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Amity Noida grads start up possibly youngest LLP ever with unusual name

Karan Bindra: Senior partner
Karan Bindra: Senior partner
Three young lawyers have started up a Delhi litigation boutique called KIAA LLP (Knowledge Information Acess Advocates), one-and-a-half years after its founding partner obtained an undergraduate law degree from the law school of Amity University Noida with two other partners who graduated half a year ago.

“We are striving to make it as one of the top tier law firm in India which is totally dedicated towards their clients,” said Karan Bindra, founder and senior partner, who graduated in 2010.

Co-founding partners are Kumar Ankur and Chayan Sarkar, who graduated last August.

Bindra had assisted advocate Himanshu Bajaj and Delhi-based IP law firm Intel Advocates, while Kumar and Sarkar had worked on lower court matters with advocate Pragyan Pradeesh Sharma and advocate Vijay Agarwal respectively since graduation.

The three have now rented basement space in Delhi’s Jangpura area and fitted it out with a law library and Manupatra among other things, and set up Knowledge Information Acess Advocates (KIAA) in December 2011.

“We wanted to have our own office. The firm was actually a dream for us,” said Sarkar, adding that he is the fifth generation of lawyers in his family. “We thought of it one day over a cup of coffee. That’s how KIAA came into existence. Initially we had never thought of this.”

Bindra added that apart from seeking parental assistance he invested all of his savings toward this venture.

A firm by any other name

In naming their law firm, the partners said that they wanted to be innovative yet conform to legal undertones. “So we have the knowledge, the information and the resources to assess,” said Bindra. “This was the main idea behind KIAA.”

Kumar clarified that the word “Acess” was not a spelling mistake but derived inspiration from a German company’s identical name.

The international image was also vital when deciding the structure, Bindra noted. “It is an LLP [limited liability partnership] company so we may get work through foreign routes. It gives you an advantage in terms of clients abroad.”

The LLP is not yet registered on the MCA website against the name Knowledge Information Acess Advocates LLP or KIAA LLP at the time of going to press, but Sarkar said that the process was ongoing.

Start-up diet

Bindra said that KIAA’s present clients consisted of three Gurgaon-based companies and a Singaporean company by the name of BIRD.

Sarkar added that the firm was also hopefully starting work with GMR. “We will be handling only two aspects – the contract of the labour and the part about building regulations,” he said, but added: “Nothing is concrete yet.”

Sarkar had been primarily dealing with lower court matters before setting up KIAA but said that labour law was good for building relationships. “If you look into the bigger picture it [labour law] gives you a lot of exposure. It allows you to have a good contact with trial courts as well as the corporate world.”

Sarkar added: “What we really dream of is having a pan-India kind of organisation - using your contacts and expanding in other parts of the country. Karan has a very good network in European countries and Singapore, so [this] will help [in] going that side. Litigation is my genre, so far as expansion is concerned.”

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