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Juris Corp Chennai head Hufriz Wadia joins Kochhar as Chennai partner

Wadia: Now on easier terrain
Wadia: Now on easier terrain

Former Juris Corp partner and Chennai head Hufriz Wadia yesterday joined Kochhar & Co as a partner in its banking and finance, corporate and capital markets practice in Chennai.

Confirming that she had been in talks with Kochhar since before leaving Juris Corp, Wadia said: “There is enough banking that happens in Chennai. The benefit that I have now is that there is a robust practice already. [Kochhar] is a well-established firm with a big practice already so it is far easier to bring in banking clients here. It has a good setup in Chennai.”

Wadia said that the “traditional” Chennai market where corporate clients preferred senior counsel and were not open to law firms, had changed. “It is getting easier,” she commented.

Wadia will not specialise in Islamic Banking as she did for Juris Corp, using her past experience at Dubai law firm Al Tamimi & Co. Though she said she will help with Islamic banking work for Kochhar’s Dubai office when required.

Kochhar & Co managing partner Rohit Kochhar said in a press release: “I am delighted to welcome Hufriz on board and am confident that she will make a valuable contribution to the Kochhar Chennai office and will help us consolidate our leadership position in Tamil Nadu.”

She had announced her resignation from Juris Corp seven months after heading the newly established Chennai practice of the firm. She exited in October having joined the firm in January 2013. She told Legally India that the firm was in the process of “organising something” for the Chennai office at the time of her exit. Juris Corp was not reachable for comment at the time of going to press.

Kochhar has 30 lawyers in Chennai including 5 partners, 15 corporate banking associates and the rest involved in litigation work, she explained adding that the firm had no practice head in the city.

The firm hired four lateral partners in May, most recently.

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