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Lawyers assist in India’s ambitious new drone regulations, despite tech & first-mover problems

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First NLS grad takes silk: White & Case partner, Jessup legend Dipen Sabharwal becomes elite senior Queen’s Counsel in UK

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DSK gets 2019 gift with CAM Delhi partner exits Kirat Nagra, Rishi Anand + team of 8

7th edition of Kachwaha & Partners arb excel arbitration writing competition offers Rs 2.5 lakh+ prize money

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JSA partnership votes Vivek Chandy with Amit Kapur into much-slimmed management, in hotly democratic elections

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GNLU staff complain to Guj HC: Bimal Patel stripped registrar of powers, ‘suppressed facts, violated norms’ to prolong directorship after expiry

Law schools16 July 2010

Nearly 300 Ma students attend bar exam case #7; All may be clubbed into SC's Bonnie FOI as state BCs investigate

A High Court bench in Maharashtra has ordered the petitioner students of Manikchand Pahade Law College to join the Bar Council of India vs Bonnie FOI Law College and Ors proceedings to set aside their grievances against the all india bar examin while it is understood that the BCI has written to the CJI to seek transfer of such pending petition to the Supreme Court (SC).

Legal opinions15 July 2010

Opinion: Foreign investment in education sector to get boost by raft of statutes

Foreign investments in India's educational sector have been hampered by regulatory restrictions but the new Foreign Educational Institutions and other bills promise to change the landscape, explain M Dhruva & Partners partner Manthan Unadkat and senior associate Tanya Raghani.
Law firms15 July 2010

Khaitan & Partners regains Kolkata head with new partner

Suman Khaitan's partnership firm Khaitan & Partners has replaced its ex-Kolkata office head Niloy Pyne who joined Amarchand Mangaldas last month, by hiring independent practitioner and former Amarchand senior associate Niladri Bhattacharjee as a partner to manage Kolkata.

Private equity / VC14 July 2010

AZB, Desai & Diwanji fire up Olympus $300m PE stake in Tata Power assets

AZB & Partners advised close client Tata Power in raising $300m by selling up to 15 per cent in two of its Indonesian coal-assets-owning special purpose vehicles (SPVs) Bhira Investments and Bhivpuri Investments to private equity house Olympus Capital Holdings Asia, which Desai & Diwanji and US firms Milbank Tweed and Purrington Moody Weil advised.

Interviews13 July 2010

Interview: BCI chief Subramanium plans to consolidate 700+ law schools, overhaul ethics as part of 30-year-old reform dream

Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Gopal Subramanium said in a Legally India interview that he wants to reduce the number of Indian law colleges from 913 to 175 within a year as part of an ambitious overhaul of the legal profession's regulation and education that will be announced this Thursday (15 July).

Law schools13 July 2010

Bar exam Q&A with Gopal Subramanium: Postponing exam 'disastrous'; Concession being discussed

"I don't think students are against the exam, only against the waiting period," says solicitor general and Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Gopal Subramanium, who is the architect of the proposed all India bar exam. The exam remains controversial because this year's final year students would not be able to practice law until 2011. Legally India asks the BCI chief some of the questions that have preoccupied students.

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Law firms13 July 2010

Manchester PIO creates Kochhar & Co fraud and ethics practice as lateral partner

Kochhar & Co has started a niche corporate fraud, ethics and integrity practice by hiring expatriate solicitor Abhinav Mohindru as partner and consultant from a UK regional firm.

Law schools12 July 2010

A&O-Trilegal NLS finance course to travel across India in coming years

Allen & Overy's (A&O) best friend Trilegal's international finance course at NLSIU Bangalore has this year also invited 40 students from other national law schools and will be held at Nalsar Hyderabad next year, being set to rotate between law schools year-by-year.

Newsletters09 July 2010

Struck? / Issue 56

The beginning of the week got off to a slow start as opposition parties called a national strike (Bharat bandh) to protest the fuel price hike. In Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata many streets were deserted.

By contrast Tamil Nadu, which was largely unaffected by the bandh, was comparatively active.

Law firms09 July 2010

Chennai writ petition v foreign firms will have little impact, say corporate lawyers

As the Madras High Court decided on Wednesday (7 July) to serve 31 foreign law firms with the petition that seeks to prevent them from operating in India, respondent firms and local corporate lawyers have expressed confidence that firms' India businesses would remain largely unaffected.

Clifford Chance makes another 'exceptional' hire from Indian legal offshoring unit OSC

Clifford Chance has again hired a legal "consultant" from its Gurgaon-based captive legal process outsourcing (LPO) centre OSC Export Services as a lawyer into the main firm.

Litigation07 July 2010

New copyright service tax illegal, say ELP, Naik in writ for PVR and Reliance

Economic Laws Practice (ELP) and Naik Paranjpe & Co have respectively represented Bollywood film studios PVR Pictures and Reliance Big Entertainment in filing a writ petition to challenge the imposition of service tax on copyright transfers, which was introduced by the Finance Act 2010 on 1 July 2010.

Law firms07 July 2010

Foreign law firms served in Chennai writ petition as law min and BCI to 'frame guidelines'

The 31 international law firms and one legal process outsourcing (LPO) company will now be served with notices to defend the Chennai writ petition that aims to prevent foreign firms practising any law in India.

Today, as the petitioner pressed for an injunction against the foreign firms, the government respondents' counsels asked for time to file responses while the law ministry and Bar Council of India would "frame guidelines" on the issue.

Legal opinions07 July 2010

Legal opinion: Celebrity domain squatting on the rise in India

Concerned with the menacing rise of celebrity domain squatting cases, FoxMandal technology law head Salman Waris asks whether the current laws are an adequate deterrent to cyber squatting.

Corporate M&A06 July 2010

Bharucha, Talwar Thakore sell RBS India to HSBC with Links, Norton Rose

Bharucha & Partners with Norton Rose and Talwar Thakore & Associates (TTA) with best friend Linklaters are advising HSBC on its takeover of the Indian retail and commercial banking business of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for a premium of Rs 444 crore ($95m) over the net asset value of the business.

Capital Markets05 July 2010

2009-10 QIP winners: Amarchand, AZB, Khaitan and Jones Day, Linklaters

Amarchand Mangaldas acted on more than half of the total number of Qualified Institutional Placements (QIPs) in Legally India's QIP League Table of the 2009-2010 fiscal year. AZB & Partners and Khaitan & Co were the second-busiest followed by J Sagar Associates (JSA) and Crawford Bayley and S&R Associates amongst domestic firms.

International firm Jones Day bagged the maximum QIPs out of foreign law firms acting for the book running lead managers while Linklaters, Dorsey & Whitney and Clifford Chance also won mandates on a significant numbers of fundraisings.

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