Tomu Francis is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in the Mumbai office. Tomu specialises in Securities Litigation and related advisory matters.
Tomu's expertise lies in advising various intermediaries associated with the Indian securities market and assisting Indian listed companies and their promoters on regulatory and investor concerns. He regularly appears before the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) on various contentious matters involving takeover code violations, insider trading, collective investments schemes, and fraudulent and unfair trade practices in the securities markets. In his previous role, Tomu regularly advised the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and continues to advise the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
- Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa
Tomu Francis has represented and advised the following clients
Appeared for matters pertaining to Long Term Capital Gains Tax Fraud whereby SEBI passed ad-interim ex-parte orders against market participants for manipulating the stock market mechanism to avoid long term capital gains.
Assisted proceedings pertaining to SEBI pursuant to a list received by it from the MCA suspecting entities of being shell companies.
Assisted proceedings pertaining to orders by the stock exchanges directing various intermediaries to deposit margins and/or imposing restrictions on the trading of the shares of a company.
Assisted proceedings pertaining to orders by the stock exchanges compulsorily delisting them from the exchange due to prolonged suspension in the trading of their scrips.
An exchange and a clearing corporation
Advised on amendments on its Bye-Laws and Rules.
A technology company
Advised on the legality of complex speculative derivative products in India, such as binary options, spread betting contracts, forex trading and contract for difference.
A listed company
Advised in rationalising/optimising its board strength in light of best corporate governance practices and changes in regulations.
A foreign portfolio investor
Assisted in filing a complaint with a listed company and the regulator pursuant to a diminution in the value its investments.