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Amity Delhi 2011 alumni Abhinav Hansaria, Archit Virmani and Tushar John started up corporate law firm Optimus Legal in Delhi, in May.

Hammurabi & Solomon opened in Patna on 24 August, adding its fourth national office in addition to Delhi, Mumbai and Ranchi.

Senior Mumbai Trilegal partner Amit Tambe will leave the firm.

In April earlier this year, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) acquired three out of four MNK Law Offices partners in Delhi but three authoritative sources have confirmed that the fourth partner, Probal Bhaduri, has now joined PDS Legal offices in Delhi.

Mumbai private equity boutique ARA Law has promoted two principal associates, Rowena De Sousa and Avik Karmakar, to salaried partner level.

Former Luthra & Luthra Delhi litigation partner Ashish Prasad is now a partner in Economic Laws Practice’ Delhi disputes practice, according to a press release from the firm.

Prasad, who was poached by ELP from Luthra, is the sixth partner in ELP’s Delhi office, after counting associate partners as well, according to ELP’s emailed announcement confirming his joining the firm.

He is a 2003-graduate alumnus of Delhi University’s law school and also had a stint at Lall & Sethi before Luthra and ELP.

His expertise includes commercial litigation, intellectual property, contracts, government and regulatory work in telecom, infrastructure, FMCG, pharma, information technology, media, foreign investments and the defence sector, according to ELP’s press release.

New logo: Find the elephantCyril Amarchand Mangaldas has unveiled its new logo and high-powered strategic advisory board today.Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has unveiled its new logo and high-powered strategic advisory board today.

Mittal: Following his dreamFormer MNK associate Abhijit Mittal and his law school friend advocate Dhruv Rohatgi, have started ADAZ Law Chambers.

Former JDS Law Chambers founding partner Jivesh Chandrayan merged his firm into Kochhar & Co and joined Kochhar as a partner in its Delhi corporate practice.

The Delhi university LLB and Cardiff University LLM graduate Chandrayan commented in Kochhar’s press release: “I am excited to be part of the Kochhar team and look forward to significantly contributing to the firm’s growth as part of the Corporate & M&A Practice Group.”

Kochhar & Co managing partner Rohit Kochhar commented: “His experience and impressive professional credentials will be invaluable to our accomplished corporate and commercial practice and will benefit our global clientele.”

After three Kochhar partners left the firm to join Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Kochhar hired banking partner Sumit Phatela in Gurgaon, Gaurav Chatterjee in real estate and litigation in Chennai, Prateush Sharma as indirect tax partner in Mumbai and Saloni Gupta as corporate partner in Delhi.

vo00wwyj[11]Khaitan Sud & Partners (KSP) is facing a recovery suit in the Saket district court, Delhi, filed by its former senior associate Pankaj Kumar for the arrears of his retainership fee.

New York New YorkBrus Chambers, a Mumbai-based law firm has opened a subsidiary firm headquartered in New York.

Nagendra: AZB delightsThemis Associates partner Chetan Nagendra, who specialises in corporate and venture capital (VC) work, will join AZB & Partners in Bangalore.

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