Here are the top law firms in India for Data Protection Law!
Ikigai Law is headed by Anirudh Rastogi , Nehaa Chaudhari and Aparajita Srivastava who is well rated for her ‘high degree of understanding of the data economy’. Based in New Delhi, the team is considered ‘young’ and ‘razor sharp’ when advising on any aspects of data governance and the ever-changing regulatory landscape.
It keeps clients abreast of EU GDPR, APAC and other global regimes and advises clients from tech startups to the largest e-commerce companies, technology, global cloud service providers and venture capital firms. It also advises a number of industry bodies.
Of late, its work spans, data handling including international data transfers, localization requirements, healthcare apps, digital payment systems and data breaches. Principal associate, Sreenidhi Srinivasan advises on data governance and cyber security and Aman Taneja assists clients with IP as well as issues relating to online content regulation and data breaches.
A dedicated team at IndusLaw is in demand for advice not only relating to Indian data protection laws but is also well versed on many of the international regimes including those of the EU and California. It is therefore well placed to advise on cross-border data processing and transfers.
Its client base is made up of domestic and global corporations and clients are referred to the team by well known, global law firms. It also participates in government legislation proposals; it has been involved in the consultation processes for the Personal Data Protection Bill.
Based in Delhi and Bengaluru, Avimukt Darr, Srinivas Katta, Suneeth Katarki, Namita Viswanath and Shreya Suri lead the practice. In addition to data transfers, data sharing and privacy matters, it assists clients on security breaches, blockchain technology and a range of disputes. Its clients include those in financial services, health care and logistics and telecoms.
Khaitan & Co.
Supratim Chakraborty in Kolkata, and ‘go-to’ advisor Harsh Walia in New Delhi head a top-flight practice at Khaitan & Co. In addition to advising on all aspects of data protection, complex cross-border data transfers and cyber security/data breaches, it is called upon by government departments to advise on policy matters and proposed legislation. It also advises global and domestic clients on unchartered matters such as IoT services where, for example the transfer of data to and from machines and also areas such as the effects of the EU’s Schrems II ruling.
This substantial practice draws on its skills in its corporate, competition, technology and telecom practices; Abhinav Chandan (NG) skills combines TMT, regulatory and corporate with data protection; Anisha Chand (Ms)’s practice straddles competition/antitrust law and data protection. The team of associates includes Shobhit Chandra and Sumantra Bose whose experience is across telecom, IT and data privacy.
Spice Route Legal
Based in Bengaluru, Mathew Chacko, co-founder of Spice Route Legal, has decades of experience of data protection as part of his wider TMT expertise. In addition to assisting clients on the full range of data privacy/security, transfers and data compliance, it also advises on blockchain, Fintech services and products, and various uses of AI.
Clients range from global tech companies, other corporates and financial services companies. ‘Stand out‘ senior associate Aadya Misra is in demand for advice on the implications of the Schrems-II decision regarding GDPR, managing security incidences/post breach security and the RBI’s localisation requirements.
From their base in Bengaluru, Rahul Matthan, Nikhil Narendran and Jyotsna Jayaram lead the TMT/data protection practice at Trilegal. Thanks to its deep expertise, some of the world’s and India’s largest TMT companies go to the firm for guidance on the various regulatory regimes, and proposed changes to areas including data transfers across FinTech, HealthTech and satellite communications and e-commerce generally.
It is also involved in consultations regarding proposed new legislation, for example the Personal Data Protection Bill, and the report by the Committee of Experts on Non-Personal Data Governance Framework. It also assists clients on a range of IT-related disputes.
Kochhar & Co.
Stephen Mathias is the driving force at Kochhar & Co. Aside from his deep experience, he has ‘a feel for the commercial risks of a course of action’. Global law firms such as Bird & Bird, Hogan Lovells and Ashurst routinely refer their clients to the firm on cross-border and India data privacy issues, the various sector regulations and cyber security in areas including banking and finance payment systems, insurance and telecoms matters.
Data localization and offshore access to personal data are some of the key areas of advice sought. Associates Naqeeb Ahmed Kazia and Arun Babu are fully focused on this area; the latter is also a qualified as an electronics and communications engineer and is especially experienced in cyber security.
With a ‘real can-do‘ attitude, Samvad Partners has a highly experienced team dealing with data security, cyber thefts, privacy and data handling generally. Its work spans both advisory (good policies/best practices) and contentious issues including investigations and IP infringements.
Rohan George in Chennai and Neela Badami and Nivedita Nivargi in Bengaluru lead a practice which uses the data governance app, Aapti.in, which provides clients with a range of information on how legal processes are being affected by COVID. The firm has also partnered with the Centre for Social and Behaviour Change Communication in order to provide its staff with a range of wellness sessions.
The team has also been advising clients on areas such as the implications of the GDPR on Indian companies, and the Indian Personal Data Protection Bill. The team combines this with corporate/commercial advice, for example, assisting technology companies on funding. Savani Gupte (partner) joined the team from Khaitan & Co. in March 2021.
AZB & Partners
Although there is not a specific, dedicated data protection team at AZB & Partners, it is home to a number of lawyers who are highly experienced in the area of data protection and TMT more broadly. Rachit Bahl in Delhi advises a range of corporates on fintech and telecoms matters including regulatory regimes and online pharmacy and healthcare businesses.
Based in Mumbai, Nandan Pendsey‘s expertise is a blend of data protection, IP and IT. Anind Thomas in Bangalore assists multinationals and Indian companies and financial institutions on data privacy and information security policies in India, cross-border transfers of personal data and potential data breaches in the context of corporate investigations or mergers and acquisitions.
The practice includes partner Rohan Bagai (in Delhi) who has extensive experience in the fintech space including cryptocurrencies and blockchain, and senior associate Gautam Rego (Bangalore) whose team is praised as ‘one of the best in the telecom data sector‘.
In concert with a well-established TMT practice, DSK Legal provides a range of data protections expertise across regulatory compliance, investigations, and disputes. It assists clients with implementing data privacy and protection policies, including dealing with international transfers as they relate to Indian laws.
Data mapping and audits are carried out to review clients’ practices and it advises on security breaches and notifications to regulatory authorities. Its clients include a strong roster of telecoms and electronics companies, logistics, healthcare and social media companies.
Rishi Anand, who has established technology and corporate practices, heads the team and associate partner, Nakul Batra (also a qualified computer science engineer) combines corporate/commercial skills with technology transfers, blockchain, and virtual reality/online gaming advice. Principal associate, Jitendra Soni advises technology clients on corporate/commercial matters along with subjects including e-commerce, bioinformatics and general protection of data.
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan‘s data protection/TMT practice serves corporates, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organizations on all areas of data protection, governance, regulatory and data breaches, combined with IP protection and dispute resolution.
Based in New Delhi, Charanya Lakshmikumaran heads the regulatory and appellate litigation practice and Prashant Phillips advises on all areas of data protection and data privacy – this combined with expertise in IP protection, especially patents and industrial designs.
Majmudar & Partners
Well known for its broad TMT expertise, especially big tech transactions, Majmudar & Partners combines such work with data handling within a range of regulatory systems. In the course of M&A deals, licensing and outsourcing mandates, it assists Silicon Valley and global tech/social media companies on the complex rules around the collection or transfer of personal data.
Its expertise also encompasses areas such as AI and advice on data security. Akil Hirani and Neerav Merchant in Mumbai and N. Raja Sujith in Bangalore, lead the practice which is appreciated for its ‘realistic approach’. It is also praised on the client service front for ‘transparent billing’ and attitude to ‘business ethics’.
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