Firm Profile > Spice Route Legal > Mumbai, India
Spice Route Legal Offices
No. 201, 2nd Floor, B Wing Pinnacle Corporate Park, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
Spice Route Legal > The Legal 500 Rankings
Data protection Tier 1
Spice Route Legal advises a diverse range of clients on the implications of the proposed data protection bill, the regulatory aspects of launching products and undertaking data transfers, data breaches and various other matters. Mathew Chacko regularly assists TMT clients, including fintech companies, navigate India's data protection and data privacy laws. Senior associate Aadya Misra advises clients on their data protection and privacy policies and handles risk mitigation for clients following data breaches.
Other key lawyers:
Disney + Hotstar
Blockchain India Consortium
TMT Tier 2
Spice Route Legal focuses primarily on assisting technology companies, including fintech companies, with important transactions, product development, IP and other issues. The firm also shows notable expertise in data protection, outsourcing and litigation in the TMT sector. Mathew Chacko is known for providing full-service advice to media and IT client. Senior associate Ankita Hariramani specialises in fintech transactions and regulatory matters.
Other key lawyers:
iSpectrum Pte. Ltd.
Disney + Hotstar
Sequoia Capital India
Crayon Data Pte. Ltd.
MoneyView Financial Services
Zimplistic Pte. Ltd.
Corporate and M&A Tier 3
Spice Route Legal has established itself as an expanding force in the corporate and M&A market. The practice is engaged by private enterprises and prominent public listed clients, which seek support in relation to acquisitions and divestments, joint ventures, private equity deals, and corporate restructuring. With particular expertise in the fintech, technology, renewable energy and life sciences sectors, the firm has led on multiple transactions involving jurisdictions in South East Asia. Praveen Raju, who is proficient in cross-border M&A, oversees the team. Technology and media deals feature highly in Mathew Chacko's track record.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is diligent, knowledgeable, and provides practical solutions.’
‘Supportive and willing to go the extra mile.’
xQ Capital Advisors
Prestellar Ventures Fund 1 Pte. Ltd.
Sequoia Capital India
Nisa Industrial Services
Blue Lotus Capital
Zenfold Ventures LLP
Asianteaxpress Pte Ltd (TeaBox)
Pest Control India
The Blockchain India Consortia
Test and Verification Solution (T&VS)
SunEdison Infrastructure Limited
Psi Phi Technologies Private Limited (OKCredit)
Moneyview Technology Solutions
Intellectual property Tier 4
Leading the growing IP practice at Spice Route Legal, Mathew Chacko is handling numerous trade mark infringement and passing-off litigation matters for multijurisdictional TMT and chemicals clients, and trade secrets disputes for asset management companies. The team also fields expertise in handling copyright infringement disputes for software clients. On the non-contentious side, Praveen Raju is handling patent licensing and R&D negotiations in the food technology space, while film licensing deals are also regularly handled.
The technology-focused private equity and venture capital team at Spice Route Legal had an active year advising investors and target companies in the fintech, proptech, healthcare and renewables industries. Practice head Praveen Raju and Mathew Chacko are the key names, and the addition of Arun Jerome from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas expanded the team’s presence in the traditional sectors of real estate, projects and infrastructure.
‘The team is very agile and customer centric.‘
Sequoia Capital India
Rahi Care Private Limited
Prestellar Ventures Fund 1 Pte. Ltd.
Ronin Wines Private Limited
Plutonomic Savtech Pvt. Ltd.
Aapkapainter Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Spice Route Legal > Firm Profile
Spice Route Legal is recognised as a leader in the provision of ‘border- agnostic’ legal services in India. The firm is often retained (i) to negotiate and close complicated multijurisdictional deals, (ii) to advise on regulatory, licensing and IP issues at the intersection of technology, financial services, business, and law, (iii) to accurately evaluate and mitigate regulatory and legal risks; and (iv) to assist on complicated dispute resolution.
With market-leading practices in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, technology, media and telecommunications, data, fintech, sports, pharmaceuticals, lifesciences and healthcare, intellectual property and disputes, the firm regularly advises on some of the most complicated cross border matters that involve India.
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Main practice areas
Corporate and M&A: The firm advises on a full spectrum of corporate transactions in today’s increasingly global marketplace. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm has been involved in some of the most challenging private equity, venture capital, going private, spin offs and corporate restructurings that involve India. Today, we are the ‘go to’ firm for Indian companies with global M&A or investment ambitions and for non-Indian companies investing in India.
Private equity: Our private equity and venture capital practice is widely applauded for our cutting-edge, cross-jurisdictional work involving investments in technology, fintech, big data, energy and healthcare. The firm has a 360-degree expertise from fund structuring to advising PE funds on acquisitions, deal structuring, tax, regulatory approvals, IPOs and distressed acquisitions and advises some of the most prolific investors in the region.
Technology, media and telecommunications: Spice Route Legal’s TMT practice is the largest in India and brings with it a keen appreciation of all matters of technology, media, telecommunications, convergence, data, regulatory and intellectual property. The practice assists close to one-third of the global technology companies with operations in India and close to half of India’s emerging technology and media behemoths. Our TMT practice is increasingly regional in nature with the ability to rely on some of the best TMT lawyers across the world to structure innovative cross-jurisdictional solutions to some of the vexing problems that haunt these industries.
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity: Our data protection, privacy and cybersecurity team combine strong technical and legal credentials, an appreciation of the global nature of data and a network of the best technology, data and information lawyers in the world, to advise on increasingly global data, privacy and cybersecurity mandates. As South Asia’s largest data practice, we regularly advice on international data flows, cybersecurity and data risk, privacy concerns, disputes involving data, incidence reporting, localization strategies, employment and health data issues and structuring whistleblowing hotlines and ethics investigations.
Fintech: Spice Route Legal regularly advises and assists most of the prominent names in fintech in India. With the ability to structure products, identify and mitigate technology, intellectual property, data and financial sector regulatory risks, our fintech team straddles multiple practice areas to seamlessly advise banks, financial institutions, startups, credit rating agencies, investors and ‘brick and mortar’ companies as they grapple with the challenge of disrupting the market for financial services.
Intellectual property: Spice Route Legal’s expertise in advising on complex questions of IP is widely recognized, having lead some of the most contentious disputes and assisted on some of the most complex transactions that involve intellectual property. In 2020, we have been at the forefront of the development of contributory infringement of IP, of the recognition of the doctrine of prosecution history estoppel, of some of the largest IP disposals and of defending multiple actions by patent trolls. The firm’s uniquely integrated IP team offers corporations the ability to rely on it for advice on the protection, monetisation, licensing and sale of IP and for disputes involving IP.
Energy and sustainability: Spice Route Legal’s energy and sustainability group focuses on clients at the forefront of the transition to a low carbon economy. Our expertise ranges from M&A, regulatory issues, to setting up wind and solar farms, setting up (or participating in) a carbon trading ecosystem, electric vehicles and batteries and evolving innovative financing solutions for the rapidly evolving ecosystem in India.
Sports: Spice Route Legal advises some of the world’s leading sportspeople, teams, agencies and regulatory bodies on a host of contentious and non-contentious matters. Relying on traditional strengths in licensing, governance, disputes, intellectual property and privacy, we offer a one-stop legal solution for all entities involved in sports.
Healthcare, pharmaceuticals and lifesciences: Spice Route Legal has a well-established pharmaceuticals, lifesciences and healthcare practice. The team regularly advises manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, intermediaries and chemicals, biotech companies, manufacturers of medical devices and other players in the lifesciences industry on wide range of matters including financings, M&A, corporate structuring, litigation, data privacy, intellectual property, licensing, regulatory issues and competition law.
Disputes: Our disputes practice is uniquely structured as a part of our industry practice groups. As such, the team tends to focus on disputes involves tech, media or telecom companies, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, intellectual property, financial services regulatory issues, competition law or data privacy.
Spice Route Legal’s “border agnostic” model of providing seamless solutions for cross border legal issues by relying on a wide network of friends is acknowledged as a market first. Relying on this network, the firm has:
- Assisted India’s largest telecom conglomerate on a global transaction involving over 40 countries.
- Assisted India’s leading rice manufacturer conduct a purchase of assets in 60 countries;
- Assisted a German investment fund focused in the Industrials, Chemicals and Logistics sector on investments in six countries in the Asia-Pacific;
- Assisted a leading Indian mobility player conduct a 23-country regulatory, technology and risk analysis;
- Assisted some of India’s leading technology companies enter markets in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas; and
- Assisted multiple companies on venture capital and private equity fund raises in the US, Singapore, and the UK.
|Head of TMT, Data Protection and Privacy and Fintech||Mathew Chackofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Head of Corporate, M&A and PE-VC, Energy and Sustainability, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Lifesciences||Praveen Rajuemail@example.com|
|Corporate, M&A and PE-VC||Arun Jeromefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Data Protection and Privacy||Aadya Misraemail@example.com|
|Corporate, M&A and PE-VC||Renuka Abrahamfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment and Sports||Thomas Josephemail@example.com|
LanguagesEnglish Hindi Gujarati and Bengali Tamil Telugu Kannada Malayalam Spanish French Marathi
MembershipsInternational Bar Association IAPP
Spice Route Legal is an equal opportunity employer, encouraging the growth of all stakeholders, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, religion, caste, race, region, or ethnicity.
As of December 2020, the firm comprises of (i) more people who identify themselves as female than any other gender, (ii) a not insignificant group of stakeholders who do not conform to traditional notions of hetero-normativity, (iii) people who identify as atheists, as well as believers in 7 distinct religions, and (iv) people from 12 different Indian states, spanning most corners of the country.
Legal Developments4th August 2021
- The Indian Penal Code, 1860 (“IPC”),
- The Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”), and
- various sectoral regulations, discussed in detail below.
- The Information Technology Act, 2000
- Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures
- Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In)
- the targeted scanning or probing of critical networks or systems;
- a compromise of critical systems or information;
- the unauthorised access of information technology systems or data;
- the defacement of or intrusions into websites, and unauthorised changes to websites;
- malicious code attacks and attacks on servers;
- identity thefts, spoofing, and phishing attacks;
- the denial of service and distributed denial of service attacks;
- attacks on critical infrastructure, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and wireless networks; and
- attacks on applications like e-governance and e-commerce.
- Protected Systems
- Sectoral Regulations
- Financial Services
- Securities Market
- Telecom Sector
- Insurance Sector
- Enforcement Trends Across Sectors
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: MATHEW CHACKO Mathew is the Head of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice group at Spice Route Legal, and is recognised as a leading Indian lawyer by several national and international directories. With close to two decades of experience, he advises on a variety of cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, including in relation to investments, fund-formation, technology laws, data privacy, intellectual property, commercial and regulatory compliance, tech law disputes, and risk mitigation strategy. AADYA MISRA Aadya is a senior associate with the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice group, with a special focus on, and extensive experience in, handling data protection, cybersecurity and privacy mandates. Recognised as a Rising Star by The Legal500 in 2020, Aadya regularly works with domestic and international market leaders in industries, ranging from financial services, and blockchain, to telecommunications, consumer retail, and emerging technologies. SAMYUKTA RAMASWAMY Samyukta is an associate with the firm’s Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, within the broader TMT Practice Group, with a focus on cloud services and cybersecurity mandates. She assists clients with structuring their data protection practices, procedures and policies to demonstrate compliance with applicable laws, and advises them on a range of issues including international data transfers, data breach response and management, and risk mitigation.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-22/cyber-attack-on-air-india-led-to-data-leak-of-4-5-million-fliers https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/dominos-pizza-data-breach-company-says-financial-information-safe-as-data-of-180-million-users-compromised-101621855567340.html  https://tech.hindustantimes.com/tech/news/india-saw-the-highest-number-of-ransomware-attacks-in-2021-report-71621331517413.html.  https://www.livemint.com/news/india/67-of-indian-organizations-paid-a-ransom-to-get-their-data-back-sophos-survey-11622526811992.html  Jagjit Singh v. The State of Punjab, Special Leave Petition Criminal No(s). 3583/2021.
5th July 2021
INTRODUCTIONThe turn of the decade marks the beginning of a new era for the Indian automotive industry. With increasing pressure from environmental lobbyists for the reduction of carbon emissions, and the push for adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by Central and State Governments, the Indian automobile industry is all set for a dynamic shift from Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) to Battery Operated Vehicles (BOVs). According to an independent study conducted by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India’s EV market could be worth USD 206 billion by 2030.1 The Indian Government has taken various initiatives to ease the transition into the upcoming EV market. One such major initiative was the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) scheme. In this article we have highlighted some important initiatives taken under India’s FAME-I and FAME-II policies and its recent amendments by the Government for the promotion of the EV industry in India.
28th June 2021