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KhaitanCo mammoth associate promotion round: 30 new principal associates, 28 new seniors

Khaitan & Co promoted 30 senior associates to principal associate and 28 associates to senior associate across all offices last month, according to information shared by the firm on request.

Out of the 30 new principal associates, 13 were promoted in Mumbai, seven in Kolkata, and 10 in Delhi.

Out of the 28 new senior associates, 16 were promoted in Mumbai, six in Kolkata, four in Delhi and two in Bangalore.

The firm had made five new equity partners and 18 new salaried partners on 31 March, briefly reaching the symbolic 100-partner milestone.

JSA has promoted 23 to senior associate – its highest associate rung before partner and of counsel.

Senior associate to principal associate

  • Abhishek Sanyal (Delhi)
  • Abhijeet Swaroop (Delhi)
  • Aditya Patni (Delhi)
  • Arjun Rajgopal (Delhi)
  • Aseem Chaturvedi (Delhi)
  • Divya Chaturvedi (Delhi)
  • Monika Srivastava (Delhi)
  • Rahul Arora (Delhi)
  • Raunak Dhillon (Delhi)
  • Sagardeep Rathi (Delhi)
  • Anshumala Bansal (Kolkata)
  • Cedric Fernandez (Kolkata)
  • Dipen Chatterjee (Kolkata)
  • Gaurav Dasgupta (Kolkata)
  • Jeevan Ballav Panda (Kolkata)
  • Jayantika Ganguly (Kolkata)
  • Rusha Saha (Kolkata)
  • Akshay Bhargav (Mumbai)
  • Amit Wadhwani (Mumbai)
  • Ashwinee Oturkar (Mumbai)
  • Devendra Deshmukh (Mumbai)
  • Divaspati Singh (Mumbai)
  • Oscar Dsa (Mumbai)
  • Prajakta Menezes (Mumbai)
  • Soumya Mohapatra (Mumbai)
  • Stuti Galiya (Mumbai)
  • Subhayu Sen (Mumbai)
  • Supratim Chakraborty (Mumbai)
  • Tarunya Krishnan (Mumbai)
  • Vivek Mimani (Mumbai)

Associate to Senior Associate

  • Ganapathy M Subbiah (Bangalore)
  • Rohit Rajendran (Bangalore)
  • Aditi Gopalakrishnan (Delhi)
  • Aditya Ganju (Delhi)
  • Ankur Sangal (Delhi)
  • Ashwini Chawla (Delhi)
  • Pratik Mukhopadhyay (Kolkata)
  • Rahul Dhanuka (Kolkata)
  • Rishav Dutt (Kolkata)
  • Shounak Mitra (corp) (Kolkata)
  • Nikhil Jhunjhunwala (Kolkata)
  • Anunoy Basu (Kolkata)
  • Abhishek Thanvi (Mumbai)
  • Aditi Mukundan (Mumbai)
  • Ahana Sinha (Mumbai)
  • Ankit Shah (Mumbai)
  • Anushka Sharda (Mumbai)
  • Aravind Venugopal (Mumbai)
  • Chirayu Chandani (Mumbai)
  • Kinshuk Jhunjhunwala (Mumbai)
  • Mathew Thomas (Mumbai)
  • Raj Rao (Mumbai)
  • Ritwik Kulkarni (Mumbai)
  • Shabnam Shaikh (Mumbai)
  • Soumava Chatterjee (Mumbai)
  • Sukanya Hazarika (Mumbai)
  • Surajkumar Shetty (Mumbai)
  • Vikrant Zunjarrao (Mumbai)
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Like +3 Object -8 Deserving Promotions 27 Apr 15, 17:16
Thanks Kian!
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Like +5 Object -5 kianganz 27 Apr 15, 17:25  controversial
It's our pleasure!
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Like +3 Object -1 Googly 27 Apr 15, 17:24
KIan does JSA have a counsel rung? I thought they had only Retained partners and Equity Partners
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Like +2 Object -1 kianganz 27 Apr 15, 17:25
Looks like they do, yes...
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Like +4 Object -2 Counsel/Of-Counsel?! 27 Apr 15, 18:31
Kian, if you could elaborate on the positioning of Counsel/Of-counsels in the various law firms in India. I believe Trilegal has the Counsel designation, so does its peel-off Phoenix. JSA seems to have the Of-Counsel designation, at which designation Kannan was recruited. How does it work? What is the difference between a Retained Partner and a Counsel? Are Counsels/Of-Counsels considered to be parallel track or are they part of mainstream designations? Are Counsels at par with PAs or are they positioned somewhere between RPs and PAs? If you could throw some light on this issue, either in this comment thread or as a separate article.. Will be quite interesting to read..
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Like +1 Object -4 Avent 27 Apr 15, 17:34
any idea how much are these Principal Associates paid? And,btw, Congratulations to them!
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Like +2 Object -9 Tamasha 27 Apr 15, 18:03
For PA may be around 36/42 lac and 300% bonus which is equal to the package being offered to HR
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Like +1 Object -0 Duhh 28 Apr 15, 12:25
Your handle is very apt....and as Kian said in the other post, "With all due respect, you either sound like an idiot or ......."
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Like +1 Object -2 Curious! 27 Apr 15, 18:33
I reckon at a Firm like KCO, one makes a Senior Associate in 3-4 years' PQE. Can someone tell me how much is a freshly designated SA get paid?
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Like +1 Object -1 Curious! 27 Apr 15, 20:53
Can someone tell me how much is a freshly designated SA paid?*

Kian, either add an 'edit' button or please take the pains to correct minor, inadvertent errors in the language yourself. ;)
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Like +5 Object -1 kianganz 27 Apr 15, 20:56
If you create an account on LI then you can edit your old posts and you don't need to wait for moderation in comments too.

As it is, are you really going to make me proofread every single comment for typos? ;)
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Like +3 Object -2 Package & HR 27 Apr 15, 18:35
The package KCO offers is quite competitive but with seniority the difference wrt package at AMSS (before the split) would become evident.

On the issue of HR, I think there has been a complete overhaul. It was much needed. Hopefully the new HR team acts as a much better medium of communication between the top management and the rest of the lawyers and is able to avoid the game of Chinese whisper which the previous HR team would play(by adding a lot of their own tadka).
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Like +2 Object -6 WOW! 27 Apr 15, 18:36
Congratulations to all!
Thanks for publishing this (too), Kian!
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Like +0 Object -0 Step by Step 27 Apr 15, 18:42
Fresher salary at KCO is 16.2 L, inclusive of bonus, as reported by LI. That's PQE 0.
Can someone tell me how much would be the increment after a year's time? That is, how much is a PQE 1 paid at KCO?
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Like +1 Object -0 kianganz 27 Apr 15, 18:46
This table might be quite useful from 2012 (so need to adjust for changes a little, but it gives you an idea of increments from year-to-year):

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Like +0 Object -0 Step by Step 27 Apr 15, 18:50
Thanks, Kian!
So, that would be a 8 - 10% increment after the first year. Hmm.. Not much.
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Like +5 Object -2 virage 27 Apr 15, 21:08
Desai & Diwanji is a Tier II Firm since when????????!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
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Like +0 Object -1 Facade! 27 Apr 15, 22:47
Complete facade! It can't be this low, particularly going 3+ PQE onward, or does this only reflect basic (i.e. minus bonus)...way for firms to show this list to negotiate lower salaries I reckon?!
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Like +0 Object -0 Blind? 27 Apr 15, 23:09
Are you blind? The table is from 2012. Of course, it's higher, now. Kian just posted it to give an idea as to the percentage of increment every year and not the amounts.
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Like +2 Object -1 Facade! 27 Apr 15, 23:31
My bad...
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Like +1 Object -1 yo 28 Apr 15, 05:36
36/42 excluding bonus or including bonus? Als, how much will an SA make ( basis plus bonuses)?

And what are the figures for other firms?

And please answer only if you're sure
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Like +12 Object -3 Noojie 27 Apr 15, 19:00  interesting
Congrats kings :) Making NUJS proud since 2005
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Like +5 Object -8 On a roll 27 Apr 15, 19:11  controversial
Khaitan is on a roll - iGate / Apax, Glenmark, Crompton Greaves...and many more
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Like +12 Object -11 Well Wisher 27 Apr 15, 20:57  controversial
Many congratulations to Araving Venugopal.. All your hard work has paid off..Kudos
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Like +0 Object -0 Facade! 27 Apr 15, 23:05
What's wrong with my comment that it's not been published!!
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Like +2 Object -4 SalaryGap 28 Apr 15, 13:32
Can anyone fill in the Gaps here:

Tier 1 Firm (CAM, SAM, JSA, AZB etc) Per Year-

Senior Associate Starting Salary - __
Senior Associate Maximum Bonus - __
Senior Associate Average/Usual Bonus - __
Senior Associate REALISTIC Total Annual Salary + Bonus in their First Year as SA - __

Principal Associate Starting Salary - __
Principal Associate Maximum Bonus - __
Principal Associate Average/Usual Bonus - __
Principal Associate REALISTIC Total Annual Salary + Bonus in their First Year as SA - __

The first year brigade with starry eyes thanks you....
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Like +16 Object -0 Duhh 28 Apr 15, 16:38  interesting  top rated
Anything else, maybe a margarita with a straw ...
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Like +1 Object -6 Anonymous 28 Apr 15, 23:17
PA Salary must be anything between 2.25 to 3.00 lakh plus bonus around 18-20 lakhs.
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Like +9 Object -0 Guest 28 Apr 15, 18:40  interesting
Haven't heard of any of these people before.. No stars in this lot?
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Like +6 Object -16 u know what 28 Apr 15, 20:58  controversial
The star in this list is Raunak Dhillon..Haven known that from some local Amss to Khaitan..and then Principal Associate promotion in just one year..he is the rock star and a lawyer to watch out for...Best of luck Ronnie..You absolutely deserve it
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Like +1 Object -3 u know what 30 Apr 15, 22:40
What's this dislikes ppl..the progression is well documented..and the fact that he could do it and so many more from his batch of 2008 who have been at khaitan longer..couldn..means he is the real deal..let them be dhillon..haters will be haters..
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Like +10 Object -6 Pedantic 29 Apr 15, 12:39  controversial
Truly well deserved, Ganapathy!
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 29 Apr 15, 13:42
How much is an A1 paid at KCO?
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Like +1 Object -6 Alias 29 Apr 15, 16:38
Very very well deserved @ Delhi Corporate PAs. You guys are fantastic!
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Like +5 Object -2 XYZ 29 Apr 15, 23:45
looks like KCO delhi guys posting for
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Like +1 Object -2 Ex KCO 30 Apr 15, 12:02
Wow. greatl to know they have rehauled their HR. During my time at KCO, I had the worst experience with the HR. They would constantly gossip and if you ever tried to tell them something was wrong- instead of treating it confidentially they would promptly go tell the partner.
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