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Former Merck / Yahoo! legal chief starts 3-office law firm to win clients from big names

Former MSD Pharmaceuticals and Yahoo! India legal head Jaspreet Singh Chandhok started up intellectual property (IPR) and media law firm Win Law Group on 1 April in Delhi and Mumbai.

Chandhok obtained his law degree from Mumbai University and his company secretary qualification in 2001, and an MDBA in international finance from Symbiosis Pune in 2006.

He had joined the in-house legal department of CNBC TV18’s SGA News until December 2006, and headed the legal department of the 3i Group’s Out-of-Home Media (India) until joining Yahoo! India as senior legal counsel and company secretary in 2008. In 2012 he left Yahoo to head MSD Pharma’s legal division – a subsidiary of US pharma giant Merck & Co.

“I was thinking about this quite often,” he said, adding: “Being from the media industry I always had an instinct of starting up my own law firm. I have seen all the worlds together.”

He said that the attraction of running a legal practice as opposed to heading an in house division, for him, was getting to cater to a wide range of industries instead of focusing on a single one, and getting a chance to look into the business aspects of the laws related to all these industries.

Win has a team of 10 lawyers and three offices – one in Vasant Vihar in Delhi and two in Mumbai in Fountain and Kandivali. He said is looking at opening a second Delhi office.

“We are looking at different niche areas where we are trying to cater to all start-up companies coming to India. All these don’t have that much money to get their own in-house counsel. We are trying to build a relationship with all these start-up companies so that tomorrow if any company becomes a Flipkart we are there for them,” commented Chandhok.

“As an in-house counsel [I] look to get work done at best price. People tend to lose focus and hire law firms who are big names. What I would like to change [in the way of providing legal services] is to give our clients a personalised type of solution,” he noted.

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Like +4 Object -1 Bruh 30 Apr 14, 17:53
What the frick is an MDBA? I don't know if I want one!
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Like +2 Object -1 xyz 30 Apr 14, 19:52
Masters Degree in Business Administration ?!
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Like +2 Object -1 pitcher 30 Apr 14, 18:48
Not sure what link of being from the media industry and the instinct to start a law firm is... Good luck and best wishes. This firm should do well can't think of another IP boutique set up by an experienced in-house counsel.
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Like +1 Object -1 query 01 May 14, 11:47
can we get the contact details pl ?
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Like +4 Object -1 Kandivli 01 May 14, 17:15
Office in kandivli.... Very nice..
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Like +4 Object -0 Hoa 01 May 14, 17:30
Yes, all the saas bahu serial actors living in kandivli would be clients.
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Like +1 Object -4 Porn Truth 01 May 14, 20:37
Dear Hoa, Do you know, many of the 90% so call high flying lawyers are staying in the rented premises ( 1RK) or paying guest, foods cooked by maid , sometimes home made food from maid's house, the building full of peons, watchman, BMC clerk , call girls etc . I have full respect for all those . I know, you are not one of them .
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Like +3 Object -1 Hoa 02 May 14, 20:35
Porn truth - u are definetly from somewhere beyond dahisar....
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Like +0 Object -1 Ridhika 02 May 14, 16:03
Can someone provide the contact details / address for the fountain office?
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Like +0 Object -0 Scooters-S 07 May 14, 17:11
They are in Chambers and Partners, 2014 ;-)
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