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CLAT 2018 innings of writs begins in Jaipur HC • NLU Jodhpur joins tangle as respondent • Lit funding drive starts to hire senior counsel


The K Law 7 decide to jointly go it alone, start Anoma Legal with teams, APs in 3 cities


SC asks NLUs for CLAT suggestions, asks ASG if NLUs have national importance • Basheer rejects BCI involvement [READ AFFIDAVITS]


Breaking: K Law to see 7 partners exit across 3 cities, possibly with entrepreneurial ambitions • Firm recruiting into 50% gap


Viral sex harass post at GNLU prompts 2nd student to come forward, file complaint vs staff member

Bar, Bench & Litigation  22 January 2010

PIL vs mining giants to make Karnataka rich

Exclusive: A Karnataka public interest litigation (PIL) is trying to prevent mining companies Arcelor Mittal and Posco from allegedly profiting unfairly from state concessions, which the PIL alleges would result in a loss of $50bn to the state or the equivalent of Rs 2.4 lakhs per family.

Law firms  21 January 2010

IP start-up gets Swiss-connection with senior joiner

Ex-FoxMandal Little start-up boutique IP Gurus is moving to a larger office and has hired the former in-house senior counsel of luxury goods group Richemont and an associate in Geneva.

Interviews  21 January 2010

First join bar, then law firms: GE Vahanvati video interview

Attorney general GE Vahanvati says do litigation first, then join a big firm.

Finance  20 January 2010

Phoenix bundles and sells 42k micro-loans

Phoenix Legal has acted on a Rs 308m ($6.5m) microfinance securitisation of 42,000 micro-loans for IFMR Capital.

Real estate  20 January 2010

Khaitan & Co in record Mumbai land buy

Khaitan & Co and Wadhwa Group's in-house counsel have closed Mumbai's largest land deal of the year, in the 18.18-acre land purchase in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai from Hindustan Composites (HCL) for Rs 571 crore ($125m).

In-house counsel and GCs

Capital Markets  19 January 2010

Amarchand unbeatable in QIP league Q3; 6 firms chase

Amarchand Mangaldas has significantly expanded its lead in the qualified institutional placement (QIP) stakes, acting on eight out of 18 QIPs filed in the third quarter of 2009. AZB & Partners and Khaitan & Co bagged three mandates each, with J Sagar Associates (JSA) and Crawford Bayley picking up two each.

Corporate M&A  19 January 2010

$1.8bn Aircel towers deal to Amarchand, Wadia

Wadia Ghandy Mumbai and Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi have helped GTL Infrastructure in acquiring Aircel's telecom tower business in an all-cash deal valued at Rs 8,400 crore ($1.84bn).

Law firms  18 January 2010

JSA enters indirect tax fray with ex-Revenue man

J Sagar Associates (JSA) has engaged the former chairman of the Customs and Central Excise Settlement Commission Jogendra Singh as an indirect tax senior adviser, making it the second senior expansion of JSA's tax practice in two months.

Mooting  18 January 2010

New MPL top dog after Jessup North, KK Luthra moots

NLU Jodhpur has beaten Law Centre I (LC-I) Delhi University in the finals of Philip C. Jessup North India round, while Government Law College (GLC) Mumbai bested Nalsar Hyderabad in the finals of the KK Luthra moot.

Law firms  18 January 2010

Wadia takes ELP Masters' Cricket Cup crown

Wadia Ghandy won the Mumbai ELP Masters Cricket Cup 2010 yesterday in a reversal of last year's final against Economic Laws Practice's (ELP) powerful batting line-up.

News  15 January 2010

Delhi's new Bar Council members jostle for top spots

The Delhi Bar Council has formed its election committee and selected temporary members to working committees, as the 25 newly elected members are locked in tough negotiations for the top positions until February.

24-year-old NUJS student starts up LPO

A final-year NUJS Kolkata student has set up and is running a legal process outsourcing (LPO) firm of seven lawyers.

Law firms  14 January 2010

New Mumbai office for Hariani & Co

Hariani & Co has moved into a new office almost twice the previous size in Mumbai offering, after one of its partners relocated from Bangalore.

Interviews  14 January 2010

Video Interview: Attorney General G E Vahanvati

GE Vahanvati speaks about Fali Nariman and other heroes.

Law firms  14 January 2010

Dua and Tatva speak out about break-up, confirm 50 leavers

Dua Associates has circulated a statement to members of the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) after 41 Dua lawyers and nine partners are now confirmed to have joined breakaway firm Tatva Legal. Tatva has also responded with its first public statement.

Corporate M&A  13 January 2010

Desai & Diwanji rules 2009 M&A roost with Amarchand, AZB, Khaitan

Desai & Diwanji acted on 24 M&A deals in the 2009 calendar year, placing it at the top of data provider mergermarket's M&A league table by volume. Amarchand Mangaldas topped the table by value, having advised on M&A deals worth $6.4bn in 2009, while Khaitan & Co and AZB & Partners also gave a strong showing.

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