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LI Spring 2018 Issue

2

Has India Legal Inc Missed the Bus on Artificial Intelligence, or is it Just the Right Time to Get on Board?

Dispute Resolution for USA and Indian Businesses

19

Benchmark your compensation across the Indian legal sector • Plus 24 key partner, 42 GC moves of the year

Editor's picks

31

Advaita, BMR co-founding partner Sujit Ghosh (NLS 95) to leave, become independent arguing counsel

20

Citi India GC Pramod Rao to return to old home but as ICICI Group GC

176

2018 CLAT preferences: Same same • NLS ‘loses’ a few more • NLU Mumbai popular again • Clataclysm gave a few bumps

60

Top Mumbai solicitors Federal & Rashmikant (lawyers of Cyril Shroff) face break-up [UPDATE: Firm reorganising partnership]

65

Ex-Cyril Amarchand Delhi corporate partner Nivedita Tiwari to join Shardul Amarchand

105

Cyril Amarchand Delhi head Percy Billimoria to become independent counsel

Law firms  12 April 2018

SAM’s first Bangalore partner Karthik Mahalingam to leave for US MBA at MIT Sloan

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) Bangalore founding partner Karthik Mahalingam is to leave the firm on 30 April.

Law firms  12 April 2018

AZB leads M&A Q1 by value, volume across 3 league tables, ahead of SAM, then CAM-KhaiCo • Luthra fully MIA so far

AZB & Partners acted on the biggest and greatest number of deals in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, topping the charts across league tables published by mergermarket (MM) as well as by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters (TR).

Law schools  12 April 2018

NLU Jodhpur after Day Zero: 32 jobs in bag already out of 103 grads for 2019 • Luthra, Trilegal, Khaitan biggest recruiters

NLU Jodhpur has already placed 32 out of 103 students who will graduate the LLB degree next year, including three foreign firm vacation schemes.

Bar, Bench & Litigation  12 April 2018

2 law firm partners win seats on Delhi bar council: Luthra’s Vijay Sondhi, Singh & Associates’ Manoj Kumar Singh

The 25 winners of the Delhi bar council election have been announced, with an unprecedented two law firm lawyers making the cut.

Law schools  12 April 2018

NIRF law school ranking median salary fact-check: Nalsar definitely screwed up, NLU Delhi was a bit cheeky, NUJS was most honest

Nearly every and any way you slice and dice it, one thing is clear: disclosure of and the rules surrounding law schools’ “median salary” figures for the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) need to improve.

Law firms  11 April 2018

JSA Bangalore partner Murali Ananthasivan starts independent counsel practice with eye on NCLT

J Sagar Associates (JSA) Bangalore equity partner Murali Ananthasivan has gone independent to become an independent counsel again.

In-house counsel and GCs

Law firms  11 April 2018

Khaitan grows to 127 partners in corp, CM-heavy promo round: 8 new equity, 15 new AP • 4 from SLS; 3 from NUJS, GLC, NLU-J; 2 from HNLU, NLS

Khaitan & Co has promoted eight of its associate partners to equity partnership, as well as made 15 new associate partners, and one new counsel (see full list below).*

Law firms  10 April 2018

2 JSA team-mates Mansoor Ali Shoket, Nitin Kala start up regulatory boutique RegLaw Chambers

J Sagar Associates (JSA) equity partner Mansoor Ali Shoket and ex-JSA salaried partner-turned-in-houser Nitin Kala have started Delhi-based regulatory boutique RegLaw Chambers.

Law firms  10 April 2018

New AZB Mumbai COO: Ex-NLS-CAM lawyer-manager Eshan Sharma to make ‘very happy working place’ & more

Legal technology consultant and (Cyril) Amarchand alumnus Eshan Sharma, has joined AZB & Partners on 2 April as its chief operating officer (COO).

Law firms  09 April 2018

IndusLaw promotes 3 to partner: Symbi’s Anindya Ghosh, HNLU’s Basava Rao, BU’s Namita Viswanath

IndusLaw has promoted 3 to salaried partnership, growing its total partnership to 26.

Law schools  09 April 2018

On a roll: Following earlier victory, CNLU students now win expedited resignation of registrar with another protest

CNLU Patna students reconvened again, after the suspension of their protests against Ishwara Bhat’s appointment as vice-chancellor (VC) of the law school, to push for the removal of the law school’s registrar this weekend.

Law firms  09 April 2018

CBI leaker speculates to TOI: Maybe will file case against ‘top law firm’ in Nirav Modi case (aka Cyril Amarchand)

According to a frontpage exclusive in the Times of India this morning, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is “exploring the option of naming a top law firm either as a conspirator, or registering a fresh case - for possession of stolen property - after investigating officers found official documents belonging to the bank on its premises”.

Mooting  08 April 2018

NLSIU makes it to finals of Jessup, world cup of mooting, eventually losing out to Australia [UPDATE-1: Comment]

A team from NLSIU Bangalore has made it to finals of the most prestigious moot in the world, the Jessup, where it eventually lost to the University of Queensland, Australia.

Mooting  05 April 2018

Jessup live: NLSIU is runner-up in the world cup of mooting finals • 4 broke into last 32

Update 8 April 2018, 09:57: Alas, it wouldn’t be this year: NLSIU has come second in what has nevertheless been an amazing performance.

Law schools  07 April 2018

NUJS VC Ishwara Bhat keeps promise, resigns, as new acting VC to start Monday: Ex-judge Amit Talukdar

NUJS Kolkata has a new interim vice chancellor (VC), retired Calcutta high court judge and former SAT chairman Amit Talukdar, following the resignation of previous VC Prof Ishwara Bhat.

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