Speaker

Santanu Mukherjee

Advocate & Founder

Ex Lege Chambers

Santanu Mukherjee is an Advocate and Founder of Ex Lege Chambers, Advocates and Regulatory, Policy Advisors. The Chambers specializes in three areas of practice, Statutory, Regulatory and Policy work that includes drafting, analysis and advisory work; Alternate Dispute Resolution that includes Mediation and Arbitration; and Dispute Resolution both at Pre-Contentious level and Litigation stages.

The Regulatory, Policy work aims to address statutory gaps, regulatory challenges and provide policy analysis-backed pragmatic timely advisory to clients. Services include analytical reporting of legalpolicy, statutory and regulatory issues catered to clients’ business interest and appropriate advisory; representations at stakeholders’ meetings, public hearings and engagements with industry chambers; drafting position papers and background notes; creating alliances and consensus building on legal and relevant regulatory, policy issues. The work also includes advising appropriate localized legal policy strategy in consideration of client’s multi-jurisdictional position(s) where applicable. The immediate focus of the Regulatory and Policy practice is on IPRs, Competition, International Trade and Environment.

Santanu has worked on different issues related to Intellectual Property Rights, International Trade, Competition and Environment Law and Policy for the last 20 years. His experience includes focused IP work at D. P. Ahuja & Co. & S. Majumdar & co., IP Attorney firms in Kolkata and working as a litigator at Calcutta High Court. He has worked on Global Policy Research on IPR and Trade laws at the Max Planck Institute for IPR and Competition Law at Munich, Germany. Santanu has been actively involved in statutory, regulatory and policy drafting and analysis, at Geneva based intergovernmental organizations including WIPO, WTO and The South Centre. At Luthra and Luthra Law Offices, where he led the International Trade and Policy Advisory practice as a Partner, he was involved in trade policy advisory issues involving diverse clients. He also worked on a cyber law compliance matter that addressed working with different ministries of government of India, settling the matter in favor of the client through focused policy intervention. Earlier, he was associated with Qualcomm Inc., a global wireless technology company, addressing legal policy strategy and government affairs. He worked with different internal clients advising on IPR, Competition, Trade and Cyber law and policy issues in the South Asian market. As a delegate of the UNFCCC Observer organization, Business Council for Sustainable Energy representing Qualcomm, he was actively engaged in the technology-transfer negotiations through tier-two engagements.

Santanu holds a LL.B. degree from Calcutta University and obtained Masters in International Law and Economics (M.I.L.E.) from the World Trade Institute, Switzerland. He had been a British Chevening Scholar at the University of Law, York, UK and was attached at the Littleton Chambers, Inner Temple Bar London, UK. He has been Fellow of the Global Salzburg Seminar, Austria twice on International Trade and Global Leadership. He has published at leading journals and is a regular speaker at national and international forums. He is member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and Chairs the IPR & Regulatory, Policy Section of the Indian National Bar Association.

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