Exclusive: Amarchand Mangaldas will launch in Chennai by March with Kochhar & Co Chennai head Dorothy Thomas, followed by re-opening in Ahmedabad with a Pune office pegged for the latter end of this year.
Thomas, who resigned as resident partner from Kochhar around one week ago, is understood to have signed with Amarchand to spearhead Chennai. The firm signed up for office space in December, which is expected to be ready in March, according to a firm source.
Around June of this year the firm will return to Ahmedabad, where around five years ago it had closed its office. According to several sources, one Delhi partner is strongly tipped to relocate with a senior lateral hire. Office space in Ahmedabad has already been secured.
A smaller Pune office is in the offing between October 2012 and March 2013, although details are understood to not have been finalised yet.
Mumbai management will be directly responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations in Chennai and Pune, while the new Ahmedabad outpost will be managed from Delhi.
Amarchand managing partners Cyril Shroff in Mumbai and Shardul Shroff in Delhi declined to confirm details, but between them said they would open new offices in the three cities.
This would give the firm eight offices in India, including Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
Thomas declined to comment when contacted. Kochhar & Co partner Rohit Kochhar did not respond to emails seeking comment.