Tatva rebellion ringleader Shishir Sharma rejoins DuaTatva rebellion ringleader Shishir Sharma rejoins Dua

Tatva Legal Delhi-based former managing partner Shishir Sharma and two non-equity partners - Seher Ali and Natasha Tuli - are rejoining Dua Associates, the firm Sharma had left seven years ago with 50 other lawyers from Dua in one of the largest-ever breakaways in the Indian legal market.

While Sharma’s Linked-in profile lists him as managing partner of the Tatva, it is understood the position was abolished in April 2013 in favour of an executive committee-style management at the firm.

According to a statement from Dua managing partner Ranji Dua, first published by Bar & Bench:

You may recollect that in January 2010 Shishir Sharma had spearheaded an exit from Dua Associates as the Managing Partner of the then newly formed Tatva Legal practice. Seven years hence he has communicated his desire to revert back to Duas. After discussions over the last few months I am happy to welcome him and his team back into the Dua fold effective 1st September, 2017 to be based in our firm’s Gurgaon office. Accompanying him will be two non-equity partners namely Ms. Seher Ali and Ms. Natasha Tuli and four professionals. We are happy to receive back yet another set of partners.

The firm continues to attract experienced professionals and their reversion is another tribute to its growth and consolidation after the successful integration of the acquired practices in Mumbai and Chandigarh last year.

For me personally the return of many former partners is a reaffirmation of the strong values that our firm stands for which makes Duas a preferred choice for professionals having experienced the outside.

Sharma and several other Tatva partners declined to comment last Friday. We are awaiting a statement.

Sharma’s return to Dua mirrors that of Tatva co-founder Manoj Menon, who returned to Dua in April 2013.

In fact, Dua Associates had proven surprisingly resilient after the 2010 Tatva-breakaway, most recently promoting and hiring a number of partners, merging with a Mumbai and Chandigarh firm, and even foiling a poaching by Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas in the heyday of the Amarchand Mangaldas breakup, responding by poaching one of Shardul Amarchand’s in turn.

Tatva's Hyderabad office had been hit last year, with partner Ekta Bahl joining Samvad Partners in 2016, and competition partner Durga Bose Gandham moving to Luthra & Luthra the same year.

Tatva's Hyderabad office nevertheless remains the firm's single largest, retaining 35 lawyers including 5 partners, led by partner Shailendra Komatreddy.

The Bangalore office remains headed by partner NK Dilip, while Tatva partner Avinash Mody is heading up Delhi.

A statement from Tatva said:

We confirm that Shishir, Seher and Natasha will be moving on w.e.f 01 September 2017. We wish them the best in their future endeavours.

Tatva continues to grow from strength to strength and service its clients with a team of over 80 professionals, including 21 partners, from its five offices (Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi). The New Delhi office, led by Avinash Mody, will continue to service clients in this region.

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Like +8 Object -0 Anony 29 Aug 17, 14:11  interesting
Good move for all concerned. Dua, Shishir and Tatva as well.
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Like +1 Object -0 Insider 01 Sep 17, 08:56
You mean Tatva was happy to see Shishir leave?
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Like +10 Object -6 Pong 29 Aug 17, 16:01  controversial
Left with 60 lawyers. Returned back with 6. This looks like an expedition into the Amazon that went bad?
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Like +1 Object -0 Dude! 30 Aug 17, 10:30
Dude, keep a track of what's been happening! Number of professionals who moved out of Dua have already returned to Dua, including Partner Manoj Menon (NLS Batch of 96) in 2013 with his team.
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Like +2 Object -0 Insider 30 Aug 17, 12:40
Good move indeed! The more difficult task for Sharma would be to get back the pack which left with him when he left Duas. If he can do that, it wouldn't him take time to find the lost glory.
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Like +2 Object -1 Heard 30 Aug 17, 10:58
Insider - Heard this is just the beginning!
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Like +1 Object -1 LoL 30 Aug 17, 14:08
Hahahahaha..if that keeps you happy. You sincerely need a hearing aid.
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Like +0 Object -0 Insider 30 Aug 17, 12:34
Good move indeed! The more difficult task at hand for Sharma would be to get back the pack which left with him when he left Duas. If he can do that, he wouldn't take time to find back the lost glory.
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Like +2 Object -0 Roger 30 Aug 17, 15:49
Although a good move, but dynamics have completely changed since his last departure so it will be interesting how he copes with the system and the system copes with him!!
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Like +0 Object -0 gaurav kumar gupta 30 Aug 17, 17:59
Hi Kian! You have published this info, Are you sure it is true ?
"Tatva's Hyderabad office nevertheless remains the firm's single largest, retaining 35 lawyers including 5 partners, led by partner Shailendra Komatreddy."

I do not think their Hyderabad office is biggest?
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Like +0 Object -0 Fan 02 Sep 17, 01:54
I want to marry Manoj Menon
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Like +0 Object -0 Kidding me! 02 Sep 17, 08:46
Are you kidding me? I have also heard that he enjoys good reputation (for GC and PE Work - just to be clear) in Bangalore, but writing this kind of comment - honestly, crazy! I guess, power of being anonymous!
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