TMT in India

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas counts global banking, technology, consumer goods and medical companies to its client list, providing the full range of TMT-related matters. The team recently supplied regulatory guidance on the establishment of e-commerce platforms, OTT streaming platforms, payment system companies and other emerging technologies. Data protection is a particularly strong point for the practice, having advised on compliance with the fast-moving legislative developments in that area. A number of production houses and media networks often approach the firm for advice on licensing, sponsorship and other agreements. The firm also cites niche regulatory knowledge in the fields of online gaming and interactive media. In a recent development, the firm acquired the media and entertainment practice of Ashni Parekh, who has joined as a senior adviser.

Practice head(s):

Bharat Vasani; Arun Prabhu

Key clients

Apollo Hospitals Enterprises

The Boston Consulting Group

Google

ANI Technologies Private Limited

Sun TV Network

Amazon Technologies

Canara Bank

True Software Scandinavia AB

Reliance Jio Infocomm

Tata Sons; Tata Teleservices; Tata Teleservices

Coca-Cola India

Financial Software and Systems Private

JetPrivilege Private

Varian Medical Systems

Work highlights

  • Advised Apollo Hospitals Enterprises on the outsourcing of its entire IT infrastructure.
  • Advised Nissan Motor Company on outsourcing the development, implementation and maintenance of its telematics connected car solution.
  • Advised Canara Bank in relation to the documentation for upgrading its core banking solution.
  • Advised JetPrivilege Private on ensuring that its cross-border collection and processing of data is in compliance with applicable law.
  • Advised Sun TV Network on the development, launch, operations and distribution of Sun NXT, a digital over-the-top content delivery platform.

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co.’s TMT practice has a strong hand in providing telecoms regulatory support – senior associate Naqeeb Ahmed Kazia is a go-to name for VoIP issues – to big-ticket clients in the mobile technology and banking sectors. Practice co-chair Stephen Mathias is a leading name in e-commerce law while the team is also reputed for its expertise in licensing, data privacy and outsourcing matters. The practice is regularly instructed by an extensive list of IT and software companies to provide in-depth regulatory advice for their operations, including procurement strategy. Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan cites particular expertise in the fields of cybercrime and cybersecurity.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Mathias; Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan; Gaurav Dhwaj

Other key lawyers:

Naqeeb Ahmed Kazia

Testimonials

Kochhar & Co. provides user-friendly opinions with an in-depth knowledge of TMT.

Stephen Mathias is unique in his approach with an in-house mindset.

Key clients

Report Bee Edusys Pvt. Ltd

Vonage

Intuit Inc.

Akamai Technologies

Cisco

JP Morgan

Hogan Lovells

Mayer Brown

Twitter

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to multinational technology conglomerate Cisco on the regulatory aspects of a new multimedia communications device. Included assisting on data localisation issues concerning a bid for the provision of hardware and services for the setting up of a national fibre optic network.
  • Advised Akamai Technologies on the provision of public WIFI and content to retail customers including applicability of new regulations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
  • Provided cloud communications provider Vonage with Indian telecoms law advice including the provision of cloud PBX services to contact centres and applicability of regulations in India for use of cloud PBX and VoIP.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank on the restrictions on use of VoIP outside of the company network and the use of a provider-provisioned VPN.
  • Receives regular instructions from Hogan Lovells involving Indian telecoms law and the handling of private data for the firm’s multinational clients.

Naik Naik & Company

The TMT practice at Naik Naik & Company is renowned for its expertise in the media and entertainment field, servicing household-name film studios, distributors, television production houses, financiers and software companies. Litigation is a strength for the team, often making representations in the courts and arbitration forums. The team handles distribution and co-productions agreements, film funding and financing negotiations, talent contracts and licensing and endorsement agreements.

Nishith Desai Associates

Nishith Desai Associates provides extensive regulatory advice to its TMT clients in sectors such as fintech, life sciences, gaming, e-commerce, telecoms and education technology. Gowree Gokhale is experienced with cutting-edge issues concerning net neutrality, content regulation, IT law and digital payment systems. The firm often handles cross-border technology transactions and contentious issues.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co is frequently instructed on regulatory and transactional projects across the TMT sector; clients include household names in the fields of e-commerce, media, entertainment, telecoms, publishing and radio. The firm’s deep corporate expertise helps to navigate clients through the complex regulatory regimes necessary for global transactions; recent niche instructions involved Phase-III migrations in the radio sector, complex consolidations in the telecoms space and market-entry exercises in the publishing sector. Tejas Karia in the go-to name for contentious TMT issues with recent instructions involving Supreme Court disputes for the likes of Facebook and WhatsApp concerning the provision of online content and services.

Practice head(s):

Pallavi Shroff

Other key lawyers:

Tejas Karia

Key clients

Wal-Mart

Saavn India Private Limited

Uber

Bundl Technologies Private Limited (Swiggy)

Temasek Holdings

WhatsApp

One97 Communications

Think & Learn

Citibank Group of Companies

Facebook Ireland

Work highlights

  • Acted for digital music streaming platform Saavn on the merger with JoiMusic, creating the biggest digital music platform in south Asia.
  • Representing WhatsApp in a novel Supreme Court dispute concerning the legality of its proposed payment service.
  • Provided regulatory compliance strategy and obtained regulatory approval for Citibank concerning its application service centres throughout the country.
  • Assisted food delivery company Swiggy with its investment strategy.
  • Acted for a client on negotiations with a leading telecoms service provider for obtaining telecom services on terms desired by the client.

Trilegal

Trilegal is routinely praised by peers for its market-leading TMT offering, which provides legal expertise in cutting-edge sectors such as AI, machine learning, open-source technology and fintech. Practice head Rahul Matthan regularly advises on national privacy and data protection policy while Nikhil Narendran is a go-to name for telecoms regulatory expertise. The team handles complex issues surrounding market-entry exercises such as infrastructure-sharing agreements, licensing arrangements, outsourcing, alternative ISP models and content streaming provisions. Due diligence on corporate acquisitions and mergers in the telecoms and technology sectors is also a strong point.

Practice head(s):

Rahul Matthan

Testimonials

‘Deep industry knowledge. They are really keen to learn about the sector and spend time on understanding technology rather than just looking at ‘legal’  issues in isolation.’

‘Rahul Matthan is India’s best TMT lawyer by a mile. Nikhil Narendran is great.’

Key clients

Katerra

Macnica

Cisive

FinUp Finance Technology Group

True Caller

Virya Mobility 5.0

Hathway Cable and Datacom

GFK

Naspers

PandoCorp

Work highlights

  • Assisted Katerra with the indirect acquisition of technology-based prefabricated and modular construction company KEF Infrastructure.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs on sale of its stake in Tikona Digital Networks to Bharti Airtel, followed with investment in Tikona Infinet.
  • Assisted FinUp with conduct legal due diligence of digital lending startup SlicePay.
  • Advised Hathway and its existing promoters on Reliance Jio’s 51% acquisition of the client.
  • Assisted Naspers in selling its 11% stake in Indian e-commerce company Flipkart, to Walmart for $2.2bn.

ALMT Legal

Media and entertainment are sectors of focus for the TMT practice at ALMT Legal, with clients from the music, motion picture, television, sports, radio, digital media, publishing and theatre industries. Routine instructions involve drafting artist agreements, recording contracts, co-production agreements, content licensing arrangements and product development agreements. The firm also lends its telecoms regulatory expertise to commercial transactions in the sector.

Practice head(s):

S R Arun; Statira Ranina

Key clients

Freemantel India Television Production

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Freemantel India Television to review, revise and negotiate the recording, management and prize agreements for the top 14 Indian Idol season 10 contestants.

AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners leverages its deep M&A practice to handle transactions in the telecoms, e-commerce, IT and software sectors, with the team providing advice and regulatory support unique to each sector. Multinational telecoms operators, media houses, e-commerce players and fintech clients also instruct the team on commercial contracting matters, corporate restructurings, electronic payment regulations and data privacy laws. The team also fields expertise with sports sponsorship matters.

Practice head(s):

Gautam Saha; Srinath Dasari

Key clients

Bharti Airtel

American Tower Corporation

Sequoia Capital

21st Century Fox and the STAR Group

Sachin Tendulkar

National Basketball Association (NBA)

Warburg Pincus

Wipro

Epiq Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bharti Airtel with facilitating the demerger of Tata Teleservices’ consumer mobile wireless business to the client.
  • Instructed by Sequoia to carry out extensive due diligence and to provide regulatory advice for the client’s $110m investment in online search company Girnar Software.
  • Advised American Tower Corporation in the purchase of Vodafone India’s passive telecoms infrastructure business.
  • Handled Bharti Airtel’s merger with Telenor India, including acting on proceedings before the National Company Law Tribunal for the sanctioning of the scheme.
  • Advising Bharti Airtel and Bharti Infratel on the proposed merger with Indus Towers.

DSK Legal

A significant number of A-list Bollywood actors and producers routinely approach DSK Legal’s media, entertainment and technology experts for assistance with film contract negotiations, endorsement agreements, licensing and distribution arrangements and PR statements. Anand Desai and Chandrima Mitra provide High Court representation for clients, with recent matters involving defending artists’ distribution rights. The firm provides strong advisory and transactional services to clients in online gaming, software and mobile telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Anand Desai

Other key lawyers:

Chandrima Mitra

Testimonials

DSK Legal provides a solutions oriented and detailed approach.

Rishi Anand is knowledgeable and approachable.

Jitendra Soni is prompt and thorough.

Chandrima Mitra has an extremely good and deep understanding of matters related to the media space.

DSK Legal knows exactly what is prevalent in the media industry, with great relationships that make negotiations and deals easy.

Chandrima Mitra’s understanding of the media industry is second to none.

Key clients

Amir Khan and Amir Khan Productions

Salman Khan and Salman Khan Ventures

Dentsu Aegis Network

Roy Kapur Productions

AirBnB

Emerald Media

Shobiz Experiential Communications

RSVP (film production house owned by Ronnie Screwvala)

Emmay Entertainment

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios

Matrix India Entertainment Consultants

Broadcast Audience Research Council

Coverfox

Netflix

Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications

Stripe Inc.

Frontizo Business Services (joint venture between Amazon and Patni Group)

Work highlights

  • Defending Salman Khan Films before the High Court against allegations that the client’s film Loverati was demeaning to the religious sentiments of Hindus.
  • Assisting movie producer Karan Johar with drafting, reviewing and negotiating performance agreements for the radio show Calling Karan.
  • Advised Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications on the legality of launching an online sports fantasy game under Indian gambling laws.
  • Advising US payment-solutions provider Stripe on entering the Indian market.
  • Assisting Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt with reviewing, negotiating endorsement agreements with brands such as Uber Eats, Nokia and Flipkart.

HSA Advocates

Stand-out fields of expertise for HSA Advocates’ TMT practice include the provision of supply and service contracts in the telecoms sector, licensing and distribution arrangements in the entertainment sector and industry-specific regulatory advice on M&A transactions in the software space. Kunal Badyal has particular expertise with structuring and negotiating film distribution agreements; typical work involves (among others) licensing and broadcasting agreements, actor engagement contracts, distribution agreements and celebrity rights issues. In addition to handling cross-border reorganisations and acquisitions for TMT clients, Bharat Sharma is also experienced with handing ASCI complaints.

Practice head(s):

Bharat Sharma; Kunal Badyal

Testimonials

HSA Advocates provides prompt service and is proactive in its approach.’

Bharat Sharma is highly competent, has in-depth knowledge and provides pragmatic, business-effective solutions.’

Kunal Badyal is extremely professional and has an in-depth, technical knowledge of the TMT space.

Kunal Badyal has a good understanding of the media industry and delivers sensible and commercially viable advice.

Key clients

Yash Raj Films Private Limited

Lava International Limited

ICICI Ventures

Chhattisgarh InfoTech Promotion Society

Sigfox Singapore

Gartner India Research & Advisory Services

I Squared Capital

UBS Business Solutions

Work highlights

  • Provided a range of legal assistance, including the drafting of tender documents and advice of the PPP bidding process, to Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society’s telecoms infrastructure programme in the state of Chhattisgarh.
  • Advised I Squared Capital on its proposed acquisition of Aircel Group’s entire fiber network in accordance with the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
  • Advised Yash Raj Films on various agreements for films including Thugs of Hindustan, Shamshera, Hichki and Sui Dhaaga, including: endorsement agreements, in-film agreements, sponsorship agreements, distribution agreements, production agreements, artist agreements, producer and director agreements, writer agreements, music composer and lyricist agreements.
  • Assisted smartphone company Lava International and its subsidiaries (including Xolo Technology) on its cross-border reorganisation exercise which includes establishingfranchisee stores across China.
  • Advising Lava International concerning a complaint filed with the Advertising Standards Council of India.

IndusLaw

The TMT practice at IndusLaw offers legal expertise in innovative fields such as cloud computing, data localisation, digital streaming, fintech and AI. Stand-out professionals such as Namita Viswanath and new addition Rahul Goel (joining from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas) assist global players and Indian start-ups with regulatory approvals, legislative insights, contractual negotiations (including SaaS agreements, product licensing and strategic partnerships) and digital content commissioning. A robust transactional offering sees the firm handling M&A and private equity transactions in the telecoms and technology sectors with a recent uptick in instructions from fintech clients.

Practice head(s):

Avimukt Dar; Namita Viswanath; Saurav Kumar; Srinivas Katta; Suneeth Katarki; Rahul Goel; Anu Monga; Tanu Banerjee

Key clients

Google India

Zerodha Broking

Microsoft India

Nielsen India

Qualcomm Ventures

Times Internet

Wipro

ShunWei Capital

West Unified Communications

Oravel Stays (oyorooms.com)

Tetrapak

Music Broadcast

Alight Solutions

Agreeya Mobility (now Mobiliya)

Ebix Software

Work highlights

  • Assisted Google Cloud with the implementation of its services into India, including data localisation requirements, telecoms and technology regulatory advice, structuring contract templates and data protection requirements.
  • Advised Nielsen India on its data privacy requirements in light of proposed amendments to the regulatory framework.
  • Assisted Times Internet with drafting, negotiating and closing various contracts relating to content licensing, distribution and integration of licenced media into the clients MX Player platform.
  • Advised First Walkin on its software as a service (SaaS) agreement with nuFuture Digital for the provision of the client’s retail software.
  • Advised financial exchange company Ebix Software on its 100% acquisition of CentrumDirect.

J Sagar Associates

A strong transactional offering from J Sagar Associates’ TMT practice (headed by Delhi-based Amit Kapur and Bangalore-based Sajai Singh) handles high-value M&A’s, private equity investments and joint ventures in sectors such as e-commerce, telecoms, disruptive technologies and online food delivery. The team assists startups and established IT companies with developing their business platforms and operations in compliance with Indian laws and regulations governing the provision of broadcasting, digital communications, software services and other intricate ventures. Probir Roy Chowdhury was praised as a go-to name in the fintech space.

Practice head(s):

Amit Kapur; Sajai Singh

Key clients

Teleperformance

Technology Frontiers India

ANI Technologies Private Limited

SaaSforce Consulting

iSON Xperiences

63 Moons Technologies

Mercer Consulting India

Camions Logistics Solutions

Eight Road Ventures (an investment arm of Fidelity International)

Naspers Group and Founders of TBO

Bose Corporation

IBM Corporation

ACI Worldwide

Juniper Networks

eBay Singapore

Work highlights

  • Advised eBay Singapore on the sale of its entire stake in Flipkart.
  • Assisted Teleperformance with the acquisition of Intelenet from Blackstone.
  • Advised Technology Frontiers India and its promoters on the $90m investment made by EM Holdco.
  • Advised ANI Technologies on its acquisition of a majority shareholding in Birds Eye Systems.
  • Advised SaaSforce Consulting, a boutique Salesforce consulting company, in relation to the sale of its entire shareholding to Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Khaitan & Co.

Practitioners across Khaitan & Co.'s multiple offices, such as Ganesh Prasad in Bangalore and Rahul Dutt in Mumbai, leverage their strong M&A practice to handle big-ticket transactions in the TMT space, advising on the complex regulations specific to the sector. The extensive client list comprises household-name multinational and Indian corporates, as well as a healthy list of tech startups. Delhi-based Harsh Walia provides strong regulatory expertise in the complex fields of IT, fintech, media, e-commerce, data centre services, digital payment systems and telecoms infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Ganesh Prasad; Rahul Dutt; Harsh Walia; Vineet Shingal; Sharad Moudgal; Niren Patel; Vinay Joy

Key clients

Accenture Solutions

ANI Technologies

Birlasoft

BT Global Communications India

Delivery Hero

Flipkart Group

Fuze

HCL Technologies

Hindustan Media Ventures

Jasper Infotech

Network18 Media & Investments

Jagran Prakashan

Reliance Jio Infocomm

RazorPay

Uber

Booking.com

ZipLoan

Quest Global

Expedia Inc

Zomato

Amazon

Work highlights

  • Advised Birlasoft on the acquisition of control of the IT Business of KPIT Technologies.
  • Advised GGK Technologies on its acquisition by AC5 Global Group.
  • Advised Conduent Business Services on the transfer of its HR services business to a new entity and subsequent sale to a private equity fund.
  • Advised Paypal on the Indian aspects of its global acquisition of Simility.
  • Advised Ensono LP on the Indian law aspects in relation to divestment of Wipro’s hosted data center services business to the client.

Majmudar & Partners

The client list of Majmudar & Partners’ TMT practice comprises both entrepreneurial and established names in sectors including fintech, online gaming, digital marketing, e-commerce and AI. On the transactional front, the firm handles acquihires, joint ventures, outsourcing regimes, strategic investment and technology transfers. Recent regulatory work involved data privacy compliance, online payments advice, software licensing and distribution agreements, online terms and conditions, and critical issues pertaining to encryption, cloud computing and data storage, the latter of which N. Raja Sujith is a leading name in the market.

Practice head(s):

Akil Hirani; Neerav Merchant; N. Raja Sujith

Key clients

ChargePoint

Kwench Global Technologies

Hermès International

Facebook

NerdWallet

Zephyr Software Holdings

Minance Technologies

CPP Assistance Services

Epsilon International Consulting Services

ThyssenKrupp India

Work highlights

  • Advising US electric vehicle infrastructure company ChargePoint with a joint venture in India for its electric vehicle charging technology.
  • Assisted Facebook with a software license and distribution agreement, advising on issues such as complex IP ownership issues and transaction structuring.
  • Advised Hermès International on data protection laws and practices in India, with a particular focus on the data retention periods applied to the personal data of individuals in India.
  • Advised US-based Fintech startup NerdWallet on an acquihire transaction.
  • Assisted Minance Technologies with drafting online terms and conditions, privacy policy and risk disclosure statements for the provision of investment advisory services.

Mani Chengappa & Mathur

Noteworthy recent work for Mani Chengappa & Mathur’s TMT practice involved assisting with implementation and procurement initiatives in the financial services sector. The team has strong expertise in capital raising exercises for tech startup companies as well as conducting due diligence for international sponsors providing inward investment. Further routine mandates involve drafting product licensing agreements and services contracts, advising on data privacy laws and providing general regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Mani; Utham Chengappa; Neil Mathur

Key clients

Tetra Media

Fino Payment Bank

Lavelle Networks

Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank

Exfinity Technology Fund

Brightsword IT Services

Worxogo Solutions

Nasadiya Technologies

CloudSek Research

MadStreet Den

Sprout Ventures Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised newly established bank Fino Payment on its technology procurement and implementation strategy.
  • Advising online personal finance platform Tetra Media on drafting its B2B and B2C contracts and privacy related matters.
  • Assisted Brightsword IT Services with drawing up the product licensing agreements, including the end-user license agreements, for the school management system it has devised.
  • Assisted deep technology startup Lavelle Networks with drafting and negotiating its licensing agreements and commercial agreements with re-sellers and channel partners.
  • Handled the licensing arrangements for Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank’s core banking applications, licensing of other applications such as ATM switches, loan management systems and procuring services from myriad vendors.

Spice Route Legal

Since its inception in 2016, Spice Route Legal has developed its TMT practice and now counts a healthy mix of Indian startups and international names to the client roster. Recent mandates for practice head Mathew Chacko involved advising on data privacy laws (including niche work surrounding facial recognition technology), VoD licensing agreements, P2P product launches, a corporate inversion for a drone company and a number of fundraising ventures for tech startup companies.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Chacko

Testimonials

A young and vibrant firm with a tech-focused legal offering, whose knowledge when it comes to the latest technologies and the laws pertaining to them is immense.

A thorough yet fast and decisive firm.

Spice Route Legal is proactive with a depth in knowledge.

Matthew Chacko has a deep knowledge of the industry and relevant law. He provides excellent, commercial insight to the advice he gives.

Matthew Chacko and his team go out of their way to provide valuable advice with an understanding and familiarity on technology startups and IT law.

Key clients

The finalists of Indian Idol 2017

Discovery Channel

Zimplistic

iSpectrum

Rewardz

Naval Group

Instamojo

ShopX

Ideaforge

Impelsys

Milaap

WunderCar

WandX

SimplyFi

Miners

Cherise

ICICI Bank

Sequoia Capital India

Bora Token

Air Bloc

Assetize

Capillary Technologies

Chtrbox

OKCredit

Brigade Enterprises

eGovernments Foundation

Novi Digital Entertainment (Hotstar)

Cathay Pacific

EID Parry

Work highlights

  • Advised Discovery Channel on restructuring its data operations in India following the client’s $12 bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive.
  • Assisted Helix Investments with its investment in NII, a cybersecurity organisation providing services to large organisations in India, the UAE, Singapore and US.
  • Retained by drone company Sensehawk for its general corporate and private equity needs.
  • Advised iSpectrum with the launch of its VoD platform in India.
  • Assisted payment gateway platform Instamojo with the launch of its online lending platform in collaboration with multiple regulated non-banking financial services companies and a Series B investment round.

Bharucha & Partners

Bharucha & Partners is a growing name in the media and entertainment space, and now counts a number of prominent domestic media houses, broadcasters, digital entertainment and distributors to its client list. Led by Kaushik Moitra, the team advises on content acquisition, contractual agreements, licensing and contract disputes. Market entry for telecoms and OTT platforms are other developing fields for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Kaushik Moitra

Key clients

Sony Pictures Networks

Shemaroo Entertainment

NexG Services

Balaji Telefilms

Balaji Motion Pictures

Alt Balaji Digital Entertainment

Kahaaniwaaley Films & Media Ventures

Eleeanora Images

Work highlights

  • Handles the legal portfolio for data warehousing and data intelligence company Netprophets Cyberworks.
  • Assisting ALT Entertainment (a leading OTT player) with content acquisition, content production and content syndication.
  • Engaged by Belgian digital communications company Voxbone to advise on regulatory issues relating to the provision of telecom services including obtaining relevant licenses and approvals, advising on the legal and regulatory regime for telecoms and related services in India.
  • Defended Balaji Motion Pictures in arbitration proceedings arising out of a director agreement.

Dhir & Dhir Associates

A modest client roster of telecoms companies and pubic bodies (including the Department of Telecommunications) instruct founding partner Maneesha Dhir of Dhir & Dhir Associates on TMT-related disputes before the various tribunals and upper courts. Recent cases involved tariff determinations, licensing disputes and penalty challenges. Outside of contentious work, the firm also assists with regulatory advice, market-entry strategy, registration of service providers, infrastructure sharing and foreign investment approvals.

Practice head(s):

Maneesha Dhir; KPS Kohli

Key clients

Bharat Sanchar Nigam

Mahanagar Sanchar Nigam

Department of Telecommunications

Travelex India

Controller of Certifying Authorities

Telecom Regulatory Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in defending a challenge brought by a number of broadcasters to a tariff order notified by the client.
  • Representing Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) in a challenge brought by Cellular Operators Association of India to a circular issued by BSNL revising the infrastructure and space charges for active links leased to telecoms operators.
  • Representing Bharat Sanchar Nigam in challenging the Department of Telecommunication’s prescribed penalties for violations of Electro Magnetic Fields Radiation Norms on the basis of them being arbitrary, unjustified and illegal.
  • Instructed by Bharat Sanchar Nigam to challenge penalties imposed by the Department of Telecommunications due to alleged failure to comply with subscriber verification requirements.

Dua Associates

TMT-related instructions for Dua Associates have involved joint ventures and foreign investment in the technology sector and litigation involving tariff orders placed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Regulatory compliance including data protection is also provided by the firm.

Gagrats

TMT services provided by Gagrats include advisory support for a range of contract negotiations including manufacturing and technology licensing, collaboration agreements, SaaS arrangements and e-procurement. The firm recently handled contentious issues involving defamation in the digital realm.

Practice head(s):

Rustam Gagrat; Haseena Tapia Shahpurwalla; Ipshita Sen; Rajnni Kuttyy

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with the establishment of an online trading platform in the manufacturing sector.
  • Assisted a client with technology licensing issues for its teaching programmes in the sporting sector.
  • Handled the software contracts for a client’s IT solutions for its insurance systems.
  • Assisted an engineering company with a manufacturing and technology licensing agreement.
  • Advised a healthcare client on collaboration agreements for a series of medical and diagnostic research projects.

Legal-Advaita

Legal-Advaita handles a range of transactions and disputes in the TMT space. Previous practice head Atul Dua has left the firm to establish an independent practice.

LexCounsel

The TMT offering at LexCounsel provides a range of advisory support to clients in the education, pharmaceutical, IT and diagnostics industries. Routine advice involves data protection and destruction, technology licensing arrangements, SaaS agreements, privacy policy drafting and compliance with the Information Technology Act.

Work highlights

  • Provided data collection and data destruction compliance advice to Fred Hollows Foundation.
  • Assisted GlaxoSmithKline with drafting the T&C’s and privacy policy for a new web platform.
  • Advised Madhusudan Auto on a technology license and technical assistance agreement with an Israeli company.
  • Assisting DIT University with data protection and confidentiality issues surrounding its negotiations with a foreign educational institution.
  • Advising Pluralsight on data protection laws related to the implementation of a diversity and inclusion project by the HR department.

Link Legal – India Law Services

The transactional side of Link Legal – India Law Services’s TMT vertical involves handling complex M&A transactions and private equity investments for e-commerce, telecoms, broadcasting and online gaming clients.The team also frequently acts on TMT-related disputes, with number of recent actions involving the regulations surrounding passive telecoms infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Nusrat Hassan; Prasad Dhande

Key clients

Sify Technologies

Instakart Services

Bharati Airtel

Indus Towers

Reliance Communications

Sharechat

Xiaomi Singapore

Ru-Net Investments

WaterBridge Ventures

Lightspeed

DST Global

CDH and Morningside

L&T Technology Services

Endiya Partners and IDG

Claranet Group UK

Work highlights

  • Represented Indus Towers before the High Court and successfully saved its infrastructure sites from being auctioned off for alleged non-payment of property taxes.
  • Filed an INR400 crore suit for damages on behalf of Sify Technologies in relation to a datacentre space occupied by IBM India.
  • Instructed by Bharti Airtel to challenge the constitutional validity of local laws pertaining to passive infrastructure.
  • Advised DEN Networks on its 66% sale to Reliance Industries.
  • Advised Lightspeed on its $20m investment in hyperlocal discovery platform Magicpin.

Phoenix Legal

Phoenix Legal is particularly active in the fields of media and entertainment, for which the team handles film investment ventures, broadcast licensing, contract negotiations, operational contracts and other agreements. The team applies its strong knowledge of telecoms regulations to significant cross-border transactions in the sector as well as facilitating SaaS agreements for a number of conglomerate clients. Software brands are also prominently featured on the client roster.

Practice head(s):

Manjula Chawla; Saket Shukla; Abhishek Saxena; Siddharth Hariani; Sriram Ramachandran

Key clients

Ciena Corporation

Dell EMC

L Brands

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ciena Corporation with Indian telecoms law compliance concerning its shareholding acquisition of DonRiver.
  • Handled the software service agreement providing the transfer of proprietary software with Trakd Innovations.
  • Provided regulatory advice to Dell EMC for the transfer of business to Indian software technology parks.
  • Advised Ciena Corporation on amendments to the Indian Telegraph Rules.

Samvad Partners

Samvad Partners' TMT practice includes a robust fintech offering which provides transactional advice to international private equity and venture capital groups investing in fintech startups. The firm has a growing client list of telecoms and software services clients for which the team provides regulatory support for operations in the Indian market, assistance with contractual negotiations and financial advice.

Practice head(s):

Harish Narasappa; Natasha Mahajan; Neela Badami; Rohan K George

Key clients

Antrix Corporation

Manthan Software Services

Sigmoid Labs (and founders)

Techstars

Jersey Telecom

Avendus Finance

V.A. Tech Ventures

HDFC

Knolskape Solutions

Work highlights

  • Represented Sigmoid Labs and its founders in its 100% share sale to Google.
  • Provided contractual advice to Manthan Sofware Services, including OEM, SaaS and GDPR.
  • Provided full-scope GDPR compliance guidance to V.A. Tech Ventures.
  • Omidyar, Axilor and Angel List on their investment in Bonfleet Solutions, a fintech startup providing financial services to the gig-economy workforce.
  • Reviewed all IT documentation for Sundaram Finance, including master services agreements, maintenance contracts, software license agreements and SaaS agreements.

Scriboard

Rodney D Ryder of Scriboard’s TMT practice is a go-to name on the market for issues pertaining to the Information Technology Act, with recent advice concerning data protection, online risk management, regulatory compliance audits, cross-border data transfers and judicial information requests. The team provides expertise with domain name disputes and domain name recovery exercises for big-ticket global clients. A number of e-commerce clients also approach the firm for regulatory advice for their online operations.

Practice head(s):

Rodney D Ryder; Ravi Goyal

Key clients

Amazon Seller Services

Schlumberger Asia Services

Hike

Havells India

Facebook

Godrej Consumer Products

Aon Consulting

ITC

E-Meditek Insurance

Tata Power Delhi Distribution

IndianOil Corporation

Rhiti Sports Management

Livonics Infotech

Work highlights

  • Assisting Facebook with numerous litigation matters pertaining to the Information Technology Act.
  • Liaised with the relevant authorities on behalf of Amazon in relation to its website being blocked by Indian ISPs.
  • Assisted Amazon Seller Services with taking down fraudulent website impersonating its ecommerce website.
  • Advised IndianOil Corporation on the enforceability of the Information Technology Act.