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Local Committee

The agenda is planned by the local planning committee with input from both in-house and private practice lawyers with knowledge of current events and initiatives in India. The local planning committee includes:

Conference Chairs

Nikhil Narendran, Trilegal:
Bangalore, India, Co-Chair

 Nikhil Narendran is a Partner in Trilegal in the TMT. He has advised these companies on a range of matters such as in relation to content liability, M&A, product compliances, IPR licensing and structuring, outsourcing, data protection, information technology laws etc.  He advises new age e-commerce and technology companies in India on their business models, and regulatory issues. He was the winner of the ITechLaw Association's Travelling Fellowship Award 2011. He co-authored "Block Chain for Property- A Roll Out Road Map for India" for the India Institute.

 

 

Rohan George, Samvad Partners:
Chennai, India, Co-Chair

 Rohan K. George specialises in intellectual property, commercial law and technology law. Rohan has worked as a corporate legal counsel, an intellectual property lawyer, an IP and commercial law litigator, and a policy analyst for various organisations advising on intellectual property, climate change law and the intersection of law and technology. 
He is currently a partner in Samvad Partners, a national corporate and commercial law firm. Prior to becoming a partner at Samvad Partners, Rohan operated an independent legal practice specialising in technology law issues and worked with the law firm Ali Associates as an intellectual property litigator. He has also written for the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on internet policy in India and for the Centre for Trade and Development (CENTAD) on intellectual property and technology transfer, and has worked with the law firm Amarchand Mangaldas in their intellectual property practice, their transactional practice and their competition policy practice. He is a graduate of NALSAR, Hyderabad and holds an LLM as a Lawrence A. Wien Fellow from Columbia University, New York.

 

Azmul Haque, Collyer Lawyers:
Singapore, Vice-Chair

 Azmul is qualified and admitted to practice law in 3 jurisdictions: England, India, and Singapore. Over the last 17 years in private practice across 3 countries, he has developed particular expertise in complex, cross-border legal matters. He focuses on clients in emerging technology such as FinTech, HealthTech, AdTech, Big Data, IOT, BlockChain, Internet & e-Commerce, in additional to more traditional industries such as Hotels & Leisure, Media & Entertainment, Pharma & Healthcare, Real Estate, and Telecommunications. 

 

 

 

Local Planning Committee

Naqeeb Ahmed, Kochar & Co.:
Bangalore, India, Social Media

 He is an advocate based in Bengaluru. He graduated with an honors degree in business administration and law from Christ University, Bengaluru. He focuses on TMT and corporate laws. He has done substantial work in outsourcing, licensing, e-commerce, intellectual property and telecoms. A key area is privacy and data protection, and he advised various multinational companies in this area of law. He has also been involved in conducting due diligence exercises of companies in the information technology sector. He has also done substantial corporate law work, including advice on company law, corporate law compliance and corporate transactions.

 

 

Sharda Balaji, NovoJuris:
Bangalore, India, Marketing

 Sharda Balaji is the Founder of NovoJuris Legal, which is amongst the fast growing law firms in India. NovoJuris works extensively with technology companies and the highly disruptive ones, private equity, cross-border transactions, M & A amongst others.  Previously, Sharda has worked with large Indian conglomerates and MNCs as their in-house attorney on various projects including – IPO, cross border transactions, acquisitions, takeovers, mergers, collaborations and intellectual property for nearly 12 years. Sharda is a Lawyer and a Company Secretary. She is an active angel investor in 20 companies.

 

 

Anand Bhushan, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas:
Chennai, India, Marketing

 Mr. G V Anand Bhushan has been Head for the Chennai Office and Partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. since July 01, 2016. In 2017, he was recognized as "Technology Lawyer of the Year" by the Indian National Bar Association. After managing Mr. Bhushan's own firm of Bhushan Rajaram for 4 years, he joined Cognizant Technology Solutions as general counsel responsible for legal, compliance, Government affairs and as a Member of the board of Cognizant APAC. He was honoured as the General Counsel of the Year 2014, as an innovation champion for introducing innovative leadership and processes by Cognizant. He was responsible for managing 70 lawyers over multiple verticals in APAC and North America. He was a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded for his exceptional contribution to the Case Law School international law program. After his graduation from Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College, Chennai, he completed his LLM in Global and US Legal Studies at the Case Western Reserve University, School of Law, Cleveland.

 

 

Mathew Chacko, Spice Route Legal:
Bangalore, India, Social Media

 Mathew is a lawyer with a focus on cross border investments, data, technology, and trade flows. He hasacted on some of the most challenging cross border deals involving India.

 

 

 

 

Aditi Chopra, Microsoft:
Bangalore, India, In-House Counsel

 

 

 

 

Probir Chowdhury, J Sagar Associates:
Bangalore, India, Networking

Probir Roy Chowhurdy specializes in Corporate Commercial, Venture Capital & Private Equity, and Information Technology. He has been involved in corporate transactions focused on the high technology industry including cross border Mergers & Acquisitions. His transactional practice includes advice on Transaction Structuring, Entry strategies, Cross Border Mergers & Acquisitions and Foreign Exchange Regulations. He also liaises with Government Regulators on a regular basis.

 

 

 

 

Roopa Doraswamy, Doraswamy Law Chambers:
Bangalore, India, I-WIN

 Roopa is an international lawyer who uses her varied expertise to ensure that her clients are provided with the best possible legal assistance in the most optimal manner across jurisdiction and practices.  Depending upon the nature and jurisdiction of the matter / client, she either works on the matters herself or refers them to very qualified lawyers (with whom she then, based upon the client’s expectation, supervises or coordinates).  Roopa has rich experience of over nineteen years practicing law in India and the United States. She has worked extensively on corporate and commercial transactions, general corporate, technology, immigration, and employment law.  She is the founder of The DLC Project, a unique individual-driven technology-based international legal services delivery model using a proprietary technology platform, which she is developing in conjunction with her home-based legal practice, Doraswamy Law Chambers (DLC).  

 

Samuel Mani, MCM Law
Bangalore, India, Marketing

 Samuel Mani is a founding partner of Mani Chengappa & Mathur, a boutique business law firm. Samuel specialises in advising clients on reputation risk, technology, privacy, telecoms, early-stage capital, general commercial transactions, insurance, and dispute resolution. 
He focuses on providing clients with the most contextually appropriate advice for their questions, drawing heavily on his many years of experience as a business leader. Samuel has extensive experience in running complex high stakes matters but is equally comfortable assisting an entrepreneur in putting a business together. 

 

 

Arun Prabhu, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas:
Bangalore, India, Programming

 Arun is a technology Lawyer with extensive knowledge of the Indian regulatory environment surrounding emerging technology. Specialties: Large core solution procurement contracts in the banking vertical. Middleware licensing and product software licensing.

 

 

 

 

Anirudh Rastogi, Ikigai Law:
New Delhi, India, Programming

 Anirudh has a corporate legal practice encompassing VC investments, M&A and tech law with a special focus on early stage and emerging-tech businesses. He also advises clients on public policy matters relating to emerging technology businesses, such as cryptocurrency and drone ventures. 

 

 

Kshama Ravikumar, Avigna Law Advocates:
Bangalore, India, Media

 Kshama believes in structuring, strategizing and planning her clients’ legal requirements in order to allow them to focus on their businesses and goals. She has a strong focus on handholding start-ups right from the inception of their idea to their investments and operations and regularly mentors them at various start-up boot camps. Her technologically savvy inputs and clear understanding of the operations of small and large enterprises makes her counsel an imperative for any business. Kshama has extensive experience in representing financial and strategic investors as well as target companies and is, therefore, known to be a fair and reasonable lawyer with a balance approach to any transaction. 
 

 

 

 

Jaideep Reddy, Nishith Desai Associates:
Bangalore, India, CyberSpaceCamp®

Jaideep is a dual-qualified technology lawyer licensed to practice in India and California, United States. His practice focuses on disruptive technologies and their interaction with the law. In particular, he advises on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, privacy and cybersecurity, and other technology-related regulatory and public policy issues. Jaideep is also interested in how technology can be used to disrupt law practice and improve access to laws and the legal system.

 

 

 

Dhruv Suri, PSA: 
New Delhi, India, Sponsorship

 Dhruv is a Partner at PSA and heads the firms TMT, Start-up/Venture Capital/Private Equity and Dispute Resolution practice group. He advises clients on commercial and regulatory aspects of their business as well on data protection and privacy, intellectual property, employment law and anti-trust. He has represented Fortune 500 and 100 companies as well as early/growth stage technology start-ups in cross-border M&A, both, financial and strategic, as well as in complex pre-dispute negotiations and strategy. He also actively appears before multiple judicial and arbitral forums across the country.

 

Committee oversight and guidance is provided by:

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