Lalu John Philip

Lalu John’s practice focuses on venture capital transactions, private equity transactions and mergers & acquisitions. He also advises clients on governance, joint ventures, and all types of commercial contracts. He also regularly advises clients on exchange control regulations and on Indian law issues in relation to inbound investments and cross-border acquisitions of Indian entities.

He has extensive experience advising market-leading venture capital funds as well as emerging companies and entrepreneurs.



B.A.LL.B. (Hons.), National Law School of India University, Bangalore



  • English
  • Malayalam
  • Hindi

Some of the key assignments handled and being handled by Lalu cover the following:

  • Advised an investment fund in connection with the Series A investment into a company engaged in the manufacture of electric vehicles.
  • Advised a foreign venture capital fund on its investment into a video editing SaaS platform as part of the USD 33.2 MM Series B round.
  • Advised a foreign venture capital fund on connection with its investment into an online platform in the hospitality sector as part of its USD 24 MM Series B funding round.
  • Advised Thailand’s SCB 10x on its investment in Darwinbox, a SaaS company providing human resource technology products, as part of the USD 72 MM Series D round.
  • Advised a foreign venture capital fund on its investment in a community-based health and online fitness marketplace, as part of the Series A round.
  • Advised the lead investors in their Series Seed investment of USD 5 MM in a SaaS company providing book-keeping products.
  • Advised the investment arm of a major e-commerce company in connection with its investment into a financial products platform
  • Advised Scrut Automation, an information security compliance platform, on its USD 3 MM seed fund raise from Endiya Partners and Lightspeed India Partners.
  • Represented a domestic institutional investor which led an INR 9 crore seed investment in an entity engaged in the business of providing technology based global supply solution.
  • Advised the investment arm of a major e-commerce company in connection with Series B round of USD 23 MM into a gig economy platform company.
  • Advised the investee company which provides specialised home healthcare services in connection with its Series B fund raising round aggregating to about USD 21 MM from multiple investors.
  • Advised an ed-tech start-up in connection with pre-seed round in the form of convertible notes from institutional investors.

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