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LI Spring 2018 Issue

India and the Gulf States: A Bright Future for Cross-Border Investments

1

India’s Evolving Competition Regime: The Big Picture

Business Opportunities in Brazil

Editor's picks

30

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 schools  28 June 2018

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

However, NLSIU’s unequivocal lead has started crumbling a tiny bit: while last year, only three of the top 50 all India ranks did not pick Bangalore, this year NLSIU ‘lost’ 10 in the top 50: ranks 6, 11, 15, 32, 38, 42-46, 52, 63 and 65 did not opt for NLSIU in the general list.

In-house counsel  27 June 2018

OYO hotel chain hires new GC Rakesh Prusti from Max Healthcare, looking at int’l expansion

OYO, the technology-driven hotel chain, has hired Rakesh Prusti, the Max Healthcare director legal, regulatory affairs and compliance, as its general counsel (GC).

Law firms  27 June 2018

Luthra & Luthra continues boosting corporate: Link Legal’s Alok Sonker to join [UPDATE: as partner designate, for ‘exponential growth’]

Luthra & Luthra will hire its third lateral corporate partner this year, with Link Legal India Law Services associate partner Alok Sonker due to join in Mumbai next month.

Law firms  26 June 2018

Shardul Amarchand promotes 8 to partner, of whom 6 in corporate • Mumbai now 37 partners, 189 fee-earners

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has promoted 8 of its lawyers to partner, growing it to a total of 109 partners, according to its press release.

In-house counsel and GCs

In-house counsel  26 June 2018

Vikram Solar manufacturer hires Punj Lloyd Infra legal head Amit Gupta

Punj Lloyd Infrastructure head legal Amit Gupta has joined Vikram Solar as head of its legal and business and corporate affairs function.

Bar, Bench & Litigation  26 June 2018

BCI misspells Justice ‘Chemeleshwar’ throughout lengthy post-retirement press release diatribe, on behalf of ‘99.9% of lawyers’

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has issued a press release slamming recently retired Justice J Chelameswar for speaking to the press after his retirement, explaining why he (and others) took the unprecedented step in January of calling a press conference criticising the conduct of their Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra.

Law firms  23 June 2018

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

Federal & Rashmikant’s two senior name partners M Federal and C Rashmikant are due to separate, dissolving the partnership of the top Mumbai litigation and real estate firm, according to two reliable sources.

Law firms  22 June 2018

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

Nivedita Tiwari, who had resigned from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) in April, is due to join Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM), we reliably understand.

Law firms  20 June 2018

Cyril Amarchand Delhi head Percy Billimoria to become independent counsel

It’s been a long time coming, with rumours swirling for months now, but Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) partner and Delhi head Percy Billimoria has given notice last month and is set to start up an independent counsel practice, we have reliably learned.

Law firms  20 June 2018

HSA hires Dhir disputes lawyer Abhirup Dasgupta as associate partner

HSA Advocates has hired Dhir & Dhir disputes principal associate Abhirup Dasgupta as associate partner in Delhi.

Law schools  19 June 2018

IDIA gets 9 diverse scholars into NLUs, but only NLU Delhi provides 2 of them fee-waivers

A total of nine students from non-traditional backgrounds supported by the Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) initiative have made it to national law schools.

Law firms  19 June 2018

AZB Bangalore lures ex-NDA Shreya Rao (Nalsar ‘06) to co-head its private client practice

AZB & Partners has hired Shreya Rao, the founder of Rao Law Chambers, as a partner in Bangalore to co-head its private client practice. She will join from 20 June with her team of two lawyers.

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