Firms To Watch: TMT

Based out of New Delhi, the team at Mason & Associates specialises in managing media rights and IP litigation proceedings.
Both Pritha Jha and Anupam Shukla lead the practice at Pioneer Legal, which specialises in the media and tech industry, and demonstrates a strong presence in the blockchain and AI spaces.
Headed by TMT expert Arjun Khurana, G&W Legal covers all aspects of IP licensing and data privacy issues.

Firms in the Spotlight TMT

TMT Law Practice

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The Firm’s practice combines an interdisciplinary team of litigators and transactional attorneys advising some of India’s most prominent media, entertainment, and communications companies and individuals. We represent clients across the entire spectrum of the media and entertainment industry, including television, films, radio, music, print and publications, events, fashion, arts, OTT platforms, etc. Sports is a …

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Our team always puts our clients first. We bring fresh ideas, innovative solutions and perspectives to all our engagements. Our relentless focus on forging bold ideas helps our clients achieve superior outcomes in competitive environments. Our focus on trust, ethics, nurturing diverse opinions and building a collaborative culture helps us drive excellence for our clients …

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TMT in India

AZB & Partners

Counting private equity firms, international conglomerates, and financial institutions among its key clients, AZB & Partners is highly regarded for handling major transactions and regulatory compliance matters. The team displays a strong offering in the fintech and NFT sphere, regularly advising clients on all aspects of data protection, intellectual property, and licensing issues. Operating out of Delhi, co-heads Anil Kasturi and Rachit Bahl are specialists in managing M&A within the TMT sector, whilst Rohan Bagai and Sumit Ghoshal are experts on e-commerce and privacy policy affairs. In Bengaluru, co-head Srinath Dasari regularly assists companies with information tech matters, and the other co-head, Mumbai-based Roxanne Anderson, has deep experience in representing media and sport corporations.

Practice head(s):

Anil Kasturi; Srinath Dasari; Rachit Bahl; Roxanne Anderson


Other key lawyers:

Rohan Bagai; Sumit Ghoshal; Aman Gera; Shagun Badhwar; Nipun Sawhney; Navdeep Baidwan; Shubham Parkhi


Testimonials

‘The team that we work with are highly qualified to provide inputs and legal counsel on various commercial matters.’

‘Knowledge, expertise and ability to be thorough in their work, demonstrated by Roxanne and her entire team.’

Key clients

Star India Private Limited


The Walt Disney Group


KKR


GCX


Bharti Airtel Limited


WIPRO


Hero Enterprise Venture Partners


Tiger Global


Addition Capital


Livspace


Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Routinely acting in high-profile transactions in the TMT and data protection spheres, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has in-depth expertise in dealing with complex data sharing agreements and M&A. The team is especially renowned for its specialism in the telecommunications, fintech, and online gaming space, regularly advising venture capital funds and OTT content providers on IP and data privacy issues. Managing partner Cyril Shroff heads the Mumbai-based offering, and is highly experienced in handling infrastructure and regulatory matters to the group, whilst Rishabh Cyril Shroff is an expert on the Indian exchange control regime. In Bengaluru, Arun Prabhu advises extensively on technology issues, and Anirban Mohapatra concentrates on the online gaming sphere. Since her arrival from Nishith Desai Associates in February 2023, Mumbai-based partner Aarushi Jain has focused on digital privacy and cybersecurity.

Practice head(s):

Cyril Shroff; Arun Prabhu; Aarushi Jain; Arjun Goswami


Other key lawyers:

Rishabh Cyril Shroff; Anirban Mohapatra; Arpita Sengupta; Krishnangi Bhatt


Testimonials

‘Aarushi Jain is among the most responsive and conscientious Indian lawyers in the market, with a special knowledge of the education sector.’

Key clients

Meta Platforms Inc.


Alphabet Inc. (Google)


Amazon Inc.


Truecaller LLP


Tanla Platforms Limited


Equinix Inc


Iron Mountain Inc


Blackstone LP (Lumina Cloud Infra, the data center platform)


Jio Infocomm Limited and Reliance Industries Limited


Apollo Hospital Enterprise Limited


Playgames 247 Private Limited


Sporta Technologies Private Limited


Uber Inc.


Yubi (formerly Credavenue Private Limited)


Mr. Ajay Devgn and Ajay Devgn Ffilms LLP


IndusLaw

IndusLaw offers nationwide expertise in advising domestic and international clients on all elements of data privacy, e-commerce, fintech, and digital gaming. The team closely liaisons with regulatory bodies and assists with the development of policy, with the Delhi-based Avimukt Dar consistently supporting financial institutions on foreign investment and competition laws. In Bengaluru, Suneeth Katarki focuses on strategic IP issues and consumer tech, whilst Namita Viswanath handles software and AI matters. Mumbai-based Ranjana Adhikari is an expert on cross-border joint ventures and tech collaborations, and Shreya Suri concentrates on OTT services from Delhi. Naqeeb Ahmed Kazia is also highlighted as key.

Practice head(s):

Avimukt Dar; Suneeth Katarki; Namita Viswanath; Ranjana Adhikari; Shreya Suri


Other key lawyers:

Naqeeb Ahmed Kazia


Testimonials

‘The Partners are knowledgeable, have business acumen and client understanding.’

Great team, one of the best in domain of entertainment.

Key clients

Google India Digital Services Private Limited


Mohalla Tech Private Limited (ShareChat)


Fyndna


IndiGG


FedEx


Sporta Technologies Pvt. Ltd (Dream11) and Rario


Liberate Foods Pvt Ltd, MoooFarm Pvt Ltd, and Finance Pvt Ltd (Kinara Capital).


Nike India Private Limited


Policy advocacy for online gaming – assisting self-regulatory associations and government departments


Artistfirst Technology India Private Limited (Fantiger)


Exotel


Koo


Unacademy


Multiple domestic and overseas online game operators offering new and innovative formats


Multiple operators of online opinion trading platforms


Rigi


Work highlights


  • Advised a global Web3-decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) platform in structuring their global business, navigating their regulatory compliance and license requirements, and setting their operations prior to launch.
  • Advised and represented a social media unicorn in its strategic acquisition of a short video application.
  • Advised Google on various payments and financial technology matters, including advice on digital lending regime, including assistance with operating as a Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU) agent to facilitate bill payment and recharges.

Khaitan & Co LLP

Consistently delivering ‘solutions on a timely basis’ Khaitan & Co. works alongside the corporate department, enabling it to cover tech and media transactions with contentious data breach litigation. The team has expanded its remit into the new tech space, boasting substantial expertise in artificial intelligence, metaverse, and blockchain matters. Based in Mumbai, Tanu Banerjee specialises in the commercialisation of tech content and film financing, whilst Supratim Chakraborty is an expert on data privacy and protection. In Noida, Harsh Walia focuses on telecoms licensing and commercial contracting in the TMT sector, while Abhinav Chandan concentrates on telecoms regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Harsh Walia; Supratim Chakraborty; Tanu Banerjee


Other key lawyers:

Abhinav Chandan; Shobhit Chandra; Sumantra Bose; Ishan Johri


Testimonials

‘I have worked with Harsh and his team on telecoms regulatory, privacy and IP issues relating to web-scarping in India.’

‘Their legal practice stands out due to its unwavering commitment to client success and innovation. They take pride in their holistic approach that combines legal expertise with a deep understanding of their clients’ industries. Their team is not just a group of lawyers, but also strategic advisors who take the time to comprehend the intricate nuances of each case. This allows them to provide tailored solutions that address both legal challenges and business objectives.’

‘I work with Supratim and he stands out based on a combination of personal qualities, skills, and contributions to the firm’s success. Here are some factors that can make him stand out.’

‘Speed of service and subject matter expertise.’

‘Understand Business nuances and practical advice.’

‘Awesome team of lawyers.’

‘Khaitan & Co have perfect blend of partners.’

‘Solution on timely basis and always ensuring we close the paperwork in given timelines.’

Key clients

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited


Nepean Capital LLP


Olam Technology and Business Services Pte Ltd


Hombale Films LLP


BMW India Private Limited


Olam Technology and Business Services Pte Ltd (OTBS) |


Review of IT Services Contract


Reliance Group | Jio Games Advisory


Telegram FZ-LLC


Comuto S.A.


Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd.


Kochhar & Co.

With a diverse tech practice offering a mixture of transactional, contentious, and regulatory compliance work, Kochhar & Co. draws upon its network of offices across India when representing global and national companies. The group demonstrates considerable strength in the IP and data privacy spheres, regularly acting on behalf of clients in trade secrets and licensing disputes. Stephen Mathias heads the Bengaluru-based department, specialising in regulated sectors including telecom, e-commerce, and infotech, whilst Rajarshi Chakrabarti is an expert on handling proceedings instituted by regulatory agencies from Mumbai. In Chennai, Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan focuses on cybercrime and e-commerce issues, and Gurgaon-based Janmejay Rai assists clients with broadcasting and telecom regulations.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Mathias


Other key lawyers:

Rajarshi Chakrabarti; Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan; Janmejay Rai; Indrani Lahiri; Lynn Lazaro; Arun Babu


Testimonials

‘Client oriented people. They revert to the requirements within agreed time. Their billing is also quite competitive in market with best services.’

‘Savitha is go to person for even small services or question which is what making feel good about this firm as we feel that we have partner in legal and make us confident.’

‘Experienced team, practical straightforward advice.’

‘Stephen Mathias. Really incisive adviser. Distils practical advice from complex situations.’

‘TMT – Stephen Mathias support is exceptional. Skilled Legal professional who has deep knowledge on the subject.’

Suhas Srinivasiah – expertise on any issues be it labour, SEZ or any commercial issues.’

‘Prompt response to the client.’

‘Quality work and understands what the Company needs and advises taking various business risk factors too.’

Key clients

Hearst Corporation


Dow Jones


FORBES Media


20th Century Fox


BuzzFeed, Inc.


Thomson Reuters Corporation


Group M


Warner Brothers


Hearst Inc.


DBM Vircon Services (India) Pvt. Ltd.


Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions Pvt. Ltd.


Purchasing Power IT & Business Solutions India LLP


Future Farms Agro Technologies Pvt Ltd


Okarango Data Technologies Pvt Ltd


Asset Plus – Value Plus Technologies Private


Limited


Client Network Services India Limited


Sportzchain Inc


Nishith Desai Associates

Boasting expertise spanning across the advisory, transactional, and litigious spheres, Nishith Desai Associates is highly renowned by corporations within the gaming, media, and life sciences industries. The practice has shown an increasing presence in emerging tech markets, including crypto assets, blockchain and AI, and regularly assists in making policy recommendations to the Indian government. Operating out of Mumbai, Gowree Gokhale is an expert on all aspects of fintech, medtech, and edtech, whilst in New York, Vaibhav Parikh supports clients on IP and exchange control law issues. In Bengaluru, Huzefa Tavawalla consistently advises on cross-border telecom contracts, and Aarushi Jain left the firm to join Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in February 2023. IP specialist Aparna Gaur is also highlighted as key.

Practice head(s):

Gowree Gokhale; Vaibhav Parikh; Huzefa Tavawalla; Aparna Gaur; Tanisha Khanna


Other key lawyers:

Aniruddha Majumdar; Purushotham Kittane


Key clients

Crypto-asset businesses, including WazirX, Coinswitch Kuber, CoinDCX, Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), and FTX


Flobal and Indian blockchain based gaming operators and gamified platform providers


NFT ventures various global and Indian clients including Hungama


A number of businesses across industries who are involved in data processing and data transfers including sensitive industries like the banking and financial sector, telecom, healthcare industry etc.


Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

The New Delhi-based practice at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co has a strong track record of handling complex litigation, particularly surrounding media and IP-related disputes. The team’s expertise is wide in scope, ranging from privacy and data breaches to regulatory compliance and contractual disagreements. Tejas Karia has great experience of advising clients on data security and e-commerce issues, and Swati Agarwal covers all aspects of information technology laws and regulation having joined the firm from Amazon in May 2022. Varun Pathak specialises in handling commercial litigation and arbitration, whilst principal associate Shashank Mishra and associate Akshi Rastogi are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Shardul Shroff


Other key lawyers:

Tejas Karia; Swati Agarwal; Varun Pathak; Shashank Mishra; Akshi Rastogi; Shantanu Mathur


Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of data privacy laws and investigation practice.’

Key clients

Inshorts India Advertising and Services Private Limited


GoDaddy.com LLC


WhatsApp LLC and Meta Platforms Inc.


Meta Platforms, Inc. and WhatsApp LLC


Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP


Culver Max Entertainment Private Limited (part of Sony group) and Bangla Entertainment Private Limited.


BYJU’S – Think and Learn Private Limited


Confederation of Indian Industry


PVR Limited


AION Investments Private IV Limited and IGT Group


Fractal Analytics Private Limited


Inshorts Medialabs Private Limited


MX Media & Entertainment Pte. Ltd (“MX Singapore”), MX Media Co Ltd. (“MX BVI”), MXP Media India Limited (“MX India”) (collectively the “MX Entities”) and Times Internet Limited (“TIL”).


State Bank of India


IndiaIdeas.com Limited


Work highlights


  • Acted as the litigation and pre-litigation advisory for GoDaddy, a domain registrar in relation to a Trademark infringement suits before the Delhi High Court alleging that Plaintiff’s trademark rights have been violated by domain name registrars facilitating fraudulent and infringing business activities and offering for sale domain names that are identical/similar to Plaintiff’s trademarks.
  • Represented Meta Platforms Inc. and WhatsApp LLC in a filed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court itself (through its registrar) against various law enforcement agencies and intermediaries to address the issue of rising instances of abusive abusive comments/tweets/videos posted about the Judiciary.
  • Advised a client in transaction involving the merger of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited and Bangla Entertainment Private Limited with and into Culver Max Entertainment Private Limited (part of Sony group).

Spice Route Legal

Demonstrating significant strength in the new media, health-tech, AI, and cyber-security spheres, the Spice Route Legal team is regularly called upon to represent global tech companies and major financial institutions. The practice boasts strong cross-border capabilities, especially in its consistent management of tech and media related M&A and PE deals. Operating out of Bengaluru, the head Mathew Chacko is experienced in software, blockchain, and AI issues, whilst in Pune, counsel Ankita Hariramani is a fintech specialist. Meanwhile, specialist data law expert Aadya Misra takes a leading role in software outsourcing programs.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Chacko


Other key lawyers:

Ankita Hariramani; Aadya Misra


Testimonials

‘Working with the TMT team at Spice Route Legal has been an extremely pleasant experience. My company has a long-standing association with the firm and what really stands out is that they really know their tech. They are very technology savvy and understand the precise business and commercial requirements of my company.’

‘No lawyer in the industry understands technology better than Mathew Chacko!’

‘Ankita has been an exceptional legal advisor and she marries the understanding of the legal and regulatory landscape perfectly with niche technology products.’

‘They have an excellent team that has helped us on some crucial matters.’

‘Mathew Chacko, Ankita and Aadya are our first choice, they contribute well to different players within the ecosystem and helps us in making the right decisions.’

‘SRL team is a) extremely competent, and work with several tech companies in India b) Team have very sound judgement on what is and what is not possible, helps us navigate situations very quickly c) Business understanding: this is the one thing most lawyers lack, they end up getting very technical about what should happen. And often miss the trees for the forest. d) Mathew and team have been reasonable and flexible about billing and always open to finding ways to make it work for me as a client.’

‘Mathew Chako is very well respected, having his as our lawyer has helped. Ankita H has been fantastic and is a fintech legal expert.’

‘Working with Mathew and Aadya has been a good experience. They have demonstrated good understanding of our industry and business. Owing to their client centric approach we have been able to achieve the desired results in the given mandates, especially given expertise and practical approach to the solutions they offer.’

Key clients

Adobe Inc.


Airtel


Apple Inc.


Discovery


Disney


Fiserv


HDFC Bank


Hitachi


Intelsat


Meta Inc.


Microsoft


Tanla Platforms Limited


Zoom


BYJU’s


Gameopedia


Moneyview


PokerBaazi


Proximie


Quantcast


Roblox


Seclore


Talview


The Trade Desk


Tricog Health


Urban Company (and co-investor, Acko)


White Hat Jr.


Wise (formerly Transferwise)


Work highlights


  • Advised Bayer on its partnership with Mastercard, Rabo Partnerships and other lending service providers to create a platform through which Indian farmers can gain easy access loans.
  • Advised HDFC Bank on its over $200 million partnership with Zeta to create and launch India’s first digital only bank.
  • Assisted Chargebacks911 in a precedent-setting dispute arising out of corporate espionage and theft of trade secrets.

Trilegal

With its client-base including global technology corporations, consultancy firms, and media companies, Trilegal is highly recommended for its data privacy, regulatory, and consumer protection advice. The practice demonstrates unique expertise in the fintech and health tech sectors, being consistently called upon to vet corporations’ business models under applicable laws. Operating out of Bengaluru, experienced practice head Rahul Matthan is an expert on IP and privacy law matters, whilst Nikhil Narendran focuses on IP licensing and content acquisition. Jyotsna Jayaram specialises in cyber security and data sharing matters, and counsel Jishnu Sanyal routinely assists fintech and gaming start-ups. Counsels Jaideep Reddy and Thomas Vallianeth handle e-commerce and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Rahul Matthan


Other key lawyers:

Nikhil Narendran; Jyotsna Jayaram; Jishnu Sanyal; Thomas J. Vallianeth; Jaideep Reddy


Testimonials

‘Excellent strength on technology, processes and the law in the Telecom, media and technology space. Very well able to appreciate and understand the emerging technologies and provide practical and compliant solutions. Active engagement in policy work in emerging technologies.’

‘Nikhil Narendran possesses a unique mix of understanding of technology and the law, and is among the forefront of technology lawyers laying down the legal landscape for emerging technologies.’

Key clients

SES S.A.


Open Network for Digital Commerce


NPCI International Payments Limited


Truecaller International LLP, IMC Trading B.V., 247.ai, Inc., Mitel Networks Corporation, Nice App Mobile Technology Co. Ltd., Fareportal Inc., ICE Telecommunications Ltd., Mercedes-Benz Group AG


Accenture Solutions Private Limited


Amazon Web Services, Inc.


Mensa Brand Technologies India Private Limited


KK Group A/S


Work highlights


  • Advised on structuring the commercial model, drafting and negotiating commercial agreements with Jio Platforms Limited, and on technology, telecom, regulatory, and competition law aspects of the joint venture.
  • Advised the Indian government’s initiative – open network for digital commerce (ONDC), the world’s first initiative to unbundle e-commerce and democratise digital commerce.
  • Advised NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of National Payments Corporation of India, in its project to link UPI with PayNow to enable cross-border fast payments between India and Singapore.

ALMT Legal

Well known for reviewing and negotiating media contracts, ALMT Legal consistently works with famous individuals and corporations from across the internet, digital media, and publishing industries. The team has considerable expertise in handling corporate transactions involving SPACs and start-ups within the tech and media sectors, with the Mumbai-based co-head Statira Ranina being an expert on dealing with complex commercial agreements. In Bengaluru, Souvik Paul Mazumdar co-leads, regularly advises celebrities and production houses, whilst Siddhi Ghatlia focuses on private equity and strategic investments. Nayantara Sanya joined as partner from BTG Advaya in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Statira Ranina; Souvik Paul Mazumdar


Other key lawyers:

Siddhi Ghatlia; Sheetal Mishra


Key clients

Asiaville Interactive Private Limited


Exdion Solutions Private Limited


Film Monks Entertainment Private Limited


International Media Acquisition Corp.


Orion India Systems Private Limited


Saj Pictures


Sanghvi Beauty Technologies Private Limited


Starmanch Pvt. Ltd.


Timbre Media Private Limited


DSK Legal

Counting businesses from across the advertising, sports, and gaming sectors amongst its key clientele, the DSK Legal team specialises in contentious and non-contentious aspects surrounding IP, regulatory, and tech matters. The team is particularly strong on IT, software development, and e-commerce issues, with the Mumbai-based team of Anand Desai and Chandrima Mitra bringing vast expertise in advising companies in the media and entertainment industries to the group. Parag Khandhar focuses on IP and commercial disputes, and in New Delhi, Rishi Anand handles cross-border M&A in the tech field and Nakul Batra is an expert on emerging tech. Siddharth Suresh operates out of Bengaluru, concentrating on commercial law issues in fintech.

Practice head(s):

Anand Desai; Chandrima Mitra; Rishi Anand; Parag Khandhar; Siddharth Suresh; Nakul Batra


Testimonials

‘DSK is the best legal firm I have worked. They are sharp, knowledgeable, experienced, practical, resourceful and proactive.’

‘Anand Desai in my opinion is the best media lawyer firm owner I have come across. He is direct, forthright and respectful without being deferential with screen talent, who are often used to being treated with kid gloves.’

‘Chandrima Mitra, our POC at the firm, is the best professional media lawyer in the business. She is able to work across all kinds of areas from production to marketing to distribution to syndication to co-productions to talent agreements, and her experience and demeanour, make her a formidable force. ’

‘The media practice is the best amongst its peers. DSK’s media practice represents a majority of the industry and is at the forefront of any innovative structures, terms, deals that take place. ’

‘Ms Chandrima Mitra who runs the media practice is extremely competent. Has a tremendous breadth of experience on both the legal as well as understanding of the business side of the industry.’

Key clients

Amazon Seller Services Private Limited and its entities


Amitabh Bachchan


Appcino Technologies Private Limited and the promoters thereof


Appnit Technologies Private Limited


Artha Venture Fund I


Arvind Ltd.


B62 Studios Pvt Ltd (Aditya Dhar)


Bhartipay Services Private Limited


Bitcipher Labs LLP (CoinSwitch)


By The Gram


Cocoblu Retail Limited


Conflux Technologies Private Limited


D’Yavol X


Dharma Productions


Digital News Publisher Association


Earthsky Pictures


Edelweiss General Insurance Company Limited


Emmay Entertainment and Motion Pictures LLP


Garagepreneurs Internet Private Limited


Glamyo Technologies Private Limited


HDFC Securities Limited


Healthquad Capital Advisors Private Limited


Herbalife International Inc., USA and Herbalife International India Private Limited


House of Masaba


Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited


India Today Group


Inking Great Stories Private Limited


Kri Entertainment


Mumbai City FC


Navanc Data Sciences Private Limited


OnePlus Technology India Private Limited


Positive Conversations Private Limited


Quadrillion Finance Private Limited


Quest Global Group


Rajkamal Studios


Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Productions


Red Chillies Entertainments


Reliance Retail Limited & Reliance Brands Limited


Relicense AG


Resilient Innovations Private Limited (BharatPe)


Salman Khan Ventures


Shanghai Bean Tech Company Limited


Roy Kapur Productions


Sonalika Group


Sonu Sood and Sonu Infotech Private Limited


Sonu Sood and Sood Infomatics LLP


Staqu Technologies Pvt. Ltd.


Starlight Pictures


Suitable Pictures


Technogen IT Services Pte. Ltd.


Tiger Baby Digital LLP


Tiger Baby Records LLP


UltraTech Cement Limited


Uniworld Being Talented


Versis Entertainment LLP


HSA Advocates

Demonstrating notable interdisciplinary capabilities, HSA Advocates covers a broad spectrum of data protection, emerging tech, and IP work. The practice has vast experience of dealing with contentious and transactional work within the tech sector, particularly regarding employment and corporate law matters. Based in New Delhi, Jivesh Chandrayan focuses on commercial law matters arising in the IT and telecoms industries, whilst Soumya Kanti De Mallik routinely represents clients in the energy, healthcare, and education sectors. Monali Dutta is an expert on corporate restructuring and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Jivesh Chandrayan; Soumya De Mallik; Monali Dutta


Other key lawyers:

Prithviraj Chauhan; Anant Joshi


Testimonials

‘HSA law firm places clients at the core of every engagement. They deeply understand that legal matters are not just about navigating complex regulations, but also about achieving their clients’ objectives. Their personalized approach ensures that each client’s needs, goals, and concerns are addressed with utmost attention.’

‘HSA team comprises seasoned legal professionals with a diverse range of expertise. From seasoned litigators to skilled negotiators, their team is well-equipped to handle a wide spectrum of legal challenges.’

‘Availability, extensive knowledge, proactive approach.’

Key clients

DTwelve Spaces Private Limited


Infobip India Pvt Ltd


Bang and Olufsen


Transaction Solutions India


Allot Communications


Verint Systems


Harris Corporation USA


Gujarat International Finance Tec-City


First Data


Quippo Telecom Infrastructure


JSA Law

JSA Law has vast expertise in advising emerging technology companies and e-commerce ventures on all aspects of information technology and IT enabled services. Operating out of Bengaluru, Tony Verghese ‘delivers top notch’ advice, bringing extensive knowledge of licensing and M&A in the telecom sector, whilst Sajai Singh focuses on strategic alliances and cross-border transactions. Probir Roy Chowdhury specialises in regulatory compliance and private equity matters.

Practice head(s):

Sajai Singh


Other key lawyers:

Tony Verghese; Probir Roy Chowdhury


Testimonials

‘Tony Verghese and his team regularly assist with multijurisdictional telecommunications law projects. They deliver high quality advice and are extremely knowledgeable not only regarding telecommunications law, but also regulatory practice.’

‘We strictly work with Tony Verghese and team, so I cannot comment on other Indian law firms. Tony is reliable, knowledgeable and delivers top notch, commercially viable advice.’

Naik Naik & Company

The Mumbai-based team of intellectual property, OTT platforms, and media specialists at Naik Naik & Company is highly regarded for dealing with litigious and transactional work within the TMT space. The firm demonstrates a growing presence in new emerging areas, including digital platforms, e-commerce, content acquisition, and IP, with Madhu Gadodia an expert on IP and gaming matters. Ameet Naik focuses on the media and entertainment space, and Abhishek Kale assists clients with outbound investments and M&A. Abha Shah advises on licensing and distribution agreements, and associate partner Malabika Boruah is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ameet Naik; Abhishek Kale; Madhu Gadodia Chaudhar; Abha Shah; Malabika Boruah; Romika Chawla


Key clients

Arha Media and Broadcasting Pvt. Ltd.


Pen India Limited


Manzar Studios Pvt Ltd


Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited (T-series)


Sunil Manchanda


Lux Industries Limited


Mr. Allu Arvind


Samvad Partners

Specialising in both contentious and advisory work within the TMT sector, Samvad Partners offers a broad service covering crypto assets, AI, and robotics. The practice displays considerable strength in the regulatory field, consistently drawing upon the expertise of Chennai-based Rohan George regarding the Information Technology Act and data privacy laws. In Mumbai, Vineetha MG is knowledgeable on the fintech and health-tech spaces, whilst Nivedita Nivargi and Neela Badami advise extensively on cyber-security and media laws from the Bengaluru office. In New Delhi, Ashwini Vittalachar handles e-commerce and supply chain issues.

Practice head(s):

Vineetha MG; Rohan K George; Nivedita Nivargi


Other key lawyers:

Natasha Mahajan; Neela Badami; Ashwini Vittalachar; Neha Mirajgaoker; Kavita Jitani; Kevin Robin; Nivedita Udupa; Anshitaa Mishra; Sushma Sosha Philip


Key clients

Algonomy Software Private Limited (formerly known as Manthan Software Services Private Limited)


Founder and owner of Sci-hub.com


Jio Digital Services Private Limited


KTB Network (now DAOL investment)


MoveInSync Technologies Private Limited


Nasadiya Technologies Private Limited


New Emerging World of Journalism Limited (NewJ)


Profinch Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (“Profinch”)


Sundaram Finance Ltd


Unbxd Software Private Limited (“Unbxd”)


Work highlights


  • Advising Reliance Jio Digital Services Limited and its portfolio companies in relation to drafting, reviewing and negotiating various technology and corporate agreements with their vendors, customers (which have included government departments) and partners, within and outside India.
  • Advised NetApp Inc regarding the legal position in India with respect to reverse engineering of the product in question.
  • Provide end-to-end support and assistance to Unbxd with respect to structuring, drafting and negotiating Unbxd’s SaaS agreements and software licensing agreements, and standardizing its terms and conditions regarding access and use of its platform (applicable to Indian as well as foreign clients).

Scriboard

Acting on behalf of international corporations and multinational conglomerates, Scriboard’s TMT practice is co-headed by Rodney D Ryder and Ravi Goyal from New Delhi. Joining as partner from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co in April 2023, Goyal is an expert on data privacy matters and the Indian Information Technology Act. The former is the firm’s managing and founding partner, specialising in tech, new media, and intellectual property laws, along with advising clients on regulatory requirements.

Practice head(s):

Rodney D Ryder; Ravi Goyal


Key clients

Amazon Seller Services Private Limited


Amazon Internet Services Private Limited


Nike India Private Limited


Hindustan Unilever Limited


Hike Private Limited


Havells India Limited


Facebook India


Godrej Consumer Products Limited


Aon Consulting Private Limited


ITC Limited


E-Meditek Insurance TPA Limited


Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited


IndianOil Corporation Limited


Bio-Med Healthcare Private Limited


FanCraze Technologies Inc


Bharucha & Partners

Operating out of New Delhi, Bharucha & Partners has extensive experience of advising on tech and IP aspects of transactions, in tandem with regulatory compliance and contentious matters. The team head, Kaushik Moitra, regularly assists clients on mandates ranging across policy advisory, revenue sharing agreements, and regulations, whilst senior associate Karnika Vallabh focuses on data protection and advertising in India.

Practice head(s):

Kaushik Moitra


Other key lawyers:

Karnika Vallabh; Karthik Somasundaram


Testimonials

‘What they say is what you get. Reliable law firm.’

‘The team is always accessible and do their research thoroughly on the cases they handle.’

‘Karthik Somasundaram- Detail oriented, alert and understands the client’s requirement very well. He is very articulate and sincere in his work and definitely knows what he is dealing with. And he is always just a call/message away.’

Key clients

Aashni & Co


Access Life Assistance Foundation


ALT Digital Media Entertainment Limited


Black Ticket Films


BPL Media Limited


Internet Freedom Foundation


Kahaaniwaaley Media and Entertainment Ventures Private Limited and Swara Bhaskar


Minnow Films Limited


MUMM Productions


NexG Devices Pvt Ltd and Digivive Services Pvt Ltd


Pumpkin Productions


Youthiapa Fashion LLP


Work highlights


  • Advised Aashni & Co in respect of the re-sale of branded products on an e-commerce platform, and the compliance requirements at Indian law and prepared a detailed legal opinion in this regard.
  • Assisted BPL Media Limited with drafting agreements and negotiations with counterparties for content licensing and channel management for the Punjabi general entertainment channel ‘Tabbar Hits’.

Dentons Link Legal

Being renowned for handling M&A in the telecoms, broadcasting, and digital infrastructure sectors, alongside high-stake litigation proceedings, the team at Dentons Link Legal offers broad expertise to a wide range of clients. Based out of Mumbai, the managing partner Nusrat Hassan focuses on international transactions and private equity matters, and Prasad Dhande is knowledgeable on corporate and commercial issues arising in the TMT industry. Sidhartha Srivastava assists companies from across the energy, finance, and pharmaceutical industries.

Practice head(s):

Nusrat Hassan; Prasad Dhande; Sidhartha Srivastava


Key clients

Indus Towers Limited


Tata Communications Payment Solutions Ltd.


ProstarM Info Systems Ltd. (Prostar Micronova Power Systems Pvt. Ltd.)


Sify Technologies Limited


Bharti Airtel Limited


Reliance Communications Limited


ATC Telecom Infrastructure Private Limited


Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association


Krishnamurthy and Co

Krishnamurthy and Co’s team works closely with the intellectual property team on IP aspects of M&A and private equity transactions, along with handling complex litigation matters. In Bengaluru, Nikhil Krishnamurthy leads the department, routinely advising on a range of disputes concerning IP and trade secrets issues, whilst Shwetambari Rao specialises in e-commerce and commercial contract matters. From Mumbai, Alok Sonker focuses on corporate transactions, and Gautam KM works with media and tech companies.

Practice head(s):

Nikhil Krishnamurthy


Other key lawyers:

Shwetambari Rao; Alok Sonker; Gautam KM; Chinthan Japhet; Puneet Prabhakar; Christopher Rao; Santosh Vijay; Karishma Jumani; Perzeus Abhas


Key clients

Mebigo Labs Private Limited


Nasadiya Technologies Private Limited


Stage5 Entertainment (Manish Malhotra)


Reliance Industries Limited


One Media 3.0, LLC (Sinclair Broadcast Group)


Active Intelligence Pte. Ltd.


Captronic Systems Private Limited


Quantilus Innovation Inc.


Electricway Solutions Private Limited


MiQ Digital Limited


Infivention Technologies Private Limited


Zast Logisolutions Private Limited


Work highlights


  • Advised Reliance Industries Limited on its acquisition by Jio Platforms Limited of a stake in Glance Digital Experience Private Limited, an unconsolidated subsidiary of InMobi Group, an AI-driven “lock screen” platform for an approximate total consideration of USD $200 million.
  • Advised Exicom Tele-Systems on patenting various technological innovations in the field of Battery Management Systems (BMS) across various jurisdictions including India.
  • Advised GPS Renewables on patenting various technological innovations in the field of renewable energy across various jurisdictions, including India.

Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India

Representing global telecoms companies, fintech corporations, and law firms, Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India’s New Delhi-based practice revolves around emerging tech and privacy. The team is co-headed by Avisha Gupta, Vikash Kukreti, and Advait Luthra, bringing in-depth knowledge on IT, data privacy, and regulatory matters. Kukreti joined the firm in February 2023 from a consultancy position.

Practice head(s):

Avisha Gupta; Vikash Kukreti; Advait K Luthra


Other key lawyers:

Somya Yadav; Akash Tahenguria


Key clients

Shyam Spectra Private Limited


Klip Solutions Private Limited


SingTel India Private Limited


Yum Restaurants India Private Limited


Pimpri Chinchwad Smart City Ltd.


Majmudar & Partners

Displaying considerable strength in the transactional technology, e-commerce and regulatory spaces, Majmudar & Partners acts on behalf of international financial institutions and technology services providers. Akil Hirani and Neerav Merchant co-head the department from Mumbai, with the former specialising in IT regulatory matters and data protection, whilst the latter’s expertise lies in privacy issues and trade marks. Raja Sujith heads up the firm’s South India practice out of Bengaluru, and is an expert in Indian outsourcing transactions and tech company M&A.

Practice head(s):

Akil Hirani; Neerav Merchant; N. Raja Sujith


Testimonials

‘Firm is extremely knowledgeable, and they are diligent enough to listen to client. Collaboration is one of their key strengths.’

Key clients

Baidu India Internet Private Limited


Alden Legal


Palm NFT Studio, Inc.


CompuCom Systems, Inc.


Empaxis Data Management India Private Limited


21CC Vishwa Sarvagana Private Limited


Meero Technologies Private Limited


InsentApp India Private Limited (ZoomInfo International LLC)


UltraServe LLC


Buchanan Technologies, Inc.


Equisoft India Private Limited


Maven Silicon Softech Pvt Ltd


Moback Technologies India Private Limited


Work highlights


  • Advising Baidu India Internet Private Limited on various Indian law matters, including company law, information technology regulations and data protection laws.
  • Assisted Palm NFT Studio, Inc., an Ethereum-compatible sidechain, built to serve as the foundation of a new scalable and sustainable ecosystem for NFTs, in assessing the regulatory environment for the NFT businesses in India.

Obhan & Associates

Spearheaded by both Essenese Obhan and Ashima Obhan from New Delhi, Obhan & Associates advises on all aspects of IP, data protection, and tech litigation, with a growing presence in the cryptocurrency sphere. The former specialises heavily in all aspects of soft IP and patent litigation, whilst the latter is an expert on privacy and compliance laws. The firm shows particular strength in representing international publishing companies and payment technology platforms.

Practice head(s):

Essenese Obhan; Ashima Obhan


Key clients

Pine Labs Pte. Ltd. and Pine Labs Private Limited


Neblio Technologies Private Limited and Primestack Pte. Ltd. (operating a digital asset trading platform under the brand name CoinDCX)


HarperCollins Publishers India Private Limited


Penguin Random House India Private Limited


Synergistic Financial Networks Private Limited (operating under the brand name Mosambee)


Oktober6 Limited and Oktober6 Insight Private Limited (operating under the brand name, CreditEnable)


Circle of Life Healthcare Private Limited


Nestech Limited


Behno India Private Limited


The Financial Times


ANM Global Inc.

Combining extensive expertise in media and entertainment law with specialisms in the IP and tech sphere, the ANM Global Inc. team regularly represents key players in the content creation and gaming space. Nidhish Mehrotra and Anushree Rauta co-head the group, bringing vast experience in handling cross-border transactions and providing advisory services across the media and IT sectors. Arpit Choudhary specialises in media rights management, and Rahul Mehta concentrates on high-stake litigations. All lawyers mentioned are in Mumbai.

Practice head(s):

Nidhish Mehrotra, Anushree Rauta


Other key lawyers:

Arpit Choudhary; Rahul Mehta; Hemangi Abhyankar; Punit Jani; Niharika Gaonkar; Amal Goenka; Adarsh Himatsinghka; Ritisha Mukherjee; Hitakshi Chotalia; Umang Sheth


Testimonials

‘Client specific innovative pro-business and solution-oriented approach.’

‘High quality service delivery under tight deadlines.’

‘Depth of knowledge and skills for relevant industry (M&E / TMT).’

Key clients

Applause Entertainment Private Limited


Tips Industries Limited


Lionsgate Play LLP


Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited


Balaji Telefilms Limited


Netflix Entertainment Services India Llp


Viacom 18 Media Private Limited


Cosmos Animation Singapore Pte. Ltd.


Culver Max Entertainment Pvt. Ltd (E.K.A Sony Pictures Network (India) Private Limited)


Endemol India Private Limited


Culture Machine Media Private Limited


Sphereorigin Multivision Pvt. Ltd


Sol Production Private Limited


Aditya Music India Private Limited


Merchant Records Pvt. Ltd


Connekkt Media Network Pvt. Ltd.


Associated Broadcasting Company Pvt. Ltd. (TV9)


Outsiders Films LLP


Gsharp Media Private Limited (Hoopr)


Rocketry Entertainment LLP (Mr. R. Madhavan)


Contiloe Pictures Pvt. Ltd.


Full Screen Entertainment LLP


I am Buddha Entertainment & Media LLP (Mr. Vivek Agnihotri)


Kaustav Dreamworks Pvt Ltd (Aao Nxt)


Pocket Aces Pictures Pvt. Ltd


Ultra Media And Entertainment Private Limited


Mythri Movie Makers


Eros International Media Limited


Guru Films Pvt. Ltd


NH Studios & Narendra Hirawat & Co.


People Media Factory


Shri Abhishek Pictures


Naad Studios


Anand Motion Pictures Private Limited


Webrangers Talent Management


Meraki Communications Pvt. Ltd


Boundscript Motion Pictures Pvt. Ltd


Work highlights


  • Represented the producers of the Oscar nominated cinematograph film “Rocketry – The Nambi Effect” pursuant to a transaction with Vista Verse (Fantico PTE. Limited) in relation to creation, marketing and sale of NFTs and assets of the film in Fantico’s Metaverse platform.

AP & Partners

The team at AP & Partners handles M&A and corporate transactions within the tech space. The New Delhi-based practice has experience of advising clients in the emerging space tech and satellite internet industries, with Anand Prasad being an expert on telecom issues. Moksha Bhat and Arjun Sinha cover data protection and privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Anand Prasad; Arjun Sinha; Moksha Bhat; Harshit Anand


Key clients

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.


Mohalla Tech Private Limited (ShareChat)


Etsystore Private Limited


IPL Tech Electric Private Limited


Amishi Consumer Technologies Private Limited (Momsco)


DLA Piper New York


Info Edge (India) Limited


Sunrise Mentors Private Limited (Coding Ninjas)


Honda Power Pack Energy India Private Limited


Teacher Tools Private Limited (Toddle)


Fisker Group Inc


Smartshift Logistics Private Limted


Argus Partners

With a strong tech practice spanning transactional, corporate, and regulatory advice, the Argus Partners team draws upon its network of offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangaluru. The firm is especially strong in litigious proceedings, as well as boasting a growing fintech and e-commerce offering. Mumbai-based Abhinav Bhalaik and Jitendra Soni in New Delhi advise on M&A and strategic investments, and Mumbai-based Krishnava Dutt assists with financing transactions. From Delhi, Neha Madan represents clients from the IT and healthcare industries. Ankit Guha operates out of the firm's Bengaluru office.

Practice head(s):

Abhinav Bhalaik; Ankit Guha; Jitendra Soni; Neha Madan; Udit Mendiratta


Key clients

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)


Dreamplug Technologies Private Limited (CRED)


Piramal Capital and Housing Finance Limited


MedGenome


Healthquad Capital Advisors Private Limited


Qapita Fintech India Private Limited


Whiteboard Capital Advisors LLP


Exness (SC) Ltd, Exness (VG) Ltd and Exness B.V.


Arkam Ventures


Whiteboard Capital Advisors LLP


Work highlights


  • Advised Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in IPL Media Rights Auction for 2023-2027 cycle for a combined amount of approximately $6.20 billion.
  • Advised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the historic Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL) media rights auction for the 2023-2027 cycle for a cumulative figure of Rs. 951 crores.
  • Advised fintech unicorn CRED on raising USD 140 million in its Series F funding round with a post-money valuation of USD 6.4 billion.

Krida Legal

New Delhi-based sport and gaming boutique Krida Legal consistently represents professional athletes, international companies, and investment firms. Vidushpat Singhania leads the practice, bringing extensive expertise in betting and gambling regulations to the group, whilst Nachiket Yagnik has in-depth experience of negotiating endorsement and tech-based contracts. Meanwhile, legal attorney Kushagra Jain routinely advises athletes and international sports federations.

Practice head(s):

Vidushpat Singhania


Other key lawyers:

Nachiket Yagnik; Kushagra Jain


Key clients

All India Gaming Federation


AMPM Fashions Private Limited


Baazi Networks Private Limited


Dusane Infotech Private Limited


E-Sports Federation of India


Golden Gaming International Private Limited


Grid Logic Games Private Limited


Elite Pro Basketball


Extramarks Education Private Limited


HND Poker Private Limited


International Federation of Poker


Lakshyan Academy, Bengaluru; INDIA


Table Tennis Player for India


Indian Olympic Sprinter


Olympic Gold Quest


Sachar Gaming Private Limited


SBN Gaming Network Private Limited


Sportscom


Sportz & Live Entertainment Private Limited


Sugal and Damani Utility Services Private Limited


Skilrock Technologies Private Limited


The IPG Group, Dubai; UAE


Uttar Pradesh State Rifle Association


Indian Superbike Champion


Indian Wrestler


Indian Olympic Sprinter


Work highlights


  • Advised Gridlogic Games Private Limited and engaged in negotiations with Gaming Technologies (Gametech), a US-based entity engaged in the business of offering games of skill and games of chance to consumers for stakes.
  • Assisted Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (“ZEEL”) under a Secondment Arrangement with respect to their negotiations and agreements with numerous production powerhouses and have concluded negotiations with several artist agencies, and service providers with respect to content distribution, licensing rights to stream a program, licensing rights to use a sound recording, production of shows (TV and OTT), live performance of artists.
  • Advised Baazi Networks in their negotiations and in vetting and reviewing the agreements entered by them with Twid Payment Network.

Phoenix Legal

Counting software companies, internet start-ups, and investors amongst its key clients, the Phoenix Legal practice has great experience advising on issues relating to policy, IP protection, and compliance. In the New Delhi office, Saket Shukla specialises in strategic advisory work and corporate transactions, whilst Sawant Singh is an expert on private equity and project finance. Associate partner Aditi Sharma focuses on cross-border investments and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Manjula Chawla; Saket Shukla; Abhishek Saxena; Sawant Singh


Other key lawyers:

Aditi Sharma


Testimonials

‘Phoenix has a collection of top lawyers as evidenced otherwise from their listings in publications of repute, as well as our experience with them over a decade. The first thing to note is the ability to deliver smoothly on complex legal, and regulatory issues in a way that addresses business decisions. The team(s) are a pleasure to work with – fully focused on solving matters not legal nitpicking. A related matter that arises out of this is a sense of collaboration, even if we don’t quite get agreement on our position – a professional firm guiding us to make our own decisions.’

‘Partner availability is an important aspect of any professional firm. Partners in Phoenix go beyond the call of duty.’

Talwar Thakore & Associates

Talwar Thakore & Associates‘ TMT practice has expanded considerably of late under the leadership of Gautam Saha and Sachin Mehta. It advises on the gamut of complex M&A, corporate, financing and restructuring issues for an impressive range of technology, media and telecoms clients. On the media front it assists clients with broadcasting and media rights contracts, advertising guidelines and sponsorships together with expertise in data protection/data transfer matters. Amrita Patnaik and Deepa Christopher are two of the key team members.

Practice head(s):

Gautam Saha; Sachin Mehta


Other key lawyers:

Amrita Patnaik; Deepa Christopher


Testimonials

‘The teams’ experience with a variety of clients is useful’

‘Gautam Saha is a lawyer who I have worked with for many years across different organisations that I have been associated with and find him commercially savvy and well versed in most matters that we reach out to him for.’

‘I mainly deal with Deepa Christopher. She is excellent – knowledgeable, pragmatic and commercial. ’

Work highlights