Wadia Ghandy partner Anand Shah, with his team of four associates, will join AZB & Partners in the New Year as a senior associate on partnership track.
Anand Shah, who was promoted to Wadia Ghandy’s partnership in July of this year with two others, will join AZB in late January 2014, confirmed AZB Mumbai senior partner and CEO Abhijit Joshi.
Joshi said that it was a win-win for AZB and Anand Shah: “He comes with a very good quality of knowledge base and great value system.”
He added via email: “Anand and his team will augment our corporate M&A and banking and finance practice. Anand joins us with a defined track to partnership and we look forward to a long association and friendship with him and his team.”
Anand Shah became a Bombay Incorporated Law Society solicitor in 2009 and graduated from GLC Mumbai in 2007. It is understood that he did not join as a partner because AZB operated a longer partnership track than Wadia Ghandy.
He will be joined at AZB by four of his Wadia Ghandy associates, including senior associate Shriram Shah who was also promoted in July.
Wadia Ghandy managing partner Ashish Ahuja commented via email: “I do wish him and the team all the best in their new endeavours. It’s unfortunate that AZB has not taken him as a partner. I know Anand would have loved to stick on, but it just did not work for many reasons.”
In response to the question of whether clients would join Anand Shah, Ahuja said: “I believe clients go wherever they get the best work quality and ethic. So I guess time will tell. Wadia Ghandy had been known for its outstanding work quality and will continue to be known for that.”
Anand Shah declined to comment when contacted.