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AZB Mumbai widens management with new CEO role for Abhijit Joshi

Joshi: Unlike many lawyers, he enjoys law firm management
Joshi: Unlike many lawyers, he enjoys law firm management
Exclusive: AZB & Partners has appointed senior partner Abhijit Joshi into the newly created chief executive officer (CEO) role, overseeing the Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune offices while continuing in his client-facing duties.

Corporate and M&A lawyer Joshi (pictured) would continue his fee-earning work in Mumbai but as CEO would also be tasked with “steering the Firm to the next level of growth”, according to a statement from AZB.

AZB’s Mumbai-based managing and co-founding partner Zia Mody added that it was an important step in the continued institutionalisation of the firm. Mumbai co-founding partner Bahram Vakil also noted that it was a defining step on the way to achieving the next frontier.

The appointment was proposed by the firm’s management and approved by a partnership vote.

The ambit of the CEO role for the Western region – the firm’s Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune officers - is understood to include managing sustainable future expansion of the firm, devising plans for dealing with competitive pressures in the market and managing talent.

Joshi told Legally India that he looked forward to the role and the future with a lot of excitement.

In 2000 Joshi had joined as the first non-founder partner at the Chambers of Zia Mody, as the Mumbai firm was then called before it merged with Vakil in Mumbai in 2002 and later with Ajay Bahl in Delhi to create AZB.

Joshi was previously a partner at Dua Associates, which he joined in the late 90s from Amarchand Mangaldas. He is qualified as a solicitor of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society and a solicitor of England & Wales.

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