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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 GCEx-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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Like +0 Object -1 Missing Link 17 Sep 18, 12:24
What was he doing post KCO?
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 17 Sep 18, 14:29 LI subscriber
He was taking a break from work, I believe. Have updated the story to clarify that.
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Like +0 Object -0 Person 17 Sep 18, 17:36
Congratulations Thomas!
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Like +1 Object -0 The B-o-obby 17 Sep 18, 17:58
F@#king good Bobby, great going, all the best...
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Like +1 Object -0 Yoyo 17 Sep 18, 19:00
Awesome!!! Good news and best of luck to him on a new beginning. Great guy.
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Like +0 Object -0 Yay 17 Sep 18, 21:01
Congratulations Thomas!!!
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Like +0 Object -0 Vivek Agnihotri 17 Sep 18, 23:21
Congratulations GT! Always was a pleasure interacting with you
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Like +0 Object -0 NUJS 18 Sep 18, 15:38
Great choice by Zomato! Congrats Bobby!
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 18 Sep 18, 15:41
Congrats GT! Good going.
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Like +5 Object -0 Melon Musk 18 Sep 18, 16:17  interesting
Whatever said and done, PXV story keep inspiring many young lawyers who dream of starting their own firm. Thank you, team PXV for showing the way to many young minds and good luck, GT for the new role.
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Like +0 Object -0 Well-wisher 20 Sep 18, 10:16
Well done, Bobby!
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