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(Cyril) Amarchand Delhi may scoop heavy-hitter-GC, ex Dua partner Raghuram Raju


Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai managing partner Cyril Shroff, who is in the process of setting up a Delhi office to compete with his brother Shardul Shroff after the end of mediations, is in advanced talks to take on the former Religare, GENPACT and GE Capital GC Raghuram Raju as a Delhi partner, according to sources with knowledge of the move.

Legally India understands that Raju is currently assisting Amarchand Mumbai on several corporate deals with a Delhi dimension as an independent lawyer.

However, the talks for Raju to join the firm that will likely be called Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas as a partner, remain subject to the outcome of the ongoing mediation between the brothers.

He is currently understood to be running his own practice with a small team, focusing on corporate, M&A, banking finance and commercial work in the information technology sector.

Until June 2013 Raju was the group general counsel (GC) of Religare Enterprises, before which he was senior vice president and GC of GENPACT for six years, and GC of GE Capital India between 1995 and 2004.

Until 1995 he was a partner at Dua Associates, which he joined in 1989 after graduating with an LLB from Delhi University in 1987.

Raju declined to comment. Cyril Shroff did not respond to a message seeking comment.

Legally India reported earlier today that Shardul Shroff would hire Dudhat Pereira & Associates founder and former Udwadia Udeshi partner Radhika Pereira in Mumbai.

Amarchand Mangaldas is currently in the midst of a mediation that is likely to result in a split of the firm by the end of this month. If the break-up goes through, Shardul Shroff would set up a Mumbai office soon to compete with his Mumbai-based brother and current co-managing partner of Amarchand, Cyril Shroff, who will set up in Delhi in turn.

Cyril Shroff will reportedly also hire former Luthra & Luthra Delhi partner Piyush Mishra, Khaitan & Co Delhi partner Gauri Rasgotra, and Economic Laws Practice (ELP) Delhi partner Kirat Singh Nagra.

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