Rakesh Warrier

Rakesh focuses on Corporate Commercial and specialises in inbound investments into India, Venture Capital & Private Equity investments, Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions. He offers end to end transactional support to investors as well as target companies on commercial transactions, including corporate/business structuring, commercial contracting, negotiation of definitive agreements, pre-closing and post-closing actions, regulatory & corporate compliances.

Rakesh has significant domain expertise in the telecom sector, with focus on regulatory and policy matters. He advises clients on conducting business in India from a telecom regulatory perspective, including on product offerings (over the top services, contact centre services, VoIP, IoT, etc) regulatory issues & compliances, licensing arrangements, commercial contracting, etc.

He also works extensively with Technology companies and advises them on various aspects of information technology law in India, including data privacy and protection, data transfer, cyber security. He also assists clients with commercial contracts such as software development agreements, software services agreements, technology license agreements, technology transfer agreements, data transfer and processing agreements, as well as policy documents such as privacy policies, website terms of use.

He also provides regulatory advice to clients on setting of, and compliances in relation to, STPI’s (Software Technology Parks of India) and SEZ’s (Special Economic Zone).

Rakesh has also been involved in Banking & Finance transactions including Debt Transactions, Project Finance and Security creation.

 

Memberships

Bar Council of Kerala

 

Education

B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Cochin (2008)

 

Languages

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Malayalam
  • Tamil

Some of the key assignments in these areas handled and being handled by Rakesh amongst others, cover the following: –

  • Advised DE-CIX International AG in acquiring 49% stake in Interwire Internet Services Private Limited, which entity owns and operates the Mumbai Convergence Hub (Mumbai IX), India’s largest open peering exchange hub.
  • Advised Mubble Networks Private Limited in relation to investments made by Accel Partners and Mr. Nandan Nilekani.
  • Advised Just Eat Holding Limited in connection with transfer of 49.9% stake in Achindra Online Marketing Private Limited to Just Eat India Holding Limited.
  • Advised Global Cloud Xchange, a subsidiary of Reliance Communications Limited, in relation to provision of various telecom services in India (enterprise solutions, data centre services, etc).
  • Advised Broadcom group entities on a long term leasing transaction for a substantial expanse in a Special Economic Zone.
  • Acted as lenders’ legal counsel to a consortium of domestic lenders with regard to financing the setting up of a cement plant and captive power plant in the state of Rajasthan.
  • Acted as lender’s legal counsel to two separate consortiums of domestic lenders with respect to funding of road projects undertaken by a leading infrastructure construction company in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.