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Luthra Delhi down 3: Nivedita Tiwari joins MNK, Moushami Joshi to Pillsbury, Shweta Hingorani non-corp

Tiwari: Joins aspirational MNK
Tiwari: Joins aspirational MNK

Luthra & Luthra partner Nivedita Tiwari quit last month to join MNK Law Offices, as partners Dr Shweta Hingorani and Moushami Joshi are also set to leave the firm for personal reasons.

Tiwari has joined MNK, which was set up in 1996, as an M&A and private equity partner. The firm was ranked sixth in the 2013 first quarter mergermarket M&A league table by volume with three deals worth $59m.

She commented: “MNK is a place where I can fulfil my career aspirations by not only continuing to lead challenging M&A and PE deals but also helping shape and direct the future course of the practice.”

Tiwari was promoted to Luthra’s partnership in 2011 after joining in 2005 from AZB & Partners. She is a 2003 graduate of University of Delhi’s law faculty.

She will be MNK’s fifth partner, alongside four NLSIU Bangalore alumni – former AZB & Partners partner Probal Bhaduri, former KSB Partners co-founding partner and GE Commercial Finance general counsel Srinivas Kilambi, litigator Anuradha Mukherjee, and former Arthur Andersen tax advisor Gyanendra Kumar.

Unrelated to Tiwari’s move, two other Delhi partners are also leaving Luthra.

Moushami Joshi to Pillsbury

Joshi, who had been an international trade partner at Luthra since 2010, will be moving to the US for personal reasons in the coming months where she will join US law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman as an of counsel.

She is qualified to practice in New York and holds an LLM in international trade from Washington University Law School, and a 2001-LLB from NLSIU Bangalore.

She told Legally India that she would likely continue working closely with Luthra in future, which had a close and long-standing relationship with Pillsbury.

Shweta Hingorami: exploring non-corporate

Hingorani, meanwhile, said that while Luthra had been a great experience and “like a home” to her, she would be taking some time out from corporate law to focus on other areas of law. “I have been practicing corporate law for more than a decade now and after having worked practically 24x7 all these years, I have decided to take time off to explore certain other interests, particularly writing on legal and governance-related issues.”

“My interests are quite varied and I dabbled in different things prior to joining the firm. I did my masters in international relations and my PhD in German constitutional law in the UK, trained with the European Commission and undertook policy research for the Canadian Government, amongst others,” she added.

She was promoted to the firm’s partnership in 2008 - the same year as litigation partner Ajit Warrier who joined Amarchand Mangaldas in June.

Luthra senior partner Mohit Saraf declined to comment on individual leavers’ circumstances, but said: “We are doing a lot of internal restructuring and rethinking. We want to take firm to a different level.” [Clarification: Saraf has clarified that the restructuring and the three departures are completely unrelated]

The firm is due to announce its long-awaited partnership promotions later this evening (Saturday, 3 August).

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