Our Advisors

Ms. Mini Gyan Gautam

Partner – Corporate & Commercial / Data Protection & Privacy Practice at AQUILAW

Mini Gautam comes with over 10 years of experience in M&A, General Corporate, Intellectual Property Rights, Infrastructure and Project Financing, Real Estate, Fund Raising, Labour Laws, and other legal advisory. She also conducts training sessions on prevention of sexual harassment and Data privacy. Prior to AQUILAW, she was associated with the National Stock Exchange of India as Senior Legal Manager. She has also worked as an in house legal counsel and advisor for L&T Financial Services, The Srei Group, Magma Fincorp Limited, ITC Ltd, etc. She has been associated with and advised various other companies and start – ups on legal, statutory, regulatory and compliance requirements. Mini has completed her LL.B. from ILS Law College, Pune and Masters in Law from King’s College, London.

Dr. Manveen Singh

Associate Professor & Associate Dean of Academics at Jindal Global Law School

Prof. (Dr.) Manveen Singh is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). He is also the Director of the Graduate Program and one of the founding faculty members of the Jindal Initiative on Research in IP and Competition Law (JIRICO). Dr. Singh’s primary areas of research are intellectual property rights, technology law, standard essential patents, intersection of intellectual property and competition law and the law of evidence. Dr. Singh completed his Ph.D. from Jindal Global Law School; his doctoral thesis being on standardization and the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs). He holds an LL.M. in IP Law from University College London (UCL), where he was awarded the Master of the Rolls Scholarship, and a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University. Manveen has published on Criminal Law and Intellectual Property Law in a number of national and international journals and also has several book chapters to his credit. He is actively involved in research and writing and was the recipient of the Award for Teaching Excellence at Jindal Global Law School, in the year 2015

Mr. Yashvardhan Rana

Intellectual Property Lawyer | Editor – The Trademark Reporter, INTA

Yashvardhan Rana is an Intellectual Property Lawyer with a particular focus on IP prosecution – from registrability analysis and risk management to providing legal opinion on the availability of use, adoption and registrability of trademarks to be launched by Fortune 500 companies as well as top FMCGs in India. He is a part of the Trademarks, Copyright and Design Prosecution team at Inttl Advocare, Noida, India. He also advises on trade mark protection strategies, copyright issues and specific assignments relating to Design Law, certain aspects of strategic brand management and advisory, IP auditing and due diligence to portfolio management, transactional advice and agreement drafting, permitted user/registered user recordals and other procedural compliances. He is based out of New Delhi and is a member of Bar Council of Delhi, Delhi High Court Bar Association, APAA, INTA, LAWASIA and FICCI IP Forum. In January, 2020 he was appointed as an Editor, The TradeMark Reporter, INTA and in November, 2019, he was the recipient of the Top 50 Emerging IP Professional in the world award – The IPR Gorilla, 2nd Edition held in Dubai. Recently, he has been inducted as an ‘esteemed member’ of the FICCI IP Forum for IP Professionals to address the existing and evolving IPR issues in India alongwith stalwarts from the legal industry. He has also authored several articles on Intellectual Property Law and Practice which are published in leading blogs, websites, journals and magazines. 

Ms. Shobana Iyer

Barrister (England & Wales) Swan Chambers (London UK)
Chair of the Civil Remote Hearings Working Group for the Bar Council of England & Wales

Practice Areas: Corporate & Commercial/Intellectual Property/Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)

Shobana is a practicing barrister and arbitrator based in London with a wealth of knowledge and experience of working on challenging and technically complex commercial and corporate cases frequently involving IP/IT related issues. Shobana has been involved in arbitration proceedings conducted under various institutional rules (including LCIA, ICC, SIAC, SCC, WIPO, CAS and UNCITRAL) and ad-hoc arrangements. She is frequently instructed for strategic advice and to conduct negotiations as well as litigation. She has experience in a variety of industry sectors including renewable energy, insurance, digital marketing, financial, retail, sports, creative as well as the TMT sector. She is commonly instructed directly by international lawyers for arbitration and jurisdictional matters and regularly deals with issues on conflict of laws. Shobana is an appointed member of the IT Panel and Legal Services Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales, playing an active role on key issues in data protection and emerging technologies (AI & Blockchain in particular). She was appointed the Chair of the ‘Civil Remote Hearings Working Group’ which was formed to deal with the urgent transition for court hearings to be dealt with remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shobana graduated from Kings College London with a BSc (Biomedical Science) and an LLB from Brunel University West London and LLM from Queen Mary University of London on Corporate and Commercial Law.