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Janus: "The god of beginnings and transitions,[1] and thereby of gates, doors, doorways, passages and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past."J Sagar Associates’ (JSA) partnership will elect seven partners into its executive committee in the coming months, out of whom two will become joint managing partners in an election slated for October.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has continued its association with the international referral network Lex Mundi, according to a press release by the firm and the network.

The arbitrators are coming...Commerce ministry joint secretary Sudhanshu Pandey told a US-Indian delegation today that the government would seek to pass an amendment to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act this session that would allow foreign lawyers to come to India to act for their clients in arbitrations in order to boost domestic arbitrations.

GandhiJ Sagar Associates (JSA) funds formation partner Jay Gandhi and his team of five associates will join Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) in Mumbai under former JSA senior partner and SAM Mumbai Akshay Chudasama.

In the red corner...Can your accountant also assist you on drafting a joint venture agreement? Or is this work best left to a lawyer to check for compliance with various rules and legislation? And what happens when one company drops a nasty legal notice on the former joint venture partner? Is when things get contentious and litigious the line where only a lawyer can step in and take care of business?

AZB & Partners’ private equity (PE) practice again won it the top place in the half-yearly league table of data provider Venture Intelligence, making the firm the half-yearly league leader in this space for the third consecutive year.

Liberalisation: Artist's impression (Image: Pieter Breugel's Schlaraffenland)Endless jobs? Sacks of money for all? Better working conditions for everyone? Young lawyer Dhruv Balai Paul ponders the implications of the possible entry of foreign law firms to India.

Target lockThe Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) will complain to the Bar Council of Delhi in the coming week against PDS Legal, Advaita Legal and other Indian law firms that are best friends with accountancy firms, as a follow-up to its recent complaints in the council against the Big Four consultancies E&Y, KPMG, PwC and Deloitte for their alleged unauthorized practice of law.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has hired former Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi principal associate Mekhla Anand as an indirect tax salaried partner in its new Delhi office.

Jeet Sen Gupta, who left Economic Laws Practice (ELP) in April, has joined Juris Corp as its eighth partner, managing partner H Jayesh told Bar & Bench, saying: “As a firm, we are implementing growth drivers and as part of that strategy, Jeet has joined us and will help us take the firm to the next level.”

Juris Corp had promoted two to partner in March, following a string of senior and junior departures.

We have reached out to ELP managing partner Rohan Shah for comment.

Mishra: Continues India-London splitAijt Mishra, who had joined Wragge & Co as a close best friend focusing on Indian law, has joined Penningtons Manches as its London-based India group co-head.

BMR & Associates Delhi indirect tax head partner Puneet Bansal left the firm on 15 June with BMR associate director Kulraj Ashpnani, to start up his independent indirect tax boutique Nitya Tax Associates, said Ashpnani.

Bansal, who started his legal career at Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (LKS) in May 2003, as a chartered accountant in the firm’s disputes practice, went on to pursue his LLB from 2004 to 2007 at Delhi University. He left LKS in 2012 to join BMR & Associates as a partner.

Ashpnani who joined BMR from ELP in October 2013 is an associate partner at Nitya.

Nitya is based in Delhi and will service clients on indirect tax matters and related disputes.

Ud: Focussing on Chennai from BangaloreLitigator Udayarkar Rangarajan has joined Khaitan & Co as an associate partner based in Bangalore, from where he will focus on building the practice in Chennai.

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