Akshaya Suresh

Partner

akshaya@cla-india.com

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Practices & Industries

Technology Laws

Mergers & Acquisitions 

Data Security & Privacy

Corporate & Commercial Contracts

Transactions 

Start-ups

Education

ILS Law College, Pune

Akshaya has 14 years of experience. She focuses on transactions, mergers & acquisitions, technology laws, privacy & data security, corporate & commercial contracts, and corporate social responsibility.

 

In her previous role, she led the legal team at Freshworks and was a key member of the leadership there. She set up the legal team from scratch in a nascent start up environment and scaled the function to effectively manage go-to-market, M&A, capital raise, data privacy, compliance, contracts, IPR, litigation, governance & CSR. Prior to Freshworks she was with J Sagar Associates, a leading law firm in India.

 

Akshaya is an alumnus of ILS Law College, Pune. Akshaya has mentored many startups in setting up their legal and privacy functions and has presented at various industry events and forums like MCCI and IAPP.

Work Highlights

  • Acts as an outsourced legal counsel for several early-stage and growth companies, including Fyle, Chargebee, Facilio, Revv, Egregore Labs and NextBillion AI. Advises on designing standard agreements, review and closure of global commercial agreements, general corporate, employment matters, pre-litigation strategies and privacy and data protection. 

  • Advised certain MNCs in connection with ‘other service provider’ (OSP) licensing requirements.

  • Advised MNCs and prominent Indian business houses on their stock option schemes (ESOPs), cash-settled stock appreciation rights (CASRs) and structured employee benefit schemes.

  • Advised a global company providing cloud-based logistics optimization solutions on becoming GDPR compliant.

  • Advised a global company providing cloud-based guidance and performance support for web applications on implementing a privacy framework for them, that can address privacy and data protection requirements in EU, US, and India

  • Advised a global company providing billing platforms for subscription-based SaaS and eCommerce businesses on becoming CCPA compliant.

  • Advised on restructuring the holdco of a SaaS company from an Indian to an overseas entity in compliance with FEMA. This included setting up an overseas corporation, founder agreements and inter-corporate agreements