ESTABLISHED IN 2012
Total number of professionals: 29 (3 partners)
Principal office: New Delhi
Other offices: Bengaluru and New Delhi
Key practice areas
Data protection; e-commerce, fintech, blockchain & cryptos; policy & regulatory; technology, media and telecommunications.
Ikigai Law is a specialist law firm focused on technology and innovation-led businesses. The firm has a reputation for helping emerging-tech businesses navigate complex regulatory and policy environments. It is consistently ranked as a leading law firm for innovative technologies, data protection and fintech.
The firm has a deep capability in a growing list of tech and innovation sectors. Their work spans data protection, blockchain, digital gaming, digital payments, drones, health-tech, cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), online gaming, alco-tech, telecom, food tech and others. They have advised on several technical and complex business models including an AI driven health diagnosis and disease management platform, IoT based smart lighting product; digital payments platform for minors, global privacy risks for an advanced surveillance application, and satellite communications for a first-of-its-kind satellite launch in India.
The firm works in sectors defined by regulatory uncertainty and complex policy issues. Ikigai advises satellite manufacturers on launch (in and outside India) and satcom and data analytics’ applications. They have advised the Drone Federation of India and the broader drones industry on their regulatory engagement on almost every key policy change in the last four years. They often structure business models and first-to-market products to solve regulatory risk. We advise clients on product development and their go-live strategy, including developing user terms and modelling UI/UX. Illustratively, we have advised FamPay on India’s first numberless debit card targeted at minors, lab-made meat, India’s largest fact-checking platform and a private moon mission (now-abandoned). The firm has played an entrenched role in solving for existential challenges for various technology businesses. In 2020, for instance, Ikigai represented India’s largest crypto-exchanges before the Supreme Court leading to a verdict overturning a ban on the industry.
Ikigai was the first law firm to have a dedicated technology policy and government affairs practice. This practice helps our clients stay informed about key developments and their business impact, develop policy positions and stakeholder engagement and advocacy strategies.
The firm is deeply entrenched in India’s TMT law and policy ecosystem. It works with some of the world’s largest tech companies, investors, industry associations, think-tanks, and government organizations. With over 350 deeply-researched and informed articles, the firm’s blog deals with 16+ areas of technology law and policy relevant for India and other important markets including the APAC region and the African continent.