PEOPLE

Abhinay Thimmaiah

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 99020 08383
E: abhinay.thimmaiah@foxmandal.in

With more than 12 years of experience in real estate, Abhinay is proficient in title due diligence and documentation related to residential, commercial and industrial, as well as renewable energy (solar & wind) projects. He majorly handles clients in the Agribusiness, Food & Beverages as well as Consumer Products sector.

EXPERTISE

Abhinay is skilled in offering pragmatic solutions as well as preparing and vetting documentation relating to townships, technology parks, commercial, residential & renewable energy projects. He further works in the sale and purchase, lease, leave and license of property for developers as well as construction companies.

His experience also includes drafting and reviewing various deeds and agreements relating to Real Estate. He further works 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.

He offers diligent advice to his clients while maintaining high ethical standards. He believes in being straightforward and collaborates effortlessly to get the work done in a time-efficient manner.

EDUCATION

  • BA
  • LLB

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Karnataka

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential, Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real Estate
Renewable Energy
RERA
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Logistics & Warehousing
Joint Venture
Consumer Disputes
Commercial Law

SECTORS

Agribusiness
Food & Beverages
Consumer Goods & Retail

PEOPLE

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

 

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

Prakash Bhat

SENIOR MANAGER
Bengaluru

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

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

EXPERTISE

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

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

EDUCATION

  •  BBM, Finance
  • M. Com.

PRACTICE AREAS

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

SECTORS

Information Technology

PEOPLE

G V Gopala Rao

Director
Bengaluru

M: +91 9483512333
E: gopala.rao@foxmandal.in

Gopala Rao co-chairs the Firm’s tax vertical in Southern India. He retired as the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai, after serving the Income Tax Department for 35 years. He specializes in Corporate Taxation, Search & Seizure Assessment Procedures, Charitable Trusts & NGOs as well as Dispute Resolution. He has extensively worked with IT & ITES, Banks & NBFCs, Automobiles & Real Estate entities.

EXPERTISE

His proficiency lies in handling tax matters of Corporate entities, MNCs, PSUs, Charitable & Religious Trusts, Search & Seizure Assessment procedures. He was also actively associated with the work relating to registration, assessment and enforcement of law relating to Charitable Trusts, which were engaged in the fields of Education, Medical care, R & D and other Charitable activities. Being on the other side of the table, he has had the expertise of deciding appeals of various Companies, PSUs, big corporate and business houses as a First Appellate Authority. He has rich experience in representing the Income Tax Department before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Income Tax Settlement Commission (ITSC), Authority for Advanced Ruling (AAR) and National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

While in service, Mr. Rao was actively associated with revenue mobilization, recovery of arrears, prosecution of the defaulters, Tax Administration, HR management and Infrastructure Development. He was also responsible for the redressal of Public Grievances and Taxpayer Services. He orated on Income Tax and socio-economic characteristics of fiscal space in society in various Public Meetings.

EDUCATION:

  • M. A. (Economics) – Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam

ADMISSION:

  • Indian Revenue Services, 1985.

FOREIGN TRAINING:

  • Attended short term Training in IIM-Bengaluru and Syracuse University, USA (jointly conducted) as a nominee of the Govt. of India

RECOGNITION:

  • Received many Rewards / Commendations from the Income Tax Department for exceptional work done in the Investigation Wing.

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Taxation
Search & Seizure Assessment Procedures
Charitable Trusts & NGOs
Dispute Resolution

SECTORS

IT & ITES
Banks & NBFCs
Automobiles
Real Estate & Developers

PEOPLE

Pramod Banthia

Director
Bengaluru

M: +91 98450 88696
E: pramod.banthia@foxmandal.in

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

EXPERTISE

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

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

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

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

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

EDUCATION:

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

ADMISSION:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

AFFILIATION:

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

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS:

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

RECOGNITION:

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

PRACTICE AREAS

Tax
Indirect Tax

SECTORS

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

PEOPLE

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

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

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