AZB_Anup-Shah One-and-a-half years after merging with Anup S Shah law firm in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai, AZB & Partners and Anup Shah and his firm have decided to part ways as “best friends”.

Shah’s (pictured) practice would again consist of around 20 lawyers, with AZB’s Bangalore office reverting to five partners, AZB co-founding partner Bahram Vakil told Legally India, adding that the office would not have a formally designated legal head.

Shah had merged with AZB in July 2009, almost doubling the size of AZB’s office to 40, only one month after J Sagar Associates (JSA) had merged with AZB-breakaway M&C Partners to grow to 37 lawyers.

A joint statement signed by Vakil and Shah said: “AZB & Partners has decided to re-align its partnership with the real estate practices of Anup S. Shah Law Firm, which had joined the partnership of AZB & Partners.

“Effective January 1, 2011, AZB & Partners and Anup S. Shah Law Firm will have a ‘best friends’ alliance.”

“AZB & Partners and Anup S. Shah Law Firm believe that such a re-alignment would allow both AZB & Partners and Anup S. Shah Law Firm to leverage their brand equity in corporate / M&A and real estate segments in Bangalore. The re-alignment will allow each of them to focus on and grow their current core areas of practice in Bangalore,” continued the statement.

Shah said in the statement: “We look forward to working alongside AZB & Partners. Our partnership has been fruitful and this re-alignment will allow us each to expand our core areas of strength in a greater way.”

Vakil said: “Anup and his team have a great reputation in the real estate arena and we are hopeful the best reinds’ alliance will allow us to leverage Anup’s relationship in the real estate sector.”

The partners were not immediately available for further comment at the time of going to press.

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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 25 Dec 10, 10:27
ha ha... that says a lot about the 'real' state of relationship between CC and AZB, as these two giants also call each other their 'best friend'.... are A & ZB also just the 'best friend' of each other?

Happy Christmas and a New Year
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 25 Dec 10, 21:38
Azb is a [...]. Ms. Mody runs the Mumbai office with an iron fist. I have met all the senior partners and remain convinced that none will be able to run the firm after Ms. Mody.
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Like +1 Object -0 Anonymous guest 26 Dec 10, 14:04
WOW! Talk about spin. It's like after a divorce you say you will remain "best friends".

Last year we were treated to another merger-demerger fiasco with PKA and ...I don't recall the other guy's name.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 27 Dec 10, 22:57
Last couple of split ups (Vivek and Anup) shows that AZB is just a one woman army and if you do not say YES MAM then you get a "best friend" status!!!
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Like +0 Object -1 Anonymous guest 28 Dec 10, 03:38
instead of this continuous corporate law nonsense, can we please have articles about things that matter to the nation? e.g. binayak sen, jethmalani's pil on swiss banks, swamy's pil on raja
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 28 Dec 10, 04:47
The fact remains that 99% of the so call employee were students of below average prior to the LLB and they are happy with a decent amount of salary from the firm and spend them on dress, drink and other related actvities to show them superior outwardly. End result is more frustration, break-up, divorce , multiple relationship . Asking them to diccuss the national /social issue shall not yeild any result .
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 28 Dec 10, 12:15
actually, it is the so-called servants of the public who indulge in the high life, e.g. the son-in-law of a certain ex-chief justice who's scam was reported yesterday but is being censored by most news channels (naturally, the congress runs the media).
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 30 Dec 10, 00:37
@6...u sound frustrated....
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 30 Dec 10, 10:45
#1 - Please explain what this says about the 'real' state of the relationship between AZB & Clifford Chance. It would be nice to know what your assumptions are, particularly since you appeared to have made so many. Not that I am going to dismiss your comment entirely. It would be interesting to know how you arrived at that conclusion. Please also take the effort to explain what "are A & ZB also just the 'best friend' of each other?" means. Maybe you know something that the rest of the legal fraternity doesn't know.

#2 - I am sure that makes you very happy. Or rather, I remain convinced that you are very happy.

#4 - First of all, you are entirely wrong. But, I am merely going to assume that you are right. Now, please explain, does it really make a difference? Take a look at AMSS Delhi and AMSS Mumbai.

#5 - Sure! Try Google. Its a search engine. Therein, type 'Binayak Sen' and hit the enter key. Maybe that would work. Repeat for anything else that you wish to read up on.

#6 - Stunning stuff! You should be a sociologist. Or maybe a marriage counsellor. I see a bright future ahead for you.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 30 Dec 10, 14:13
#9 - whats the itch (and the point)? you've just added one more silly comment like the rest
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 31 Dec 10, 21:13
at #9 ur comment on #5 shows how silly u r.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 01 Jan 11, 05:35
#10 - Like the topic to my comment says - its just a few thoughts. In the process, I wanted to point out the gap in logic, lack of thought, and a down right lack of information in a few of the comments. Its interesting to see people knock around and comment on things that they have absolutely no clue about. If the people posting these comments are lawyers (or on their way to becoming lawyers), I think (or, should I say 'remain convinced', #2?) that the fate of the profession is bleak.
Besides, on a lighter note, the comments were too irresistible to let this thread slip by. Wouldn't you agree?

#11 - I think you missed the point. Its called 'sarcasm'. But please, don't let that deter you.

Happy New Year, all!

Sincerely, #9.
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Like +1 Object -0 Anonymous guest 06 Jan 11, 02:13
I can smell a rat in this merger and split over such a short span of time. In fact, its the timing that gives away the game. When the Reliance dispute was on, the merger happened thereabouts. The judge's daughter was working with Anup Shah Firm, and not with AZB. But after the merger, she was with AZB technically. So, the judge recluses himself. Now, with the verdict, the split is announced.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 09 Jan 11, 03:28
#13 - That's an interesting inference. Though why merge with a whole firm, if just taking one person would do? Logically, AZB should have just taken Sunitha Rajesh (Justice Raveendran's daughter) on board their team, if your theory is true.

Let's face it, Shah's practice in Real Estate in South India is unparalleled. His clients include almost every major developer in each of the three cities where his firm has presence. Its not a game that people are trying to play. Give India's law firms a little more credit than that.
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