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Janmejay Rai

Senior Partner

LOCATION
Gurgaon
EMAIL
janmejay.rai@kochhar.com
PHONE
+91 124 454 5222

Profile

Janmejay is a Senior Partner based at the Gurgaon office of the Firm. He is a member of the Firm’s Corporate, TMT and IPR practice groups.  

With rich and diversified professional experience spanning over two decades, Janmejay has extensively represented clients in structuring and implementing complex transactions (including joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and disinvestments), ensuring legal and regulatory compliance, providing strategic inputs, risk assessment and direction to general corporate initiatives and managing government relations and public policy.  

Janmejay has also extensively advised clients on issues such as broadcasting and telecom regulations, content liability, number portability, new media, liability of intermediaries, data security, sensitive personal information, encryption and decryption, mobile banking, unsolicited commercial calls, outsourcing, technology transfer, licensing, e-commerce, libel, privacy, slander, defamation, trademark infringement, product disparagement, passing off, copyright violation and other related issues.  

Over the years, he has represented several large international and Indian media publications in libel, defamation and privacy infringement claims across various state High Courts. He has also acted for several telecom service providers and satellite television channels in regulatory and anti-trust matters at the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) and various state High Courts. Litigation exposure also includes action for trade mark, copyright and domain name infringement and passing off. 

He also advises clients on real estate transactions, exchange control, competition law, company law issues and labour  and employment.  

Expertise

Corporate/M&A
TMT
Intellectual Property Rights
Competition / Antitrust
Real Estate & Construction
Employment Law

Publications

India chapter of International Libel Privacy Handbook - A global reference for journalists, publishers, webmasters and lawyers. First three editions were published by Bloomberg and the last two by Lexis Nexis. Last edition published in August, 2020
India chapter of Loose-leaf volume on Data Protection Laws for Charles Russel LLP published by Sweet and Maxwell in 2013
India chapter of Media, Advertising & Entertainment Law throughout the World for Frost Brown LLC, USA, published by West, Thomson Reuters in 2009
Study of Media, Press and Broadcasting laws in India as part of the comparative study of Media, Press and Broadcasting laws of Canada, United States, Germany, United Kingdom, and India prepared by PACT for consideration by the Ethiopian Parliament
Report on India’s compliance with TRIPS, authored for JETRO

Education

  • LL.B, University of Delhi, 1997
  • B.A, University of Delhi, 1993

Memberships

  • Delhi High Court Bar Association
  • Registered with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1999

Select Experience Statement

  • Represented a New York based American media house and two leading Indian print media companies in a INR 100 crores defamation case filed by a leading Indian industrialist at the Bombay High Court.
  • Represented a leading Japanese automotive component manufacturer in connection with sale of its minority stake in an Indian listed company. The transaction value was in excess of INR 150 crores.
  • Successfully represented one of the two mobile number portability service providers in India in connection with a writ petition filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the per port transaction and dipping charges regulations promulgated by TRAI.
  • Advised a leading Manhattan (US) based financial, software, data and media company in connection with the setting up a joint venture company with an Indian media house to launch a co-branded Indian business television channel.
  • Assisted a Japanese - Korean conglomerate in connection with its proposed acquisition of controlling interest in a supermarket chain in south India from a private equity fund.
  • Represented a Tennessee (US) based mass media company in connection with its proposed acquisition of a lifestyle channel owned by a leading Indian broadcast and digital news company. Also represented the said client in its acquisition of the Indian subsidiary of a British media company operating a premier travel channel.
  • Represented a leading American business magazine in a privacy infringement case filed by the chairman of India’s largest media group at the Delhi High Court.
  • Assisted a Fortune Global 500 company operating in the managed healthcare and insurance sector with revenues in excess of USD 120 billion in establishing a business presence in India and setting up BPO units in multiple Indian cities.
  • Successfully represented an American television and media conglomerate in an action initiated by a DTH service provider in TDSAT alleging discriminatory denial television signals to its DTH platform.
  • Successfully represented a leading Chinese mobile handset manufacturer in trademark infringement and passing off actions against cyber squatters in the Delhi High Court.

Contact Details

  • 3rd Floor, Ocus Technopolis Building, Tower B, Sector-54, DLF Golf Course Road, Gurgaon-122011, Haryana (India)
  • +91 124 454 5222
  • +91 124 437 5596
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