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Majmudar snags Juris Corp counsel Fraser M with disputes bait

Fraser M: Teaming up with the adversary
Fraser M: Teaming up with the adversary
Former Juris Corp banking of counsel Fraser M Alexander will join Majmudar & Partners on Monday, having left on 28 January after six years with the firm.

Alexander is joining Majmudar’s corporate and commercial disputes practice in Mumbai as an associate partner. The practice is headed by partner Neerav Merchant, whom Alexander said he knew since they had faced each other in a litigation for a client.

“My [role] here will be more comprehensive than what I was handling [at Juris Corp],” said Alexander. “I will also be dealing with corporate litigation, and [it will] not just be restricted to banking.”

Merchant commented: “We look at Fraser to strengthen our disputes practice, especially on the banking and finance matters… Considering the depth and knowledge that Fraser brings in relation to handling and advising clients on the banking and commercial disputes, we are hoping that his move in Majmudar will be a win-win for both parties. Moreover, our clients shall really welcome this move, especially once we succeed in structuring Fraser's roles and responsibilities in Majmudar, as also help him in integrating with us completely."

According to a Juris Corp press release, Alexander was primarily handling banking disputes and recoveries at the firm.

Alexander graduated in 1991 from GLC Trivandrum and practiced in Kerala courts from April 1992 to June 1996, when he joined litigation firm M Kurien & Associates in Chennai for more than a year.

In 1998 he joined MEPC India as a retail associate and in 2000 he moved to the in-house legal department of Lakshmi Vilas Bank. His last in-house counsel role was at Development Credit Bank from 2002 to 2006.

He said he expected a moderate flow in banking transactions until 2015, when things would look up further.

Juris Corp co-founding partner H Jayesh said in the press release: “He is a great guy and someone who will make his mark wherever he goes. We wish him all the best.”

Juris Corp had opened an office in Chennai this week after hiring Mumbai partner Hoshedar Wadia’s sister Hufriz Wadia to head it. The last partners to resign Juris Corp - Vandana Sekhri, Freddy Daruwala and Nisar Ookabhoy – left in early 2012.

Majmudar & Partners founding partner Akil Hirani was not available for comment at the time of going to press.

Correction: The original version of this story erroneously stated that Alexander would be joining Majmudar as a partner, and was a partner at Juris Corp. This has now been corrected.

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