Mazag Andrabi has rejoined HSA Advocates as a Partner in the firm’s Disputes, Regulatory and Policy practice. Mazag was with HSA till 2015, after which she practiced as an Independent Counsel. She was also appointed as Additional Advocate General for the State of Jammu & Kashmir. She has previously worked at Karanjawala & Co and at the Chambers of Ram Jethmalani. While Mazag has a broad based disputes practice and regularly appears before diverse courts and tribunals, her primary focus, however, continues to be the regulatory space with emphasis on the power sector and environmental law. The firm had recently seen […]

By Sumit and Vaneesa Agarwal SEBI Board met today in Mumbai and took some important decisions, which shows its approach in the coming years. This board meeting was also important as it was the very first board meeting of new SEBI Chairman Mr. Ajay Tyagi along with Whole Time Members Mr. S Raman, Mr. G Mahalingam and Ms. Madhabi Puri Buch. Suvan Law Advisors scrutinizes each item to explain what, why and the path ahead, in the capital and commodities markets. 1. INSTANT ACCESS FACILITY (IAF) IN MUTUAL FUND SCHEMES AND USE OF e-WALLETS FOR INVESTMENT IN MUTUAL FUNDS SEBI Board Decision: With […]

Former Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Partner Saurav Kumar has joined IndusLaw as a Partner in its Delhi office. Kumar, who was based in Shardul Amarchand’s Gurgaon office, had recently left the firm. A graduate of ILS, Pune, Saurav was made Partner in 2013. He was part of the firm’s Corporate team. He specializes in mergers and acquisition, private equity investment, joint ventures and corporate governance. IndusLaw Senior Partner Gaurav Dani commented, “Saurav adds greater depth to the Firm’s fast growing corporate practice and will strengthen our existing capabilities. We are truly delighted to have him on board in this exciting phase of our Firm’s growth and are […]

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has hired a team of 6 partners and 32 lawyers from BMR Legal across Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore. The six Partners are: Amit Khansaheb (Gurgaon) Rishi Jain (Gurgaon) Vishruta Kaul (Gurgaon) Roshan Thomas (Bangalore) Sidhartha Nair (Bangalore) Kaushik Mukherjee (Mumbai) The partnership will grow from 85 Partners to 91, boosting the firm’s total strength to over 470 fee earners. These hires are separate from, and in addition to the campus recruitments, where another substantial batch of newly qualified lawyers will join Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas by July 2017, catapulting the firm to a size in excess of 500 lawyers. Shardul Shroff, […]

Kochhar & Co Partner Shadaan Mohammed Saipillai has joined Phoenix Legal as a Partner in its Chennai office, expanding the firm’s presence in South India. Shadaan is dual qualified in India and England, and has over 15 years of experience. Shadaan will be part of the corporate and M&A practice of the firm. His areas of practice also include JVs, employment and real estate. Manjula Chawla, one of the Phoenix Legal’s co-founders, commented, “We wanted to augment our presence in Chennai with someone of Shadaan’s credentials. His coming on board is an integral move to deepen our pan India presence and also […]

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas is in the news again. This time for hiring four partners from BMR Legal along with their teams. According to sources, more than 30 lawyers from BMR Legal would be moving to Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas across Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore except Managing Partner Mukesh Bhutani and the tax team. The team that is moving includes Partner Amit Khansaheb in Gurgaon, two partners in Bangalore – Roshan Thomas and  Siddharth Nair and one in Mumbai – Kaushik Mukherjee. Khansaheb had joined BMR in January 2013 from Desai & Diwanji to set up BMR’s Corporate M&A practice. Roshan and Siddharth had moved […]

Dhaval Vussonji & Associates has promoted Minal Sampat to partnership. Minal, who is qualified as an Advocate and a Solicitor with fourteen years’ experience, heads the firm’s Real Estate practice. She had been working at the firm as Of Counsel. Commenting on the promotion, Dhaval Vussonji said, “Our association with Minal has been for several years now. She has been a pillar of trust and support to the Firm from the first day we worked together. She is well-versed with the entire ecosystem of real estate practice. Not only has she helped the practice grow at the Firm, but she has also set […]

Krishnamurthy & Co (K Law) has announced its annual promotions. The firm has promoted Sharad Joshi to partnership in its Mumbai office. Sharad advises on Projects, Project Finance, and General Corporate Advisory. He joined K Law in September 2016 from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. He has previously worked at Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited, Clasis Law and Gammon Infrastructure Projects. The firm has also made two Associate Partners: Aparnaa Bhalotia (Mumbai) Anisha Jayaram (Bangalore) Aparnaa graduated from GNLU in 2009. Her practice areas include Private equity, Venture Capital funding, structured debt and general corporate advisory. Anisha’s practice areas include General Corporate and Private Equity Naina […]

AZB & Partners has promoted another Senior Associate Sonali Mathur to partnership in Mumbai. The firm had recently announced its annual promotions and had made six partners – Arvind Ramesh, Divya Mundra, Kashish Bhatia, Rahul Rai, Rinki Ganguli and Roxanne Anderson. Sonali is the seventh lawyer to be promoted this year. She is a graduate of Government Law College, Mumbai and also holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. She has previously worked at the Chamber of Janak Dwarkadas. She joined AZB in 2009.

The M&A activity in the Indian legal market has seen an upsurge this quarter, as compared to the first quarter of last year. According to a study done by MergerMarket, Indian deals were valued at $17.9 billion this quarter, almost twice as much as the 2016 Q1 value of $9.2 billion. Moreover, India’s M&A market share in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) region is the highest it has been in four years, at 13.2%. The Telecom sector, more specifically, the Vodafone-IDEA merger, played a big role in achieving this number. Another significant deal was  Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co’s (KKR) US$ […]

IndusLaw has promoted Pallavi Kanakagiri and Winnie Shekhar to partnership in Bangalore. Both are part of the firm’s Corporate and Securities team. Pallavi has been with the firm since 2010. Winnie joined the firm in 2012 from Wadia Ghandy & Co. She graduated from GNLU in 2009. Partner Suneeth Katarki commented, “While we have added several new partners this year from lateral hires, movement upwards of colleagues who have been with the firm always provides a special feeling to the senior partners of the firm. I wish them a long and enjoyable stint at IndusLaw.” The firm has also promoted […]

Vaish Associates has announced its annual promotions and has made two Partners and six Associate Partners effective April 1, 2017. Partners Kavita Jha (Calcutta University – 1998) Gaurav Jain (Delhi University – 2004) Both Kavita and Gaurav are based in Delhi and focus on tax litigation. Associate Partners Manish Tully (New Delhi) NPS Chawla (New Delhi) Puneeta Kundra (New Delhi) Amit Bhandari (Mumbai) Krishna Kishore (Mumbai) Amitjivan Joshi (Mumbai) With this, the firm now has fourteen partners and seven associate partners. The firm has also made three principal associates and five senior associates. Speaking about the promotions, Vinay Vaish, Joint Managing […]

After Indian law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas made an announcement to deploy an Artificial Intelligence (AI) software for its operations, Infosys’ Mana has recently been in the news for having absorbed the work performed by an entire team of lawyers. Infosys’ home-grown AI software is being adopted by banks in Asia, which have been at the forefront of adoption of newer technologies. As reported by Business Standard, an undisclosed Bank in Asia has used Mana to process contracts, which would otherwise require a dedicated team of 10-15 lawyers. “We had an astonishing experience with a client in Asia in the last quarter […]

After days of arguments, the Mumbai Bench of the NCLT has (orally) dismissed the company petition and waiver application filed by Cyrus Mistry through his investment entities against Ratan Tata, Tata Sons and others. Cyrus Mistry’s team was briefed by Desai and Diwanji and represented by Counsels Aryama Sundaram, Janak Dwarkadas and Somasekhar Sundaresan. Tata’s side was briefed by Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Karanjawala & Co and represented by Counsels Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Ravi Kadam, S.N. Mookharjee, Sudipto Sarkar and Mohan Parasaran. While the company petition was held not maintainable under Section 244 of the Companies Act, 2013 (for lack of requisite shareholding i.e. […]

Karanjawala & Co has promoted Seema Sundd to partnership taking the total number of partners at the firm to nine. Sundd heads the firm’s consumer and DRT practice. She is handling over 1000 consumer cases and more than 100 DRT matters for the firm, according to sources. She has a team of about 14 lawyers working with her on these matters. Commenting on Sundd’s promotion Managing Partner Raian Karanjawala said, “Seema has been with firm for over 17 years and has been handling consumer and DRT cases at the firm.”

Desai & Diwanji Mumbai Partner Anoj Menon has resigned from the firm to join AZB & Partners. Menon will be moving to AZB along with two Senior Associates. Confirming his decision, Desai & Diwanji Partner Apurva Diwanji said, “He is leaving the firm. He has our best wishes.” Menon had joined the firm in 2009 from Crawford Bayley, where he was a Senior Associate. Menon focuses on Corporate M&A, advisory work and dispute resolution. On his decision to leave Desai Diwanji to join AZB, Menon said, “I had a very good eight years with Desai & Diwanji doing varied kind […]

Two Pune-based lawyers, Rahul Kothari and Shraddha Bhosale, have launched their new law firm – Squarely Legal. Rahul, a 2009 law graduate of Symbiosis Law School, Pune, has worked with Mumbai and Pune offices of Hariani & Co. as well as the Pune office of AZB & Partners. Thereafter, he started his independent practice as of March 2015, and continues to be a guest faculty with the Symbiosis Law School, Pune. Shraddha on the other hand is a 2011 graduate of Shankarrao Chavan Law College, University of Pune and has also worked with the Pune office of Hariani & Co., after which she […]

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai Banking and Debt Capital Partner Niloufer Lam has resigned from the firm. Confirming her decision to resign, Managing Partner Cyril Shroff, commented, “We wish her well in future.” Niloufer had joined Amarchand Mangaldas in 2010. Prior to that, she was working at Bank of America Merrill as Senior Advisor. She had previously worked at Morgan Stanley in London, and before that, at Linklaters for almost 10 years. A graduate of London School of Economics, Niloufer is dual qualified to practice both in India and England. At this point, it is not clear if Niloufer will be joining another […]

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Partners Saurav Kumar and Gaurav Singhi have left the firm. Saurav Kumar was based in the firm’s Gurgaon office. A graduate of ILS, Pune, Saurav was made Partner in 2013. He was part of the firm’s Corporate team. Confirming his exit, Managing Partner Pallavi Shroff, said, “We wish him all the best in life.” Gaurav Singhi had moved to Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas from J. Sagar Associates in 2015, along with Akshay Chudasama and his team. Confirming his exit too, Mumbai Managing Partner Akshay Chudasama said, “We wish him all the best.” Gaurav specializes in M&A, Private Equity and […]

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas former Partner Ashish Jejurkar has joined Japanese law firm Atsumi & Sakai. He has joined the firm as an Of Counsel. Jejurkar had resigned from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in December 2016 to move to Japan with his family. He was part of the firm’s General Corporate team with focus on Mergers & Acquisitions (including Public M&A), Private Equity, Regulatory and Restructuring. Ashish completed his LLM from the University of Mumbai, and is also a qualified solicitor. He has previously worked at Luthra & Luthra and Little & Co.  

HSA Equity Partners Sakya Singha Chaudhuri and Avijeet Lala and Associate Partner Anand Shrivastava along with some team members have left the firm to set up a niche regulatory and policy practice. The new firm will be called “Neeti Niyaman”. It is understood that two Senior Associates Shikha Pandey and Molshree Bhatnagar will also be moving with Sakya Chaudhuri. HSA Managing Partner, Amitabh Sharma said, “I wish him Godspeed and all the very best for his new venture.” Sakya Singha Chaudhuri had joined HSA Advocates in August 2014, prior to which he was working at Trilegal. He was part of the firm’s Infrastructure, Projects […]

The latest Mergermarket league tables reveal that first quarter of 2017 recorded the highest Q1 deal value for India since 2011. A large portion of the $18.3 billion comes from the landmark Vodafone-Idea deal, which is worth $12.7 billion. This is the largest deal conducted by an Indian company on record, surpassing Tata Steel’s US$ 11.9bn takeover of Corus Plc. M&A League Tables AZB & Partners and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas dominated both the deal value and deal count tables, with 14 deals at $14.2 billion and 7 deals at $13.1 billion respectively. Deal Value S&R Associates, Bharucha & Partners and Vaish Associates, […]

Nitya Tax Associates has added Poonam Harjani as a Partner to its tax advisory practice, thus expanding its partnership to 4. Poonam has nearly 13 years’ experience in the field of indirect taxes. Prior to Nitya Tax Associates, Poonam was a Director with BMR & Associates LLP in their indirect tax practice where she worked for nearly 12 years. Managing partner Puneet Bansal said in a press release, “With her core consulting experience, and GST set to arrive, Poonam is a valuable addition to team Nitya. The firm now has 4 partners and two locations spread, in Delhi and Gurgaon, to […]

Phoenix Legal has promoted four lawyers to partnership effective April 1, 2017. Aditya Bhargava Debarshi Dutta Pranav Srivastava Ritika Ganju Sawant Singh, one of the co-founding partners based in the Mumbai office, commented, “The new partners went to different law schools, are part of different practice areas and their promotion reflects fulfilment of the firm’s commitment to be a meritocracy and to provide a defined career path to talented lawyers. This will strengthen our partner led client service model and further enhance the firm’s ability to service clients from diverse sectors across different practice areas. With these promotions and the […]

Bharucha & Partners has promoted Ajai Achuthan to partnership. He joined Bharucha’s Mumbai office in 2014. He advises on securities law matters including acting as a briefing counsel for matters before the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the Securities Appellate Tribunal and the Supreme Court of India in connection with securities law litigation. He also acts on domestic capital markets issuances. Ajai started his career with Mr. C. Achuthan at Corporate Law Chambers India and later moved to Desai & Dewanji before finally joining Bharucha.

Alok Sonker has left Khaitan & Co to join Link Legal as an Associate Partner as part of the firm’s corporate practice in Mumbai. Sonker graduated from Lucknow University in 2006 and holds an LL.M. from NLSIU, Bangalore. He began his career with Krishnamurthy & Co, before moving on to Rajani Associates a year later. Four years later, he joined Khaitan & Co. Earlier this year, Link Legal had hired JSA’s Rajdeep Choudhary as an Associate Partner. Just before the New Year, the firm had merged with DH Law Associates.

Rajani Associates has promoted four Principal Associates to Associate Partner level with effect from April 1, 2017. Amish Shroff Amit Kolekar Ankur Singhania Mayur Shetty Amish and Amit have been with the firm since 2007. Amish is part of the firm’s Project Finance Team while Amit focuses on Real Estate and Commercial transactions, Trust and Litigation matters relating to Real Estate. Ankur has been working with the firm since 2010 as part of the firm’s Corporate Team. He started his career with Little & Co. He mainly focuses on acquisition transactions (both domestic and cross border). Ankur also handles private equity and joint venture transactions […]

J. Sagar Associates is the latest firm to announce its annual promotions. The firm has promoted eleven of its Principal Associates to salaried partnership across Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgaon and Mumbai. Here is the list of Retained Partners Archana Tewary Daksh Ahluwalia Kartik Jain Mohit Bakshi Sumit Sinha Swetha Prashant Vaibhav Choukse Aditya Rathi Archana Panchal Hormuz Mehta Utsav Johri Earlier Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB & Partners, Khaitan & Co, HSA Advocates and Trilegal announced their annual promotions.

J. Sagar Associates Equity Partner Pallavi Bedi, who had recently resigned from the firm along with Sumanto Basu, has joined Luthra & Luthra as a Partner in the firm’s Projects and Infrastructure team. Pallavi practices in the area of Projects and Banking & Finance (including Project Finance). Confirming the news, Luthra Senior Partner Mohit Saraf said, “We are delighted to welcome Pallavi to the partnership. We have a very active infrastructure practice including non-conventional energy, particularly representing developers and private equity and she would provide additional expertise in these areas.” Pallavi joined JSA in March, 2012, before which she was […]

Continuing the trend of recent law firm promotions, Trilegal has now promoted two of its Counsel – Ashish Bhan and Jafar Alam – to partnership, effective April 1. Both Bhan and Alam are part of the firm’s Dispute Resolution practice at Delhi. Bhan, who holds an LL.M. from University College, London, has been with Trilegal since 2012. His primary areas of focus are commercial litigation and arbitration. He is also a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Delhi High Court Bar Association and the International Bar Association. Alam did his LL.B. from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, and his LL.M. […]