Firm Profile > Spice Route Legal > Mumbai, India

Spice Route Legal
No. 201, 2nd Floor, B Wing Pinnacle Corporate Park, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
MUMBAI
400051
India

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.

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Key clients

IBM

Disney + Hotstar

Dell Corporation

Adobe

Quintype

Milaap

Sahamati

VeriSign

Blockchain India Consortium

Instamojo Inc.

Moët Hennessy

Miner’s Inc.

Impelsys Inc.

ICICI Bank

Strand Lifesciences

Cathay Pacific

Locus

Farmify

yBanq

Emptech

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.

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Dell Corporation

iSpectrum Pte. Ltd.

Disney + Hotstar

Quintype

Instamojo Inc.

Foundamental GmbH

IdeaForge

Impelsys Inc.

Milaap

Locus

VeriSign

SimplyFi

Miners Inc.

Capillary Technologies

ICICI Bank

Sequoia Capital India

Chtrbox

Cathay Pacific

India Filings

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.

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Testimonials

‘The team is diligent, knowledgeable, and provides practical solutions.’

‘Supportive and willing to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

xQ Capital Advisors

Neogen Chemicals

SenseHawk Inc.

Optiva Inc.

G.C. Beverages

Prestellar Ventures Fund 1 Pte. Ltd.

Sequoia Capital India

Instamojo Inc.

Helix Investments

Nisa Industrial Services

Lighthaus BV

Blue Lotus Capital

Savex

Zenfold Ventures LLP

Naval Group

Asianteaxpress Pte Ltd (TeaBox)

ICICI Bank

Pest Control India

The Blockchain India Consortia

Test and Verification Solution (T&VS)

SunEdison Infrastructure Limited

Verimi GmbH

Psi Phi Technologies Private Limited (OKCredit)

Moneyview Technology Solutions

Strand Lifesciences

Aerem Solar

Farallon

Sahamati

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.

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Milaap Inc.

Neogen Chemicals

Miner’s Inc.

Impelsys Inc.

Kalpnik

Nayasale

ASM

Quintype

xQ Capital

Zimplistic Pte. Ltd

Testing & Verification Solutions

Instamojo

OKCredit

Lignoil

Ideaforge

Sensehawk

Private equity and investment funds Tier 5

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.

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The team is very agile and customer centric.

Key clients

Sequoia Capital India

Rahi Care Private Limited

SETU

Zenfold Ventures

Ambee

Okcredit

Helix Investments

G.C. Beverages

Prestellar Ventures Fund 1 Pte. Ltd.

SenseHawk Inc.

Ronin Wines Private Limited

Instamojo

Montane Ventures

Village Capital

Foundamental VC

Hostello

Snaptrude Technologies

Procureli

Gigi Benefits

Janitri

WeGot Utilities

Cardiotrack

xQ Capital

GuildCap

Plutonomic Savtech Pvt. Ltd.

Aapkapainter Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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.

International work
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.
Department Name Email Telephone
Head of TMT, Data Protection and Privacy and Fintech Mathew Chacko mathew@spiceroutelegal.com
Head of Corporate, M&A and PE-VC, Energy and Sustainability, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Lifesciences Praveen Raju praveen@spiceroutelegal.com
Corporate, M&A and PE-VC Arun Jerome arun.jerome@spiceroutelegal.com
Fintech Ankita Hariramani ankita.hariramani@spiceroutelegal.com
Data Protection and Privacy Aadya Misra aadya.misra@spiceroutelegal.com
Corporate, M&A and PE-VC Renuka Abraham renuka.abraham@spiceroutelegal.com
Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment and Sports Thomas Joseph thomas.joesph@spiceroutelegal.com
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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.