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Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) — India


J Sagar Associates - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for An outstanding practice offering expertise in a wide range of issues in the TMT space, covering matters relating to mobile devices and payments, cloud computing, online gaming, data privacy and telecoms regulatory advice. Also well reputed for its skill in related transactional work. Fintech mandates constitute a particular area of skill. Retains an impressive roster of clients among blue-chip international technology and telecoms companies.

Notable practitioners

Sajai Singh co-heads the department and continues to be held up as a leading lawyer in the market. He offers a wealth of experience in the IT, telecoms and fintech sectors, including matters concerning cloud computing, data privacy and issues related to mobile devices. Peers highlight that he is "a very well regarded lawyer" who is "well known on the tech front."

S P Purwar is based in Gurgaon and is "well known" in the market for his expertise in telecoms-related matters. He advises on regulatory, contentious and licensing issues. Sources say: "He knows the regulations in and out."

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Kochhar & Co - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A top-league technology powerhouse with prowess in e-commerce, cloud computing, data privacy and software licensing. Recognised for handling sector-wide disputes and for providing telecoms regulatory advice. Maintains a standout client base among household names in the banking and mobile technology space. Also active in VoIP implementation and bandwidth structuring.

Strengths Sources praise the firm's client service, noting: "They are customer-driven and provide the solution-driven advice required by corporates like ours. They are best in class."

"The firm is a go-to firm for offshore tech companies in the US who need on the ground support ranging from legislative advice to complex enterprise financing negotiations in-country," one client says.

Work highlights Assisted FedEx Corporation with setting up six call centres in India and advised on structuring the network, in compliance with telecoms laws and on DoT requirements.

Advised Huawei Telecommunications on the legal requirements for the development of new mobile devices, including on laws relating to wireless compliance, cloud services and privacy and data collection.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Mathias co-heads the department and is highlighted as a leading practitioner who "has done a lot of work in the TMT space." He has extensive expertise in advising on cloud computing, mobile devices and data privacy. His work includes assisting ExxonMobil with a number of technology-related issues, including the establishment of its use of VoIP in India. One interviewee says: "He is very responsive, very practical and highly experienced," while another adds: "Stephen is highly valued for understanding the in-house concept of end-to-end support andis capable of providing advice in the context of our offerings, business model and India operations."

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Nishith Desai Associates - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Maintains an impressive reputation as a leading practice in transactional and regulatory TMT. Furnishes advice on matters including joint ventures and investments, data protection, e-commerce and telecoms regulatory issues. E-commerce companies, IT software providers and online gaming providers constitute a core client base. Increasingly active in tax issues pertaining to computing and convergence of the Internet of Things.

Strengths The team is praised for its strong credentials in the TMT space. One source says: "They put themselves out and they are experts in this area." Commentators also praise the team for handling "a good mix of M&A and regulatory work."

Work highlights Advised multiple online payment providers and facilitators on a wide range of issues, including mobile wallets and prepaid instruments.

Assisted HOOQ, a joint venture between Singtel, Sony Pictures and Warner Studios, with its incorporation and the launch of its operations in India.

Notable practitioners

Department head Vaibhav Parikh has extensive experience in the technology, media and life sciences industries. He also heads the fund investments practice group and frequently assists start-up companies with the setting up of their operations, data protection and regulatory issues. Of late, he advised a number of OTT service providers on how to structure their operations in India.

Gowree Gokhale is partner-in-charge of the firm's IP, technology, media and entertainment law practice and receives warm praise for her work for offshore clients on cross-border transactions and regulatory issues in the media and technology industries. She is especially active on data privacy, e-commerce and content licensing. She recently advised a number of OTT clients on offering video on demand services internationally and in India. A source says she is "really good and well known in the TMT space."

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Trilegal - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A skilled practice especially prominent in e-commerce, telecoms joint ventures and investments, and media acquisitions. Particularly adept in alternative internet service provider models, infrastructure sharing and network neutrality. Also handles telecoms dispute resolution, acting for a strong roster of multinational technology clients. Remains active in data privacy, outsourcing transactions and electronic content delivery.

Strengths Multiple interviewees highlight the firm's leading sector expertise. One client explains: "Trilegal is clearly amongst the top few firms. We are very pleased with our choice and recommend them wholeheartedly."

Work highlights Advised Hewlett Packard Enterprise on restructuring its enterprise businesses in India for the proposed global acquisition by Computer Sciences Corporation, in a deal valued at approximately INR23 billion.

Represented eBay in its acquisition of Ticket Utils and conducted a due diligence exercise of the Indian subsidiary.

Notable practitioners

Rahul Matthan co-heads the department and is widely acknowledged for his expert handling of a wide array of issues, spanning technology acquisitions, telecoms regulation, outsourcing transactions and new content delivery models. Sources observe: "We have always found him to be on top of his game, whether it's bringing out the nuances of issues under discussion or guidance on how best to structure our product to ensure both we and our customers are well covered." He advised Apple in relation to the establishment and operation of online and offline retail stores in India.

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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded for transactional TMT work and noted for commercial work in the media and entertainment sphere, as well as for TMT-related litigation. Represents a range of clients including software developers and consumer electronics companies on investments. Highly sought after for advice on fintech, data protection and cloud-based services.

Strengths The group is highlighted for the quality of its service and in-depth industry knowledge. One client reports: "They are a full-service firm with a very high standard of legal advice across all disciplines."

Work highlights Advised Flipkart on its strategic partnership with Microsoft, which enabled the client to use the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Assisted Samsung with the regulatory and data privacy aspects of the launch of a new payment solution in India to enable existing credit card holders to use their phones to make contacless payments via the Samsung Pay mobile application.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Asim Abbas handles a broad spectrum of TMT matters, including remote access, telecoms and broadcasting as well as data privacy. Interviewees say: "When you speak with people like him you feel you have come to the right person." His work includes advising Reliance Jio Infocomm on the launch and implementation of 4G Voice Over LTE technology within end-to-end IP network-based operations.

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DSK Legal - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Enjoys a flourishing reputation for providing an array of specialist advice, including financing and dispute resolution in the technology arena and commercial agreements in the telecoms and media sectors. Also offers advice on issues pertaining to data protection and cybersecurity. Counts well-known corporates and high-profile media personalities among its client list.

Notable practitioners

Founder and managing partner Anand Desai is known for having "very strong media expertise" with a focus on film distribution and commercial arrangements. He is also frequently instructed in contentious matters in the entertainment space.

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Naik Naik & Co - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 2

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised as a leading group for media work offering expertise across transactional and litigious matters. Handles areas as diverse as licensing arrangements, distribution rights, entertainment-related financings and copyright. Increasingly active on competition and trade mark-related matters in the media space. Retains an impressive client base of pre-eminent international and domestic entertainment companies.

Strengths A client says: "The strength of the firm lies in having partners who have an overarching experience in the film and media industry," adding: "Their lawyers are amenable and available, and the turnaround time is reasonable."

A market source also notes: "The firm is pretty big in the media sector."

Work highlights Successfully defended Fox Star Studios against a writ petition filed in the Bombay High Court alleging defamation of the judiciary and legal profession in the film 'Jolly LLB 2'.

Advised Pen India on a petition filed by K Sera Sera Digital Cinema alleging unfair refusal to release the film 'Kahaani 2' through K Sera Sera's system.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Ameet Naik is held in high regard for his knowledge of the media and entertainment fields. He is especially noted for advising on contentious and transactional matters concerned with defamation, film financing and intellectual property rights. One client says: "Ameet has great strengths in negotiations and the reconciliation of disputes." His work includes defending Crouching Tiger Motion Pictures against a suit filed by People Interactive alleging trade mark infringement.

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Saikrishna & Associates - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 2

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Widely acknowledged as one of the leading IP firms with specialisms in telecoms, technology and media and entertainment. Offers particular expertise in litigation, including counterfeiting, copyright and trade mark infringement cases. Also handles transactional mandates such as film acquisitions. Enjoys an impressive client following among media companies.

Strengths The team is noted for its expertise in handling contentious mandates, with one source declaring: "They are known and rated highly for dispute resolution in this sector."

Notable practitioners

Ameet Datta represents clients in contentious and non-contentious media and entertainment matters. He is especially well versed in film and music licensing as well as content aggregation and acquisition. According to one source, he has a "good sense of how the media space works" and is "at the forefront of the interpretation of copyright law in relation to media."

Saikrishna Rajagopal heads the department and has over 20 years of experience working in the media, tech and entertainment industries. Sources describe him as a "smart litigation lawyer" who "knows IP and TMT well."

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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well respected for transactional TMT work, especially financing and investment in the technology, media and telecoms industries. Also recognised for skill in telecoms regulatory mandates as well as data protection, licensing and net neutrality. Acts for an impressive roster of international e-commerce, mobile and social media companies.

Strengths A client says: "The firm has an international reputation for excellent service and a dedicated professional team, and has lived up to expectations."

Work highlights Acted for Videocon d2h on its merger with Dish TV, including handling negotiations on the indemnity from the promoters and advising on competition law issues.

Advised Star India on bid strategy for the acquisition of global television and digital rights to broadcast the BCCI Indian Premier League from 2018 to 2027, and assisted with negotiating the media rights agreements.

Notable practitioners

Akshay Chudasama is a key contact for clients.

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Advaita Legal - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 3

第三等

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What the team is known for Has reinforced the practice with the addition of a strong TMT group headed by Atul Dua. Well regarded for handling investments in the telecoms and technology spheres and assisting new TMT companies entering the India market. Adept at handling telecoms and technology regulatory issues, licensing and audits. Active on matters in relation to the OSP environment.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's pragmatism and excellent commercial acumen, reporting: "Their approach is realistic and they have a sound understanding of the business."

Another interviewee is quick to point out: "They are strong in telecoms."

Notable practitioners

Department head Atul Dua is widely recognised for his work in telecoms and IT. He also advises international and domestic clients on OSP operations in India. Sources say he is "very committed about timelines and quality of advice." He recently advised Aveva on the telecoms regulatory framework and OSP environment pertaining to its operations in India.

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AZB & Partners - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regularly instructed on major transactions in the TMT field, including investments, private equity and joint ventures. Also well reputed for its handling of technology-related litigation. Further recognised for its strong offering in the mobile wallets and online payments space. Enjoys a particularly impressive following in the media and technology industries.

Work highlights Represented Voonik in its acquisition of Zakata Technologies.

Acted for Locon Solutions on the sale of 81.49% of its share capital to Elara Technologies and the client's acquisition of a significant minority stake in Elara, in a deal valued at over USD54 million.

Notable practitioners

Srinath Dasari is a key contact.

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IndusLaw - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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What the team is known for Flourishing practice reputed for its advice to established technology companies and start-ups on data privacy and protection, telecoms regulation and cloud-based services. Also handles related technology disputes. Increasingly active on TMT transactional mandates.

Strengths Clients praise the high quality of the firm's offering, with one saying: "We have been quite satisfied with them. They give very practical solutions to problems, and are not just stuck on the legal points."

Another interviewee notes: "They do significant start-up related matters."

Work highlights Advised i-exceed Technology Solutions on the regulatory framework governing the export of software products, with a focus on the current Foreign Trade Policy.

Assisted Orange with the legal aspects of its acquisition of 100% of Bharti Airtel's subsidiaries in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone, in a deal valued at approximately USD1 billion.

Notable practitioners

Avik Biswas and Suneeth Katarki are key contacts at the firm.


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Khaitan & Co - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A robust practice recognised for its skill in corporate and commercial issues across the telecoms, media and technology spheres. Also demonstrates expertise in telecoms dispute resolution and regulatory advice. Advises a diverse client base, including media services, software and telecoms companies. Particularly adept at advising on data and voice connectivity as well as fixed and mobile services.

Strengths A source says: "They are very good in providing regulatory advice in telecoms and in handling disputes in the TMT space."

Work highlights Advised Aircel and its shareholder Maxis Communications Berhard on the USD2.3 billion merger of the entire wireless telecommunications business of Reliance Communications and Reliance Telecom into Aircel and Dishnet Wireless.

Advised Flipkart Internet and FK Myntra Holdings on the USD70 million purchase of 100% of the shares of Jade eServices from Global Fashion Group and its affiliates.

Notable practitioners

Associate partner Harsh Walia is the main contact at the firm.

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Mani Chengappa & Mathur - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A prominent technology boutique with skill in commercial and regulatory technology matters. Also adept at IT outsourcing, data protection, e-commerce contracts and software licensing. A flourishing offering for technology start-ups, acting for both investors and investees on early-stage capital raising and experienced in the fast-moving fintech space.

Strengths Sources single out the team for its strong bench, with one client saying: "Their strength lies in the talent of the people they employ," and adding: "everyone we have worked with had sound knowledge of the industry and understood our business model."

Another client enthuses about its client service, noting: "They take the time to understand you as a client and you can form a strong working relationship with senior team members."

Notable practitioners

Samuel Mani co-founded the firm and draws praise for his activity on early-stage capital raising and the regulatory issues affecting tech start-ups. He is also involved in the firm's work in the fintech space. One market commentator says: "He has thorough knowledge of the IT field."

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Bharucha & Partners - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique practice building a strong reputation for dispute resolution in the entertainment and broadcasting sectors. The team has joined Bharucha & Partners from Arthe Law following the merger of the two firms in October 2017. Well reputed for its work on copyright infringement, distribution and regulatory disputes. Also handles e-commerce and telecoms regulatory advice. Retains an impressive client base among domestic TV networks and film production companies, and also advises a variety of entities in the green technology space.

Strengths Interviewees praise the firm's focus and in-depth expertise in the media sector, with one saying: "They have a very good media practice."

Notable practitioners

Abhishek Malhotra and Kaushik Moitra are the main contacts at the firm.

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Economic Laws Practice - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised for its reputation in dispute resolution and litigation in the telecoms sector. Bolstered by an impressive offering in tax law. Its roster of clients includes telecoms equipment and computer technology companies.

Notable practitioners

Ashish Prasad is a key contact.

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Luthra & Luthra Law Offices - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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What the team is known for A well-regarded practice noted for dexterity in M&A and joint venture work in the TMT space. Also in demand for related regulatory and licensing matters as well as for handling disputes. System integration, generic pharmaceutical and multinational telecoms companies all form part of its diverse client base.

Work highlights Advised Dish TV on its merger with Videocon D2h, in a deal valued at USD2.5 billion.

Assisted Google with various aspects of their partnership with Railtel resulting in the deployment of high-speed public WiFi services in railway stations across India.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Mohit Saraf is a key contact.

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Majmudar & Partners - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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What the team is known for Recognised for undertaking transactional work for technology companies. Also provides advice on matters ranging from cloud solutions and telecoms regulatory compliance to data protection and e-commerce agreements. Particularly experienced in advising clients in the fintech and life sciences sectors.

Strengths A client says: "All practitioners supported me with a high quality of service," adding: "The firm responded quickly and in detail to our requirements and were always happy to help."

Work highlights Advised AI-powered analytics company Lumiata on a variety of technology and IP matters in India.

Advised Empaxis Data Management on the structure and establishment of an entity to offer outsourcing services, and associated regulatory and tax issues.

Notable practitioners

Akil Hirani is a key contact at the firm.

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Phoenix Legal - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 4

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What the team is known for Established team active across a range of TMT work, including investments, compliance and licensing in the technology sector. Also handles telecoms regulations and contracts and agreements for media enterprises. Actors, writers and producers constitute a core client base, as well as IT software companies and telecoms service providers.

Work highlights Advised Reliance Broadcast Network and its associate companies on the USD283 million sale of a 49% stake in its radio broadcasting business and 100% divestment of its general entertainment television broadcasting business to Essel Group.

Assisted Visteon and its subsidiary in India with various aspects of the proposed acquisition of 100% of shares in AllGo Embedded Systems, including due diligence, transaction structuring and applications to the Reserve Bank of India, in a deal valued at USD22 million.

Notable practitioners

Abhishek Saxena is a key contact at the firm.

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Phoenix Legal has a robust TMT practice and possesses considerable experience dealing with issues arising in the TMT sector. In the telecommunications sector, members of the firm have a deep understanding of all legislations, policies and regulations affecting the telecommunications sector. Members of the firm have witnessed the advent of the privatisation regime in the sector and advised clients from the days when the National Telecommunication Policy of 1994 was introduced and then the migration to the more vibrant NTP 99 (revenue share) regime. During the process, firm’s lawyers have advised service providers and project participants in the cellular, basic, national and international long distance services, internet and other value added services, on both regulatory and transactional issues.   

The TMT department is also well known for its Media & Entertainment practice which includes top Bollywood actors, producers, writers, directors. Some of the prominent Media & Entertainment clients include Arnab Goswami, John Abraham, Gulzar, Meghna Gulzar, Pritish Nandy Communications, Contiloe Entertainment, Bulldog Media & Entertainment, Small Screen Media, Newslaundry.

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Samvad Partners - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 4

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What the team is known for Handles a range of corporate matters for media and IT companies, including licensing agreements, services agreements and privacy policies. Also handles transactional mandates, including investments into technology companies. Acts for clients from a range of industries intersecting with technology, including finance and healthcare. Particularly experienced in advising on cloud service and technology transfer agreements.

Strengths The group impresses with its attentive service and client-friendly advice, with one client reporting: "They are highly responsive, knowledgeable about the subject matter and they understand a start-up client's needs."

A client says: "They are hands-on guys who are available round the clock and highly efficient," adding: "This firm definitely stands out."

Work highlights Advised Handpick3d Solutions on customised product manufacturing and distribution agreements, and also privacy policies for the website.

Assisted Flipkart Logistics with its investment in Wehive Technologies, an app-based parenting platform.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Harish Narasappa enjoys a long-standing reputation in the TMT market for his assured handling of both transactional and contentious matters. A client appreciates his "sound legal knowledge, his positive attitude to make a deal happen and his ability to explain to the other side the rationale of legal clauses in an agreement."


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S&R Associates - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation in transactional TMT mandates, particularly in investments and acquisitions. Acts for a range of domestic and multinational conglomerates across the telecoms, media and IT spheres.

Strengths Sources appreciate the firm's transactional work in this sphere, as one interviewee explains: "S&R Associates is an outstanding capital market and corporate firm which does some significant corporate matters in TMT and particularly in the telecoms space."

Notable practitioners

Rajat Sethi is a key contact at the firm.

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Kochhar & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Stephen Mathias co-heads the department and is highlighted as a leading practitioner who "has done a lot of work in the TMT space." He has extensive expertise in advising on cloud computing, mobile devices and data privacy. His work includes assisting ExxonMobil with a number of technology-related issues, including the establishment of its use of VoIP in India. One interviewee says: "He is very responsive, very practical and highly experienced," while another adds: "Stephen is highly valued for understanding the in-house concept of end-to-end support andis capable of providing advice in the context of our offerings, business model and India operations."

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Trilegal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Rahul Matthan co-heads the department and is widely acknowledged for his expert handling of a wide array of issues, spanning technology acquisitions, telecoms regulation, outsourcing transactions and new content delivery models. Sources observe: "We have always found him to be on top of his game, whether it's bringing out the nuances of issues under discussion or guidance on how best to structure our product to ensure both we and our customers are well covered." He advised Apple in relation to the establishment and operation of online and offline retail stores in India.

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Naik Naik & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Ameet Naik is held in high regard for his knowledge of the media and entertainment fields. He is especially noted for advising on contentious and transactional matters concerned with defamation, film financing and intellectual property rights. One client says: "Ameet has great strengths in negotiations and the reconciliation of disputes." His work includes defending Crouching Tiger Motion Pictures against a suit filed by People Interactive alleging trade mark infringement.

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Nishith Desai Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Department head Vaibhav Parikh has extensive experience in the technology, media and life sciences industries. He also heads the fund investments practice group and frequently assists start-up companies with the setting up of their operations, data protection and regulatory issues. Of late, he advised a number of OTT service providers on how to structure their operations in India.

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J Sagar Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sajai Singh co-heads the department and continues to be held up as a leading lawyer in the market. He offers a wealth of experience in the IT, telecoms and fintech sectors, including matters concerning cloud computing, data privacy and issues related to mobile devices. Peers highlight that he is "a very well regarded lawyer" who is "well known on the tech front."

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DSK Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Founder and managing partner Anand Desai is known for having "very strong media expertise" with a focus on film distribution and commercial arrangements. He is also frequently instructed in contentious matters in the entertainment space.

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Ashni Parekh - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sole practitioner Ashni Parekh is recognised for her depth of expertise advising on media and entertainment-related mandates. She is especially well versed in production and distribution matters.

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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Department co-head Asim Abbas handles a broad spectrum of TMT matters, including remote access, telecoms and broadcasting as well as data privacy. Interviewees say: "When you speak with people like him you feel you have come to the right person." His work includes advising Reliance Jio Infocomm on the launch and implementation of 4G Voice Over LTE technology within end-to-end IP network-based operations.

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Saikrishna & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Ameet Datta represents clients in contentious and non-contentious media and entertainment matters. He is especially well versed in film and music licensing as well as content aggregation and acquisition. According to one source, he has a "good sense of how the media space works" and is "at the forefront of the interpretation of copyright law in relation to media."

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Nishith Desai Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Gowree Gokhale is partner-in-charge of the firm's IP, technology, media and entertainment law practice and receives warm praise for her work for offshore clients on cross-border transactions and regulatory issues in the media and technology industries. She is especially active on data privacy, e-commerce and content licensing. She recently advised a number of OTT clients on offering video on demand services internationally and in India. A source says she is "really good and well known in the TMT space."

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Harish B Narasappa

Samvad Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Founding partner Harish Narasappa enjoys a long-standing reputation in the TMT market for his assured handling of both transactional and contentious matters. A client appreciates his "sound legal knowledge, his positive attitude to make a deal happen and his ability to explain to the other side the rationale of legal clauses in an agreement."


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J Sagar Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

S P Purwar is based in Gurgaon and is "well known" in the market for his expertise in telecoms-related matters. He advises on regulatory, contentious and licensing issues. Sources say: "He knows the regulations in and out."

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Saikrishna Rajagopal

Saikrishna & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Saikrishna Rajagopal heads the department and has over 20 years of experience working in the media, tech and entertainment industries. Sources describe him as a "smart litigation lawyer" who "knows IP and TMT well."

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Scriboard

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Rodney Ryder of Scriboard has broad experience of advising clients on regulatory issues concerning the telecoms sector. He has also been active on data protection matters. Sources note: "He is known in the field."

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Advaita Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Department head Atul Dua is widely recognised for his work in telecoms and IT. He also advises international and domestic clients on OSP operations in India. Sources say he is "very committed about timelines and quality of advice." He recently advised Aveva on the telecoms regulatory framework and OSP environment pertaining to its operations in India.

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Mani Chengappa & Mathur

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Samuel Mani co-founded the firm and draws praise for his activity on early-stage capital raising and the regulatory issues affecting tech start-ups. He is also involved in the firm's work in the fintech space. One market commentator says: "He has thorough knowledge of the IT field."

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Jyoti Pawar Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Jyoti Pawar of Jyoti Pawar Associates wins numerous plaudits for her work in the telecoms space. She is celebrated as a "very well-known person in TMT."

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TechLegis

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Co-founding partner Salman Waris of TechLegis heads the firm's TMT and IP departments and is known for his work in the TMT space and his "very good understanding of IT."  He is recommended for advice on a wide range of commercial, contentious and regulatory issues, such as MVNO licences, domain names and copyright infringements.

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