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PRACTICE AREAS

Contracts and Business Laws

We provide contract drafting and negotiation support and general business law advise to our clients of varying size. Given the nature of our clientele, we often support on first-of-their-kind contractual arrangements: from launch contracts for India's first private remote sensing satellites to illustrated contracts for Swiggy's gig workers drafted so for easy comprehension. We like to draft scalable contracts in plain English and negotiate with a view to lead deals to closure. We provide corporate/commercial law advise on a range of issues from foreign exchange law to company law to employment laws.

KEY CONTACT

Anirudh Rastogi

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  • ABInBev
  • AIGF
  • Licious
  • Swiggy
  • Drone Federation
  • CoinDCX
  • Pixxel
  • IDfy
  • Shopse
  • Cureskin
  • My Muse
  • Stage
  • Government of Tamil Nadu
  • Hood

Data

Our data team helps clients navigate the evolving data governance landscape in globally. We provide 360-degree support across public policy, government relations, and legal advisory. We’ve been at the forefront of policy conversations around data governance and helped our clients engage with the government on multiple iterations of the proposed data protection law. We also shape policy discourse through pioneering research. For instance, we’ve authored long-form reports for leading industry bodies on critical issues like cross-border data flows and encryption. On the advisory side, we guide clients on front-end and back-end changes that are needed to comply with existing and upcoming data protection laws.This includes conducting gap assessments, identifying areas that require future-proofing, recommending UI/UX best practices, creating policies and processes for data classification, access control, and incident response, and drafting contracts for users (like privacy policies) and business partners (like data processing agreements). Given the interconnected and scalable nature of tech businesses, we also leverage our knowledge of global data protection laws to craft solutions that meet our clients’ multinational needs.

KEY CONTACT

Sreenidhi Srinivasan

Nehaa Chaudhari

TOP CLIENTS
  • British High Commission
  • Cred
  • DSCI
  • ABInBev
  • MPL
  • Navi
  • Nasscom
  • Saregama
  • PeakXV
  • Swiggy
  • MEITY
  • Government of Tamil Nadu
  • IDfy
  • Naukri

Dispute Resolution

We have a niche dispute resolution practice that advises clients on complex technology and intellectual property issues. We primarily focus on cases which raise novel legal questions that have a wider impact on the industry or pose an existential threat. Our litigation team successfully represented crypto-exchanges in their petition before the Indian Supreme Court which overturned RBI’s ban on banking access for the crypto industry. We secured an unprecedented order allowing issue of summons over WhatsApp for a film production company. Similar orders were later issued by several High Courts in the country. We also helped India’s largest drone manufacturer challenge the grant of the largest drone procurement tender issued by the Indian government.

KEY CONTACT

Aman Taneja

Anirudh Rastogi

TOP CLIENTS
  • CoinDCX
  • Pixxel
  • Idea Forge
  • My Muse
  • Impact Guru
  • Hood
  • Stage

Product

Our product team stress-tests tech products against the law and devises business-friendly solutions. We support our clients through the entire product development cycle from ideation to launch to growth. We often come in at the ideation stage to determine if a product at its core is legally viable. We also redesign products in a manner that ensures legal compliance without destroying their value proposition. We closely study the industries in which our clients operate. This helps us understand the business impact and technical feasibility of our advice. Once the product is ready, we help our clients go live by reviewing UI/UX, preparing contracts, and building a communications strategy. We’ve helped launch several first-to-market products including prepaid cards for teenagers, alcohol delivery during the pandemic, fact-checking tools during the national elections, the first Indian muti-currency and peer-to-peer crypto exchanges, and Bollywood-themed NFTs.

KEY CONTACT

Aparajita Srivastava

TOP CLIENTS
  • CoinDCX
  • Cred
  • MOBIKWIK
  • IDfy
  • Shopse
  • MPL
  • Navi
  • PeakXV
  • Naukri
  • Slice

Public Policy

We are the first law firm to have a policy practice exclusively dedicated to tech and innovation. Our policy team helps clients track developments, understand their business impact, develop policy positions, and conduct stakeholder engagement and advocacy. We blend our in-depth understanding of the law with our insight into the policy landscape to anticipate the shape of future regulation and identify key stakeholders and decision-makers. Our policy work is both proactive and reactive. So, we help clients not only respond to regulatory proposals but also drive the conversation through thought leadership and outreach. Our clients include start-ups, large multinationals, and government bodies. We also advise several prominent industry associations and help them find convergence between the diverse interests of their members.

KEY CONTACT

Nehaa Chaudhari

Rutuja Pol

TOP CLIENTS
  • DSCI
  • MPL
  • Nasscom
  • MEITY
  • PeakXV
  • AIGF
  • Drone Federation
  • Foreign  Commonwealth

TMT Advisory

Venture Capital

Our venture capital team advises tech clients on investment transactions, corporate structuring, and general corporate matters. We understand the startup and VC mindset. When drafting and negotiating investment documents, we bring our experience of having represented investors and promoters through market upswings and down rounds, promoter exits, and investor disputes. Further, deals in the tech space must be structured to account for regulatory uncertainty. This is reflected in the choice of holding company jurisdiction, negotiation of indemnities and representations, and sometimes involves corporate restructuring. Our deep understanding of regulatory issues faced by tech startups helps us negotiate and close these tricky deals.

KEY CONTACT

Anirudh Rastogi

Nimisha Dutta

TOP CLIENTS
  • Moofarms
  • My Muse
  • Cureskin
  • Cloud Feather
  • Blue Sky Analytics
  • Loankuber
  • NOOE
  • GoStops
  • SourceWiz
  • CoinDCX

SECTORS

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Aerospace & Aviation

Aerospace & Aviation
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Space – the final frontier for human ingenuity – has attracted significant entrepreneurial and investor interest in recent years. Space-tech projects are moonshots (quite literally) that involve high risks and technological complexity. But the pay-off is equally high ranging from providing internet access to unserved regions to creating a new home for humanity someday. We help pioneers take this giant leap for mankind through legal and policy support. We have also played a critical role in the evolution of the unmanned aviation industry in India. The Economic Times called us a “pioneer” for our contribution to drone policy and regulation. We have worked with every stakeholder in the space: start-ups, industry associations, think tanks, and regulators. Our drone industry clients include manufacturers, importers, traders, operators, and training organizations. Beyond drones, we also advise mainstream aerospace and aviation companies. Like ground support equipment providers and testing equipment manufacturers.

KEY CONTACT

Anirudh Rastogi

AWARDS

Band 3 Lawyer (Anirudh Rastogi, Managing Partner), Aviation, Chambers & Partners (2022) Tier 4 Law Firm and Next Generation Partner (Anirudh Rastogi, Managing Partner), Aviation, The Legal 500 (2023)

TOP CLIENTS
  • Indian Space Association
  • Drone Federation
  • Janus Aviation
  • Huviair
  • Team Indus
  • Idea Forge
  • Blue Sky Analytics
  • Pixxel
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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is progressing at astonishing speed with applications ranging from medical diagnosis to anti-money laundering checks. While AI can make processes more efficient, it also raises concerns about fairness, accountability, and transparency. These are pressing regulatory concerns that don’t have tried and tested solutions. We help clients chart this evolving landscape by recommending best practices that address product liability, data protection, intellectual property, and discrimination concerns. We’ve also helped clients respond to key policy proposals like NITI Aayog’s framework for the regulation of AI and the Telecom Department’s AI stack.

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KEY CONTACT

Anirudh Rastogi

Aman Taneja

AWARDS

Band 2 Law Firm, TMT, Chambers & Partners (2022) Tier 2 Law Firm, TMT and Data, Leading Individual (Nehaa Chaudhari, Partner) and Rising Star (Sreenidhi Srinivasan, Partner), Data, The Legal 500 (2023) Leading Technology & Telecommunications and Data Compliance & Cybersecurity Law Firm, India Business Law Journal (2022)

TOP CLIENTS
  • Shaip
  • British High Commission
  • Blue Sky Analytics
  • Microsoft
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Blockchain

We have been in the trenches with the blockchain and crypto industry for the past five years, having set up India's first multi-currency exchange, structuring the first peer-to-peer exchanges, and representing major exchanges before the Indian Supreme Court in their successful challenge against RBI's ban on banking for the crypto-industry. We also helped structure the first large ICO and IEO from India, and advised on some of the largest venture funding rounds in the crypto industry. We have advised our clients on a wide range of issues including staking, lending, NFTs, DAOs, KYC/AML/CTF compliance, and advertising. Our clients include crypto-native businesses and mainstream businesses interested in entering the space. We provide our clients with a full range of services, including transactional, regulatory, and policy support.

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KEY CONTACT

Anirudh Rastogi

AWARDS

Band 2 Law Firm and Band 1 Lawyer (Anirudh Rastogi, Managing Partner), Fintech, Chambers & Partners (2022) Tier 2 Law Firm, Financial Services Regulatory, The Legal 500 (2023) Leading Fintech Law Firm, India Business Law Journal (2022)

TOP CLIENTS
  • Zebpay
  • Bollycoin
  • CoinDCX
  • coinswitch
  • coinbase
  • MPL
  • Devfolio
  • Enjin
  • Socios
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Cloud Services

Cloud services let businesses access data and applications from anywhere in the world. They also help businesses scale quickly and affordably in response to changing market conditions. However, cloud services have raised concerns about data breaches, law enforcement access to data, business continuity, and disaster recovery. We advise leading cloud service providers on a wide range of regulatory and policy issues including data protection, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, access to telecom infrastructure, and public procurement.

KEY CONTACT

Nehaa Chaudhari

Vijayant Singh

AWARDS

Band 2 Law Firm, TMT, Chambers & Partners (2022) Tier 2 Law Firm, TMT and Data, Leading Individual (Nehaa Chaudhari, Partner) and Rising Star (Sreenidhi Srinivasan, Partner), Data, The Legal 500 (2023) Leading Technology & Telecommunications and Data Compliance & Cybersecurity Law Firm, India Business Law Journal (2022)

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Digital Gaming

Real-money gaming apps face a complex and challenging regulatory landscape in India. Each state has its own anti-gambling laws that these apps must comply with. Further, government authorities often fail to differentiate between skill-based gaming and gambling. As a result, there is a push for prohibition or heavy-handed regulation of the industry. We help our gaming clients navigate this difficult terrain through holistic legal and policy support.

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KEY CONTACT

Aparajita Srivastava

Nehaa Chaudhari

AWARDS

Leading Sports & Gaming Law Firm, India Business Law Journal (2022)

TOP CLIENTS
  • MPL
  • AIGF
  • Zupee
  • Winzo
  • Games 27x7
  • IAMAI
  • PeakXV
  • Cloud Feather
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Fintech

Our fintech practice spans payments, lending, neo-banking, wealth tech, and insurtech. We advise our fintech clients on a variety of regulatory, contractual, corporate, and policy issues. We support our clients through the entire product lifecycle from ideation to launch to growth. We also help clients engage with regulatory proposals like the RBI working group’s report on digital lending. We have worked with a wide range of clients including regulated and unregulated entities and B2B and B2C companies.

KEY CONTACT

Aparajita Srivastava

Astha Srivastava

AWARDS

Band 2 Law Firm and Band 1 Lawyer (Anirudh Rastogi, Managing Partner), Fintech, Chambers & Partners (2022) Tier 2 Law Firm, Financial Services Regulatory, The Legal 500 (2023) Leading Fintech Law Firm, India Business Law Journal (2022)

TOP CLIENTS
  • Cred
  • MOBIKWIK
  • Navi
  • CoinDCX
  • coinswitch
  • coinbase
  • PeakXV
  • IDfy
  • FAMPAY
  • Safegold
  • Xiaomi
  • Zaggle
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Health Tech

Technology is improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare services with innovations like electronic health records, telemedicine, wearables, and AI-based diagnostics and treatments. However, since healthcare is a life-or-death matter, innovations in this space are tightly regulated to ensure patient safety. We help clients navigate this high-stakes sector by leveraging our legal and policy expertise in the fields of medical devices, data privacy, consumer protection, and intermediary liability. We also engage with regulators like the National Health Authority and conduct trainings for start-ups.

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KEY CONTACT

Sreenidhi Srinivasan

Rutuja Pol

AWARDS

Band 2 Law Firm, TMT, Chambers & Partners (2022) Tier 2 Law Firm, TMT and Data, Leading Individual (Nehaa Chaudhari, Partner) and Rising Star (Sreenidhi Srinivasan, Partner), Data, The Legal 500 (2023) Leading Technology & Telecommunications and Data Compliance & Cybersecurity Law Firm, India Business Law Journal (2022)

TOP CLIENTS
  • Medoplus
  • My Muse
  • British High Commission
  • Microsoft
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Internet Businesses

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We work with a wide range of internet businesses including e-commerce marketplaces, online content publishers, and social media companies. Through increased reach, lower costs, greater convenience, and improved customer service, e-commerce has revolutionized the shopping experience for customers and merchants. However, the regulation of large e-commerce platforms has become a hot-button issue in India. The government has stepped in to ensure that e-commerce platforms treat sellers fairly and respect consumer rights. But there are continuous calls for greater regulation. We help e-commerce platforms engage in proactive and reactive policy advocacy to ensure balanced regulation of the sector. We also help clients comply with myriad legal requirements under consumer protection, data governance, competition, payments, intermediary liability, and foreign investment laws.

KEY CONTACT

Nehaa Chaudhari

Sreenidhi Srinivasan

AWARDS

Band 2 Law Firm, TMT, Chambers & Partners (2022) Tier 2 Law Firm, TMT, The Legal 500 (2023) Leading Technology & Telecommunications Law Firm, India Business Law Journal (2022)

TOP CLIENTS
  • Fittr
  • My Muse
  • Cred
  • Hood
  • Stage
  • Microsoft
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Sustainability

Climate change is the most pressing existential threat facing humanity. Addressing this challenge requires contribution from every stakeholder. We provide a range of legal and policy services to investors, innovators, and government bodies who are working to ensure a rapid transition to a green economy.

KEY CONTACT

Anirudh Rastogi

AWARDS

Band 2 Law Firm, TMT, Chambers & Partners (2022) Tier 2 Law Firm, TMT, The Legal 500 (2023) Leading Technology & Telecommunications Law Firm, India Business Law Journal (2022)

TOP CLIENTS
  • Trashify
  • Blue Sky Analytics
  • Pixxel
  • eBikeGo
  • Solar Square
  • 8minute
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Telecom

Ed-tech has the potential to transform the way we learn. It can provide students access to resources unavailable in their locality, improve engagement by leveraging multimedia technologies and gamification, and enhance assessment through data analytics. But with increased government scrutiny on the sector, ed-tech businesses must ensure they meet educational quality, consumer protection, and data privacy standards. In a highly competitive market, they must also protect their intellectual property, including proprietary technologies and brand names. We help ed-tech clients ensure compliance and protect their business interests through our legal and policy services including negotiating investment transactions and business contracts.

KEY CONTACT

Anirudh Rastogi

AWARDS

Band 2 Law Firm, TMT, Chambers & Partners (2022) Tier 2 Law Firm, TMT, The Legal 500 (2023) Leading Technology & Telecommunications Law Firm, India Business Law Journal (2022)

REVIEWS

Chambers & Partners

"An innovative and technology-focus practice, Ikigai Law is focused on helping pathbreakers and innovators bring their products to market in a complicated and ever-changing regulatory environment"

Chambers & Partners

The Legal500, 2022 (Data)

The team is able to combine legal knowledge and policy awareness in their service offerings.

The Legal500, 2022 (Data)

IBLJ, 2022 (Fintech)

Being an early-stage crypto startup, there are very few law firms who can help you navigate the legal space keeping in mind the business aspect. The knowledge and understanding that the Ikigai team has of this space is probably one of the best in the country.

IBLJ, 2022 (Fintech)

Chambers & Partners

They fought the cryptocurrency battle when many stopped fighting - they are the ones who got it over the line and opened out the space.

Chambers & Partners

The Legal500, 2022 (Data)

The data protection team at Ikigai Law is razor sharp and well versed with the relevant data laws around EU, Asia Pacific, and India.

The Legal500, 2022 (Data)

The Legal500, 2022 (Data)

We found them extremely competent in assessing the business impact of some of these newly drafted data privacy and protection laws around the world. Nehaa is highly professional in her commitments and brings on board perspectives which people often tend to overlook but may be extremely fatal for businesses.

The Legal500, 2022 (Data)

The Legal500, 2022 (Financial Services Regulatory)

They have a deep understanding of RBI regulations and have always been available to resolve the smallest of the queries from the company. Their biggest USP is that they don’t only analyse the regulations and industry practices but also come up with compliant frameworks

The Legal500, 2022 (Financial Services Regulatory)

The Legal500, 2022 (TMT)

‘Ikigai’s TMT practice is outstanding for such a young firm – they are able to cover a whole range of new and emerging areas and industries that many firms are yet to catch up to.’

The Legal500, 2022 (TMT)

The Legal500, 2022 (Aviation)

Some practical advice in the past has helped us avoid significant litigation. I have found the Ikigai team to be very solution-oriented, which I have sometimes found to be missing in other law firms’ teams.’

The Legal500, 2022 (Aviation)

  • CoinDCX
  • Cred
  • Navi
  • Nasscom
  • Microsoft
  • Pixxel
  • Saregama
  • MPL
  • IAMAI
  • MOBIKWIK
  • FAMPAY
  • ABInBev
  • AIGF
  • Licious
  • Swiggy
  • British High Commission
  • Zebpay
  • Government of Tamil Nadu
  • MEITY

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