Sonali Mathur becomes 7th AZB Mumbai partner in 2017Sonali Mathur becomes 7th AZB Mumbai partner in 2017

AZB & Partners Mumbai has promoted a seventh - Sonali Mathur - to its partnership, following an announcement last month of six promotions.

Her promotion, as the previous ones, also takes effect from 1 April 2017.

Mathur is a 2007 GLC Mumbai graduate, who also holds an LLM from Columbia Law School from 2009.

She had joined AZB in 2009, having begun her career at the chambers of senior counsel Janak Dwarkadas.

Last month, AZB Mumbai had promoted:

  • Roxanne Anderson (Symbiosis Pune 2009)
  • Kashish Bhatia (NLU Jodhpur 2009) - had joined from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in May 2016, began career at Majmudar & Co and Phoenix Legal
  • Rinki Ganguli (GLC Mumbai 2008) - had joined AZB as a paralegal in 2006
  • Divya Mundra (Nalsar Hyderabad 2009)
  • Rahul Rai (NUJS 2007), competition law - joined AZB in 2012 from Stanford Law School, began career at Economic Laws Practice (ELP)
  • Arvind Ramesh (Nalsar Hyerabad 2005)

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Like +0 Object -0 Lit 21 Apr 17, 18:41
is she majorly into Litigation?
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Like +0 Object -0 AZB Insider 22 Apr 17, 10:37
Yes
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Like +0 Object -0 Lit 22 Apr 17, 12:37
does AZB have a separate Litigation office in Fort/Churchgate? Or everything operates out of Parel?
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Like +0 Object -1 AZB Insider 22 Apr 17, 14:24
Yes, separate office for litigation in Fort. Common knowledge Bro!
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Like +0 Object -1 ZIA SUX 21 Apr 17, 22:37
Yep
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Like +7 Object -0 Jamie Dimon 21 Apr 17, 23:10  interesting
I wonder what prompted this late promotion. AZB Bombay is such a divided house. Since Ashwath's entry, AZB Bombay is clearly is 2 firms in one and both firms hate each other.
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Like +2 Object -0 Irony Much? 22 Apr 17, 00:09
Why do they hate each other?
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Like +7 Object -2 Azaan 22 Apr 17, 01:08  interesting
Ashwath is the new A. The old A in AZB Mumbai is feeling the heat. Azb anyway is a divided house. The old AZBians have ganged up against the CAMmies. Also some Wadia Gandhy types around. This disunity will lead to big losses.
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Like +2 Object -0 AZB Insider 22 Apr 17, 10:39
Who is the old A in Mumbai? A for Ajay heads the Delhi office.
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Like +1 Object -0 AZB Insider 22 Apr 17, 10:40
Hatred is a strong word. It's just regular office politics.
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Like +0 Object -0 AZB Insider 22 Apr 17, 10:38
That's a mystery!!! My guess is [...]
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Like +2 Object -1 Jamie Dimon 21 Apr 17, 23:12
On a different note, Why does AZB attract so many women?
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Like +0 Object -1 AZB Insider 22 Apr 17, 10:41
zia is a woman!!! And we like to be too hot to handle!!!
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Like +4 Object -0 AZB 22 Apr 17, 01:30
AZB Mumbai should demerge
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Like +0 Object -0 AZB Insider 22 Apr 17, 10:41
What, who, when, where, why . . . ?
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Like +0 Object -0 Whoo 22 Apr 17, 13:54
Azb delhi has not announced any partners, such a divided house this is. The undercurrent between the two offices continues.
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Like +0 Object -0 AZB Insider 22 Apr 17, 14:26
They do it separately
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Like +2 Object -0 AZB Insider-Attrition 22 Apr 17, 10:37
Attrition in the last couple of months in the Mumbai office alone has hit 27! In an office of not more than 150 fee earners!! And bonus for the last year has not even been announced!!!
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Like +1 Object -1 AZB 22 Apr 17, 11:43
More exits to follow!!The hostile working conditions with a whimsical boss at the top was always a recipe for disaster.
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Like +0 Object -0 AZB Insider 22 Apr 17, 14:28
Yes, zia does need to bring in better hr policies and basic team structure to start with. Sad she doesn't realise the intangible cost due to such high attrition.
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Like +1 Object -0 Insider 22 Apr 17, 15:51
Ya, Manan also left!
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Like +16 Object -4 Guest 22 Apr 17, 11:15  interesting  top rated
Headline should say Columbia LLM grad rather than GLC grad. There no classes at GLC, only internships.
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Like +4 Object -4 AZB Insider 22 Apr 17, 14:30
Makes no sense! In my experience non national law school grads have a better work ethic.
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Like +1 Object -2 One partner 22 Apr 17, 15:17
Why does one partner promotion out of so many attract this kind of attention? The reasons is clear: because it's a top tier firm called AZB, they are a really good firm, with top of the line professionals like Ashwath and others. Zia probably acknowledged that there is a need to get the next level in who will run the firm after she leaves so Ashwath is the best one for that role. All other firms are either breaking up or in-fighting. And ya, let's not even talk bonus, we know how many firms in India actually equitably decide that!!
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Like +0 Object -2 Whatt 22 Apr 17, 17:00
Sai and Anil are senior to Ashwath. So are Alka andDarshika. Why will he run the firm after Zia? Makes it look like before Ashwath there was no successor at AZB. Arthi is also back so succesor can be another Ms Mody.
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Like +4 Object -0 AZB Insider 23 Apr 17, 03:35
Oh and bonus should be paid on time! By time I mean March 31. And appraisals should be completed by then too.

It's sad that firms have to resort to holding back pay as a retention tactic. Such a short sighted solution. Why not fix the real problem - improving the hr policies!!!! Long term systemic fixes!!!

Top 5 things azb can do to improve that will massively curb attrition problems and improve individual accountability and productivity:

1. Remove the 11 o clock rule (instead increase min work hours by 2 for defaulters by making them do firm pro work)
2. Abolish the sandwich leave deduction rule (and reduce the number of leaves from 30 to 25 if need be).
3. Non working Saturdays only (the workings ones are not productive!)
4. Basic cluster system (if not a full fledged team system). Right now the system punishes the good honest workers and they burn out/ get entangled in politics.
5. Easy sanction of leave and strictly respecting them.

Lawyers may be money making machines but they are humans too!
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Like +0 Object -0 AZB Insider 23 Apr 17, 04:32
Kian, why haven't you published my other comment? The res ipsa loquitur one. What's the issue with it? Nothing controversial / personal in it.
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Like +0 Object -0 lol 23 Apr 17, 15:11
I can only think of one response - LOL. With law schools mushrooming, do you think firms care? There is glut in the market.
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Like +0 Object -0 Sanam Bewafa 23 Apr 17, 16:12
Sandwich Leave Deduction rule is there even in those old age law firms! And in most Tier I firms as well i believe.
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Like +2 Object -2 AZB 22 Apr 17, 17:32
But others are not of the same stature as Ashwath
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Like +1 Object -4 AZB 22 Apr 17, 17:38
Ashwath is one such a partner for whom 5 other partners work for exclusively.
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Like +1 Object -0 AZB Insider - successi 23 Apr 17, 03:53
Seriously, why ashwath only to succeed? There are other good people in the firm too.

No doubt Ashwath is awesome. But if he could leave Cyril after 15+ years, what assurance he won't leave zia in the future.

Equity games are complex. Certainly not one to be decided by legally India comments based popularity. The successor should have money to buy out zias expensive stake too!! Que sera sera.

But of all the firms with 50+ years history, wg stands out. Mostly merit and not descendant based succession. Sad the jsa model doesn't seem to be working with all the recent exits. Kco's new strategy and even the trilegal model looks interesting.

Kian, how about a thoroughly researched and analysed article on succession at firms?
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Like +0 Object -0 WG Noojie 23 Apr 17, 14:25
"wg stands out. Mostly merit based succession." - LOL
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Like +0 Object -0 Professionalism 23 Apr 17, 16:47
Leaving or not leaving a person or firm in a short or long time is indicative of nothing. People change, personalities clash and sometimes its a mismatch of culture or difference in perceptions of freedom versus control by majority shareholders/lala promoters. The entire generation of Shuva, Ashwath and Akshay kimd of lawyers will move whenever anything better comes along simply because they are professionals. Not bonded labour! This is what happens in the West. Get used to it. The Indian professional has tasted freedom and there is no turning back now.
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Like +0 Object -0 AZB Insider 23 Apr 17, 03:59
How 5? Only 4 - Ganesh, dhruv, kashish and anu. Who is the fifth?
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Like +0 Object -0 Insider AZB 23 Apr 17, 14:21
Zia is the fifth! Firmly in his corner.
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Like +0 Object -0 AZB Insider 23 Apr 17, 04:06
In my view (and I'd spend my money on) the average (home grown) azb partner as compared to an average amarchand partner.

The team system (and the technical depth it allows to get created) greatly supports the average amarchand partner.

The grilling azb system makes their partners broad based (width in practice) and quicker on the feet.
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