Delhi-based boutique firm Pamasis Law Chambers (PLC) and Mumbai-based law firm SanAd Legal (SL) have merged their practices. The combined firm will have 5 partners with 20 lawyers located in Delhi and Mumbai, and will be known as PSL. PLC was set up in 2012 by Sameer Jain, Sandeep Bajaj, Siddharth Jain and Manju Jain. Sameer Jain was working with Luthra & Luthra as an Associate and Siddharth Jain was working with AS Chandhiok and Fox Mandal before setting up PLC. SanAd Legal was founded by Aditya Chopra in 2015.  On the merger, Sandeep Bajaj, commented, “The two firms have a […]

Cairn, the oil and gas vertical of Vedanta Ltd, has appointed Nitin Banerjee as General Counsel. Banerjee will be a member of Cairn Business Executive Committee (EXCO) and will help drive the company’s vision to contribute to 50 per cent of India’s crude oil & gas production, reported PTI. Banerjee joins Cairn from Vodafone India, where he was working as the Senior Vice President – Legal Transactions. Before that he was with BG Group and prior to that he was a Partner at J. Sagar Associates. Banerjee replaces Vidyut Gulati, who had left Cairn to join Bharti Enterprises as Director, […]

Former Economic Laws Practice Partner Jyoti Pawar has joined Infosys as Deputy General Counsel. Pawar will be reporting to Inderpreet Sawhney, who was appointed as Infosys General Counsel in June this year. Pawar had joined ELP from Bharti Airtel – where she was the General . . . 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 ? Login

London City law firm Rosenblatt has recently appointed Ajit Mishra as Partner and Head of India Desk. Prior to joining Rosenblatt, Ajit was co-heading the India practice at Penningtons Manches LLP. Before that, he was running his own law firm called ‘City Law Practice’, which also had a mutual referral agreement with UK-headquartered law firm Wragge & Co LLP. Ajit had . . . 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 […]

RM Partners’ Founders Nikhil Rodrigues and Jyoti Maheshwari have merged their practice with Link Legal India Law Services. Nikhil and Jyoti have joined Link Legal as Partners at its Mumbai office. Nusrat Hassan, Link Legal Co-Managing Partner commented, “We are excited with Jyoti and Nikhil joining us. With their addition, we are 11 partners in Mumbai. I have known Jyoti and Nikhil . . . 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 […]

Former AZB & Partners and Khaitan & Co lawyer Atreyee Sen has joined Fox & Mandal, Kolkata as a Principal Associate. She will work with Partner Debanjan Mandal and focus on the firm’s Corporate and Commercial practice including Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate Financing. She is a graduate of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Prior to Fox & Mandal, Kolkata, she was working as a Senior Associate at Khaitan & Co, Kolkata . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of […]

Former Kolkata DRT Presiding Officer, Ashok Kumar Mishra has joined Mumbai-based MDP & Partners as a Senior Partner. Mishra will be heading the firm’s banking practice. Nishit Dhruva, Managing Partner of MDP & Partners, commented, “Mr. Mishra is an accomplished legal professional and has proved his expertise in tackling critical cases across the legal spectrum. He comes at a time when we are expanding our service portfolio and his association will enable us to scale the next level of growth . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas recently won the mandate to act as legal advisor for the Air India disinvestment process. The firm had outbid Luthra & Luthra and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas after the financial bid was opened, with Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas quoting a fee of Rs. 29.9 lakh for the prestigious Air India disinvestment deal. Three law firms made it to the final round in the technical bid. Luthra & Luthra topped with 94 marks, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas got 91 marks and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas got 89 marks. However, Cyril Amarchand won the mandate after the financial bid was opened, as the advisory fees quoted by the […]

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has announced its annual promotions, with three made up globally. The firm has promoted M&A specialist Nallini Puri to partnership. Nallini works on mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, and equity capital markets transactions, and has advised various corporates and private equity funds on cross-border investments. A graduate of National Law School of India University, Bangalore, Nallini joined the firm in September 2008. Prior to joining Cleary, she was an associate at the New Delhi offices of Amarchand Mangaldas. She also has a BCL from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom (2007) and holds an LL.M. […]

Bangalore firm MD&T Partners has merged with Equitas Legal to boost its litigation and real estate practice with effect from October 1, 2017. With this merger, MD&T Partners has 6 partners and a total of 17 lawyers. Set up in 2011 by KS Devaraj, Bhargavi Dev K, and IS Devaiah, Equita Legal focuses on commercial real-estate and civil and criminal litigation. MD&T . . . 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 […]

The slowdown in the Indian economy has been felt by the Indian legal market, with M&A activity for this quarter dropping by 63.4% compared to last year’s third quarter. As evaluated by Mergermarket, the deal value for Q3 2017 was $6.8 billion, compared to $18.5 billion in the corresponding period last year. The number of deals recorded this quarter (54) is the lowest since 2009, when 51 deals were recorded. A significant factor for the same is the decrease in India’s GDP to 5.7%. Despite the drop compared to last year, this quarter’s performance has still been better than the […]

Former Khaitan & Co Partner Abhilekh Verma has joined Kochhar & Co. as a Senior Partner in the Corporate Commercial Practice of the firm. Speaking on the development, Founding Member and Chairman, Rohit Kochhar said, “I am delighted to welcome Abhilekh on board. A lawyer with very impressive credentials and a truly endearing personality. Abhilekh will also add fillip to Kochhar & Co.’s M&A and transactional practice. I look forward to a long . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous […]

Link Legal India Law Services has promoted Associate Partner Milind Jha to partnership as approved by its Management Committee. Milind has over 10 years of experience in Corporate, Infrastructure & Projects space. He has also been a part of various M&A and Capital Market transactions of the firm. He started his career with the firm in 2006. In 2015, he left the firm . . . 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 […]

Delhi-based law firm Arthe Law has merged its practice with Bharucha & Partners. The development was just now confirmed by Bharucha & Partners Senior Partner Alka Bharucha. Post this merger, Arthe Law will be part of Bharucha & Partners and the merged firm will continue under the “Bharucha & Partners” banner. The merger will be effective from November 1, 2017. With this merger, the firm will now have 12 Partners and about . . . 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, […]

Gauri Rao and Abhinav Surana have joined Tata Sons as Senior Legal Counsel. They will both be part of Group General Counsel Shuva Mandal’s legal team. Abhinav Surana, who had left Juris Corp in July this year, has joined Tata in Mumbai, while Gauri Rao will work in Delhi. Gauri graduated from Government Law College, Mumbai in 2003. She also has . . . 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 […]

Asian Legal Business (ALB), an entity of Thomson Reuters, has come out with a list of the top 40 Asian lawyers under the age of 40. Among the list of the “brightest legal minds in the region” are five Indian lawyers. The Indian lawyers featuring in the list are Trilegal Partner Delano Furtado, Khaitan & Co Partner Rajat Mukherjee, IndusLaw Partner Lomesh Kiran Nidumuri and Trinath Tadakamalla of Phoenix Legal. Also making it to the list is Puneet Bansal, who launched his own law firm, Nitya Tax Associates. Delano Furtado is part of Trilegal’s corporate practice group and his primary practice areas are mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, […]

Platinum Partners co-founder and Senior Partner Nihar Mody has retired from the firm. Confirming his decision to retire, Mody said, “I have been practicing law for more than 25 years. I have been wanting to take a career break for a while. I have now taken that break and I will decide what i want to do in the next phase of my career.” Founded in May . . . 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 […]

Former Krishnamurthy & Co Partner Abhishek Shinde has recently joined AZB & Partners in Delhi. Abhishek is part of the firm’s corporate practice group and is working with Partner Vinati Kastia. AZB Senior Partner Hardeep Sachdeva confirmed Abhishek’s joining as a partner in the firm. We have also reached out to AZB Delhi Managing Partner Ajay Bahl for comment. Abhishek has previously worked with Trilegal . . . 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 […]

Former Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai Capital Markets Partner Nikhil Naredi is joining Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas in Mumbai. Naredi will join the firm on October 11, according to sources. Confirming the development, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Managing Partner Pallavi Shroff said, “Nikhil Naredi is joining us. We are very excited about his joining the firm. With experience of over 13 years, he adds strength to our capital . . . 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 […]

Mergermarket has released its M&A league tables for the third quarter of 2017. Once again, AZB & Partners has topped the Indian M&A tables in terms of deal value. The firm also recorded the highest number of deals this quarter. Deal Value AZB has advised on 44 deals, valued at $21.5 billion. Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas is in second, with 26 deals at $19.08 billion, followed by Trilegal in third, with 24 deals at $16.3 billion. S&R Associates and Vaish Associates complete the top five, with 6 deals at $13.2 billion and 7 deals at $13.05 billion respectively. The other Indian […]

Pratish Kumar has joined Juris Corp as a Partner in the Finance team. He will be based in Mumbai. Pratish started his career with Juris Corp in 2008, as a part of the Banking team. He then moved to J. Sagar Associates in the year 2012. “It is a pleasure to have him join us as a Partner. Having worked with him in the past I am aware of his capabilities and skills. He got recognised by the market . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One […]

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Equity Partner Seetharaman Sampath has resigned from the firm to pursue his religious endeavours. Confirming this develoment, LKS Managing Partner V Lakshmikumaran said, “Seetharaman has retired from the firm. He has been nurturing this idea of studying Bhagwat Gita in depth and other religious scriptures and write commentaries on that. He wants to pursue . . . 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 & […]

Trilegal has today promoted two if its Counsel – Nayantara Nag and Ramakant Rai – to equity partnership. The two lawyers have been given the green signal to enter the Trilegal partnership. Nayantara is the fifth woman partner. The other four are Charandeep Kaur, Kosturi Ghosh, Upasana Rao and Nisha Kaur Uberoi. Nayantara Nag is part of the Projects group. She has significant experience in representing the government, lenders, sponsors, developers and contractors on projects . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

Atul Dua, founder of Seth Dua & Associates (SDA), is joining Advaita Legal as an equity partner along with his entire team of lawyers, at their Delhi office.  With this development, Advaita’s strength across its offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru has now increased to around 70 lawyers. A Faculty of Law, University of Delhi alumnus, Atul is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has over 28 years of experience with law firms . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

Gravitas Legal has expanded in Mumbai with Amit Karkhanis, Founding & Managing Partner of Mumbai-based firm Kay Legal & Associates LLP, merging his practice with the firm with effect from October 2017. With the addition of Kay Legal Mumbai team, Gravitas Legal now has 21 lawyers, including 4 Partners. Founded in 2016, Gravitas Legal is headed by Tanuj Sud, Sujeet Das and Varij Sharma. The firm focuses on . . . 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 […]

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has today announced its annual partner promotions. The firm has made 11 partners, taking its total partner count to over 100. The new partners are: Aashish Gupta (Dispute Resolution) Aayush Kapoor (Corporate – Amity – 2007) Abhinav Bhalaik (Corporate – Mumbai) Rishab Gupta (Dispute Resolution) Shahana Chatterji (Policy – University of Warwick – 2007) Shubhangi Garg (Banking &amp . . . 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 […]

MNSA Legal has entered into a co-operating arrangement with Cathay Associates, a global legal services network initiated by Cathay Associates Kejie (a leading Chinese boutique law firm and two European partners). MNSA Legal will be the exclusive ‘best friend’ of Cathay Associates in India. All referrals from Cathay will be sent exclusively to MNSA in India. The release states, “Our association with Cathay Associates is a co-operating relationship, and the same is completely in accordance with the applicable laws in India.” Founded in 2016, MNSA Legal . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account […]

AZB & Partners Mumbai Partner Ratnadeep Roychowdhury, who recently resigned from the firm, is joining Actis, a leading investor in growth markets across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Commenting on his move, Roychowdhury said, “Working at AZB has been a wonderful experience which I will always cherish. I am very grateful to Zia and Rajendra, and the rest of the firm for all the . . . 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 […]

J. Sagar Associates has today opened an office at the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), becoming the first law firm in India to open an office at the smart city. Setting up this office would help JSA consolidate their Financial Services Practice, according to the firm release. The office was today inaugurated by Sudhir Mankad – Chairman of GIFT IFSC, along with CEO Ajay Pandey. “We welcome J. Sagar Associates to . . . 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 […]

AZB & Partners Mumbai Partner Ratnadeep Roychowdhury has resigned from the firm to take up an in-house role. Confirming the development, AZB Managing Partner Zia Mody commented, “Ratnadeep is a bright young lawyer. We have been happy to have him with us as our partner and wish him all the very best going forward.”  A graduate of NUJS Kolkata, Ratnadeep started his career with Amarchand Mangaldas in . . . 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 […]