New Indus partners Pallavi Kanakagiri and Winnie Shekhar (l to r)New Indus partners Pallavi Kanakagiri and Winnie Shekhar (l to r)

IndusLaw has promoted Bangalore principal associates Pallavi Kanakagiri and Winnie Shekhar to partner, expanding its partnership to 19.

The firm, which has more than 100 associates in Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai, according to its press release, has also promoted 11 to senior associate, and three to principal associate.

Update: We have received several additional senior associate promotions, which we have now added below.

Senior partner Suneeth Katarki commented: “While we have added several new partners this year from lateral hires, movement upwards of colleagues who have been with the firm always provides a special feeling to the senior partners of the firm.

“I wish them a long and enjoyable stint at IndusLaw.”

New IndusLaw partners

Pallavi Kanakagiri has been promoted in the corporate and securities practice, having joined IndusLaw in 2010 from Chalapathy and Srivinas. She is a 2009 Bangalore University law graduate. According to Indus’ press release, she has “advised on several venture capital and private equity investments more often advising the investing entities. She is regularly involved in transactions involving restructuring and reorganization of companies”.

New corporate partner Winnie Shekhar is a 2009 GNLU Gandhinagar graduate, having joined Wadia Ghandy in Ahmedabad after graduation and moving to IndusLaw in 2012. She primarily practices in private equity and venture capital investments, and mergers, acquisition and restructuring transactions, especially in the ecommerce space.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has also recently promoted a GNLU Gandhinagar graduate to partnership.

One Bangalore principal associate promotion

Litigation and disputes senior associate in Bangalore, Palecanda Chinnappa, was promoted to principal associate.

2 new Delhi principal associate promotions

Two senior associates were promoted in Delhi to principal associate level:

  • Anubha Sital (corporate & securities): “Anubha has been with the Firm since 2015. Her practice areas include private equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advisory.
  • Divya Varghese (corporate & securities): “Divya has been with the Firm since 2008. Her practice areas include private equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advisory.”

6 new Bangalore senior associates

  • Yeshaswi Narasimhan (Corporate & Securities): “Yeshaswi has been with the Firm since 2015. His practice areas include private equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advisory.”
  • Kriti Bhatia (Corporate & Securities): “Kriti has been with the Firm since 2013. Her practice areas include private equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advisory.”
  • Ashwin Krishnan (Corporate & Securities): “Ashwin has been with the Firm since 2015. His practice areas include private equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advisory.”
  • Aakash Dasgupta (corporate & securities)
  • Mayukh Datta (corporate & securities)
  • Gayatri Menon (corporate & securities)

Three new Mumbai senior associates

Three were promoted to senior associate in Mumbai:

  • Mini Kapoor (corporate and securities)
  • Sonu Varghese (corporate and securities)
  • Arijit Sarkar (corporate & securities, banking & finance)
==Two new Delhi senior associates

  • Shreya Suri (corporate & securities)
  • Rohan Ghosh (energy, infrastructure & natural resources and corporate & securities)

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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 19 Apr 17, 20:32
Really proud Winnie. Manita and you make us so proud !! Batchmate of 2009
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Like +21 Object -3 hi 19 Apr 17, 20:52  interesting  top rated
2009 batch people becoming partners! and other places 3rd year associates becoming SAs - don't know if this is good or bad for Indian law firm reputation
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Like +4 Object -1 Client 21 Apr 17, 00:24
Agree. 2009 batch lawyers to partnership!? Seems like it's the new trend. There was a time law firm partners were only those with equity - and were usually grey haired. It was also common for relatively senior lawyers to decline partnership, considering the risk and revenue pressure. It used to be partnership in true sense. These days 'partner' is just another designation tag. The longer you stick with one firm, the quicker you get it.
Personally, i hate to pay for a lawyer who knows the instruments, but not the court, and the vice versa.
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Like +3 Object -3 Reader 21 Apr 17, 00:30
Year after year, early promotions are questioned... But no one seems to get it.. 2 - 3 year lawyers are SAs... I wonder how people don't think about a designated senior lawyer, really needing to be 'senior'.
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Like +4 Object -2 hi 21 Apr 17, 00:38
thought about it, check that - it's bad for the indian law firm reputation for sure. US/UK firms - a 3rd/4th year associate cannot become an SA - that's just shocking that Indian firms are stooping so low - just to show that they are top heavy and capable somehow. it harms more than helps. Re partner promotions - again, too early for a 7th/8th year person to be a partner. I hear Phoenix Legal made a 5th/6th year person a partner - just sad.
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Like +5 Object -0 Client 21 Apr 17, 16:35  interesting
Absolutely. In good UK/us firms... A senior lawyer of a firm is atleast 6-7 year experience. In India they become partners.
It's a billing tactic, according to me .. make a SA a partner for being in the firm long enough.. and then bill for partner time.
As someone who has to pass these bills, it's most frustrating. And sadly, there is no solution. Losing hope with Indian firms day by day..
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Like +1 Object -0 hi 21 Apr 17, 20:54
Agree, has to be a sly way of over-billing/getting more juice out of the client. the issue is whether 3rd/4th year associates are truly SAs and can lead a deal - the way they are now doing in these firms. this borders malpractice in US firms.
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Like +0 Object -0 Client 21 Apr 17, 16:35
Absolutely. In good UK/us firms... A senior lawyer of a firm is atleast 6-7 year experience. In India they become partners.
It's a billing tactic, according to me .. make a SA a partner for being in the firm long enough.. and then bill for partner time.
As someone who has to pass these bills, it's most frustrating. And sadly, there is no solution. Losing hope with Indian firms day by day..
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Like +1 Object -0 Sarkari 10 May 17, 18:56
This is the typical "sarkari naukri" mentality. You make a partner by capability not by the number of years in practice. You have 70 year old junior lawyers and designated senior advocates who made it mid 30s (the Sibals, Sid Luthra, Singhvi). I would rather be advised by a partner who made it in 6 years rather than the one who didn't in 12 years.
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Like +7 Object -2 CB Remembers 20 Apr 17, 11:50  interesting
Congrats Chinnappa..
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Like +0 Object -2 Thumbsup 20 Apr 17, 18:06
Congratulations to all :)
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Like +5 Object -8 Insider 20 Apr 17, 18:32  controversial
GNLU's time is coming.
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Like +1 Object -1 Random 20 Apr 17, 22:32
Dear LI, why aren't you publishing my post. It was not even rude ? Are you a Modi fan ?
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Like +0 Object -0 Modi-fried 21 Apr 17, 15:41
He is a Modi fan!!
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Like +1 Object -0 paisa 21 Apr 17, 14:53
their names are included on the Partnership Deed i hope , which is what matters !!
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Like +0 Object -0 Insider 25 Apr 17, 15:03
Yes, they are!
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Like +1 Object -0 Rhishi 28 Apr 17, 11:22
Congratulations Winnie....and also Manita....you have made us proud. It is really sad to see such comments regarding seniority issue. Why we need to quantify seniority in years??? If someone is able to prove her worth in a short span of time....they can be promoted....there are people who are good for nothing and they are associates for decades...I hate the culture of quantifying everything that exist in India....if they are good...has what it takes to be a partner...they can be a partner...they deserve that and have earned that...so Congratulations to both of you....feeling proud to have taught you...
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