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

Sriharinadha Raju

Group Head
Hyderabad

M: +91 70934 00353
E: sriharinadha.raju@foxmandal.in

Srihari from our Hyderabad office has more than 10 years of overall experience in the area of litigation and as an in-house counsel. He is a Group Head with the Dispute Resolution team and plays an active role in advising the firm’s clients in the areas of Civil law, Recovery law, Insolvency law, and labour law issues. He is highly revered by his clients for finding creative solutions to grave situations by devising effective strategies and keeping an optimistic outlook.

EXPERTISE

Srihari has handled a considerable number of debt recovery matters and conducted many cases for the firm’s corporate clients in banking, debt recovery, commercial contracts, arbitrations, and Injunction suits. He has notable experience in representing matters on behalf of the firm’s domestic and international clients before various courts and tribunals on regular basis.

He has carried multi-dimensional experience from his previous assignment as an in-house counsel for a highly reputed group company and his experience helps in advising clients in matters related to employment, labour, corporate leasing, statutory compliances. He is extremely punctual and shows concern towards client satisfaction.

EDUCATION

  • B.Sc
  • LLB,
  • LLM

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh

AFFILIATION

  • Debts Recovery Tribunal, Hyderabad

RECOGNITION

  • Clients provided positive feedback to Asialaw on Srihari’s “Positive Attitude” Click Here

PRACTICE AREAS

Banking and Finance
Commercial Law
Employment & Termination
Labour Law
Arbitration
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Consumer Disputes
Litigation
FSSAI

SECTORS

Consumer Goods & Retail
Food & Beverages
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

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

Practice 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

Pasupathy AP

Pasupathy AP

Practice Head
Chennai

M: +91 98410 52282
E: pasupathy.ap@foxmandal.in

Pasupathy Ap is a seasoned Renewable Energy professional with over two decades of experience in the legal and RE sector. He has handled and led the legal portfolio for wind farm/solar farm projects for various OEMs and also led the project development (includes land, permit and approvals) activities for various OEMs/IPPs such as Gamesa Renewables (now Siemens Gamesa), Vestas, Bharat Light&Power (Now Enel green), SunEdison and ReNew Power.

EXPERTISE

An expert in RE related approvals, contracts, litigation, regulation and compliances with a notable percipience in handling the land acquisition and its due diligence across India, and expertise in EPC, BoP and Development contracts. Furthermore, he exerts acuity in the area of development of wind and solar projects and their risk management.

Prior to his association with the Fox Mandal family, Mr. Pasupathy played an instrumental role in leading and institutionalizing the wind-farm undertaking of legal departments of various renowned and significant RE companies like Siemens Gamesa, Vestas, Bharat Light and Power (presently known as Enel Green) Sun Edison etc. He also supervised and succoured the project development department of the RE companies in rooting their renewable energy project vision Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

His cogency and prowess in the legal and RE project development sphere shall facilitate FM to render dynamic and sophisticated end-to-end solutions to the RE exigencies, across the industry value chain; especially pertaining to the legal aspects including land, structuring of transactions and projects, due diligence on counter parties, contract negotiation, contract management, investor management and litigation management.

EDUCATION

LL.B from Pondicherry University

M.L from University of Madras (Marina campus)

ADMISSION

Bar Council of Tamil Nadu

PRACTICE AREAS

Renewable energy business and legal solutions for OEM, IPP, Developer & Contractor

Project approvals and guidance

RE regulations and compliance

Legal due diligence on completed / ongoing projects, lands and compliances of laws

Corporate, commercial and regulatory issues

Civil and criminal laws

Arbitration

SECTORS

RE Energy

Real estate

Property disputes

PEOPLE

Varalakshmi Bhamidi

Group Head
Hyderabad

M: +91 91777 04221
E: b.varalakshmi@foxmandal.in

Varalakshmi is a Group Head at the firm’s Hyderabad office and brings in over 10 years of experience as a real estate practitioner on various aspects of commercial/residential real estate transactions including acquisition, development, leasing, financing, and disposals. She is regarded with admiration by her clients and peers for her extended knowledge and clear understanding.

EXPERTISE

Varalakshmi has impeccable expertise in title due diligence and risk analysis on matters relating to revenue laws including but not limited to land acquisition, agricultural and urban land ceiling laws. She is further proficient in reviewing and drafting of transaction documents for the transfer of immovable properties, like agreement to sell, sale deed, gift deed, agreement to lease, lease deed, development agreement.

She is also skilled in reviewing and drafting of commercial contracts like term sheets, lease deeds, memorandum of understanding, corporate license, assignment agreements, consultancy agreements, loans, addendum, joint venture, and allied agreements. In addition, she offers legal advice on stamp duty and registration fee-related aspect clarifications.

EDUCATION:

  • B.A.
  • LL.B
  • LL.M, Osmania University, 2006

ADMISSION:

  • Bar Council of India

AFFILIATION:

  • Ranga Reddy District Court Bar Association

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Commercial Law
Corporate Real Estate
Industrial Unit, Park, SEZ & IT Park
Renewable Energy
RERA
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory

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

people

T Vijayakumar Reddy

Partner
Hyderabad

M: +91 80084 47849
E: vijay.reddy@foxmandal.in

With a career spanning over two and a half decades, Vijay provides valuable guidance to clients in addressing their legal needs, both in and outside the courtroom. As a partner at Fox Mandal in Hyderabad, Vijay focusses on litigation and alternate dispute resolution practice notably helping businesses from manufacturing, services and banking sectors with their civil and commercial disputes.

EXPERTISE

Vijay has profound experience in advising clients on the full sweep of litigation challenges right from corporate, civil, criminal, commercial to consumer issues. Vijay’s multi-faceted approach helps him in serving clients belonging to varied sectors including energy, infrastructure & transportation as well as healthcare and lifesciences.

His long-range perspective on matters has enabled his clients to repose faith in his advice on various matters spanning insolvency and bankruptcy, contracts, transfer of property, recovery of money, winding up of companies, consumer protection act, arbitration act, ipr, banking laws, negotiable instruments, prevention of money laundering act, sebi act, etc.

He has peak experience in representing his clients before the High Court, civil and commercial courts, Debt Recovery Tribunals, National Company Law Tribunal. He has also represented various national and multi-national clients in several national and international arbitration matters.

He also has experience in Real Estate matters including carrying out title due diligence and preparing title reports of several commercial, agricultural and non-agricultural properties and preparing other relevant real estate documentation for various corporate houses.

EDUCATION

  • MBA (HRM)
  • LLB
  • BA

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Telangana

AFFILIATION

  • Telangana High Court Bar Association
  • A.P. High Court Advocates Association
  • Hyderabad District City Civil & Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Ranga Reddy District Courts Bar Association

PRACTICE AREAS

Litigation & Alternate Dispute Resolution
Real Estate
Corporate & Commercial
Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Employment & Human Resources

SECTORS

Manufacturing
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Services
Infrastructure & Transportation
Healthcare & Life sciences
Energy

PEOPLE

Vidya H Pawar

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 98868 04686
E: vidya.pawar@foxmandal.in

Vidya is a Group Head in the Corporate Compliance Vertical at Fox Mandal’s Bengaluru Office. With over 11 years of experience as a Company Secretary, she offers quality advice relating to Corporate Laws and matters falling under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA). She is a highly motivated professional with remarkable expertise in handling Legal, Secretarial & Corporate Affairs matters for entities in the Trading, Manufacturing & Service Sector.

EXPERTISE

Vidya has immense knowledge and experience in dealing with matters relating to Company Law, Foreign Exchange Management Act, Legal Due Diligence, Transaction documents, Joint Ventures, Foreign Collaborations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Inbound and Outbound Investment, Advisory services with Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Non-Banking Financial Companies, Branch and Liaison offices, Foreign Direct Investment, External Commercial Borrowings, Overseas Direct Investment, Compounding of offenses, Corporate Re-structuring activities, and Voluntary Liquidations.

She advices diverse clients including one person companies, Private Limited Companies, Limited Liability Partnership Firms, Listed and Unlisted Public Companies, Trusts, and a wider range of Startups. She is actively involved in setting up compliance, approvals from all the Government departments including approvals from the Registrar of Companies, Regional Director, National Company Law Tribunal, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, and Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

She has comprehensive exposure in handling corporate secretarial and legal matters including Corporate Governance procedures, Compliance Management, Secretarial Audit, FEMA compliances, interfacing with various regulatory authorities, etc. She regularly contributes her insights to the firm’s newsletters and renowned publications as well speaks in webinars. She takes a keen interest in FEMA and Company Law-related matters and regularly attends various Seminars, Webinars, Conferences, Research Programs organized by various Institutes.

EDUCATION

  • LLB

ADMISSION

  • CS, Institute of Company Secretaries of India 2008
  • LLB, Karnataka Law University 2015

AFFILIATION

  • ACS 22015, CP 8164

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • Article on Impact of Covid-19 on Company Secretaries in May 2020 edition of ICSI Magazine

RECOGNITION

  • Completed 7 Days Course on “Critical Issues in Companies Act 2013′ and obtained the certificate of excellence on 1st June 2020.

SPEAKING OPPORTUNITY

  • Address to students on Inauguration of 11th Batch of One Day Mandatory Orientation Program for newly registered students in Bengaluru on 28th Nov 2019
  • Full Day Seminar on “Companies Act Amendments in last Six Months including Companies (Amendment) Ordinance – 2018 in ICSI Bengaluru Chapter on 12th January 2019.

CONFERENCE

  • Full day Seminar on Borrowing, Loans, recent changes in FEMA in ICSI Bengaluru Chapter – 29th February 2020
  • ICSI 20th National Conference of Practising Company Secretaries in Bengaluru – July 5 and 6. 2020
  • Conference in Mysuru- Manthan on 16th and 17th August 2020

PRACTICE AREAS

Capital Markets, REITs & InvITs
Corporate Law
Commercial La
Compliance Audit
Divestment
Joint Venture
M&A and Cross Border Transactions
Restructuring & Reorganization
Strategic Alliance
Debt Funding & Restructuring
Fund formation & structuring
Investment Funds
Private Equity
Venture Capital
Corporate Governance
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory
FDI & ODI
Regulatory Compliance

SECTORS

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