people

V.C. Mathews - Fox Mandal

v.c. mathews

group head
new delhi

M: +91 99531 88079
E: mathews.verghese@foxmandal.in

With over 12 years of experience in the field of Intellectual Property Rights, Mathews currently leads the firm’s Intellectual Property practice in New Delhi. His solution-oriented approach and ability to provide commercially insightful and dynamic solutions to IP challenges resonates with clients.

EXPERTISE

Mathews comes with a rich experience of handling varied aspects of intellectual property including trademarks, copyrights and designs, while hand-holding organizations through the serpentine maze of clearance searches to registrations and enforcement. His fervour, deep legal expertise and action-oriented outlook in IP law equip him to constructively collaborate and engage with a wide-range of clients, from start-ups to MNC’s across diverse industries such as fashion, technology, sports, telecom and retail.

His sophisticated legal prowess also supports the clients through the complexities of portfolio management, assignments and licenses that empower them to optimize, protect and monetize their IP effectively. He is also a regular speaker with organizations such as CIPAM, FICCI, etc, and has served as an adjunct professor of IP at his alma mater.

With a passion for sports and technology, Mathews can be seen dabbling in the convergence of sports and technology law with IP.

EDUCATION

  • BA LLB – Symbiosis Law School- Pune, 2008
  • LLM in Intellectual Property, Queen Mary University of London, 2010-2011

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa 

AFFILIATION

  • INTA 
  • Round Table India 
  • Young Indians

RECOGNITION:

  • Currently in the Designs sub-committee of the INTA Copyright Committee
  • Member of the INTA Trademark Office Practices subcommittee
  • Member and sub-committee chair of the Non-Traditional Trademark Committee of INTA for the years 2016- 2017.
  • Member of the Non-Traditional Trademark Committee of INTA for the 2014- 2015 term

QUOTES

Interview with Legiteye- July 2020

(https://legiteye.com/ip-laws-across-the-world-need-tobe-relooked-at-to-incorporate-the-use-of-ai-as-a-tool-and-as-a-protectable-ip-v-cmathews/)

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS/confErences

Fox Mandal Blog

WEBINARS

 
  • Designs 101, Feb 10, 2022
  • Insights on commercializing your Trademark, Dec 2021
  • Franchising, Licensing, Merchandising, Dec 2021
  • Licensing, Franchising, Merchandizing, Genericide, Cybersquatting, Dec 2021
  • Copyright 101, November 2021
  • Copyrights with Focus on Researchers, Oct 2021
  • AI & IP Law, April 2021
  • Brands & TM, March 2021
  • Trademark as a Business Asset, March 2021
  • Objections to TM Registration, March 2021
  • Basics of Copyright Law, Feb 2021
  • Trademarks Law, Feb 2021 
  • Introduction to Copyright Law – Investigation and Prosecution, Jan 2021
  • Trademark Law, Dec 2020
  • Trademarks & Brands, Nov 2020
  • Madrid Protocol, Oct 2020
  • Enforcement of Copyrights (for Hyderabad Police), Sept 2020
  • Madrid Protocol and India, Aug 2020
  • AI and the Practice of IP, Aug 2020
  • Grounds of Refusal, July 2020
  • Brands & Trademarks, June 2020
  • IP Law for Jewellers, April 2020

CONFERENCES

  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in Boston, 2019
  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in Seattle, 2018
  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in Barcelona, 2017
  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in Orlando, 2016
  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in San Diego, 2015
  • Attended INTA Annual Meeting held in Hong Kong, 2014

EXTERNAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Non-Fungible Tokens: A Boon or a Bane, April 2021, FICCI IP Newsletter
  • Digitization of the Indian Trade Marks Registry, May 2015 
  • Impact of Social Media on Brand Owners and Individual Relationship, October 2014, International Journal of Business Law
  • Opinion on Anti-Counterfeiting in the national legal magazine, December 2009, Lex Witness
  • Branding the “Himalayas”: Descriptive, Generic or a GI?, December 2008, Spicy IP 

PRACTICE AREAS

Copyrights 
Designs 
Trademarks  

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Products & Retail
Education
Healthcare & Life sciences
Food and Beverages
Information Technology
Startups
Textiles, Apparels and Accessories 

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

Varalakshmi Bhamidi Fox Mandal

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

Smitha Pavan

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 89719 82900
E: smitha.pavan@foxmandal.co.in

Smitha from our Bengaluru office has over 15 years of experience in the areas of real estate and infrastructure. Her core practice areas include land acquisition and commercial real estate including office space, retail and hospitality, commercial/corporate contracts and litigation. She provides eclectic solutions to ensure client satisfaction through adaptive strategies and thorough legal analysis.

EXPERTISE

Prior to Fox Mandal, Smitha was associated with MD&T Partners (Advocates), Goldman Sachs Services Private Limited, Mantri Developers Private Limited and Brigade Enterprises Limited.

She advises on real estate matters relating to commercial (office, retail, and hospitality) and residential projects, including title search, drafting of agreements (conveyance and leasing), vendor contracts, service contracts, project management contracts, operation management contracts, public-private partnership– concession agreements, license agreements, etc.;

She is further skilled in structuring and negotiating commercial agreements such as joint development agreements, joint venture agreements, sharing agreements, construction agreements, agreements to sell & construct, etc. in connection with mixed-use, commercial and residential projects are her keen interests.

Moreover, she offers lease documentation – commercial and retail, and in this connection drafting and negotiating lease agreements/deeds and ancillary documentation such as letters of intent, term sheets, amendments, extensions, termination, etc;

She regularly handles routine commercial/corporate contracts including drafting, negotiation, and finalization of various commercial agreements/contracts viz., non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, services agreements for the supply of goods and services, professional services agreements related to statements/ schedules of work, consultant agreements, letters of intent, term sheets, legal notices, etc.;

She is proficient in civil litigation matters before various civil courts at Bengaluru, State Consumer Forum, and various other quasi-judicial authorities; matters under the Negotiable Instruments Act before magistrate court, Bengaluru; bail applications and appeals before the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka.

EDUCATION

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

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka – 2005

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real Estate
Renewable Energy
Hospitality
RERA
Consumer Disputes
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Construction Finance
Smart Cities

SECTORS

Agriculture

PEOPLE

Sharath Mulia

Group Head
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

Ramasubramanian N

Group Head
Chennai

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

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

EXPERTISE

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

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

EDUCATION

  • B.Com – Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore, 2001
  • LLB – Sri Venkateswara University, 2011
  • Associate Member – Institute of Company Secretaries of India
  • CA Final 

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

Conference

  • Attended the conference and seminar organised by ICSI

PRACTICE AREAS

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

SECTORS

Start-ups
Information Technology

PEOPLE

Vibhore Chaturvedi

Group head
Mumbai

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

Vibhore is a Group Head 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

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

PEOPLE

Vivek Choudhary

Group Head
Hyderabad

M: +91 76749 13750
E: vivek.choudhary@foxmandal.in

Having post-qualification expertise of more than 13 years, Vivek has been a Group Head ( Corporate) and an important part of the Firm’s corporate practice in Hyderabad, wherein he has been instrumental in advising and assisting the diverse clientele of the Firm, including reputed National and Multinational Corporations, high net worth individuals across myriad legal intricacies concerning multifarious laws rendering results to the complete satisfaction of the Client. Vivek is highly adaptive and possesses excellent communication skills.

EXPERTISE

On account of his diverse exposure, Vivek has acquired enriching experience and regularly advises and assists the Clients encompassing practice areas such as Amalgamations, Asset Purchase, Business Transfer, Slump Sale, Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investments, Debt raising, Banking & Finance, drafting, vetting and reviewing Commercial Contracts of various kinds, Contract Evaluation, Due Diligence for various transactions, Foreign Exchange Control & Regulatory Affairs, Foreign Direct Investment, Employment & Labour Laws, Legal Advisory, Legal Audit, Licensing and Registrations, Transaction Structuring and Transaction Advisory for transactions of various nature.

Vivek has a very practical and solution-oriented approach to secure clients’ interests. Some notable transactions where he has contributed significantly include the acquisition of six operational educational institutions owned by Bengaluru-based education major in various locations in India on behalf of the acquirer being a Fund and acquisition of a running and operational hotel on behalf of an acquirer.

EDUCATION

  • BA. LL.B ( Hons), National Law Institute University, Bhopal, 2006

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of India

PRACTICE AREAS

Banking and Finance
Corporate Law
Commercial Law
Anti Sexual Harassment and Discrimination at Workplace
Compliance Audit
Employment & Termination
Labour Law
Labour & Industrial Disputes
FDI & ODI
Regulatory Compliance
Corporate Governance
Joint Venture
M&A and Cross Border Transactions
Divestment
Restructuring & Reorganization
Privacy & Data Protection
Debt Funding & Restructuring
Project Finance
Thermal Energy
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory
Health Safety & Environment
Private Equity
Corporate Real Estate

SECTORS

Automotive
Education
Information Technology
Start-ups
Textiles, Apparels & Accessories
Healthcare & Life Sciences

PEOPLE

Praveen Kumar Chandur

Group Head
Bengaluru

M: +91 99800 22104
E: praveen.chandur@foxmandl.in

With 14 years of experience in Real Estate, Infrastructure Projects and Energy Sector, Praveen works as the Group Head in Bengaluru. He has proven capabilities in title due diligence and documentation related to commercial and industrial establishments as well as Renewable Energy projects.

EXPERTISE

He specializes in Power Purchase Agreements, Fuel Supply Agreements and Concession Agreements. He has further handled NBFCs such as Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA). He has advised and assisted in matters related to technology parks, townships and infrastructure projects, and also in sale and purchase, lease and leave and license of property for developers, construction companies and multinational clients for their commercial and residential projects.

His experience also includes preparing and vetting documentation relating to townships, technology parks, commercial and residential projects and various infrastructure and energy projects. He has also aided the firm in liaising with authorities like BIAAPA, KIADB, BDA, BMRDA, BBMP, Office of the Assistant Commissioner, Office of the Tahsildar, Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Offices of various Sub-registrars, District Registrar etc.

Praveen believes in being productive rather than being busy and his team mates as well as clients find his trustworthiness, discipline and honesty noteworthy.

EDUCATION

  • LLM, Karnataka University Dharwad, 2004

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka

PRACTICE AREAS

Labour Law
Corporate Real Estate
Construction Finance
Renewable Energy
RERA
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Logistics & Warehousing

SECTORS

Agribusiness
Consumer Goods & Retail
Start-ups