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Fox Mandal & Associates
FM House 302 Anna Salai Teynampet
Chennai 600 006

India > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Operating primarily in the mid-market, Fox Mandall’s corporate and M&A practice handles mandates ranging from commercial negotiations, regulatory and compliance to joint ventures and corporate acquisitions, including domestic and multijurisdictional M&A in the energy (including renewables), logistics, TMT and e-commerce sectors. Jeevanandham Rajagopal (who leads operations across the south and west regions) recently advised on strategic corporate restructurings involving cross-border security issuances. Purnima Kamble and Sathya Prasad T lead on investment-related mandates for established and growth businesses.


‘Genius, genuine and generous.’

Key clients

LBR Foundation

ESR India

Lankasri India

RBL Hotels

Randa India

Hubilo Technologies Inc.

HKR Roadways Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hubilo Softech Private Limited; Hubilo Technologies Inc in negotiating and effecting restructuring of the organisation, strategising and effecting exit of angel investors and induction of new investor.
  • Assisting Randa India in structuring and strategising a joint venture for manufacture and sale of belts and other allied products for domestic and export markets.
  • Assisted an infrastructure client in a transaction valued around 750 crore involving divestment of the promoter’s 74% equity interest in the client company to Kotak Special Situations Fund and an investment by the aforementioned fund through debt route for the purpose of refinancing.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Fox Mandal & Associates is home to ‘agile experts’ who provide a full range of IP maintenance and exploitation services, with an emphasis on the IP aspects of transactions such as acquisitions together with patents cases in the electronics and IT sectors. Santosh Vikram Singh‘s skills range from corporate advisory matters and portfolio management to enforcement and disputes. He is also known for his handling of sports, media and entertainment law matters such as the production, acquisition and distribution of media contents. Rajesh Vellakkat also covers a broad range of IP matters, especially in the IT/tech sectors, data privacy and e-commerce. Sripirya Padmanaban, who heads the Bengaluru office, is highlighted by clients for her IP expertise combined with broader commercial work.

Other key lawyers:


‘They provide in-depth analysis of provisional refusal instructions referred and sound advice.’

‘We work with Sripriya Padmanaban (associate) and Santosh Vikram Singh (partner). Both lawyers are well versed in the IP field and their turnaround time to respond to our queries have been good.’

Key clients

Imedrix System

Reyocto Agrimation Private Limited

Rainbow Hospital

Global Consumer Products

Testbook Edu

KPIT Technologies

TTK Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Assisted Matrimonial Platform, one of India’s leading matrimonial platforms, in IP advisory, protection and enforcement.
  • Assisting Healthcare Devices Company in protecting their IP, including patents and designs for their various healthcare devices in India and abroad.
  • Assisting one of the world’s largest providers of food and beverage services for travellers in managing their entire IP portfolio in India.

India > Projects and energy Tier 3

On the energy side of Fox Mandal‘s practice, Chennai-based co-head Jeevanandham Rajagopal brings a long line of experience in wind and solar projects, continually assisting major OEMs and IPPs with project funding, EPCs and land acquisitions. Ramanathan Chandrasekaran and Bangalore-based Prashantha Kumar round off the leadership, fielding expertise across the transport infrastructure, mining, water management and urban infrastructure sectors.

Key clients

Eagle Wardha Highways Pvt Ltd

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

BRB Buildcon Pvt. Ltd.

Meenambakkam Realty Private Limited

Invent Assets Securitisation and Reconstruction Private Limited

CSB Bank Ltd

Tamil Nadu Housing Board

India > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Fox Mandal‘s real estate group is increasingly acting for domestic and international clients on the acquisition of land for logistics, warehouse and data centre projects. Practice heads are situated in multiple regions: Shuva Mandal in Mumbai; Purnima Kamble in Hyderabad; Jayaprakash Padmanaban in Chennai; and Prashantha Kumar in Bangalore.

Key clients

Birla Estate

All Cargo

Mahindra Life Space

Sher Logistics

Wells Fargo

TATA Capital

House of Hiranandani

Vivid Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advised a logistic company on the acquisition of land parcels for warehouse projects in Bangalore.
  • Assisted a Dubai based HNI Investor with a commercial development proposed to be developed by way of share purchase and subscription to compulsory convertible debentures of the company that owns the land on which the commercial development is proposed.
  • Advised Concorde Group on the acquisition of the land parcels for the residential project in the heart of Bangalore city through a joint development.

India > Labour and employment Tier 4

Fox Mandal‘s client roster includes manufacturing enterprises, IT companies and healthcare institutions, which the firm advises on compliance handling as well as HR policy and systems implementation. Employment practice head Shyamal Mukherjee, who assists with POSH inquiries, is supported by Kaustuv Chunder and Purnima Kamble; Chunder also has recent experience before various National Consumer Disputes Redressal forums.


‘As compared to other firms, the labour and employment lawyers at Fox Mandal stand out due to their depth of practical knowledge about the industry, in addition to being excellent legal experts.’ 

‘Kaustuv Chander is an expert in the field – accessible, solution-oriented and with a good reputation.’

Key clients

Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital

Work highlights

  • Assisting a client with establishing an environmental and social management system, and framing various policies.
  • Assisted a client with legal issues arising out of the Factories Act and West Bengal Factories Rules in respect of the development of three sewage treatment plants, along with some associated infrastructure undertaken by the company as a concessionaire under the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority.
  • Advising a client on the transfer of employees within the group company pursuant to a merger of companies, the review and drafting of the employee handbook and policies, inquiry procedures, the tripartite agreement between the employees, transferor and transferee company, consent and appointment letters, and so on.

India > Tax Tier 4

Fox Mandal‘s tax practice expanded in 2020 with the arrival of Mumbai and Pune-based international tax specialist Sandip Mukherjee, previously a tax partner at Deloitte India, as well as Bangalore-based Gopala Rao, a former chief commissioner of income tax. Mukherjee and Rao lead the practice with indirect tax specialist Pramod Banthia and director Ranganath Harirao, both also in Bangalore. Matters typically involve GST claims, tax incidence and transfer pricing regulations and the structuring of share purchase agreements.

Work highlights

  • Represented a well-reputed infrastructure company in proceedings before the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals).
  • Advised an aerospace and aviation client on the implications of customs duty on the import of aircraft into India.
  • Advised an international telecoms company on the taxability of royalty payments made under a product licence agreement under the extant provisions of Indian Income Tax Act, 1961.

India > Private equity and investment funds Tier 5

India > TMT

With offices in Chennai and Bangalore, Fox Mandal boasts national capabilities in the TMT space, advising a host of e-commerce platforms, media houses, banks, and telecoms companies on contentious and non-contentious matters. Chennai office lead Jeevanandham Rajagopal is an experienced adviser who routinely assists clients operating at the intersection of tech and renewable energy. Bangalore-based Rajesh Vellakkat is highly regarded by a range of tech start-ups, with recent highlights including advising on master collaboration agreements, IP post-separation settlements, and platform development reviews.

Key clients


Providence Global Centre

SEG Automotive

Reyocto Agrimation

Avocore Technologies

Zoon LLC

Vegam Solution


Established in 1896, Fox Mandal is among the oldest full-service law firms in India. 

Fox Mandal & Associates came into existence from its predecessor Fox & Mandal in 1996 when it expanded to Southern India and established its Bangalore office. Now, with pan-India presence and more than 250 professionals, Fox Mandal & Associates has the privilege of catering to a wide range of legal requirements of a diverse clientele.

The firm consistently enables clients to successfully navigate through the maze of complex and rapidly changing law in a world that is being continually transformed by globalization, technology, and a blurring of conventional boundaries. Fox Mandal has been carrying a legacy of quality and integrity through the years by offering a comprehensive range of legal services pertaining to 80+ practice areas:

Corporate M&A / Real Estate/ Private Clients Shuva
Competition & antitrust/ Insurance & re-insurance N L Mitra (Prof)
Labour/Litigation / Arbitration Kaustuv
Corporate M&A / Labour & Employment/Real Estate Purnima
Corporate M&A/ Project Finance/Investment Fund Jeevanandham
Corporate M&A/ Banking &Finance Shourya
Labour & Employment / Litigation Shyamal
Intellectual Property/ Sports Law Santosh Vikram
Real Estate & Infrastructure Jayaprakash
Litigation / Arbitration Vijaya Kumar Reddy
Corporate M&A/ Compliance / Insolvency Sathya Prasad
Real Estate/ Litigation Prashantha Kumar S
TMT/ Data Protection/ IP Rajesh
Litigation / Arbitration Shyam
Taxation Ranganath
Infrastructure/ Project Finance Chandrasekaran
Infrastructure / COO Ramaswamy
Taxation G V Gopala
Indirect Tax Pramod
International Tax Sandip
Real Estate / Corporate Sumit
Banking & Finance, Corporate M&A Orijit
Family Business, Real Estate Prerona
Dispute Resolution / Litigation Sreya Basu
Banking & Finance, Litigation Arindam
Real Estate Ashish
Dispute Resolution, Litigation Saurabh
Corporate M&A, PE, VC Rohan
Partners : 28
Lawyers & Other Professionals(CA/CS/Technical Experts) : 250+
all regional Indian languages

ABA (American Bar Association)
Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA)
Bar Council of India
Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa
The Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
IFA (International Fiscal Association)
ITechLaw Association

At Fox Mandal, diversity is not just a matter of compliance with the letter of the law or a statistic to be reported. We believe that innovation can occur only when we empower our people to openly express their views. We craft eclectic approaches, solutions or even best practice from these diverse thoughts and ideas to deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients and other stakeholders.