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Why CNLU campus is in lockdown protests over NUJS VC move • The cases for and against Bhat (and the case where there is none)


Unpopular NUJS vice chancellor Ishwara Bhat to leave for CNLU Patna, before report exhumation • NLIU ex-vc, 3 others also applied

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Law firms  20 November 2009

SILF Mumbai to foster debate, bring associates legal education

The Mumbai chapter of the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) is starting on its drive to become an organisation relevant outside of Delhi, kicking off with a continuing legal education programme for associates.

Corporate M&A  19 November 2009

'Very complex' merger cements Amarchand, Aditya Birla

Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai has advised Aditya Birla Group in the series of mergers between Grasim Industries, Samruddhi Cements and UltraTech Cements, creating India's largest and the world's tenth largest cement manufacturer.

Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO)  19 November 2009

Allen & Overy embraces India legal process outsourcing (LPO)

Allen & Overy (A&O) has agreed to outsource its legal work to Mumbai and New York with legal process outsourcing (LPO) company Integreon, becoming the first magic circle firm to embrace the LPO model, according to The Lawyer magazine.

Mooting  18 November 2009

Stetson South sees NLS Bangalore, Bhopal race to top mooting league

Kerala Law Academy won the Stetson South India Rounds last weekend, qualifying for Florida's Stetson World Finals in March 2010 alongside runners-up New Law College Pune.

Corporate M&A  17 November 2009

JSA, Luthra close cinema, mall slump-sale-JV

J Sagar Associates (JSA) and Luthra & Luthra co-ordinated the Rs 62.2 crore ($13.5m) cash and equity acquisition of DLF-owned DT Cinemas chain by entertainment chain PVR.

Mooting  16 November 2009

Amity tops IICLAM moot; Bhopal targets pole position (CORRECTION)

Amity Law School IP University Delhi has made a strong start in Legally India's new Mooting Premier League, winning the International Infrastructure and Construction Law Arbitration (IICLAM) at NLU Delhi after beating Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) Gandhinagar this weekend.

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Law firms  13 November 2009

Second law firm lawyer stands for local Bar Council election

Another law firm partner has thrown his hat in the ring of local Bar Council elections, with ALMT Legal partner Hitesh Jain running for the Maharashtra & Goa Bar Council on a ticket of improving participation, relevance and infrastructure.

Mooting  13 November 2009

NUJS, NLIU Bhopal enter moot rankings behind NLS Bangalore

NUJS Kolkata has scored a double-whammy by winning the best team and best researcher awards at the first All India Corporate Law Moot Court Competition 2009 organised by National Law University Delhi, narrowly beating NLIU Bhopal, which bagged the best orator award.

Careers Counsel  12 November 2009

Careers Counsel: Why is CGPA all important?

A first year student at a National Law School asks: Why do recruiting law firms feel that cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is the "be-all-and-end-all"?

Analysis  11 November 2009

Do you want to be a law school conferencer?

Putting together a law school conference is hard work. Increasingly law students are taking matters into their own hands and doing it, as the pay-offs for the school and students are tangible.

Private equity / VC  10 November 2009

Bharucha, Khaitan fast-track Blackstone PE stake

Bharucha & Partners and Khaitan & Co have led on The Blackstone Group's Rs 300 crore ($64m) investment in logistics company Gateway Rail Freight.

Job moves  10 November 2009

SN Gupta starts Mumbai M&A team, eyes full service in new office

SN Gupta & Co has started up an M&A practice in Mumbai by hiring a Khaitan & Co senior associate as a partner and an associate from Hemant Sahai Associates.

The firm has also taken on new office space in Mumbai and plans to build a litigation team.

Job moves  09 November 2009

Amarchand hires Irish competition law expert

Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi has hired a non-Indian qualified competition law specialist as a director in its competition law practice, reports The Lawyer magazine.

Law firms  09 November 2009

Clifford Chance income tax saga enters Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India has requested Clifford Chance to provide details of its India-billings of more than a decade ago in its long-running dispute against the Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax (DCIT). The case is important to determine international firms' income tax liabilities while billing for work in India.

Job moves  09 November 2009

Zeus Law expands from law schools, US

Four-year old Delhi corporate firm Zeus Law Associates has beefed up its practice with the hire of a former US in-houser as a managing associate and three associates fresh out of law schools.

Law firms  06 November 2009

Linklaters partners resign, join best friend's new lockstep

Two partners from Linklaters have resigned to join its Indian best friend firm Talwar Thakore & Associates (TTA) as equity partners.

The firm has also promoted two of its associates to non-equity partner level and put in place a lockstep system.

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