Naik Naik & Co

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

India
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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, talent and production agreements, entertainment-related financings and copyright. Has additional capability of competition and trade mark-related matters in the media space. Retains an impressive client base of pre-eminent international and domestic entertainment companies.

Strengths Clients value the firm's specialist knowledge of the film industry: "They're excellent on all fronts! They have delivered outstanding results and are an extremely well-oiled machine. In my opinion, no other firm understands the complexity of the film business."

Another interviewee notes that "they're very capable, prompt in their work and ensure client satisfaction."

Work highlights Defended Crouching Tiger Motion Pictures against a suit filed by People Interactive in the Bombay High Court over alleged trade mark infringement and passing off.

Represented Viacom18 Media against a suit filed by Wadia Movietone claiming copyright infringement and passing off in relation to the character 'Fearless Nadia' being used in the film 'Rangoon'.

Notable practitioners

Ameet Naik is a market-leading media and entertainment practitioner with remarkable experience of both inbound and outbound transactions in the sector. He is a specialist on film financing and is also capable of handling litigation mandates relating to defamation and intellectual property. One client acknowledges that he is a "great leader who is known for his thought leadership and innovative approaches to complex problems."