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Spice Route Legal

Bangalore Office

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Founding Partners: Praveen Raju, Mathew Chacko
Other Partner: Arun Jerome
Number of Partners: 3
Number of Lawyers: 42
Languages: English, Hindi, Spanish, French, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati

Firm Overview:
Spice Route Legal is a young law firm that is recognised as a leader in the provision of border agnostic legal services in India. The firm is often retained (i) to negotiate and close complicated multijurisdictional deals, (ii) to advise on issues at the intersection of technology, business, and law, (iii) to accurately evaluate and mitigate regulatory and legal risks; and (iv) to assist on complicated disputes.

Practice Areas:
■ Corporate and M&A
■ Private Equity
■ Technology, Media & Telecommunications
■ Data Protection & Privacy
■ Fintech
■ Intellectual Property
■ Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
■ Employment
■ Energy and Renewables
■ Healthcare & Life Sciences

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate and M&A
Partners: 3; Lawyers: 12
Locations: Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kochi
The firm advises on a full spectrum of corporate transactions in today’s increasingly global marketplace. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm has been involved in some of the most challenging private equity, venture capital, take privates, spin offs and corporate restructurings that involve India. Today, Spice Route Legal is the ‘go to’ firm for Indian companies with global M&A or investment ambitions and for non-Indian companies investing in India.
Key Contact: Praveen Raju
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Arun Jerome
Email: [email protected]

Private Equity
Partners: 3, Lawyers: 12
Locations: Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kochi
The firm’s private equity and venture capital practice is widely applauded for its cutting-edge, cross-jurisdictional work involving investments in technology, fintech, big data, energy and healthcare. The firm has a 360-degree approach to fund structuring, advising PE funds on investments, deal structuring, tax, regulatory approvals, IPOs and distressed acquisitions and has advised some of the most prolific investors in the region.
Key Contact: Praveen Raju
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Mathew Chacko
Email: [email protected]

Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Partners: 1; Lawyers: 18
Locations: Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kochi
Spice Route Legal’s TMT practice is the largest in India and brings with it a keen appreciation of all matters of technology, media, telecommunications, convergence, data, regulatory and intellectual property. The practice assists many of the global technology companies with operations in India and most of India’s emerging technology and media behemoths. The firm’s TMT practice is increasingly regional in nature with the ability to work alongside some of the best TMT lawyers across the world to structure innovative cross jurisdictional solutions to some of the vexing problems that haunt these industries.
Key Contact: Mathew Chacko
Email: [email protected]

Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity
Partners: 1; Lawyers: 8
Locations: Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kochi
The firm’s data protection, privacy & cybersecurity team combines strong technical and legal credentials, an appreciation of the global nature of data and a network of the best technology, data and information lawyers in the world, to advise on increasingly global data, privacy and cybersecurity mandates. As South Asia’s largest data practice, the firm regularly advises on international data flows, cybersecurity and data risk, privacy concerns, disputes involving data, incidence reporting, localization strategies, employment and health data issues and structuring whistleblowing hotlines and ethics investigations.
Key Contact: Mathew Chacko
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Aadya Misra
Email: [email protected]

Fintech
Partners: 1, Lawyers: 9
Locations: Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kochi
Spice Route Legal regularly advises and assists most of the prominent names in fintech in India. With the ability to structure products, identify and mitigate technology, intellectual property, data and financial sector regulatory risks, the firm’s Fintech team straddles multiple practice areas to seamlessly advise banks, financial institutions, startups, credit rating agencies, investors and ‘brick & mortar’ companies as they grapple with the challenge of disrupting the market for financial services.
Key Contact: Mathew Chacko
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Ankita Hariramani
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property
Spice Route Legal’s expertise in advising on complex questions of IP is widely recognised, having advised on some of the most contentious disputes and assisted on some of the most complex transactions that involve intellectual property. In 2020, the firm has been at the forefront of the evolving jurisprudence contributory infringement of IP, of the recognition of the doctrine of prosecution history estoppel, of some of the largest IP disposals and of defending multiple actions by patent trolls. The firm’s uniquely integrated IP team offers corporations the ability to rely on it for advice on the protection, monetisation, licensing and sale of IP and for disputes involving IP.
Key Contact: Mathew Chacko
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Thomas Joseph
Email: [email protected]

International Work
Spice Route Legal’s proprietary border agnostic model of providing seamless solutions for cross border legal issues by relying on a wide network of friends is acknowledged as a market first. Relying on this network, the firm has:
■ Assisted India’s largest telecom conglomerate on a global transaction involving over 40 countries
■ Assisted India’s leading rice manufacturer with the purchase of IP assets in 60 countries
■ Assisted a German investment fund focused on the Industrials, Chemicals and Logistics sector invest in 6 countries in Asia
■ Assisted a leading Indian mobility player in assessing a 23-country regulatory, technology and risk analysis
■ Assisted some of India’s leading technology companies with entering markets in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas
■ Led multiple companies on venture capital and private equity deals in the US, Singapore, and the UK

Offices:
India:

Bengaluru: 775, 100ft. Road, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar
Mumbai: Pinnacle Corporate Park, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
Delhi: World Trade Centre, Barakhamba Road
Kochi: Skyline Topaz, Kaloor Kadavanthra Road, Elamkulam, Ernakulam
Pune: Eden Park, Viman Nagar