Kaustuv Chunder

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Kaustuv Chunder

Partner,
Chennai & Kolkata

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

Kaustuv Chunder is a partner in the Chennai office having over three decades of experience as a general practice lawyer. Kaustuv has developed a solid track record assisting client across wide-ranging industry sectors with 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 Immoveable Property related issues, Testamentary and intestate succession issues, Writ matters under 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 commercial activities of several foreign enterprises. Moreover, he has advised pro-bono and guided several economically confronted individuals in cases of oppressions 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

Jeevanandham Rajagopal

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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 of 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 advices on a variety of arrangements that go to the core of clients’ on-going 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

Jayaprakash Padmanaban

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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 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

PRACTICE AREAS

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

SECTORS

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

Chandrasekaran R.

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Chandrasekaran R.

Head, Infrastructure,
Chennai

M: +91 94443 98172
E: r.chandrasekaran@foxmandal.in

An Advocate and Company Secretary with over 45 years of experience, R Chandrasekaran (“RC”) leads the firm’s infrastructure practice on a pan-India level. He specializes in PPP and EPC Models of Infrastructure Investment & Development as well as Claims Management. He has led complex structuring and contract negotiations across a wide range of infrastructure projects in the Urban Transportation / Ports / Ship Building and Power Transmission sectors.

EXPERTISE

Utilizing a holistic approach, RC has provided comprehensive solutions on matters pertaining to National / State Highways / Ports / Power Transmission / Lenders / Debenture Trustees and other stakeholders. He has also offered his expertise on various assignments relating to EPC Contract / Joint Venture / Investor Agreements including those involving substantial foreign investment like CPPIB (Canadian Pension Fund). He has further played a key role in negotiating and finalizing major Joint Ventures and Divestment Agreements with well-known names such as JP Morgan, HDFC, The Tata Group, The GVK Group, The Adani Group. He was fully involved in developing India’s first Green Field Airport in Bangalore (BIAL) etc.

His specific expertise includes advising, reviewing and negotiating in respect of Concession Agreements in respect of various Infra Sectors , Transaction Documents, Project Financing Documentation (including the creation of Pledge / Mortgage), Stakeholders Agreements, Claims Management, Draft Schemes of Mergers, Demergers and Amalgamations pertaining to all Infra sectors.

He also brings extensive experience in the interpretation of clauses in the Concession, Financing and other Agreements, as well as rendering strategic legal advice on Litigation / Arbitration matters especially with Government Agencies. His experience includes Corporate Compliance, Due Diligence Reviews & Legal Audits. RC also has close to eight years of litigation experience in civil matters in the Madras High Court and is well-versed with various other aspects of Corporate and Commercial law including Insolvency Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

Before joining Fox Mandal, he worked with the Murugappa Group/SPIC Group and with Larsen & Toubro as Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary.

He has spoken at seminars organized by ASSOCHAM, IIM (Ahmadabad) on Land Legislation and Challenges in Project Financing Documentation and has participated as a panelist in a discussion on various risks involved in PPP Projects in SUM INFRA sponsored by CII.

EDUCATION

  • LLB – University of Madras
  • BSC
  • ACS

ADMISSION

  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry
  • Associate Membership of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India

PRACTICE AREAS

Real Estate
Corporate & Commercial
Dispute Resolution

SECTORS

Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Infrastructure & Transportation