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Khaitan old-school lit partner Gauri Rasgotra to join (Cyril) Amarchand in Delhi with ELP partner, as KCo partner Abbas might join Shardul

Gauri RasgotraGauri Rasgotra

Khaitan & Co Delhi litigation partner Gauri Rasgotra is set to join Amarchand Mangaldas in Delhi, as part of Amarchand Mumbai managing partner Cyril Shroff’s new Amarchand.

Rasgotra, who completes 20 years with Khaitan this year including a two year break as director at the US’ George Washington University (GWU) in 2007, will leave the firm on 31 March to join Amarchand as a partner.

Her team at Khaitan now works under Delhi litigation partner Sanjeev Kapoor who will take over her matters.

Rasgotra joined Khaitan in 1995 and is a partner at the firm since 2004. She left the firm in 2007 to head the GWU’s India Studies Centre and rejoined as litigation head in 2009.

Correction: The initially published version of this story stated that Rasgotra was litigation head. An authoritative source at Khaitan said she was not hired as a litigation head, contrary to our report from 2009. We are reaching out to Rasgotra to confirm. 

She was not reachable for comment by phone and email since Monday.

Cyril Shroff did not respond to requests for comment.

Khaitan partner Rabindra Jhunjhunwala commented: “We wish her well.”

Amarchand is set to split into two between Cyril and his Delhi-based brother Shardul Shroff by 1 April. The combined firm’s offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad are under Cyril and offices in Delhi, Calcutta, Gurgaon and Ahmedabad are under Shardul. After the split each brother will open offices for his part of the firm in the other’s cities as well.

Cyril has finalised a lease in Delhi’s Saket area for Amarchand Mumbai’s Delhi office while Shardul is in talks to merge with various Mumbai firms and lateral hires, as first reported by Legally India.

Update: Bar & Bench also reported that Economic Laws Practice (ELP) partner Kirat Singh Nagra had resigned and would also join Cyril, with his departure confirmed by ELP managing partner Rohan Shah.

Khaitan & Co Delhi partner Asim Abbas would join Shardul, reported Bar & Bench.

Abbas had internally announced in Khaitan that he might take up opportunities in-house.

He had joined Khaitan in 2010 from his start-up telecoms boutique Legal Spectrums. Abbas has been unreachable for comment by Legally India since Monday.

Bar & Bench also reported that Cyril would likely sign a new partnership deed tomorrow, with Shardul “expected to follow suit soon” after.

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Like +4 Object -9 G Real Estate 20 Mar 15, 19:06
If announced, it cant be termed as announcement. (Ref to Mr. Abbas)

All the best Mr. Abbas, who will take care of HR (KCO):)
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Like +4 Object -1 What? 20 Mar 15, 20:46
What?! :S
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Like +4 Object -1 :S 20 Mar 15, 21:15
"..who will take care of HR (KCO):)"


Is that a question or what? :S
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Like +9 Object -3 All the best 20 Mar 15, 19:06  interesting
Wish you the very best, Gauri.
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Like +4 Object -2 G Real Estate 20 Mar 15, 19:32
I meant if announced, cant be "might". He never announced though.
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Like +1 Object -3 kianganz 20 Mar 15, 19:34
I believe there was an announcement within the firm, according to which Abbas told the partnership that he might like to go in-house.
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Like +65 Object -2 poet 20 Mar 15, 19:53  interesting  top rated
The two brothers fought and fought,
I'll show him, each brother thought,
Partners were hired and property was bought,
But maybe they'd both really just lost the plot!
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Like +5 Object -2 Head? 20 Mar 15, 20:36
I don't think Ms. Gauri was the 'head' of the litigation practice at KCo, Delhi.
I'm told it's largely headed by Mr. Ajay Bhargava, followed by Mr. Sanjeev Kapoor.
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Like +11 Object -0 kick 20 Mar 15, 21:22  interesting
What largely headed by Mr Bhargava..
Mr Bhargava and Mr Kapoor are captain of their own ships and are sailing strongly.

Also heard Ms Gauri practice was reduced to advisory only and was not in active litigation practice for a long.

select u r partners carefully nahin to Nam bhul jayega goodwill ye badal jayega.
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Like +9 Object -1 Anon 20 Mar 15, 22:51  interesting
Gauri is a rainmaker for KCO Lit. She doesn't go to the courts and most certainly is not heading KCO litigation. Some of the other CAM names which are floating around also fall into the rainmaker only category. Wonder if it's nervousness to build a book or if it represents a failure to attract star partners. Either way not a great start.
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Like +2 Object -0 not* 21 Mar 15, 09:42
Did you mean to say Gauri is not* a rainmaker for KCO Lit? That would be in line with the rest of your comment, you know. :)
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Like +0 Object -0 vantage 21 Mar 15, 12:50
how many Litigation Partners go to courts??!! very few!!
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Like +5 Object -0 Court 21 Mar 15, 15:14  interesting
At KCo, Delhi - All of them do!
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Like +2 Object -2 hubba 21 Mar 15, 14:39
Totally see your point. When hiring partners laterally, it seems totally illogical to look for rainmakers, no?

Let us a prepare a list of star partners for Cyril to try and lure. (esp. those that are stars but not rainmakers), so that Cyril doesnt look nervous about his client book.
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Like +5 Object -4 ..and Shoulder!!! 21 Mar 15, 23:31
What you 'think' does not take away from the fact that Gauri was indeed the legal head at KCO and Sanjeev et. al. used to report to her till she left for US.
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Like +5 Object -2 So? 22 Mar 15, 11:29
Fox Mandal and Little was the biggest law firm in the country at one point of time. Would you continue to say the same about it, even now? Similarly, whatever Gauri was at one point in the past, doesn't take away from the fact that today, she isn't that!
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Like +4 Object -1 What? 20 Mar 15, 20:39
When did Ghauri Rasgotra become litigation head in Delhi? I don't think that's right is it?
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Like +30 Object -1 Guest 20 Mar 15, 20:39  interesting  top rated
Why is Shardul boosting his team in Delhi? Has he finally realised that they aren't any good?
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Like +3 Object -4 wow 20 Mar 15, 21:29
What a loss for elp?
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Like +1 Object -3 anon 20 Mar 15, 22:04
Looks like CAM is beefing up litigation practice in Delhi - Kian: Any info on corporate, projects and banking hires?
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Like +3 Object -3 The Archduke 20 Mar 15, 23:31
The King is dead.. Long live the Dukes!!
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Like +23 Object -2 Kick 20 Mar 15, 23:43  interesting  top rated
Existing firms nahin de rahein hain mauka, existing firms nahin denrahein hain mauka,
Nazar uthao cam aur sam ki taraf aur lagao chauka
Nazar uthao cam aur sam ki taraf aur lagao chauka

Dikha do existing firms ko unki aukaad

Sab ke liye mauka mauka mauka mauka".....
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 21 Mar 15, 01:06
Kian please update us on foreign law firm issue, especially the Supreme Court case. Will Cyril continue his opposition after the split or will he now team up with a foreign law firm to defeat Shardul?
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Like +13 Object -0 aisehi lit 21 Mar 15, 07:32  interesting  top rated
Kian. .seriously. ..gauri is KCO lit head??!! That is a totally totally false comment. Where did you get that from?? Please clarify? Please don't print BS without any verification. this is pure and simple lies and totally irresponsible on your part.
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Like +1 Object -1 Agree 21 Mar 15, 11:16
I agree with 13. The headline is such that anyone would assume KCO Lit is now dead, without its 'head'. Far from the truth!
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Like +3 Object -0 B&B 21 Mar 15, 11:29
Bar & Bench rightly described her as just a Partner. She's no 'head'.
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Like +4 Object -1 Well that LI 21 Mar 15, 12:29
Kian was beaten to the clearly had to give an added spin. this case the spin is so far from the truth that it's laughable...and insulting to the other Partners who are the backbone of the lit practice. Gauri is a nice person but she was no where near being a "head". Her own team consists of about 3 lawyers who she has abandoned. APs have larger teams in KCO delhi lit.

Kian..the right thing would be to clarify this. Pls don't rush to stories with false facts. It's embarassing.
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Like +0 Object -1 kianganz 21 Mar 15, 13:36
Thanks for pointing out - we're looking into this. She rejoined several years ago as lit head according to our earlier report.

We should have double checked on that if it's still the case. Will update the story once we get confirmation.
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Like +1 Object -0 kianganz 21 Mar 15, 13:56
Thanks, have corrected that - appears our initial report on her joining as lit head in 2009 was most likely wrong, we should have double checked on her current and former designation...
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Like +3 Object -1 Well that LI 21 Mar 15, 14:09
Well... at least you have the courage to correct when pointed out. Bar and bench is still claiming that Avinash is joining as Partner not consultant. Anyway...
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Like +5 Object -0 kianganz 21 Mar 15, 15:29  interesting
Who knows, maybe he'll be promoted as a partner once the split takes effect.

Could imagine there are issues around bringing in new partners while mediation is ongoing...
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Like +8 Object -3 Khaitan insider 21 Mar 15, 12:14  interesting
hahaha..litigation head...haha I know you like to sensationalise the news but have some shame..Ajay and Sanjeev are the real force behind the litigation practice and even they don't claim to "head" anything...
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Like +17 Object -8 Pinto from El Tinto 21 Mar 15, 23:48  interesting  controversial
Gauri was the litigation Head before she left for the US. When Sanjeev joined Gauri's team, he was a mere Associate. Sanjeev owes it to Gauri. As for Ajay - the lesser said is better.
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Like +3 Object -4 Kintoo! 22 Mar 15, 11:32
Even if she was the litigation head of some sort before she left for the US - does that mean LI is supposed to describe her as the same, even now? Please talk some sense.
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Like +1 Object -1 Chintoo 22 Mar 15, 11:44
'Litigation head of some sort' ....??? Seriously.

Hungama hai kyon barpaa...!!!
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Like +0 Object -0 Team? 21 Mar 15, 23:50
Are any Associates also leaving with Gauri?
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Like +1 Object -0 Mantu 22 Mar 15, 07:28
Gresham's law is applicable always and everywhere - bad people keep good people out of circulation!
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Like +18 Object -9 Haigreive from Eltinto 22 Mar 15, 11:51  interesting  controversial
the fact is Gauri was the litigation head and a rainmaker for KCO Delhi.Please not rob her of her achievements and her service to KCO merely because she was stabbed in the back by the so called litigation "heads".
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Like +4 Object -4 Jaagorieve! 22 Mar 15, 12:04
She's the one leaving to join another Firm and the others are the back stabbers?! :S
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Like +15 Object -3 Sour Grapes 22 Mar 15, 12:23  interesting  top rated
when one does not get their due, the best thing is to leave.

Gauri is going out with a bang, how is she a back stabber!!!
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Like +4 Object -2 jago grahak jago 22 Mar 15, 17:02
It is called knowledge and client management, and not back stabbing particularly in reference to a lawyer who has taken leave for 3/4 years from his practice.
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Like +4 Object -1 More 22 Mar 15, 18:52
More exits to follow and even better big name replacements from CAM coming to KCO. Not in litigation. Watch this space.
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Like +7 Object -0 I know 22 Mar 15, 19:56  interesting
Equity movement from CAM to KCO corporate on the cards.
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Like +1 Object -0 More Details pls. 23 Mar 15, 11:22
I understand that you cannot name the partners yet. At least, tell which specific practice area - Cap Mar. , B&F , projects or any other ?
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Like +3 Object -0 Magic Square 23 Mar 15, 16:25
It's all Trilegal's fault.
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Like +3 Object -0 Sir Mix A lot 23 Mar 15, 17:08
KCO seems to be in a wrangle..lots of exits in the pipeline. What with the LL guys leaving as well.. the parking in Ashoka estate is going to become empty.
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Like +2 Object -2 insider 23 Mar 15, 19:09
the parking attendant has a constant complaint of the size of LL cars/vehicles. Thinks he usually accomodates virtually two vehicles for the fee of one. Poor guy does not understand it is in the firm's DNA.
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