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Law firms  10 January 2018

High time: Luthra bulks up corp, PE strength with Trilegal counsel Vishwanath Pratap Singh as partner

Trilegal Delhi corporate, M&A and private equity counsel Vishwanath Pratap Singh has left the firm several weeks ago and is understood to be joining Luthra & Luthra as a partner in Delhi.

Fun and games  10 January 2018

Khaitan beats hattrickers ELP at its own Mumbai Masters Cup cricket tournament to pick up trophy • CAM, SAM make semis

Khaitan & Co bested Economic Laws Practice (ELP) and won the ELP Masters Cup Cricket Tournament on 7 January after three days of competition with 15 other Indian law firms.

Litigation  10 January 2018

Salve, Delhi HC revising Original Side Rules: Would smack frivolous litigants with huge costs [UPDATE-1]

Senior advocate Harish Salve helped the Delhi high court approve, but not yet notify, a set of new rules which would enable it to impose a staggering and unprecedented amount of costs on litigants filing frivolous cases before it, encourage video-conferencing trials and reduce litigation time in other ways.

Law firms  09 January 2018

India’s top 30+ M&A firms of 2017: AZB, SAM top mergermarket rankings as CAM drops, Luthra takes bottom rungs

AZB & Partners and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) acted on the biggest and greatest number of deals respectively, according to mergermarket (MM), which captured far fewer deals than both Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters databases that we had reported last week, in part due to its different deal eligibility criteria (see below).

Litigation  09 January 2018

32% of ex-SC judges believe police torture is a necessary evil, reveal NLU Delhi talks to 60 ex-judges on the death penalty

The death penalty would stay on Indian statute books for at least another 50 years, predicted a former Chief Justice of India (CJI) in a wide-ranging study of opinions of former apex court judges conducted by NLU Delhi on the death penalty in India.

Bar, Bench & Litigation  08 January 2018

Shooting the messenger: UIDAI files FIR against reporter who exposed lax Aadhaar security

The Indian Express has reported that a Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) deputy director has filed an FIR against Tribune reporter Rachna Khaira, who had reported on the sale of administrator usernames and passwords to websites having full access to the Aadhaar database for Rs 500 last week.

In-house counsel and GCs

Graduates & Bar Exam  05 January 2018

Tareekh pe tareekh: 9 months after 10th bar exam, certificates of practice now available in some states (but not in Maha or Karnataka)

The Bar Council of India (BCI) announced yesterday (see below) that the long-awaited certificates of practice for those who passed the 10th All India Bar Exam (AIBE) held on 26 March 2017 are now available, but only for 19 states.

Corporate M&A  04 January 2018

Bloomberg vs Reuters M&A '17 league table special: AZB gains on S&R, SAM, CAM • Luthra nearly drops off

AZB & Partners was the busiest and fastest growing law firm in India this year according to year-end rankings released separately by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters.

Law firms  04 January 2018

Delhi HSA-breakaway Neeti Niyaman enters Mumbai with small office & HSA assoc partner Vaidehi Naik

Former HSA Advocates partners Sakya Chaudhuri, Avijeet Lala and Anand Shrivastava’s Delhi start-up Neeti Niyaman has expanded to Mumbai with the opening of a new office in Fort.

Law firms  03 January 2018

MDP adds corporate, projects verticals with ex-MDP associates Pranav Jain, Malav Virani as partners

MDP & Partners now again has a corporate practice and a projects / banking practice respectively with the addition of two new partners after rehiring former associate Pranav N Jain and former associate Malav Virani.

Corporate M&A  03 January 2018

Khaitan, CAM rideshare $40m Ola snack of Foodpanda

“Ola, operated by ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd, has acquired online food delivery start-up Foodpanda India from its German parent Delivery Hero AG in an all-stock deal that will see the ride-hailing firm infuse $200m in Foodpanda India’s operations,” reported Mint.

Law firms  02 January 2018

Archana Balasubramanian’s Agama sees Tata Chem counsel Nitin Jain join as managing partner

GLC Mumbai 2007 alumnus Nitin Jain has joined his GLC senior Archana Balasubramanian's four-year-old start-up Agama Law Associates as managing partner, having left his role as in-house counsel at Tata Chemicals.

Law firms  02 January 2018

LKS partners, NLUJ ‘07-batchmates Abir Roy, Sundar Ramanathan start on own • To collaborate with recent senior LKS exit Seetharaman

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (LKS) Delhi-based partners Abir Roy and T Sundar Ramanathan have left the firm to start-up an independent firm in collaboration with former LKS senior partner S Seetharaman, who left the firm in October.

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