J Sagar Associates, now more commonly known just as JSA, is a large full-service firm. At 27 years old and with 300 lawyers across seven cities, it is a well-established player, highly regarded by lawyers both at home and abroad. Like others, its data practice forms part of its larger TMT practice, which encompasses privacy and cybersecurity. Practice head Probir Chowdhury, based in Bangalore, advises multinational companies on different aspects of technology law, including data protection. Mirroring the company’s TMT practice more generally, Chowdhury has recently carried out an increasing amount of work in fintech, as the Indian scene rapidly develops.
Mandates have included advising Brocade Communications Systems and Extreme Networks on the latter’s acquisition of Brocade’s data centre business; assisting an online payments system company with its international data-transfer processes; and helping Accenture with cybersecurity due diligence. The firm also advises multinational companies on data localisation requirements.