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Ex-SDA partner Salman Waris starts up tech & IP focussed law firm TechLegis

Salman Waris starts up
Salman Waris starts up
Seth Dua & Associates (SDA) partner Salman Waris has started up a technology and intellectual property focussed law firm TechLegis, with a team of 10 lawyers including former Fox Mandal lawyers Hamdullah Sayeed, Nitin Kumar and Lalit Ambastha.

Clarification: Ambastha is a consultant to TechLegis but still operates independently. The error in not pointing that out was Legally India's and is regretted.

Waris, who left SDA last year after a stint of over two years, worked at Fox Mandal between 2005 and 2011 as head of the TMT and IP Practice. In between SDA and Fox he was with HSA Advocates.

He graduated as a lawyer from Aligarh Muslim University in 2003, and obtained an LLM in 2004 from the University of Essex, also specialising in media and communications laws, information technology law, and e-commerce law via the University of Oxford's Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy. He began his career in 2003 at Suri & Co.

He represents multi-national companies in cross-border transactions and technology transfers, foreign direct investments, outbound investments, regulatory advice on issues associated with MVNO, encryption, M2M communication and net neutrality, according to TechLegis’ press release.

Sayeed, formerly a lawyer in Fox Mandal’s litigation practice, will be part of TechLegis’ disputes practice, and Kumar – a chartered accountant and company secretary – will head its corporate tax and compliance practice.

“After SDA I wanted to set up a firm but the challenge was in providing full service one stop shop to clients – especially international clients. Since I had a strong international client base it was also important for us have people who are experts in each practice area. Hence it has taken sometime to put together a team of people most of whom I have known personally for some time now or have closely worked with in different law firms,” commented Waris in the press release.

“While we continue to focus on the technology domain off late with a full service team we have taken up reasonable amount of litigation as well as infrastructure work, we hope to build on the existing clientele and expand quickly in the near future.” he added.

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