NairNairThomasThomasBMR Legal has opened an office in Bangalore with two partners from Themis Associates and their six-member team of lawyers.

Former Themis partners Roshan Thomas and Siddharth Nair have joined BMR as partners and consultant to kick of the Bangalore office of the BMR Advisors consultancy, according to a press release from BMR.

Before joining BMR, Thomas was a partner at private equity boutique Lexygen after having joined Nishith Desai Associates in 2003 after graduating from Nalsar Hyderabad.

Nair began his career at ALMT Legal after graduating from NLSIU Bangalore in 2005, joined Old Mutual in-house for a year before starting his own practice, the Law Offices of Siddharth Nair, for three years and joining Themis in 2012.

Both specialise in corporate transactional and private equity work. The office is based on Union Street in Bangalore and is 4,405 square feet in size, according to BMR.

A BMR spokesperson said that Thomas and Nair would not comment, while managing partner Mukesh Butani was not available for comment.

Legally India has reached out to Themis for comment.

BMR Legal, which also includes partner Amit Khansaheb, who had joined from Desai & Diwanji, now has a total of six partners and 30 associates in Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, where it opened in March of this year by absorbing AZB & Partners alumnus Souvik Ganguly’s firm Acuity Law. In April, the firm poached Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan partner and indirect tax head Madhav Rao in Delhi.

However, BMR Legal co-founding partner Sujit Ghosh had left in December 2013 to start his own firm.

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Like +18 Object -3 industry observer 10 Jun 14, 13:53  interesting  top rated
Both Siddharth and Roshan are excellent lawyers - BMR a fantastic platform - all the best!
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Like +14 Object -2 pseudo lawyer 10 Jun 14, 13:57  interesting  top rated
all d best Siddharth
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Like +15 Object -4 jobless 10 Jun 14, 14:12  interesting
Agree - Sid and Roshan are fantastic lawyers. They have the right temperament and understanding of the law. Branching into BMR's setup makes perfect "legal" sense.
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Like +13 Object -1 Well-wisher 10 Jun 14, 19:43  interesting  top rated
Congrats to Sid and BMR. This is the right platform for your skills.
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Like +1 Object -6 doubt ? 10 Jun 14, 22:33
only 30 associates ?
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Like +3 Object -2 Guest 10 Jun 14, 22:45
Another promising startup sells out. I hope this is not the fate of all the other 'entrepreneurial' outfits out there.
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Like +12 Object -2 Diwakar Agarwal 11 Jun 14, 17:01  interesting
All the best Siddharth - well done.
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Like +10 Object -1 Rabbi 11 Jun 14, 18:22  interesting
I thought Themis was doing extremely well!! Good bunch of lawyers. So why the switch? More importantly, what happens to Themis now - shutting down?
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Like +12 Object -1 Lord Insiddious 11 Jun 14, 22:19  interesting
Sidd is a brilliant lawyer who has had great success wherever he has gone. He is a great catch for BMR! Wishing him the best!
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Like +1 Object -15 Olordo 12 Jun 14, 02:19
Cough...AZB...cough...cou gh
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Like +0 Object -0 rovina 12 Jun 14, 10:03
For context what does AZB have to do???
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Like +7 Object -0 Insider 12 Jun 14, 11:24  interesting
He had a PPO from AZB but was poached by ALMT within the first month or two of joining. There was a lot of bad blood about it, but it's been 10 years so I'm guessing everyone (except olordo) has moved on.
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Like +0 Object -2 rovina 12 Jun 14, 12:29
so.... whats the scene with themis??? shut???
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Like +1 Object -1 kianganz 12 Jun 14, 12:31
When I called their office for comment there were definitely still people there, so I doubt it's shut. They're fairly large-ish organisation and have a consultancy or so, called Themis Group, attached to them (similar to BMR), so they're unlikely to just disappear overnight unless they've had enough of legal, strategically...
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Like +13 Object -1 Legal 11 Jun 14, 23:17  interesting  top rated
Themis has done so much business lately and the quality of work is at its best.. worked closely with these guys on a deal.. Siddharth is a man of great knowledge and legal acumen. a good catch for BMR..
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Like +10 Object -5 Good catch 12 Jun 14, 06:58  interesting  controversial
Great lawyers, both of them! The team at Themis was fantastic I've heard. Has the entire team moved? BMR powering though here.
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Like +4 Object -13 Industry Insights 12 Jun 14, 12:36
Well, good luck to sidd and roshan, however this is not strange in legal fraternity, partners move in and out..so no question of themis shut, specially when they have awesome foundation...
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Like +4 Object -2 Impressed 13 Jun 14, 10:43
Good show, Roshan! Finally a platform you deserve. Best wishes to you & Nair.
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Like +5 Object -3 KR 13 Jun 14, 14:15
Brilliant lawyers, both of them! Congratulations, BMR!
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Like +3 Object -2 A fan 18 Jun 14, 13:24
Great news! A few years ago I had the opportunity to work with Roshan on a transaction & ever since I have aspired to be like him – very knowledgeable & meticulous, and a great mentor: always willing to share is knowledge & skills, and treating his team well. Wish you the best, Roshan!
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Like +1 Object -0 law- er 08 Jul 14, 16:08
how is BMR Advisors, a consultancy firm, able to be a partner in a law firm (assuming BMR Legal is a partnership)?
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Like +0 Object -0 True story 14 Jul 15, 12:29
agree. a very strange and perhaps not completely legal structure under the advocates act and, the rules of the bar council of india... but who knows...
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