people

Santosh Vikram Singh

Partner
Bengaluru

M:+91 99013 11622
E:santosh.singh@foxmandal.in

With over 20 years of experience, Santosh leads the Firm’s IP & Sports Law practices in Southern & Western India, focusing primarily on fulfilling the business-legal requirements of clients.

EXPERTISE

Santosh is a pragmatic and proficient expert whose cognizance of IP issues and dexterity in resolving them is discernible. He advices on a range of IP services spanning acquisition, advisory, portfolio management, transactional, enforcement and dispute resolution.

He is also known to be on the ball when it comes to Sports Law. Some notable sports matters dealt with by him are assisting FICA in recovering their members’ dues from ICL-Zee Group and advising them on various contractual issues, assisting Sports Management entities in contractual issues and sports companies in planning, structuring setting up leagues, including forming policies and related documentations etc.

His IP expertise has put Media and Entertainment practice right in his wheelhouse where he has assisted clients on issues related to development, production, acquisition and distribution of contents; production and distribution of motion pictures, television and electronic media rights; music publishing; sponsorship deals and technology-related transactions.

His passion for IP and self-starter disposition has led him to attain prominence in major committees of global organizations. He has also been leading and assisting the firm in various roles, including strategy and business management, for the past several years.

Santosh also has years of experience advising on technology related transactions, data protection and privacy law issues. Under his guidance, the firm has attained top tier positions for its patent, copyright and trademark practices by renowned international journals.

EDUCATION

  • LLB – Bengaluru University
  • M.B.L. – University of Lucknow
  • B.Sc. (Biology) – University of Lucknow

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka (India)
  • Patent Agent – Indian Patent Office

AFFILIATION

  • Member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • Active Member in International Trademark Association (INTA):
  • Charter Member, TiE-Bengaluru (2016 onwards)
  • Founder Member of Worldwide IP Network IP-PG

RECOGNITION:

  • One of India’s Top 15 IP Lawyers Ranked by Asian Legal Business

TESTIMONIALS

“He is communicative, he has called me to explain some of the written communications that could have been ambiguous. He has a clarity of the law and the ability to leverage Intellectual property. He has helped us to make decisions on which applications need not be pursued as it was unlikely it would have been awarded.” – Asialaw

“The team pays attention to detail. The senior partner sat on a discussion with our inventors to understand the concept and helped write the draft. The prior art search was very relevant and helped shorten the time it took us to file.” – Asialaw

‘Santosh Vikram Singh is a great practitioner particularly in the trade mark arena; responsive, proactive, and knowledgeable.’ – Legal 500

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

Fox Mandal Blog

  • ‘Technological Doping’: A Threat To Equity In Sports – Jan, 2021
  • The Concussion Conundrum – Dec, 2020 · The Rise Of Fantasy Sports In India – Dec, 2020
  • The football transfer: How the Barcelona – Messi matter turned murky – Nov, 2020
  • BCCI’s Anti-Doping Saga, Aug 2019
  • PepsiCo Vs. Potato Farmers: A Legal Take, May 2019

Webinar

  • ‘Handling Legal Job Search Amid Pandemic’, August 2020

External Publication

  • Online Gaming Advertisements To Be Self Regulated – Dec, 2020
  • Govt. Takes The First Step Towards Regulating OTT Platforms In India –Nov, 2020

PRACTICE AREAS

Intellectual Property
Sports Law
Technology, Media & Entertainment
Data Protection

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Products & Retail
Education
Healthcare & Life sciences
Information Technology
Services
Sports
Technology, Media & Telecom

PEOPLE

Sathya Prasad

Senior Consultant
Bengaluru

M:+91 97416 99155
E: sathya.prasad@foxmandal.in

Sathya Prasad currently heads the Corporate Compliance vertical in the firm. He is a multi-skilled expert who is a Lawyer and a Company Secretary but also a Company Secretary, and an Insolvency Professional. He has been seamlessly syndicating those roles to provide invaluable service to clients for over 15 years with particular expertise in corporate compliance, mergers & acquisitions, legal, due diligence, restructuring and insolvency.

EXPERTISE

An investment maven, Sathya offers critical advice on matters related to FDI & ODI, setting up of businesses in India and overseas, insolvency, restructuring and general advisory under Corporate & Insolvency Laws. He also engages in representations before various authorities like NCLT, ROC, RD, RBI & CLB.

He has advised and assisted many companies, including start-ups focusing on the manufacturing and service sector, aerospace and defence collaborations and non-profit organizations.

He has diversified experience of advising Government undertakings like HAL (JV-HALBIT) to world giants in the private sector like Facebook (setting up in India) and LinkedIn (Acquisition of SlideShare).

He has further demonstrated remarkable operational expertise regarding to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, ranging from giving legal opinions and advisory services, assisting with the voluntary liquidation process, conducting due diligence on behalf of resolution applicants and submission of resolution plans.

He has been a member of the CSR panel of the Chamber of Indian Industries, Karnataka, since 2018. He is also a member of the Aerospace and Aviation Expert Committee, and the Banking, Finance & Corporate Affairs Expert Committee of Bengaluru Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC)

EDUCATION

  • Associate Company Secretary – Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)
  • Qualified Insolvency Professional – Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI)
  • LLM (International Law) – Osmania University (OU)
  • LLB – Osmania University (OU)
  • PG Diploma in Patent Laws – NALSAR, Hyderabad
  • B. Com – Osmania University (OU)

ADMISSION

  • Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
  • Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh
  • Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India.

AFFILIATION

  • Member of CII Karnataka CSR Panel – from 2018
  • Member of Aerospace and Aviation Expert Committee of Bengaluru Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) – from 2018
  • Member of Banking, Finance & Corporate Affairs Expert Committee of BCIC — from 2016

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

(INTERNAL)

  • Revised MSME Definition: Impact Analysis, June 2020.
  • Review of the Revised Foreign Direct Investment Policy Amendment, April 2020.
  • Corporate Compliance Updates, Newsletter, April 2020.
  • Corporate Compliance Updates, Newsletter, March 2020.

(QUOTE)

  • Featured in Business Standard on Unitech takeover: Despite IBC and RERA, homebuyers find no relief.

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Governance & Compliance services
Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Corporate & Commercial
Mergers and Acquisition (M&A)

SECTORS

Aerospace and Defence
Mining
Manufacturing
Service
Health Care & Life Sciences

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

Satish N D

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 89714 03035; +91 94807 09752
E: nd.satish@foxmandal.in

Sathish is a Company Secretary with 13+ years of rich experience in corporate law advisory and practice. He has handled clients from various sectors with commitment and dedication and is known for completing assignments and transactions within the  scheduled timeline. He has successfully handled projects pertaining to merger, due diligence, secretarial audits, takeovers, business transfers, restructuring, and capital infusion. He strives to explore new areas of practice and is currently trying to set up a new practice of food and beverage laws.

EXPERTISE

Satish has extensive experience and exposure towards Company Law (Both Companies Act, 1956 and Companies Act, 2013), SEBI Regulations, Stock Exchange compliance, RBI compliance, drafting and vetting of agreements, opinions, resolutions, etc. He has advised clients on Merger and Amalgamation related matters, including pre-merger due diligence and post-merger compliance and other related matters.

He has also assisted clients with compliance under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, Compounding of Offences under Companies Act, 1956 FEMA, conducted Secretarial Audits. He is further skilled in the practice of Companies Act, 2013 and FEMA Regulations, incorporation of Companies, LLPs, Societies, Trusts, Branch Office, Liaison Office, and Project Offices. In addition, he offers advisory on Acquisitions, Business Transfers, including the restructuring of Capital, Inbound and outbound investment, etc. He majorly handles matters in the Automotive, Consumer Goods & Retail, Food & Beverages, Information Technology, and Start-up sectors.

He also shares his knowledge with other CS students and volunteers with an NGO. He is a problem solver who patiently manages strict deadlines and adapts to provide creative solutions.

EDUCATION

  • Company Secretary (Fellow Member) from Institute of Company Secretaries of India (2010)
  • Commerce Graduate from Karnataka Law University Dharwad Law Graduate from Oxford Law College

ADMISSION

  • Certificate of Practice issued by Institute of Company Secretaries of India

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • https://www.foxmandal.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Compliance-Newsletter-MCA-Update.pdf
  • https://www.foxmandal.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Newsletter_FM-FDI-MM.pdf
  • https://www.foxmandal.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Corporate-Compliance-Newsletter.pdf
  • https://www.foxmandal.in/junk-food-ban-legal-responsibilities-of-school-authorities/

Conference participation

  • 47th National Convention of Company Secretaries on 14 November 2019
  • 20th NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF PRACTICING COMPANY SECRETARIES’ 05th – 06th July, 2019
  • International Day of Yoga 2020 Celebration:Wellness & Immunity on 21 June 2020
  • Webinar on Youth for Nation Building on 10 June 2020
  • Webinar on Yoga: Way to Manage Stress on 14 May 2020
  • International Webinar on Impact of COVID-19 on Global Economy: Role of Professionals & Way Forward on 15 May 2020
  • Webinar on “Redefining Leadership- Special Address by Ms. Smriti Zubin Irani Hon’ble
  • Union Minister for Women & Child Development and Textiles, Government of India &Inauguration of ICSI Overseas Centre, London, UK” on 24 August 2020
  • Webinar on Companies Amendment Bill, 2020 06 April 2020
  • Webinar on Determination and Disclosure of UPSI – Case Studies 13 May 2020
  • PCS Day Celebrations – 2020 on 15 June 2020
  • Crash Course on NCLT on 15 June 2020

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Law
Commercial Law
Compliance Audit
Disciplinary Proceedings
Health Safety & Environment
Environment
Quasi-Judicial Representation
M&A and Cross Border Transactions
Restructuring & Reorganization
Joint Venture
Debt Funding & Restructuring
Healthcare & Education
IT & Telecom
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory
Corporate Governance
FSSAI
FDI & ODI
Regulatory Compliance
Private Equity
Economic Offences
Capital Markets, REITs & InvITs

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Goods & Retail
Food & Beverages
Information Technology
Start-ups

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

Shourya Mandal

Partner
Kolkata, Ahmedabad

M:+91 98300 38367
E: Shourya.mandal@foxmandal.in

Shourya is a Corporate and Commercial lawyer dealing in transactions work. He has been nominated as a leading Corporate and M&A lawyer in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for many years. Shourya has been actively involved in the IPBA and ABA for many years. He is a past National President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. He is also the Founder Chairman of the British Business Group in Kolkata.

EDUCATION

  • B Sc (Hons) – Calcutta University (1985-1988)
  • LL. B – University of Bombay Solicitor (1989-1992)

ADMISSION

  • Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)

AFFILIATION

  • Bombay Incorporated Law Society Solicitor
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • British Business Group, Kolkata – Founder Chairman Jan 2015 – Present
  • United Way of Kolkata – Board member – Nov 2013 – Present
  • Nirdhan Development & Microfinance – Board Member Jan 2012 – Present
  • Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) – National President Sep 2012 – Sep 2013

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
Mergers & Acquisition
Private Equity
Real Estate
Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
Infrastructure & Transportation

SECTORS

Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Infrastructure & Transportation

PEOPLE

Shuva Mandal

Managing Partner
Mumbai

M:+91 98809 74882
E: shuva.mandal@foxmandal.in

Mr. Shuva Mandal is the Managing Partner of Fox Mandal. Being a fourth-generation lawyer and a client-focused leader, he has led the firm for more than two decades while exuberating unmatched determination and innate compassion.

EXPERTISE

With his 3H success formula – Humility, Honesty and Hard work, he has steered the firm’s leadership towards delivering quality service and ensuring client satisfaction each time. Apart from maintaining positive client relationships and driving new acquisitions, he develops and implements the organization’s goals, procedures, and policies. Under his guidance, the organization has forged into new markets and expanded operations while maintaining strong client credence.

Revered as an A-List Lawyer by the Indian Business Law Journal, he specializes in Corporate M&A, Real Estate and Private client advisory in addition to providing general guidance in all the practice areas of the firm. Armed with a law degree from Calcutta University, an M&A Program from Wharton School, and a diploma on Negotiation Skills from MIT, he discerns and drives transactions that affect clients’ futures across industry sectors.

His practice includes advising clients on inbound investment into India including entry strategy, corporate governance, M&A and joint ventures. He has also advised clients on disposal of companies, private equity & securities transactions, and public offerings of debt and equity. Shuva is a Director on the Board of several large corporates, besides being entrusted with responsibility for trusteeship of select organizations.

He is enthusiastic about legal education and has supported it through the Fox Mandal Foundation Finishing School. He devotes himself with an ardour to helping start-ups through pro-bono initiatives and the Start-up Leadership Program. His altruism can be evinced by the firm’s policy of providing ex-gratia payment to retired and distressed staff members. He has inspired his associates through his candour and upstanding work ethics.

He is described as an “excellent corporate lawyer,” by his peers. One client has also stated, “his team and he are very efficient and are one of the go-to teams in south India.”

EDUCATION

  • M&A Program – Wharton University
  • LLB – University of Calcutta

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka

AFFILIATION

  • International Bar Association
  • Inter Pacific Bar Association
  • Family Business Network
  • International Fiscal Association
  • American Bar Association

RECOGNITION

  • Recognized within the ‘A List’ – Top 100 India Lawyers by Vantage Asia- India Business Law Journal

PRACTICE AREAS

Mergers & Acquisition
Corporate & Commercial
Real Estate
Family Business

SECTORS

Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Manufacturing
Services
Healthcare & Life sciences
Consumer Products & Retail

PEOPLE

Shyamal Mukherjee

Partner
Bengaluru

M: +91 99010 44688
E: shyamal.mukherjee@foxmandal.in

A seasoned lawyer honed by three decades of experience, Shyamal distils complex commercial issues to provide amiable solutions. As Partner with Fox Mandal, he brings his extensive experience and enthusiasm in the areas of Corporate Litigation, Arbitration and Employment Laws.

EXPERTISE

Prior to his association with the firm, he was commissioned as an Officer in the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the Judge Advocate General’s branch and has served as Assistant Chief Legal Advisor and Judge Advocate in the IAF and has handled Writ Petitions in various High Courts and the Supreme Court of India, briefed Government Standing Counsels (including the Solicitor General of India) on litigations of civil and criminal nature, rendered opinion on personnel policies, general contracts and agreements, arbitration, personal laws and other litigation matters.

Shyamal has a particular interest in advising on general corporate and commercial matters related to contractual and corporate laws, licence and agreements, joint ventures, mergers, takeovers, acquisitions, due diligence reviews, alternative dispute resolution and litigation, debt recovery and maritime claims. In addition to the High Courts, Admiralty Courts and the Supreme Court he has also represented corporate and individual clients in subordinate courts, State and National Consumer fora and before various statutory and regulatory authorities.

In addition, he leads the firm’s advisory and consulting services in the Laws on Prevention of Sexual Harassment of women at Workplace (PoSH). He has conducted several awareness workshops on the “POSH Act” [Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 & Rules 2013]. He has also trained members of the Internal Committees (ICs) of several organizations on various aspects of POSH. He advises clients on inquiries related to sexual harassment.

EDUCATION

  • LLB
  • MA (English)

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Delhi

AFFILIATION

  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)
  • Bengaluru Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC)

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

(INTERNAL)

  • COVID-19 Legal FAQ Series – Employment Laws, April 2020.
  • Webinar on: Decoding the complex Employer, Employee dynamics – Covid times, May 2020.

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate & Commercial
Employment & Human Resources
Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

SECTORS

Aerospace & Defense
Manufacturing
Services

PEOPLE

Shyam Sundar

Partner
Bengaluru

M: +91 96866 60528
E: shyam.sundar@foxmandal.in

A lawyer who thoroughly enjoys the challenges every new litigation throws at him, Shyam is a partner and spearheads the firm’s litigation practice in Bengaluru. With over 15 years of litigation and dispute resolution experience, he specializes in writs, appeals, labour, service cases, and consumer disputes.

EXPERTISE

He provides legal advice to companies from different sectors on a range of issues related to preventing, pursuing and defending litigations. His advocacy skills and strategizing ability to reduce potential risk exposure helps his clients repose unwavering faith on him.

From debenture claims to corporate insolvency proceedings to handling recovery claims, Shyam deals with the entire spectrum of commercial and private litigation. He has also counselled clients on issues arising out of enforcement of contracts and corporate transactions including M&A and winding up actions against companies.

Shyam has a particularly deep understanding of the banking industry and has handled many matters for a wide variety of financial services entities, insurance companies, media houses, construction companies and FMCGs.

EDUCATION

  • LLB– Bengaluru University
  • BAL

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka

AFFILIATION

  • Madras Bar Association
  • Advocates Association, Bengaluru

PRACTICE AREAS

Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

SECTORS

Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Consumer Products & 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