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Mason AP, tech-copyrights head Ankit Relan joins Facebook as lead counsel

Facebook grows legal team with Mason tech, copyrights head Ankit Relan
Facebook grows legal team with Mason tech, copyrights head Ankit Relan

Technology lawyer Ankit Relan, associate partner at technology firm Mason & Associates Advocates, which counts Google amongst its clients, has joined Facebook India in Gurgaon as lead counsel.

The 2009 GGSIPU Delhi graduate had previously worked at MK Miglani, Fidus Law Chambers before joining Mason & Associates in 2011.

At Mason, he led the firm’s copyright and technology practice.

We have reached out to Facebook and Relan for comment but have not heard back.

According to a source with knowledge of his move, he will be working on music, copyrights and licensing-related legal work on all Facebook products, which include the main Facebook site, as well as WhatsApp, Instagram and others.

Facebook India in-house currently has at senior levels, as far as we’re aware:

  • associate general counsel Saanjh Purohit (who had joined in 2018 from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, where she was a partner),
  • associate general counsel Deepali Liberhan (who had been at the company since 2013),
  • associate general counsel Ashish Chandra at WhatsApp (having joined from Netflix in April).

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