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Unicorn Zomato gets 1st general counsel: Ex-Khaitan, PXV partner GT Thomas Phillippe (NUJS ‘05) joins

Ex-Khaitan GT Thomas Phillippe joins Zomato as GC
Ex-Khaitan GT Thomas Phillippe joins Zomato as GC

Former Khaitan & Co partner and PXV Law Partners co-founder GT Thomas Phillippe has today joined technology and food delivery giant Zomato, which has been using AZB as its adviser, in Delhi as general counsel (GC).

Phillippe, a NUJS Kolkata 2005 graduate, had left Khaitan in 2016, taking a break from work, after joining the firm in 2014 with two other co-founding partners of PXV Law Partners, which he had jointly started in 2011.

He had begun his career at Trilegal, and moved to AZB & Partners in 2008.

We have reached out to him for comment.

Update 18 September 2018: Zomato said in a press release:

Thomas joins us at a strategically important time, as we grow rapidly. We are confident his experience and perspective will bring significant value to our team.” said Sameer Maheshwary, CFO - Zomato...

“Zomato is poised for immense growth in the immediate future, and it is an exciting opportunity to be a part of. I look forward to working with the team and building the company together. " added G. T. Thomas Phillippe, General Counsel, Zomato.

Between 2015 and 2016, lawyer Akshay Kumar was head legal at Zomato, but in 2016, Zomato had told VCCircle that the company had never had a general counsel position and wasn’t looking for one.

The legal team at Zomato is understood to consist of around 6 people.

On its previous $200m investment in February, elevating it to a $1.1bn unicorn valuation, Zomato had instructed AZB & Partners.

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