Hashim Wafa is a highly experienced business lawyer and IP attorney based in Kochi, India. As the Managing Attorney at Wafa and Wafa, he leads a team of skilled lawyers providing comprehensive legal services. With expertise in global IP advisory, corporate law practice, arbitration, compliance management, digital and technology law, and more, Hashim offers invaluable guidance to clients. His proficiency in corporate due diligence as well as his skills in contract drafting and negotiation, further enhance his ability to serve clients effectively. Hashim’s dedication, knowledge, and client-centric approach have earned him a strong reputation in the legal community.
You are Managing Attorney at Wafa and Wafa in India. Tell us about the firm.
Wafa and Wafa was founded in 2016 by me. We have a team of experienced lawyers with over 20 years of combined experience in the legal field. We are committed to providing our clients with the best possible legal advice and representation. We are dedicated to providing our clients with personalized attention and a high level of service. We are also committed to providing our clients with innovative and cost-effective solutions to their legal problems.
What is your practice focus?
My practice focus is on intellectual property law, corporate law, technology law, arbitration law, and commercial contracts. I have a deep understanding of the Indian legal system and I am able to provide my clients with sound legal advice and representation. I am also a skilled negotiator and I am able to help my clients reach favorable outcomes in their legal disputes.
What key management challenges and opportunities do you face as managing attorney?
One of the key challenges I face as managing attorney is managing the growth of the firm. We have experienced significant growth in recent years, and I need to make sure that we have the right systems and processes in place to support our growth. I also need to make sure that we are attracting and retaining top talent.
Another key challenge I face is keeping up with the ever-changing legal landscape. The Indian legal system is constantly evolving, and I need to make sure that I am staying up-to-date on the latest developments so that I can provide my clients with the best possible legal advice.
One of the key opportunities I face as managing attorney is the opportunity to expand our practice areas. We are currently focused on IPR, corporate law, commercial law, and commercial contracts, but I am looking for opportunities to expand into new areas, such as intellectual property law and environmental law.
What are your goals for the future of the firm – and your individual practice?
My goal for the future of the firm is to make it one of the leading law firms in India and the Middle east. I want to continue to grow the firm and expand our practice areas. I also want to attract and retain top talent and create a culture of excellence.
My goal for my individual practice is to become a leading expert in corporate law and commercial law. I want to be known as a trusted advisor to my clients and I want to help them achieve their business goals.
What key legal considerations should businesses be aware of when operating in India?
There are a number of key legal considerations that businesses should be aware of when operating in India. These include:
- The Indian legal system is based on the common law system, but there are some important differences from the common law systems of other countries.
- The Indian government has a significant role in the economy, and businesses need to be aware of the regulatory environment.
- The Indian legal system is complex and it can be difficult to navigate. Businesses should seek legal advice from a qualified lawyer before entering into any business transactions in India.
As an IP law expert, what are some key challenges businesses face regarding intellectual property, and how do you help them overcome these challenges?
Businesses often face challenges related to protecting their intellectual property assets, such as copyrights, trademarks, designs, and patents. One common issue is infringement, where unauthorized parties use or copy their intellectual property. I assist clients by conducting thorough IP audits to identify potential infringements and develop strategies for enforcement. Additionally, I provide guidance on proactive measures like registration and licensing to safeguard their IP rights and maximize their commercial value.
With the rapid advancement of digital and technology law, what are some emerging legal issues businesses should be aware of, and how can they navigate these challenges?
Digital and technology law presents several emerging legal issues for businesses. Data protection and cybersecurity are of utmost importance, considering the increased reliance on digital systems and the potential for data breaches. Businesses need to comply with data protection regulations and implement robust cybersecurity measures. Furthermore, e-commerce and online transactions bring unique legal considerations, such as consumer protection and intellectual property rights in the digital sphere. I advise clients on these matters, helping them navigate the evolving legal landscape and ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
Could you share an example of a complex arbitration case you handled and how you effectively resolved the dispute?
Certainly. In a recent arbitration case, two parties had a dispute over the interpretation of a commercial contract. As their legal representative, I analyzed the contract clauses, relevant laws, and prior precedents to build a strong case for my client. Through effective communication and negotiation skills, I facilitated discussions between the parties to find a mutually beneficial resolution. Ultimately, we successfully reached a settlement through mediation, avoiding prolonged litigation and delivering a cost-effective and satisfactory outcome for my client.
How can clients contact you?
Clients can contact me at [firstname.lastname@example.org] or by calling +91 9562444405