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Nishith Desai TMT leader Kartik Maheshwari joins fast-growing Netflix legal team in business vertical

Netflix ramps up in-house expertise with NDA tech lawyer Maheshwari
Netflix ramps up in-house expertise with NDA tech lawyer Maheshwari

Kartik Maheshwari, Mumbai-based leader at Nishith Desai Associates (NDA), has resigned from the firm several month ago and will join Netflix India’s legal team soon, according to sources.

He specialises in technology, media and telecoms at the firm and we understand that he will be handling business and legal affairs, primarily relating to Netflix’s content.

Maheshwari declined to comment. We have also reached out to Nishith Desai for comment.

His joining follows Netflix’s hire last month of Priyanka Chaudhari from Balaji Telefilms, who had joined as legal director and senior counsel in the regional intellectual property vertical.

It is understood that Netflix’s India legal team is divided into several separate verticals, each of which report to Netflix’s Los Angeles core legal team.

Update 15 June 2019: NDA managing partner Nishith Desai commented: “Kartik always had an inclination towards business side of law. Couple of months back Kartik consulted his mentors in the firm about this opportunity in business affairs team at Netflix.

“Considering his interest and aptitude, his mentors encouraged him to explore the opportunity though naturally we would love to have him at NDA. We have a very strong NDA family relationship with him and he would always remain part of it. Netflix members also connected with us to check our comfort. We are happy for Kartik and wish him well.”

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