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Top smartphone maker OnePlus lifts ‘14 Christ grad Maitrayee Sanyal into first India GC role

OnePlus gets first India GC after opening Hyderabad R&D facility
OnePlus gets first India GC after opening Hyderabad R&D facility

Maitrayee Sanyal has been promoted to local general counsel (GC) at mobile phone maker OnePlus, India, earlier this year.

Sanyal - currently the only lawyer in the company’s India legal function - is reporting from Bangalore to the global legal team in Shenzhen, China.

She is a 2014 Christ University graduate, who had begun her career at Accenture, followed by nearly a year as immigration counsel at Mu Sigma and 11 months as legal specialist at NestAway Technologies.

In July 2018, she had joined OnePlus as “technical lead” India, and in January of this year her designation was enhanced to the general counsel designation after a performance review, she explained.

“I have been very grateful to them for their consideration and I would like to believe that I am being a good resource to them,” she commented.

Sanyal’s work as OnePlus GC includes a mix of negotiation, advisory on various aspects of the media laws, labour law evaluation and “subsequent explanation of the same to the relevant stakeholders”, as well as consumer protection laws, aspects of intellectual property and general corporate advisory, she said.

She said that OnePlus used a mix of reputed, experienced law firms in India, as well as “newer but efficient” firms.

OnePlus started its first India R&D facility in Hyderabad in late last year, and became India’s top-selling premium mobile phone maker last year, beating older rivals Apple and Samsung.

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