refund processing under GST Act; preparation & submission of Documents under Electronic Bank Realisation Certificate (EBRC).

EDUCATION

  •  BBM, Finance
  • M. Com.

PRACTICE AREAS

Banking and Finance
Compliance Audit
Labour Law
Direct Tax
Indirect Tax
International Tax & Transfer Pricing
Tax Compliance
FSSAI

SECTORS

Information Technology

PEOPLE

Pramod Banthia

Director
Bengaluru

M: +91 98900 36292
E: pramod.banthia@foxmandal.in

Pramod is a Director at the Fox Mandal Bengaluru Office and handles the entire gamut of indirect tax practice of the firm. He has more than 23 years of professional experience in indirect taxes and was a tax partner for 10 years with a Big4 consulting firm. Over the years, he has provided many practical solutions to complex tax problems that were in line with the business objectives of his clients.

EXPERTISE

Pramod has acquired comprehensive experience in the application of indirect tax laws including Customs, GST, Central and State Excise, Service Tax, Entry Tax (including Octroi and LBT), Value Added Tax, FTP, EOU/STPI, SEZ, etc. while serving a broad range of international and Indian clients.

He has advised clients on structuring tax-efficient transaction models. He has further assisted in devising appropriate pricing strategies with respect to products imported from related parties and assisted in presenting the valuation matter before the Special Valuation Branch of the Customs Department. He has also assisted clients in seeking advance rulings/ clarifications on various issues.

Pramod has been involved in conducting indirect tax due diligence of several large companies. He has handheld several clients from various industries in transitioning from erstwhile indirect tax regime to GST regime in 2017.

Pramod has been interacting extensively with the indirect tax authorities and developed a good relationship with senior-level officials during the course of audit and investigations, assessments, representations, etc. on behalf of several multinational clients.

Pramod was seconded to PwC New York Office for 6 months to assist its global clients on indirect tax matters pertaining to operations across the world. He has been a regular speaker at seminars and written articles on topical issues in indirect taxation in various leading English business newspapers and magazines.

EDUCATION:

  • Chartered Accountancy (CA) from ICAI
  • Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (B. Com) from the University of Calcutta
  • Attended advanced leadership program conducted by INSEAD Singapore

ADMISSION:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

AFFILIATION:

  • Member of Indirect & State Taxes – Expert Committee of the Bengaluru Chamber of Commerce

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS:

  • Published post budget tax analysis in leading business newspapers.
  • Published articles on indirect tax treatment with regard to various topical issues

RECOGNITION:

  • Worked for 2 consecutive years as a member of PwC Young Partners’ Forum on various firm’s strategic issues.
  • Awarded with PwC Chairman’s bonus for high performance on all business parameters.

PRACTICE AREAS

Tax
Indirect Tax

SECTORS

Aerospace & Defense
Consumer Goods & Retail
Healthcare & Life sciences
Information Technology
Industrial, Manufacturing & Transportation
Services
Start-ups

PEOPLE

Preeti Kothari

Manager
PUNE

M: +91 91580 06126
E: Preeti.kothari@foxmandal.in

Preeti from our Pune office is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in Direct tax, International Tax, and Transfer Pricing. She has worked on Indian and MNC clients spreading across IT/ITeS, Automotive, and Industrial Goods sectors.

EXPERTISE

Preeti offers assistance pertaining to both advisory and compliance matters. She is deeply solution-oriented and ensures workable solutions to her client’s problems by effectively dovetailing the technical and practical aspects. She has an eye for detail and a passion for accounting which helps her understand complex tax matters without a hitch.

EDUCATION

  • Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants

ADMISSION

  • Nov 2003

AFFILIATION

  • Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants

PRACTICE AREAS

International Tax
Transfer pricing

SECTORS

IT/ITeS
Automotives
Industrial Goods