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Tussle Avoided: TVS Chairman's Family Inks Pact to Safeguard Business and Trademarks

The TVS family, led by chairman Venu Srinivasan, has signed a pact to avoid future competition and trademark disputes. This agreement ensures clear division of business areas and protects the TVS brand for specific sectors.

Tussle Avoided: TVS Chairman's Family Inks Pact to Safeguard Business and Trademarks

Avoiding a Family Feud: The TVS Pact Ensures Smooth Sailing

 

The TVS family, a prominent name in Indian industry, has taken a significant step to ensure future harmony and continued success. On March 21, 2024, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Venu Srinivasan, Chairman of TVS Motor Company, along with his wife Mallika Srinivasan, daughter Dr. Lakshmi Venu, and son Sudarshan Venu. This pact aims to prevent potential competition and trademark disputes within the family.

 

The agreement clarifies the use of the TVS brand and carves out distinct business areas for each family member. This prevents any overlap or competition between their ventures, safeguarding the brand identity associated with specific sectors.

 

A Proactive Approach to Family Business Succession

 

This MoU is a testament to the TVS family's commitment to proactive family business succession planning. By clearly defining business territories and trademark usage, the pact ensures a smooth transition for future generations. It minimizes the risk of internal conflicts that could potentially damage the brand reputation and financial stability of the businesses involved.

 

Details of the TVS Family Pact

 

The MoU outlines specific restrictions for each family member. Sudarshan Venu, Managing Director of TVS Motor Company, has agreed to refrain from using the TVS trademark in specific sectors, including the design, manufacturing, and supply of aluminum and magnesium castings for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the aftermarket. Additionally, he is restricted from competing in the agricultural machinery sector, encompassing tractors and self-propelled farm equipment, for a defined period.

 

On the other hand, Mallika Srinivasan and Dr. Lakshmi Venu are prohibited from using the TVS brand in relation to two-wheeler and three-wheeler vehicles, financial services, and real estate ventures. They have also agreed to abstain from engaging in these specific businesses for a set period.

 

The TVS Motor Company has emphasized that this MoU has no adverse impact on its current operations or future endeavors. The company will continue its business activities as usual.

 

Following a Family Settlement Agreement

In a letter to the company secretary, Venu Srinivasan explained that the MoU stems from a larger family settlement agreement established on December 10, 2020, known as the Memorandum of Family Agreement (MFA). This earlier agreement documented an oral understanding reached between various family groups within the larger TVS family and entities controlled by them. The family settlement came into effect on February 4, 2022. The recent MoU serves as a further agreement among the family members, specifically focusing on brand usage.

 

Ensuring Long-Term Stability for the TVS Legacy

 

The TVS family pact serves as a positive example for other family-owned businesses in India and abroad. By proactively addressing potential conflicts and establishing clear boundaries, the TVS family has ensured the continued success and stability of their diverse business ventures. This agreement safeguards the TVS brand identity and paves the way for a harmonious future for generations to come.

 


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