Samuel Mani, one of three founding partners at boutique firm Mani Chengappa Mathur (known as MCM Law), is known by rivals as having a particularly commercial approach. He was previously general counsel at IT giant Infosys, whose former chairman Nandan Nilekani built Aadhaar, India’s national biometric database. The firm, based out of Bangalore, has a strong focus on advising startups and innovative technology providers; it also handles more traditional corporate work for foreign clients.
Primarily focused on technology through its transactions and outsourcing departments, MCM Law also has standalone data protection, IP and employment teams. Lawyers in the data protection practice advise companies on industry-specific privacy and data protection strategies, draft privacy policies, and audit existing frameworks. In a style more usually associated with European and US data teams, the firm advises on data use in a business-oriented way, rather than focusing on pure compliance advice.