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Ajit Mishra (Wragge in background)Ajit Mishra (Wragge in background)The founding partner of FoxMandal’s London office, who resigned in September, will set up his own firm in the New Year in an alliance with UK firm Wragge & Co.

Mishra told Legally India last week from London that he was in the process of finalising office space in Delhi and would begin fee-earning work under the banner City Law Practice from January 2013.

He said that he would focus primarily on corporate commercial and intellectual property (IP) work, and start hiring gradually.

His firm and Wragge & Co will enter into a loose affiliation, with the UK firm also assisting him with some non-financial support on building up the technology and infrastructure for his first office.

Wragge’s India practice head Baljit Chohan said: “It is strongly based on a personal relationship – it is an affiliation, it’s not a captive operation. We haven’t made any financial investments or anything like that.”

Chohan added that the tie-up with Mishra would enhance Wragge’s access to the Indian market. “Though I spend four weeks in India every year and some number of colleagues do as well, that takes us so far. We don’t really have the resources of a Linklaters or a Herbert Smith and so on to spend the time on the ground we’d like.

“So while I was happy for a period of time, I thought we’d really need to do something different - a different way of attracting Indian corporates. And by happy coincidence that was at the same time that he was also thinking about leaving Fox.”

Wragge would also continue working with its existing relationship firms in India, Chohan noted.

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+2 -0 Soman Dalua 2012-11-21 20:48
I wish my old friend Ajit all the best! He is an excellent netwrker and will be successful! I also hope he has been paid his huge dues by his earlier firm, provided of course that he has not taken imaginary but vital clients and/or data! Hic!
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+1 -0 Ex-Fix 2012-11-21 20:52
I have heard his ex-firm now has only 3 lawyers in Delhi office and the family is devoting its whole time in either fighting recovery suits or dodging lawyers and staff (even office boys)for their dues! Any confirmation or delnial!
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+0 -0 Rav 2012-11-21 23:07
Best wishes Ajit.. You are doing a good job.
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+0 -0 xyz 2012-11-22 10:58
#2 someone told me yesterday that they still have 40 lawyers in delhi?????
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+0 -0 Anonymous 2012-11-22 14:37
@Kian: No deal update for long? When can we see one?
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+2 -0 kianganz 2012-11-22 14:43
What timing! In literally about 10-15 minutes... :)
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+0 -0 Anonymous 2012-11-22 15:59
Quoting kianganz:
What timing! In literally about 10-15 minutes... :)

Yes, indeed :)
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+0 -0 Anonymous 2012-11-22 16:08
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting kianganz:
What timing! In literally about 10-15 minutes... :)

Yes, indeed :)

but it continues that you don't report the entire team, even when other websites do. tsk tsk.
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+0 -0 kianganz 2012-11-22 16:49
Sorry, which team members were not included on which deal? Usually we directly publish the team members the firms supply us with, but sometimes they don't provide us with everyone on a deal...
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+0 -0 Anonymous 2012-11-22 21:36
Quoting kianganz:
Sorry, which team members were not included on which deal? Usually we directly publish the team members the firms supply us with, but sometimes they don't provide us with everyone on a deal...

But its at variance with B&B. How can that be possible?
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+0 -0 kianganz 2012-11-23 00:06
This is completely off-topic and looks like another troll, but here goes:
- as asked, please provide us with an example of where they are different (in the Deals in Brief comments thread preferably...)

www.legallyindia.com/Deals-in-brief/26-instructions-mega-outbound-maa-with-1bn-hindujas-a-mittal-lafarge-anglo-yash-raj-cat-dlf-490m-land-grab-pe-boom-years-largest-qip-a-more#comment-35907

- many reasons for why there could be a variance. For example, we may have spoken to different partners who have a different memory of who provided valuable input to the deal. Maybe the firm contacted us or them after publication and asked us to add/remove names? Maybe we edited the list of names because it was too long? Maybe it's just a fluke?

I trust this will satisfy your curiosity for now?

Best regards,
Kian
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+0 -0 Yudhist 2012-11-30 11:59
Great news for Ajit! He has performed well in the London office of Fox and has a very bright future ahead. It was a pleasure working with him...
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