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In-house counsel  06 October 2017

AZB 2015 partner, 2007-Noojie Ratnadeep Roychowdhury to join Actis Capital

Ratnadeep Roychowdhury, who had been promoted to partner at AZB & Partners Mumbai in 2015 after joining from erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas in 2011, is set to join Actis Capital in-house in a senior role - possibly India general counsel (GC) - reported Bar & Bench.

Corporate M&A  06 October 2017

Desi bunny for sale: Pamasis, IC Universal bag Viiking Ventures acquisition of Playboy rights from ‘wonderful’ client PB Lifestyle

One does wonder whether all the Playboy publicity generated by Hefner’s death late last month would have positively affected valuations...

Law firms  06 October 2017

SC sets 20 November to hear 5+ year-old foreign law firms appeal after government pressure

The Bar Council of India (BCI) appeal against the AK Balaji judgment of the Madras high court against 31 foreign law firms has been tentatively scheduled to finally happen on 20 November 2017, with the Supreme Court registry giving the green light in a 3 October order (see below), noting that all defects in service had now been cured.

SCOI Reports  06 October 2017

SC collegium goes (much more) transparent, begins posting biz online: But will it last, unlike asset disclosures?

The Supreme Court’s collegium of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and the next senior-most judges, justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, have begun to post recommendations for elevations and other business on a new ‘resolutions of the collegium’ section of its website according to minutes dated 3 October.

Law firms  05 October 2017

After tough year, Juris Corp re-hires JSA PA Pratish Kumar as partner in finance

Juris Corp has hired J Sagar Associates (JSA) principal associate Pratish Kumar as a partner in its finance practice in Mumbai.

Law schools  05 October 2017

Chancellor orders NLU Jodhpur to take back students expelled for ragging, as worse offenders only got wrist-slaps [READ ORDER]

Two NLU Jodhpur students, who were expelled from the law school for one year by its anti-ragging cell in July, saw their expulsion orders set aside by the university's chancellor, Rajasthan high court chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, as first reported by Bar & Bench.

Law firms  05 October 2017

Lakshmikumaran senior equity partner S Seethraman takes voluntary retirement, will continue working independently

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (LKS) equity partner of 17 years S Seetharaman left the firm today to pursue other interests while continuing to practise independently.

Law firms  04 October 2017

Trilegal all-equity now at 41, promotes 2: Nayantara Nag (DU), Ramakant Rai (NLIU)

Trilegal has voted to admit into its all-equity partnership counsel Ramakant Rai in its corporate practice and Nayantara Nag in the projects practice, effective 1 October.

Bar, Bench & Litigation  04 October 2017

Clients will pay GST on all legal services, the government finally confirms, notifies officially

The tax on all types of legal services provided by all classes of lawyers will be borne by clients, the finance ministry has finally settled in an official notification, as first published by Live Law.

In-house counsel  04 October 2017

Lupin GC Vivek Mittal joins Danaher Corp as wide regional counsel for challenge of expansion in uncharted territories

Lupin Limited head legal Dr Vivek Mittal has joined Danaher Corporation Diagnostics Platform as its regional counsel for the Middle East, Turkey, Africa and India, effective 22 September.

Law firms  04 October 2017

Further boosting tax, Advaita absorbs Atul Dua-remainder of Seth Dua firm that never recovered from Sunil Seth demise [UPDATE-1]

Advaita Legal, the best friend law firm of Big Four consultancy KPMG, has hired Atul Dua, the erstwhile co-founding partner of Seth Dua & Associates.

Law firms  03 October 2017

Shardul Amarchand partnership crosses 100 after promoting 11 new salaried partners • 2 NUJS & 2 NLU-J • 1 NLS, Nalsar, Amity, ILS, Symbi

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has promoted 11 of its fee-earners to salaried partner level, with the majority of promotions taking place in the corporate practice.

Law firms  30 September 2017

AZB Mumbai promotes real estate lawyer Monika Bhonsale to partnership

AZB & Partners Mumbai senior associate Monika Bhonsale has been promoted to the firm’s partnership, according to a press release from the firm.

In-house counsel  29 September 2017

With eye on liberalisation, Khaitan Delhi counsel Nishant Beniwal joins Spanish solar company Asia legal head

Khaitan & Co Delhi counsel Nishant Beniwal has joined Spanish solar energy company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) as head of legal for India and Asia.

Law firms  29 September 2017

Young MNSA Legal signs exclusive quasi-best friendship with Euro-China law firm network Cathay

Start-up law firm MNSA Legal - founded in May 2015 - has tied up with a global law firm network younger than itself - Cathay Associates - in an exclusive referral arrangement in a bid to attract more Chinese and European work.

Mooting  28 September 2017

Breaking: NLSIU brings home Manfred Lachs Int’l space moot trophy for 3rd time from Oz!

NLSIU Bangalore mooters Sharan Bhavnani, Karan Dhalla and Hrishika Jain have won the Manfred Lachs International Space Law in Australia for the first time in five years.

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