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AZB overtakes AMSS-divided in RSG top 40 firm rankings • Luthra, ELP, Tatva drop • Trilegal, LKS, Link, Indus rise

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Despite downward pressure on fees post-AMSS, senior partners now charge avg Rs 22,000 / hr, associates on Rs 10,000

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Private equity / VC  10 hours ago

AZB Delhi double-teams on giant $350m Warburg-Airtel deal

“Airtel will sell a 15% stake in the DTH business to Warburg Pincus entity Lion Meadow Investment for Rs 1,623.76 crore, the telecom firm said in a stock exchange filing on Tuesday. Another group company that holds 5% of Bharti Telemedia will offer its entire stake to the PE firm. The deal values Bharti Telemedia at close to Rs 11,300 crore. This may make it India’s second largest DTH player by valuation, according to industry experts,” reported The Economic Times.

Law schools  10 hours ago

JGU has applied for Institution of Eminence status (NLUs probably can’t)

JGLS Sonepat stands a chance to make it to the Indian government recognised list of eminent institutions, in which none of the 22 national law universities (NLUs) may find a spot.

SCOI Reports  10 hours ago

CJI meets legal hacks, hints that may allow journos to live tweet from SC courtrooms in future

Chief Justice of India (CJI) _Dipak Misra_ on Monday hinted at possibly allowing journalists to publish news straight from courtrooms on Twitter from their mobile phones, live during case proceedings in the Supreme Court.

Bar, Bench & Litigation  06 December 2017

A 1st, 2nd & 3rd in judgeships: Collegium tips Dua partner Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, NLS grads Chinnadorai Saravanan, Sunil Dutt Yadav for elevation [UPDATE-1]

The Supreme Court collegium has recommended to the Madras high court bench who would probably be the first of a modern Indian law firm’s partners, as well as the second-ever NLSIU Bangalore graduate.

Graduates & Bar Exam  05 December 2017

Check here if you’d pass the bar exam • 3 bad questions in last weekend's AIBE • 10 days to find other errors

In a welcome move at transparency, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has (perhaps for the first time ever) released the English language questions and answer keys to the 11th All India Bar Exam (AIBE) that took place last weekend, on 3 December.

Corporate M&A  05 December 2017

Satyajit Sarna, GC Sameer Chugh on Airtel buy in Juggernaut

"Bharti Airtel Ltd, India’s largest telecom service provider, on Monday said that it has acquired a strategic stake in digital publishing platform Juggernaut Books," reported Mint.

Law firms  02 December 2017

Obituary: Young, big-hearted, respected JSA Delhi regulatory partner Vishal Anand RIP [UPDATE]

J Sagar Associates (JSA) Delhi partner Vishal Anand has died earlier this morning of cardiac arrest following multiple organ failures, after having been admitted to hospital several weeks ago.

In-house counsel  01 December 2017

Jet Airways long-time GC Ashok Barimar hands reins to Gautam Acharya

Jet Airways vice-president for aeropolitical, government and international affairs Gautam Acharya has taken over as vice president of legal and regulatory affairs at the airline, reported the Business Standard, as part of a major management reshuffle.

Private equity / VC  30 November 2017

Indus, Trilegal, CAM assist VCs in Portea Medical $26m fundraise

“Portea Medical has raised series C funding of $26 million led by new investors Sabre Partners and MEMG CDC. Portea’s existing investors Accel, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Qualcomm Ventures also participated in this round. Avendus Capital provided financial advisory services to the latest funding round in Portea,” reported MediaNama.

Law firms  30 November 2017

Despite downward pressure on fees post-AMSS, senior partners now charge avg Rs 22,000 / hr, associates on Rs 10,000

Senior Indian law firm partners’ billing rates have increased by around 17% over two years to an average of $335 an hour (Rs 21,580 at current exchange rates) from $292 in 2015 (Rs 18,500 at exchange rates at that time), according to consultancy RSG India's latest research and its figures from 2015.

Law firms  27 November 2017

AZB overtakes AMSS-divided in RSG top 40 firm rankings • Luthra, ELP, Tatva drop • Trilegal, LKS, Link, Indus rise

In the latest bi-annual rankings compiled by consultancy RSG India, AZB & Partners has topped the table ahead of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM), which had topped the table in 2015 when still united in one firm as Amarchand Mangaldas before their break-up (see full table below).

Law firms  27 November 2017

CAM adds ex-Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley to strategic advisory board of bigshots

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has appointed another high-profile name to its internal “strategic advisory board”, with the part-time hire of former magic circle firm Allen & Overy’s senior partner David Morley.

In-house counsel  27 November 2017

Marico GC Surender Sharma moves to Colgate Palmolive India as assistant GC

Marico’s head legal Surender Sharma has joined Colgate Palmolive India as associate director legal.

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