IC Legal, Advocates & Solicitors and Universal Legal, Attorneys at Law have merged to form ‘IC Universal Legal, Advocates & Solicitors’ (ICUL) effective from September 21, 2017. The combined strength will be 100 members, including 15 Partners and 7 offices across India. The merged entity has offices in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh and has affiliate offices in Los Angeles, Santa Clara, New Jersey, Atlanta and Washington. Universal Legal had commenced its operations in 2004 with its first office in Bengaluru, and has, over the last thirteen years, expanded its presence pan India with offices in 6 […]

IndusLaw has hired M Arun Kumar as a Partner in its Hyderabad office to expand its energy, infrastructure and real estate practice. Arun has over 11 years of experience in infrastructure and real estate, including acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures in that space. He has significant experience in renewable energy and in core infrastructure and construction projects. After graduating from Symbiosis Law School in 2006, Arun started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Thereafter, he has worked with HSA Advocates, Link Legal India . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you […]

HSA Advocates’ Bangalore Partner Megha Arora has resigned from the firm to rejoin J. Sagar Associates as a Retained Partner in its Bengaluru office, effective September 8, 2017. She will be part of the firm’s Projects team. Megha has over 12 years of experience specializing in Energy, Projects, and Corporate Commercial transactions. Last year, HSA Advocates 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 Bar & Bench […]

Seth Dua & Associates Partner Vasanth Rajasekaran has joined Phoenix Legal as a Partner. He has joined the firm along with two of his team members – Sukrit Seth and Saurabh Babulkar. Vasanth primarily focusses on international arbitration and also has a keen interest in defence procurement and urban infrastructure. Commenting on this development, Phoenix Partner Manjula Chawla said, “Vasanth brings with him exceptional skills and is a natural fit and . . . 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 […]

DMD Advocates is on an expansion spree. The latest lawyer to join the firm is Sumit Sinha, who was previously with J Sagar Associates. Recently, the firm had hired S&R Associates Counsel Jeremy Lynn Chagas Pereira as a Partner in the firm’s litigation team. Sumit has joined the firm as a Partner in the Corporate Practice Group. He 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 to all […]

Former Khaitan & Co Partner Upendra Joshi has joined Legasis Partners as a Partner in its Mumbai office with effect from September 1, 2017. He has more than 23 years of experience focusing on infrastructure related mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as projects in energy and natural resources including power (conventional and renewables and nuclear energy), telecom, mines & minerals, airports, ports etc. At Legasis Partners, Upendra will head the Corporate, M&A, Projects &amp . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

Trilegal Counsel Abhimanyu Ghosh has resigned from the firm to join Khaitan & Co as an Associate Partner. He will join the firm with effect from September 4, and will be part of the firm’s Energy Infrastructure and Resources Practice. Confirming the news, Khaitan’s Executive Director Amar Sinhji said, “We are very pleased to welcome Abhimanyu to the firm as an Associate Partner in our Energy, Infrastructure . . . 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 […]

Link Legal has engaged Martin Harman, CBE, as Chair – International Business. He will be based out of London. Martin, who retired recently from Pinsent Masons, after 43 years of service, served as Senior Partner and Chairman of the Firm. In his long career with Pinsent Masons, Martin was involved with major, complex international infrastructure projects. Martin is also a qualified Arbitrator and Mediator. In addition to his legal engagements, Martin has served as . . . 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 […]

DMD Advocates has hired S&R Associates’ Counsel Jeremy Lynn Chagas Pereira as a Partner in its Litigation Group. The firm has also promoted Principal Associate Sachit Jolly to partnership in the Direct Tax Group. Lynn has over twenty-one years of experience in corporate and commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration. He graduated from GLC Mumbai in 1996. He has previously worked at Amarchand Mangaldas and the chambers of Iqbal Chagla, before joining S&R in 2013. He was . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year […]

Senior Partner and one of the founding partners of Tatva Legal, Shishir Sharma, (pictured right) will rejoin Dua Associates along with a team of six lawyers, seven years after leaving the firm. While Sharma is joining as Equity Partner, Seher Ali and Natasha Tuli are joining the firm as Partners and will be based in the firm’s Gurgaon office. The team will join the firm on September 1.

In what may be described as a first, the Supreme Court of India has invoked its power under Section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 to refer a matter to the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA). The order has been passed under Section 11(6) of the Act, which allows parties to approach the Supreme Court for appointment of arbitrator, under certain circumstances. The Apex Court, through its order, has referred the case to MCIA for appointing an arbitrator.

Desai Diwanji has hired three partners from rival law firms. Atulya Sharma, who was last with HSA Advocates, Omar Vanjara from Solomon & Co, and Durgesh Khanapurkar from Juris Corp will be joining the firm within one month, as first reported by VCCircle. Senior Partner Apurva Diwanji confirmed the joining of these three partners. Atulya Sharma will focus on corporate finance, while Omar Vanjara will oversee the real estate practice. Durgesh Khanapurkar is part of the litigation . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

J. Sagar Associates Partner Kannan Rahul is all set to join Trilegal as Equity Partner. It is understood that Kannan will be joining Trilegal with some of his team members. According to our sources, the voting process at Trilegal should be completed today. Kannan had joined JSA in 2015 from ICICI Bank. At JSA, he was part of 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 material Access to all […]

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi Partner Jasleen Oberoi has resigned from the firm to take up an in-house role. We understand that Jasleen is joining JCB India as General Counsel. However, Jasleen declined to comment on her next move. Confirming the news about Jasleen’s decision to resign, the firm’s Managing Partner Pallavi Shroff said, “We will miss her but at the same time . . . 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 entry of foreign law firms into India may be a reality very soon. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has instructed the Law Ministry and Commerce Ministry to allow the liberalisation of the legal market, and to submit a draft notification in four weeks, reported ET Now. Recently, the Law Ministry and the Commerce Secretary had met with the Bar Council of India Chairman, SILF President and other . . . 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 […]

Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its corporate practice with the addition of Diwakar Agarwal as a Partner in its Dubai office. Diwakar joins Stephenson Harwood from DLA Piper and brings more than 20 years of experience, of which over 10 years has been in the Middle East. “We continue to see a growing level of activity across 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 material Access to all Bar […]

Veena Sivaramakrishnan, who had recently resigned from Juris Corp, is joining Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas as a Partner in Mumbai. At Shardul Amarchand, Veena will be focusing on the firm’s Banking, Restructuring and IBC practice. Update: The firm has now sent a press release Welcoming Veena to the Firm, Shardul S Shroff, Executive Chairman, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas said, “Veena, joins us . . . 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 […]

Ashish Chandra, who had recently resigned from Snapdeal as General Counsel, has moved to Kuala Lumpur and joined Astro Malaysia Holdings, a Malaysian and ASEAN content and consumer company. Chandra has joined as Vice President and Head Counsel and will be providing legal, strategic and regulatory leadership to Astro Malaysia. Chandra had joined Snapdeal in September 2014, where he created and . . . 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 […]

The Lok Sabha today passed the Companies Amendment Bill, 2016, which was introduced in March last year. The Bill amends more than 40 provisions of the Companies Act, 2013. The Bill was introduced based on the suggestions received from various stakeholders on the Companies Law Committee Report, which was published in February 2016 suggesting certain reforms to the Act. PRS reports, “During the debate, members pointed out that a high number of sections of the Companies Act . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of […]

Arjun Krishnan will be joining Samvad Partners as a Partner in Delhi with effect from August 2017. Krishnan is a senior disputes lawyer based in New Delhi. He has represented clients across sectors and has expertise in handling matters relating to competition law, electricity and corporate laws. Samvad Partner Poornima Hatti welcomed Arjun and said, “We are very excited to have Arjun on board. Arjun will bring a wealth of experience on all . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous […]

Former Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Partner Vidyut Gulati has resigned from Cairn India and joined Bharti Enterprises. Vidyut has joined Bharti Airtel as Director, Legal and is directly reporting to Group General Counsel Mukesh Bhavnani. Vidyut joined Cairn India as General Counsel in December 2015 after spending almost 10 years at the erstwhile Amarchand . . . 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 […]

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) today unconditionally approved the merger of the telecommunications businesses of Vodafone India Limited, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Vodafone Mobile Services Limited, with Idea Cellular Limited. The USD 23 billion transaction is the largest transaction by value in the history of Indian M&A. Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLAT) has stayed an order of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposing a penalty of Rs. 87 crore on Hyundai. However, the NCLAT has directed Hyundai to deposit nine crore rupees with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs within a week. In case the appeal is allowed, the amount will be refunded with interest. Two former dealers of Hyundai vehicles in India – FX Enterprise Solutions and St. Antony’s Cars – had filed complaints before the CCI . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you […]

CLP India has appointed Sudipta Ghosh as their new General Counsel. Sudipta Ghosh succeeds Nabeel Saleem, who had left CLP to join Monsanto India as Legal Head. With over 14 years of experience, Ghosh joined CLP India in 2009 as Legal Counsel.  As CLP India’s General Counsel, Sudipta will advise the Company on various legal aspects of the business like litigation, project financing, new project development just to name a . . . 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 & […]

With Shuva Mandal’s decision to leave Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas to join Tata Group as Group General Counsel, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas is already boosting its Mumbai office plans. The firm’s corporate M&A Partner Raghubir Menon is relocating to Mumbai along with Partners Natashaa Shroff and Ekta Gupta and a team of associates. Raghubir will take up 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 material Access to all Bar & Bench reports Register […]

Vishnu Jerome and Kalpana Merchant have rebranded their firm P&C Legal as “Jerome Merchant+Partners” to focus its growth areas on the practices offered at the Mumbai office. The practices offered are primarily in the areas of financial services, M&A, private equity, real estate, technology, funds and aviation. Vishnu had formed an alliance with Poovayya & Co

Mergermarket has released its M&A league tables for the first half of 2017. Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has topped the deal value table, with 16 deals valued at $16.7 billion. AZB & Partners has recorded the highest number of deals (32) for H1 2017. The $12.7 billion Idea-Vodafone merger, which took place back in March, remains . . . 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 […]

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Litigation Partner Akhil Anand, has re-joined Luthra & Luthra as a Litigation Partner. Akhil graduated from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi in 2003. He is also an Advocate on Record. He has an extensive experience of over 13 years and has handled matters relating to Information Technology Act, apart from Companies Act, Arbitration Act, and Criminal Laws. Akhil was made Partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas in 2016. Prior to Shardul Amarchand, he was heading the Litigation . . . 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 […]