PEOPLE

Varsha Raghavan - Lawyer - Fox Mandal

Varsha Raghavan

Senior Associate
Chennai

M: +91 94440 26953
E: varsha.raghavan@foxmandal.in

Varsha is an LL.M. graduate in International Trade and Investment Law from National Law University, Jodhpur. She works with the corporate litigation and alternate dispute resolution team in Chennai.  She has demonstrated commendable dexterity and assiduity in the field of dispute resolution and litigation, specifically in varied matters across the renewable energy sector. In 2019, she was awarded a scholarship by Bucerius Law School, Germany for a program in international dispute resolution under Prof. Dr. Stefan Kröll.

EXPERTISE

Varsha has been earnestly involved and committed to the energy, particularly renewable energy practice throughout her career. She believes in minutely understanding the requisite specificities and technology at the heart of every renewable energy project she extends her professional expertise in. Her portfolio includes impeccable and impressive solutions relating to engineering, procurement and construction of renewable energy projects and infrastructure related turnkey contracting, drafting and negotiating descoping agreements for wind power projects post the term of operation and maintenance engagements, government advisory pertaining to development of wind power projects and protecting and licensing intellectual property rights.

Her well-rounded acumen also extends to the matters of litigation and alternate dispute resolution primarily for independent power producers and OEMs before various forums including the CERC, Hon’ble High Courts of Madras, Bombay and Delhi, TNERC, MSEFC, subordinate courts across jurisdictions and distinguished arbitral tribunals. The disputes involving power purchase agreements with the State, grant of long-term connectivity, provision of evacuation infrastructure, grant of licenses and government approvals, operation and maintenance of wind power projects and shared services, protection of intellectual property relating to technology in renewable energy, land development etc.

Her expansive experience and a solution-driven outlook in contracting for renewable energy clients and her present role in litigation and ADR empower her to provide pragmatically and cost-effective advisory to the Firm’s foreign and domestic clientele.

EDUCATION

  • LLM in International Trade and Investment Law, National Law University, Jodhpur, Batch of 2017

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu 

AFFILIATION

  • Volunteer with the AIDINDIA – Association for India’s Development.

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate law
Commercial Law
Employment and Termination
Renewable Energy
Hospitality
Arbitration
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Litigation
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
International Trade & WTO

SECTORS

Start-ups

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

Jayaprakash Padmanaban

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

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

Banumathy R

Group Head
Chennai

M: +91 80564 14799
E: banumathi.r@foxmandal.in

Banumathy has over 20+ years of professional experience and works in the real estate division of the firm’s Chennai Office. She is regarded by her clients for her astute commercial awareness and industry outlook. She focuses on complex real estate matters, especially pertaining to the agriculture sector.

EXPERTISE

Banumathy started her career as a litigating attorney and later shifted her focus to the real estate division. Her key skills include conducting due diligence, documentation, vetting of agreements, deeds, contracts, ensuring transactions involving immovable properties, facilitating registration of documents, and providing Legal Opinions/Reports, advising clients on various issues and Conveyance etc. Banumathy is a hardworking and dedicated individual who demonstrates exceptional communication skills in her interaction with her teammates and clients.

EDUCATION

  • M.L., (Master of Law), University of Madras, 2002

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential
Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real EstateData,Center Warehousing & Logistics
RERA
Logistics & Warehousing

SECTORS

Agriculture

PEOPLE

Aruna Singh

Practice Head
Chennai

M: +91 95000 27623
E: aruna.singh@foxmandal.in

Aruna brings over 17 years of experience in helping clients navigate the complex real estate market with practical ease. She has been associated with Fox Mandal since 2007 operating from the Chennai Office with a special focus on real estate matters in the state of Tamil Nadu.

EXPERTISE

Aruna specializes in real estate and infrastructure title due diligence work spanning various industries. She has demonstrated expertise in dealing with a number of developers and multinational clients providing assistance with their commercial and residential projects including joint venture development and promotion of real estate, legal due diligence work, etc.

She is also experienced in documentation relating to joint ventures, development of townships, commercial and industrial establishments, technology park, infrastructure projects, construction contracts, sale and purchase, lease, leave and license, mortgage, hypothecation of property and various other real estate related agreements.

Aruna is a spiritual person who prefers to look for the solution rather than getting worked up in a crisis situation. In addition to being a hard-working focussed person, she is known for her trust-building compatible relationship with her team members as well as clients.

EDUCATION

  • B.A. B.L. 

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu

RECOGNITION:

  • Listed as one of the Top 3 Property case lawyers in Chennai, TN by ThreeBestRated.

PRACTICE AREAS

Residential
Commercial & Township Development
Corporate Real Estate
RERA
Logistics & Warehousing; Joint Venture

SECTORS

Automotive
Information Technology

PEOPLE

John Zachariah

Group Head
Chennai

M: +91 99401 56935
E: john.zachariah@foxmandal.in

John is a seasoned litigator with 30 years of professional experience appearing in various courts and tribunals in Tamil Nadu. He is known for giving candid opinions and pragmatic solutions to his clients by ensuring a workable course of action. He works on varied practice areas ranging from corporate to employment and also works in other forms of dispute resolution.

EXPERTISE

John has appeared before the High Court and also before the Subordinate Courts and various Tribunals in Tamil Nadu, dealing with a variety of issues with a special focus on labour and employment matters. He has also worked in the creation of various Tribunals, to deal with specific issues. He currently works in the sectors of Agriculture, Automotive, Education, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Information Technology, Textiles, Apparels & Accessories for Fox Mandal. Client satisfaction is paramount for him, and he tries to achieve it through diligence and hard work.

EDUCATION

  • B.A. B.L. – Pondicherry University – 1991

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamilnadu & Pondicherry

AFFILIATION

  • Member of Madras Bar Association/Madras High Court Advocates Association

PRACTICE AREAS

Commercial Law
Anti Sexual Harassment and Discrimination at Workplace
Disciplinary Proceedings
Employment & Termination
Health Safety & Environment
Labour Law
Labour & Industrial Disputes
Corporate Law
Environment
RERA
Arbitration
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Consumer Disputes
Litigation
Mediation
Quasi-Judicial Representation

SECTORS

Agriculture
Automotive
Education
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Information Technology
Textiles, Apparels & Accessories

PEOPLE

Anand Sagar

Anand Sagar

Senior Associate
Bengaluru

M: +91 9884862271
E: anandsagar.s@foxmandal.in

Anand Sagar is an efficient and dynamic Company Secretary with more than five years of post-qualification experience. He operates from our Chennai office with the Corporate Compliance team. He is a highly sought after by clients for his effectual strategies and incisive industry awareness.

EXPERTISE

Anand Sagar is efficient in assisting and handling clients on a range of corporate compliance matters relating to corporate laws, FEMA and allied laws. He also offers extensive experience in conducting secretarial due diligence, filing of various forms, returns and documents with statutory authorities relating to corporate compliances and succouring clients through the serpentine maze of procedural and compliance nuances of concerned laws. He also extends sound advisory services to clients on time-sensitive and complex matters pertaining to corporate law.

He is an inquisitive professional with a keen eye for detail and an unfaltering commitment towards delivering coherent solutions to challenges that stand in resonance with the best interest of the clients.

EDUCATION

  • B.Com, Madras University, 2009
  • ACS, Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), 2015

ADMISSION

  • Associate Member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate Law
Private Equity
Government, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory
Corporate Governance
FDI & ODI
Regulatory Compliance

SECTORS

Information technology
Start-ups
Textiles, Apparels and Accessories

PEOPLE

Kaustuv Chunder - Fox Mandal

Kaustuv Chunder

Partner
Chennai & Kolkata

M:+91 98367 91212
E: kaustuv.chunder@foxmandal.in

Kaustuv Chunder is a partner stationed in the Kolkata office having almost four decades of experience as a general practice lawyer. Kaustuv has developed a solid track record assisting clients across wide-ranging industry sectors with a particular focus on litigations and alternate dispute resolutions in the fields of civil, commercial and banking as well as commercial contracts and labour issues.

EXPERTISE

Kaustuv is a fourth-generation lawyer associated with the firm since 1982. He has substantive experience in handling infrastructure construction-related disputes, labour and human resources issues, company matters, transfer of immovable property-related issues, testamentary and intestate succession issues, writ matters under the Indian constitution, etc.

He has given opinions and advised clients, including many public sector undertakings, private sector enterprises, financial institutions, private commercial establishments and small business houses, in addition to numerous individuals and families. Most of Kaustuv’s clients are engaged in manufacturing, industrial, banking, financial, real estate, infrastructure, logistics and environmental sectors.

He has also been involved in matters related to the commercial activities of several foreign enterprises. Moreover, he has advised pro-bono and guided several economically confronted individuals in cases of oppression and unfair deprivations. 

EDUCATION

  • LLB – Calcutta University
  • BA – Political Science with Economics

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of West Bengal

AFFILIATION

  • Supreme Court Bar Association
  • Incorporated Law Society– High Court of Calcutta
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association

PRACTICE AREAS

Litigation & Alternate Dispute Resolution
Corporate & Commercial
Employment & Human Resources

SECTORS

Manufacturing
Service
Banking, Financial Services and Insurance
Infrastructure, Transportation and Logistics

PEOPLE

Jeevanandham Rajagopal

Jeevanandham Rajagopal

Partner
Chennai

M: +91 +91 98411 66670
E: r.jeevanandham@foxmandal.in

A Fulbright fellow, Jeeva understands the pulse of complex business transactions and applies his expertise in Commercial Laws to provide valuable advice to his clients. As a partner at Fox Mandal, he heads the Chennai office and co-chairs the Corporate and Commercial practice of the firm in South and West India. He has significant experience in the energy sector, especially renewable and technology-related.

EXPERTISE

Well-accoutered with over 18 years of diverse experience, he advises on a variety of arrangements that go to the core of clients’ ongoing business. These include foreign investment in India, joint ventures, debt and equity funding of projects and companies. He also works on inbound & outbound investments, mergers and acquisitions transactions and specializes in promoter/founder/investee representation.

He further deals in structuring and advising on overseas direct investment by Indian entities and Intellectual Property laws with a specific focus on transaction IP, IP strategies and facilitation and management of technology transfers.

His expertise also encompasses advising on debt and equity funding strategies, private equity and fund investments, as well as management of compliance. In addition, Jeeva has been mentoring several entrepreneurs and start-ups, often hand-holding many of them through multiple rounds of funding and exits.

His leadership skills and entrepreneurial approach has helped him to serve as the co-chair of ABA’s International Sub Committee of Young Lawyers since 2013 and be one of the first non-American lawyers to be recognized by ABA as Ambassador for its Business Law Section. He is also a committee member of the British Business Group and a member of the renewable energy and law committees of the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He was instrumental in helping the firm win an award for its ‘corporate and commercial practice’ by the Indian Business Law Journal, where his clients commended his ‘professionalism and quality of advice’.

EDUCATION

  • Global Leadership Program – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
  • B.A. (Law) and B.L. – University of Madras

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu
  • Patent Agent

AFFILIATION

  • Madras Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • British Business Group

PUBLICATIONS/WEBINARS

  • Webinar on: Re-Calibrating Contracts and Collaborations-during Covid-19 & Beyond, April 2020.

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate
Intellectual Property Rights
Funds
Mergers & Acquisitions
Renewable Energy

SECTORS

Energy – Renewable & Technology
Education
Hospitality
Healthcare & Life sciences
Infrastructure & Transportation
Manufacturing
Technology, Media & Telecom