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Ashish Sharma - Partner - Fox Mandal

ashish sharma

Partner
kolkata

M:+91 98300 68130
E: ashish.sharma@foxmandal.in

With almost 20 years of experience in the real estate practice, Ashish has handled an array of real estate transactions for various industry sectors. A partner in the Kolkata office, Ashish’s observant and open minded temperament  particularly resonates with clients and colleagues. 

EXPERTISE

Ashish extends his professional services to clients on a gamut of real estate transactions, including the sale and purchase of residential and commercial properties, leasing of residential and commercial premises (including IT spaces), acquisition and conversion of agricultural land for various projects, joint development of projects, title due diligence of properties and the aspects of stamp duty and registration of real estate documents. 

His expertise includes drafting and negotiating real estate transaction documents such as sale agreements, sale deeds, lease deeds, leave and license agreements, tenancy agreements, development agreements, settlement deeds, etc. 

He has advised leading industry players and real estate developers in the country through serpentine legal mandates, compliances and technicalities of the law. His clients include owners, buyers, real estate developers, corporate houses, individuals and investors. 

Additionally, he regularly advises clients on hotel management contracts, financing and mortgages, succession planning and drafting of trust deeds, gift deeds, family settlement, release deeds, wills and obtaining probates and letters of administration thereof. 

His hardworking disposition, impeccable command of the law and sophisticated approach towards all his undertakings make him a trusted leader for his team and a preferred advisor to clients.

EDUCATION

  • LLB –  University of Calcutta

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of West Bengal 

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential, Commercial & Township Development Corporate Real Estate 

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Products & Retail
Healthcare
Information Technology

 

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Sumit Dhar

Partner
kolkata

M:+91 98300 45497
E: Sumit.dhar@foxmandal.in

Sumit is a third-generation lawyer, advising clients regularly on various real estate issues, including carrying out due diligence on properties and drafting all types of agreements relating to real estate projects. A soft-spoken lawyer with a productive leadership technique, Sumit is currently based out of our Kolkata office. 

EXPERTISE

Sumit has been advising various reputed real estate companies, SEZ developers and global logistics players in setting up units in West Bengal. He further helps various NRI clients spread across the globe with their real estate and legal issues in India. He also advises clients from diverse sectors on their HR and labour issues. His professional acumen also aids clients in commercial litigation and testamentary (probate) matters on a regular basis. 

Sumit has particularly dealt with residential and commercial property development, data center, warehousing & Logistic and RERA matters operating in the consumer products and IT sector. Known for his energetic and organized approach, he has refined networking skills.

EDUCATION

  • B.Sc (Eco) Honours – Calcutta University
  • LLB – BU

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of West Bengal 

AFFILIATION

  • Incorporated Law Society, Kolkata 
  • High Court Club , Kolkata

Confrence/WEBINARS

  • Speaker – Convocation programme of Heritage Law College, Kolkata

volunteering/pro bono

  •  Trustee (Private Trust) 

PRACTICE AREAS

Labour & Commercial Disputes 
Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real Estate
Data Center, Warehousing & Logistics
RERA
Industrial Unit, Park, SEZ & IT Park
Logistics & Warehousing

SECTORS

Consumer Products & Retail
Start-ups 

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Orijit Chatterjee

Partner
kolkata

M:+91 98310 42949
E: Orijit.Chatterjee@foxmandal.in

Orijit has more than 22 years of legal expertise in corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructuring and insolvency & bankruptcy.  His professional ethics, time management and strong understanding of briefs have enabled the firm’s Kolkata office to deliver eclectic solutions and services in alignment with clients’ expectations.

EXPERTISE

Orijit has, through his long association with the firm, steered and given shape to the Kolkata office’s legal practise in the areas of corporate law along with commercial litigation, civil litigation and arbitration. He has appeared in various courts and Tribunals across the country and successfully handled matters on behalf of clients.

Orijit attends to his clients with care and patience for a better understanding of their individual requirements and objectives. He believes in extending the comfort and time they deserve to build a relationship of trust and confidence. 

His dedication to the firm, his passion to provide innovative solutions and determination to devise sophisticated and agile strategies have brought him appreciation from his colleagues and clients over the course of his rich legal career. 

EDUCATION

  • Bsc (Hons), LLB – Calcutta University / Burdwan University 

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of West Bengal 

AFFILIATION

  • Incorporated Law Society of Calcutta

Confrence/WEBINARS

  • Speaker on Insolvency and Bankruptcy Laws in India –  German Technology Day event – 2020 hosted by the Government of Assam.  

volunteering/pro bono

  • Assisted and sdvised various individuals in relation to general litigation and property issues on a pro-bono basis.
  • Trustee at ‘Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose Trust” under which the residential house (Acharya Bhavan) of Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose. It is being converted into a state of the Art museum under grant from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.  

PRACTICE AREAS

Banking & Finance 
Corporate Law
Commercial Law
Arbitration
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Constitutional Law 
Litigation
Mediation
Quasi-Judicial Representation
Joint Venture
M&A and Cross Border Transactions
Restructuring & Reorganization
FDI & ODI
Insurance

SECTORS

Consumer Products & Retail
Start-ups 

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Arindam guha

Partner
kolkata

M:+91 98301 46274
E: arindam.guha@foxmandal.in

With over two decades of rich experience in preparing, interpreting and applying the law to solve specific individualised problems, Arindam heads the dispute resolution practise at Fox Mandal’s Kolkata office as a partner.  

EXPERTISE

Arindam’s deep industry insights, rich experience and the drive to approach matters with a clear and proactive strategy have made him a trusted advisor to a range of clients. His impressive litigation skills and acute understanding of the law enables him to handle matters before different forums that include DRT, NCLT, NCLAT, Civil Courts, Commercial Courts, High Courts, Supreme Court and Arbitrations.

He has rendered tactical and sophisticated litigation strategies to significant matters for Balaji Telefims, Prakash Jha, Future Group and IIT Kharagpur to name a few. He is good at developing and managing relationships with clients. He masterfully strikes a balance between the expectation of the clients and the practicality of the matter at hand. 

EDUCATION

  • LLB – University of Calcutta 
  • B.Com (Hon) –  St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata 

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of West Bengal 

PRACTICE AREAS

Banking &Finance 
Employment &Termination 
Media & Entertainment
Copyrights
Arbitration
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Constitutional Law
Consumer Disputes
Mediation
Litigation  

SECTORS

Consumer Products & Retail
Education

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Prerona Sil

Prerona Sil

partner
kolkata

M: +91 98310 58183
E: prerona.sil@foxmandal.in

As a partner in the Kolkata office, Prerona brings to the table more than 19 years of legal expertise in the real estate domain combined with strong analytical thinking, work ethic, conceptual research and negotiation skills. She is also proficient in handling succession matters and is revered for her meticulous approach in each assignment. 

EXPERTISE

Prerona offers sound advisory solutions to clients on a gamut of real estate laws and issues. These include conducting due diligence, drafting, reviewing legal documents, negotiating terms and conditions of real estate transactions such as leases, sales, purchases, mortgages, joint development agreements and infrastructure projects to facilitate transfer of titles, assessing legal risk in real estate documentation, paperwork and advising clients accordingly.  

Her industry insights and vast experience benefit clients in complicated transactions and cases. She keeps herself well-informed of relevant industry updates, ensuring that the real estate transactions she oversees are legal, binding and in the best interests of the clients. 

Prerona joined the Kolkata office in August 2003 as an intern and has since grown to be a natural leader who displays sound judgement and attention to detail. Her commitment, efforts and ability to thrive under high-pressure situations consistently resonate with her clients. Her outstanding communication and networking skills make her a preferred professional amongst developers, banks, and corporations.

EDUCATION:

  • LLB (Honours), Calcutta University, 2003

ADMISSION:

  • Bar Council of West Bengal 

PRACTICE AREAS

Family Business
Residential, Commercial & Township Development Corporate Real Estate

SECTORS

Consumer Goods & Retail
Education

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Krishnan Murali

Krishnan Murali

Partner
Bengaluru

M: +91 77601 47117
E: KRISHNAN.MURALI@foxmandal.in

Krishnan heads the firm’s Corporate & Commercial practice in Bangalore. With extensive experience in Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, coupled with a proven record in architecting investor as well as promoter-controlled deals, he is highly sought-after by leading private equity funds and new-age entrepreneurs alike, for advice on complex transactions. 

EXPERTISE

Krishnan has represented renowned foreign investors, both strategic and financial, in their staggering investments into Indian companies and has represented several domestic clients in their key outbound investments. He regularly advises clients on a wide range of general corporate and commercial matters. 

Prior to joining Fox Mandal, Krishnan headed his own law firm, iCounsel, where he walked-the-deal with founders of the likes of Bundl Technologies (Swiggy – Series A), NIFE (acquired by TÜV Rheinland), LogFire (acquired by Oracle), KnowledgeHut (majority stake transferred to UpGrad), Hug Innovations (acqui-hired by Titan Industries) and Ojus-ATM (a strategic collaboration in the healthcare space). 

He counts on his leanings for deep research and nuanced drafting the most. His predisposition towards maintaining a low personal profile makes him a highly approachable legal professional. His clients appreciate him for his ability to efficiently guide them through the complexities of the law and for handholding them through the entire lifecycle of the deal. 

EDUCATION

  • BAL, LL.B – Kerala Law Academy, 2005

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Kerala (2005)
  • Qualified Solicitor, England & Wales (2012) 

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

(External)

  • He was a regular contributor to ‘The Hindu’ and ‘Economic Times’ during his law school years, and has published 250+ articles over the academic span of five years. 

PRACTICE AREAS

Anti-trust and Competition 
Corporate Law
Commercial Law 
Joint Venture 
M&A and Cross Border Transactions
Private Equity                                Venture Capital

 

SECTORS

Automotive
Consumer Goods & Retail
Education
Food & Beverages
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Information Technology

 

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Jayaprakash Padmanaban

Partner
Chennai

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

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

EXPERTISE

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

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

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

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

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

EDUCATION

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

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu

AFFILIATION

  • Madras Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

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

PRACTICE AREAS

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

SECTORS

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

PEOPLE

Sushant Shetty

PARTNER
Mumbai

M: +91 98201 12748
E: sushant.shetty@foxmandal.in

Sushant Shetty from the Mumbai office is a Partner – 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

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • Lacunae in SEBI’s proposed REIT regulation in India’ – January, 2015 – IBA’s Asia Pacific Regional Forum Newsletter 
  • Coasting Along The Waters Of Fate: An Analysis Of The Supreme Court View’ – November 2019 – IBA’s Asia Pacific Regional Forum Newsletter 
  • E(law)vating Your Thoughts’ – August, 2020 – Elevator World (India edition), the premier journal for the international building transportation industry 
  • ‘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.
  • Speaking at leading private sector banks on ‘Drafting of Wills & Succession Laws’ for their HNI and senior citizen clientele.

PRACTICE AREAS

Real Estate

Infrastructure & Energy

SECTORS

Data Center and IT/ ITeS

Industrial Unit, Park and SEZ

Warehousing & Logistics

Manufacturing

Renewable Energy

Residential, Commercial & Township Development

Agriculture & Forestry

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

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