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Saionton Basu moves to Duane Morris from Penningtons

Penningtons Manches partner and India co-head Saionton Basu has joined US firm Duane Morris’ London corporate practice, according to a press release from the firm.

The NLSIU Bangalore graduate had joined Penningtons, as it was then called, in 2011 from Platinum Partners in Delhi, where he had returned after two years with White & Case in London.

Basu was not reachable for comment.

Penningtons’ India co-head Teja Picton-Howell did not comment at the time of going to press.

In 2016, Amarchand to mull offices in Singapore, HK, London, Dubai or NY: Shardul Shroff

In an interview to UK legal magazine Legal Week, headlined as “Amarchand sizes up options for first international base as India's unlevel playing field continues to frustrate”, Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi managing partner Shardul Shroff said that the firm was thinking about opening an office abroad.

He told Legal Week:

“Singapore [is the strongest contender] because its links with India are quite strong… Singapore enables clients to service the whole of the ASEAN market… But it could be Hong Kong, London, Dubai or New York – it depends on what 2016 looks like. It also depends where clients need us…

“It would have to be an office of significance, not just a representative office where you receive the mail… We want to do it properly. We also don't want to disturb our international relationships with global law firms – we want to preserve these. But equally we want to provide Indian expertise that is relevant to the international market. We want to be present in markets where the local Indian situation becomes relevant; approaching the clients on their doorstep rather than expecting them to come to India…

“There are firms that have gone to China or Singapore but their offices are small and not significant enough to make a statement on behalf of Indian lawyers.”

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Wadia Ghandy partner Vijay Sureka joins AZB corporate as SA

SurekWadia Ghandy partner Vijay Sureka joined AZB & Partners as a senior associate in Mumbai on 1 October.

Impact Law Ventures partner Suhas Baliga peels off to start Innove Law for early-stage VCs alongside lobbying firm

BaligaImpact Law Ventures partner Suhas Baliga left the firm in June to start up Innove Law.

BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi: ‘I want to extend protection’ for Indian lawyers, want more US visas

lshf5damSupreme Court advocate, Lok Sabha member and BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, speaking at a legal conference yesterday, said that she would ‘extend protection’ for Indian lawyers against the entry of foreign law firms to India.

E&Y tax team exodus: Lawyer & ED Amit Bhagat joins Big 4 rival PwC as partner with team

Bhagat & TeamErnst & Young (EY India) executive director Amit Bhagat joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a partner in the indirect tax practice with his team of 12 professionals.

Khaitan hires independent Bombay tax-pert Hormaz Daruwalla as equity partner

Khaitan & Co hired independent counsel Hormaz Daruwalla as an equity partner in its indirect tax team, reported Bar & Bench.

Daruwalla has over 27 years of experience practicing in the Bombay high court and tax tribunals, after graduating from GLC Mumbai. He began his career with Crawford Bayley and moved on to the chambers of Atul Setalvad before going independent.

Advaya partners Universal Mumbai starter Sharanya G, targets double-size after Delhi launch

Sharanya G Advaya Legal has expanded its Mumbai footprint with Universal Legal Mumbai founding partner Sharanya G, only several months after starting a small Delhi office.

AZB promotes Vaidhyanadhan Iyer to Mumbai partnership

Iyer: ThrilledAZB & Partners in Mumbai has promoted Vaidhyanadhan Iyer to its partnership.

IC Legal doubles headcount, hires 3rd M&A-PE partner with Nishith Desai lateral

RankaIC Legal has hired Nishith Desai Associates (NDA) senior associate Sambhav Ranka as an equity partner in its Andheri office.

First Verus lateral partner: Ex-Dua/Tatva manager Siddharth Bhavnani joins

Clasis Mumbai projects team breaks away: Ishtiaq Ali, Damodara Rao start own 5-partner firm with ADAG GC [Update-1]

AliClasis Law project finance partners Ishtiaq Ali and Damodara Rao have left to start their own firm, which is understood to be a five-partner, 10-lawyer start-up law firm.

Juris Corp loses former merger partner Motiwala

Mustafa Motiwala, who joined Juris Corp in 2011 with his firm AM Law, has resigned as a partner at the firm, reported Bar & Bench.

He was in charge of commercial, dispute resolution, intellectual property and real estate.

In a little over a year, Juris Corp has seen the departure of Chennai head Hufriz Wadiaj, Hoshedar Wadia and Anil Jarial, Fraser M, after a string of departures in 2012.

Sid Luthra fails to save OP Khaitan partner Gautam Khaitan from ED custody

DLA India co-head Biswajit Chatterjee defects to Squires Singapore, adding ‘outbound dimension’ to India group

ChatterjeeDLA Piper India group partner and NLSIU Bangalore grad Biswajit Chatterjee has joined US firm Squire Patton Boggs.

Dhir & Dhir long-time partner Purti Marwah starts up firm

Dhir & Dhir partner Purti Marwah will set up her own law firm, reported Bar & Bench.

She had been a partner at Dhir since 2005, having been with the firm since 2001 after a year at Singhania & Co. The firm’s managing partner Alok Dhir told Bar & Bench that he wished her well, while Marwah commented: “I have been instrumental in the growth of the firm but now I decided to move on and set up my own independent practice.”

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