Link Legal has elevated Partner Siddharth Srivastava to its Equity Partnership.   Managing Partner Atul Sharma and Co-Managing Partner Nusrat Hassan commented, “As a Firm, we believe in providing a strong growth platform to talented colleagues to make a name for themselves. We are happy to see Siddharth moving in this direction and wish him . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to all Bar & Bench reports […]

Law firm PSL has promoted its Senior Associate Soayib Qureshi to partnership. The firm has also hired Angad Sandhu as a Partner after his stint as of counsel with the firm. Last year, Delhi-based boutique firm Pamasis Law Chambers (PLC) and Mumbai-based law firm SanAd Legal (SL) had merged their practices to form PSL. Soayib has been with the firm for over two years now. Prior to joining PSL in 2016, Soayib was working with Jatan Singh, Central Government Standing Counsel. He has previously also worked at DSK Legal. Angad has previously worked in the Chambers of Geeta Luthra, DSK Legal and also with […]

J. Sagar Associates has promoted Partners Ananya Kumar, Anish Mashruwala, Raj Ramachandran and Ravichandra Hegde to equity partnership with effect from April 1, 2018. Ananya Kumar is a partner in Delhi office and is part of the Disputes practice specialising in construction and engineering disputes. Anish Mashruwala and Ravichandra Hegde are partners in the firm’s Mumbai office. Anish is part of the Finance practice specialising in banking and finance. Hegde is part of the Disputes practice specialising in securities regulatory and litigation. Raj Ramachandran is a partner in Bengaluru office and is part of the Corporate practice specialising in . . […]

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Partner Saanjh Purohit has left the firm to join Facebook. It is understood that Purohit is joining Facebook as Associate General Counsel. Confirming this development, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Managing Partner, Pallavi Shroff and Partner & Head – Arbitration, Tejas Karia, said, “We are very happy for Saanjh and wish her all the very best in her new role. Facebook has been one of the firm’s top . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year […]

Padmini Rathore has joined DSK Legal as its new Chief Executive Officer, after working with the firm as a consultant. Padmini has over fifteen years of experience in the fields of business strategy, organizational governance, process improvement, efficiency management, financial management and marketing communications. Before assuming her new role, Padmini was Principal & Head of Consulting at Rainmaker. Prior to that, she was Director of the Business Planning & Compliance team at the Managing Partner’s Office . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access […]

Former GE Power General Counsel Manjaree Chowdhary has recently joined Maruti Suzuki India Limited as General Counsel. She is the first woman General Counsel at Maruti Suzuki. Chowdhary has about 20 years of experience working as in-house counsel and a law firm lawyer. A graduate of Punjab University, Chowdhary also holds an LL.M. from University of London. Before joining Genpact in 2001, she . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival […]

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found Google guilty of abuse of its dominant position under Section 4 of the Competition Act, and imposed a penalty of Rs 135.86 crore on the search engine. The order was delivered by a 4:2 majority of the Commission, on complaints by Matrimony.com and Consumer Unity & Trust Society filed in 2012 that Google was conducting its business in a discriminatory manner, causing harm to advertisers and consumers. It was alleged . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year […]

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas was adjudged National Law Firm of the Year, 2018 at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards held last week in Hong Kong. “Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas remains a favoured choice amongst Indian corporates and financial institutions as well as international clients”, according to a Chambers release. The other big law firms in the race were AZB & Partners, Khaitan & Co, Luthra & Luthra, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas today launched the inaugural edition of Suresh and Bharati Shroff Memorial T20 Cricket League at New Delhi’s Siri Fort Cricket Ground to commemorate the firm’s centennial anniversary. The tournament will see 8 teams from 7 leading Indian law firms and the Bar Council of India compete in 15 matches spread over a month. Participating law firms include Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, AZB & Partners, Dua Associates, J. Sagar Associates, Khaitan . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, […]

PSA has recently promoted Dhruv Suri to partnership and the firm has also hired Dua Associates Manager Varun Kalsi as a partner. PSA Managing Partner, Priti Suri commented, “Both our newest partners serve to reinforce our ideals that the Firm recognises and values quality, and will always have an open door for talented, passionate lawyers who care about the practice of law as much as we do. At the same time, we nurture . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous […]

Sumit Agrawal Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tabled the Union Budget 2018 in the Parliament today. This piece quickly captures the 9-point regulatory updates from the perspective of capital, insurance and commodities markets. I BlockChain and CryptoCurrency There was a debate in India if the virtual currencies like bitcoins, litecoins etc. fall under “Currency” under RBI Act, 1934 or a “legal tender” under the Indian Coinage Act, 1906 or “Securities” under Securities Contracts Regulation Act, 1956. Some people had argued such currencies to be treated . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you […]

AZB & Partners has topped the Venture Intelligence Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions league tables for 2017. The firm has topped both tables in terms of deal amount as well as deal count. Private Equity Tables Deal Amount Following AZB, which has 91 deals at $15.9 billion, is Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, with 44 deals at $7.7 billion. Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Former Tata Sons Group General Counsel Bharat Vasani is leaving the company after more than seventeen years at the helm of its legal team. Tomorrow will be his last day at Tata Sons. Confirming the development to Bar & Bench, Vasani said, “I am retiring from TATA Sons after 17 plus years. No other plans as of now except enjoy and relax. I have been working for 39 years and deserve some rest.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Partner Harita Rao has recently resigned from the firm. She was the only partner in the firm’s Hyderabad office. According to sources, Rao is taking time off for personal reasons. A graduate of NALSAR, Rao joined Amarchand Mangaldas in 2004. She was made Partner in 2015. Harita Rao was the only Partner . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to all Bar & Bench reports […]

Luthra & Luthra Partner Dipti Lavya Swain has left the firm to take up an in-house role. Swain has joined Azure Power as General Counsel. Swain is a specialist in Private Equity, M&A, Securities Law and Corporate Law. After graduating from National Law University, Jodhpur, Swain joined Wadia Ghandy & Co. He worked at Wadia Ghandy for eight years before joining Luthra in 2014. He was

Atharva Legal, a full-service law firm with offices across India, was launched on January 8. The firm was founded by NALSAR alumnus Siddharth Nayak, who has worked with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED), and a host of public sector companies including the likes of Indian Oil, SAIL and BHEL. With offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ranchi and Pune, the firm has a total of thirty lawyers, including eight partners.

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired a team of four partners from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft to boost its financial restructuring team, reported Legal Business. The team includes 2004 NLSIU graduate Sinjini Saha and Cadwaladers’ global financial restructuring co-chair Yushan Ng. The other two partners are Jacqueline Ingram and Karen McMaster.

Price Waterhouse & Co. (PwC) has filed an appeal with the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) against an order passed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) last week.  The SEBI in its order, among others, has prohibited PwC and its network entities in India from issuing audit certificates to any listed company in India for a period of two years.

Former DLA Piper and Allen & Overy lawyer Timothy Franklyn is joining Tatva Legal as a Partner in its Bengaluru office. Timothy is an international corporate finance lawyer, having worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Delhi. He is an alumnus of the London School of Economics (LSE) and of University Law College, Bengaluru. Timothy initially worked at Jones Day, before joining Allen & Overy in 2007. He worked at A&O for about a year, after which . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of […]

Tata’s Group General Counsel Shuva Mandal is further expanding his legal team in Mumbai. Recently, Aditya Birla Dubai’s General Manager Dhyanesh Sabnis joined Tata Group. Dhyanesh is a 2006 graduate of National Law School, Bangalore. He has previously worked at Karanjawala & Co and Godrej. He joined Aditya Birla Group in 2011 in Mumbai, and moved to the company’s Dubai office in 2015. Two other lawyers who are slated to join Mandal’s team . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns […]

Keshav Dhakad, the Regional Director of Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit for the Asia Region, is moving back to India to take up the role of General Counsel at Microsoft India. Keshav will replace Associate General Counsel Madhu Khatri, who has recently left the organisation after spending about seven years at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft Asia in 2012, Keshav was the Director and Head of IP  Department at Microsoft India. Prior . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns […]

Mishi Choudhary today announced the launch of her technology law and policy practice ‘Mishi Choudhary and Associates’, with offices in Delhi and Bangalore. She is joined by two partners, Biju Nair and Prasanth Sugathan, who have extensive experience in the technology sector, and a team of engineers specializing in open source software. The firm will work for companies and trade associations on developing fundamental strategy and tactical plans, writing comments, and presenting other evidence and . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access […]

Abir Roy and Sundar Ramanathan, Partners at Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (LKS), have left the firm to start their own venture, as first reported by Legally India. The NLU Jodhpur graduates are likely to kick off operations by mid-January, and will collaborate with Seetharaman S, who quit LKS back in October. After graduating from NLU Jodhpur in 2007, Roy started his career with Nishith Desai Associates. He . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access […]

Former Tata Chemicals Legal Counsel Nitin Jain has joined Mumbai-based law firm Agama Law Associates (ALA) as Managing Partner, effective January 1. Jain completed his B.L.S, LL.B from Government Law College (GLC), Mumbai in 2007 and his LL.M from the University of Mumbai in 2009. He also holds a PG Diploma in Securities Laws from GLC, a PG Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution from KC College of Law and a Diploma in Cyber Laws from Asian School of Cyber Laws . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: […]

AZB & Partners’ Forensic Practice Partner Ajay Upadhyay has left the firm to join KPMG as a Partner. Commenting on Ajay’s decision to move back to Big 4, Managing Partner Zia Mody, said, “Ajay did a great job in establishing an excellent forensic practice for us. The team will miss him and so will all of us at AZB but we wish him all the very very  best in his path forward.”

According to a 2017 study conducted by RSG, the five law firms with the strongest India practice are all from the United Kingdom. The top five places have been taken by Linklaters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy. Linklaters retains its position at the top of the ranking, receiving the most mentions from Indian law firms and major legal purchasers alike. Freshfields has jumped up this year, moving up the rankings by 11 places to finish at 2nd position for 2017. The firm displaced Herbert Smith Freehills, which ranked in third position this year, but topped the […]

Vishal Anand, Partner at J Sagar Associates’ Delhi office, passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning. he was 35. Anand died of a cardiac arrest following multiple organ failure. He was hospitalized two weeks ago. JSA Family has issued a heartfelt obituary in his honour: “‎In the wee-hours of the morning of 2nd December we suffered a devastating unfair and untimely loss of a much loved member of the JSA family – Vishal . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access […]

Jet Airways Vice President – Aeropolitical Gautam Acharya has been appointed as vice president of legal and regulatory affairs, in a management rejig. He takes charge of the legal department from Ashok Barimar who assumes the role of an advisor, reported Business Standard. Barimar has been the Senior Vice President Legal . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to all Bar & Bench reports Register Already a subscriber […]

AZB & Partners has topped the RSG Top 40 Indian Law firms Rankings for 2017. The second and third slots have been taken by the Shroff brothers, with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas ranking second, followed by Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. AZB has displaced the Shroff brothers, who were on top of the list in 2015. Khaitan & Co has ranked fourth. Trilegal has moved up one position . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to […]