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

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Super-late bar council elections may now finally happen: Maha bar council deletes 65k “fake” lawyers as Feb deadline for election voter list approaches

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

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

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

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

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How BankBazaar GC Parag Mathur & team worked without law firm for 100 days of double-time to close $30m Experian funding round

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Graduates & Bar Exam  05 December 2017

Check here if you’d pass the bar exam • 3 bad questions in last weekend's AIBE • 10 days to find other errors

In a welcome move at transparency, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has (perhaps for the first time ever) released the English language questions and answer keys to the 11th All India Bar Exam (AIBE) that took place last weekend, on 3 December.

Corporate M&A  05 December 2017

Satyajit Sarna, GC Sameer Chugh on Airtel buy in Juggernaut

"Bharti Airtel Ltd, India’s largest telecom service provider, on Monday said that it has acquired a strategic stake in digital publishing platform Juggernaut Books," reported Mint.

Law firms  02 December 2017

Obituary: Young, big-hearted, respected JSA Delhi regulatory partner Vishal Anand RIP [UPDATE]

J Sagar Associates (JSA) Delhi partner Vishal Anand has died earlier this morning of cardiac arrest following multiple organ failures, after having been admitted to hospital several weeks ago.

In-house counsel  01 December 2017

Jet Airways long-time GC Ashok Barimar hands reins to Gautam Acharya

Jet Airways vice-president for aeropolitical, government and international affairs Gautam Acharya has taken over as vice president of legal and regulatory affairs at the airline, reported the Business Standard, as part of a major management reshuffle.

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Private equity / VC  30 November 2017

Indus, Trilegal, CAM assist VCs in Portea Medical $26m fundraise

“Portea Medical has raised series C funding of $26 million led by new investors Sabre Partners and MEMG CDC. Portea’s existing investors Accel, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Qualcomm Ventures also participated in this round. Avendus Capital provided financial advisory services to the latest funding round in Portea,” reported MediaNama.

Law firms  30 November 2017

Despite downward pressure on fees post-AMSS, senior partners now charge avg Rs 22,000 / hr, associates on Rs 10,000

Senior Indian law firm partners’ billing rates have increased by around 17% over two years to an average of $335 an hour (Rs 21,580 at current exchange rates) from $292 in 2015 (Rs 18,500 at exchange rates at that time), according to consultancy RSG India's latest research and its figures from 2015.

Law firms  27 November 2017

AZB overtakes AMSS-divided in RSG top 40 firm rankings • Luthra, ELP, Tatva drop • Trilegal, LKS, Link, Indus rise

In the latest bi-annual rankings compiled by consultancy RSG India, AZB & Partners has topped the table ahead of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM), which had topped the table in 2015 when still united in one firm as Amarchand Mangaldas before their break-up (see full table below).

Law firms  27 November 2017

CAM adds ex-Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley to strategic advisory board of bigshots

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has appointed another high-profile name to its internal “strategic advisory board”, with the part-time hire of former magic circle firm Allen & Overy’s senior partner David Morley.

In-house counsel  27 November 2017

Marico GC Surender Sharma moves to Colgate Palmolive India as assistant GC

Marico’s head legal Surender Sharma has joined Colgate Palmolive India as associate director legal.

Law firms  24 November 2017

Link Legal promotes JSA-AZB-alum from projects AP to partner

Link Legal India Law Services has promoted associate partner Shashwat Kumar to partner.

In-house counsel  24 November 2017

Ex-Vaish indrect tax head Shilpa Sharma now heading impactful indirect tax matters for Inox Group

Former Vaish Associates indirect tax head Shilpa Sharma, who had left the firm in April, has joined the Inox Group as legal advisor.

Capital Markets  24 November 2017

ELP helps Trigyn Technologies approve reduction of share capital before the NCLT, BHC

Trigyn Technologies, a company listed on the BSE and the NSE, has informed the Exchange regarding the scheme of reduction of share capital in the securities premium account has been approved by the NCLT by writing off the losses accumulated in its balance sheet against the amounts standing to the credit of the securities premium account of the company, as reported by Reuters.

Law schools  24 November 2017

NUJS to help West Bengal set up 2 more national law schools, upping NLU count to 22

NUJS Kolkata has offered to help the West Bengal state government set up the 21st and 22nd national law universities (NLU) in India, reported The Telegraph.

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