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Trilegal scoops senior (Shardul) Amarchand corp partner Ravindra Bandhakavi [UPDATE-2]


Amarchand Mangaldas Gurgaon-based corporate, private equity and M&A partner Ravindra Bandhakavi is in the final stages of discussions to join Trilegal, potentially with his team, according to four authoritative sources.

However, Trilegal's partnership has not yet agreed to his joining tomorrow in a vote that is set to conclude later today.

Update 14:08: Trilegal’s partnership has voted in favour of Bandhakavi joining its partnership.

Update 14:20: Trilegal has issued a press release, stating:

Trilegal is pleased to welcome Ravindra Bandhakavi as a partner of the firm.  Ravi joins us from Amarchand Mangaldas where he was a partner and practice leader in the corporate department.  He will be based in Trilegal’s Delhi office and is expected to join the firm shortly.

Anand Prasad, member of Trilegal’s Management Committee said, “We are delighted to have Ravi join us.  Trilegal is committed to growing its corporate practice and we believe that Ravi’s reputation and his client base will further strengthen the practice.”

Bandhakavi had joined Amarchand Mumbai in 2000 after graduating from NLSIU Bangalore in 2000, then joined SUN Group / SUN Apollo in 2005, leaving as vice president / general counsel in 2008 to rejoin Amarchand Mumbai in 2009 after a masters in management at London Business School.

He moved to the firm’s Delhi office in 2011 and then relocated to Amarchand’s Gurgaon office when it opened in September of last year.

He was expected to be elevated into the firm’s new Delhi equity partnership started by Shardul Shroff, in the expected break-up between Amarchand Delhi and Mumbai.

Trilegal managing partners declined to comment or did not respond to calls seeking comment.

Bandhakavi declined to comment when contacted.

We have reached out to Amarchand Delhi managing partner Shardul Shroff for comment.

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Like +15 Object -23 Rahul 21 Apr 15, 13:50  controversial
Why would he want to move a Tier 2 firm?
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Like +24 Object -9 Because 21 Apr 15, 14:01  interesting  top rated  controversial
Maybe it is better to work at a Tier 2 firm than for [Shardul / Cyril]..
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Like +23 Object -22 God is great 21 Apr 15, 16:51  controversial
Anyone continuing to call Trilegal a second tier firm is ignorant, suffering from sour grapes or just silly. I suspect this will be the first of a few similar high level moves to them in the next 12-18 months.
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Like +7 Object -0 No stake Random Internet Johny 21 Apr 15, 17:36  interesting
Why would you say Trilegal is a second-tier firm?
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Like +6 Object -3 Jurist 21 Apr 15, 13:55
How come there is an exit when all roads are leading to Sam/Cam

Can Sam afford to loose its existing resource when he is headhunting left, right, centre
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Like +36 Object -9 Alas ka beta 21 Apr 15, 14:15  interesting  top rated  controversial
Big big news. He's a great guy and excellent lawyer. Blow to SAM and coup for Trilegal. Enough of the family firm life perhaps?
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Like +4 Object -2 Alexis 21 Apr 15, 14:22
Is the entire team moving with him?
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Like +4 Object -0 David Luiz 21 Apr 15, 14:22
Interesting to see the trend being reversed.
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Like +6 Object -3 Knavel Chopra 21 Apr 15, 14:24
His team better move with him. He may pull in the clients, but who would do the work?
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Like +7 Object -1 LOL 21 Apr 15, 14:31  interesting
This is a killer. First hold your fort being poaching! What a mess (rather entertainment) this is!!!
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Like +5 Object -1 Reader 21 Apr 15, 14:33
Wasn't it supposed to be other way round? People leaving tier 2 firms and joining CAM / SAM? Does this mean SAM partners don't believe that they will be able to counter CAM's wrath?
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Like +7 Object -3 Promote at Risk 21 Apr 15, 14:34
Khaitan promotes to associates partnership and loses. SAM promotes to equity partnership and loses. Think several times before promoting.
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Like +14 Object -3 O Betaaa 21 Apr 15, 14:46  interesting
How on earth did this happen? Difficult to concentrate on actual work (freakin due diligence) :-( LI, please report such items on Friday evening!
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Like +11 Object -3 Reader 21 Apr 15, 17:31  interesting
How big a loser are you? You need news like these to enjoy your Friday evening?
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Like +4 Object -0 CAM 21 Apr 15, 14:48
Tera number bhi aayega!!!
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Like +17 Object -5 War on talent 21 Apr 15, 14:48  interesting  top rated  controversial
Brilliant catch by Trilegal. Bandhu is a great guy!

The market is going to witness a blood bath. Expect KCO, AZB to also poach from SAM and CAM and hit back, while the brothers continue to hire from other firms. Interesting times ahead!
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Like +1 Object -0 Sarkari Lawyer 21 Apr 15, 14:49
Interesting, its getting entertaining day-by-day :)
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Like +6 Object -3 very interesting 21 Apr 15, 14:58
SAM is obviously not throwing money as otherwise he would have ensured Babhkavi stays as its a PR disaster.
SAM also not hiring for the sake of it unlike CAM.
are we seeing a conservative strategy or a shift away from a numbers game to thr zia philosophy of keep em lean and keep em mean? If that is true, its a good strategy and will pay SAM dividends in the long term.
my two cents!
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Like +3 Object -1 about time 21 Apr 15, 15:10
Some partners from trilegal move! Are they paid too much or what!!!
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Like +3 Object -1 Paisakhor 21 Apr 15, 15:18
What will happen to the Gurgaon office now? I think out of the four Partners relocated there, two have left.
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Like +21 Object -32 White Walker 21 Apr 15, 15:37  controversial
Running this story pending a confirmatory vote by Trilegal is thourough unprofessional behaviour. Wonder how Kian calls himself a journalist, while his behaviour is that of a wilding. This is a troll website, created by trolls for trolls. Anyone who disputes this, please read the article "Luthra hires two partners", where the comments from Wilding Kian are inverserly propotional to the damn article itself.
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Like +40 Object -16 kianganz 21 Apr 15, 15:52  interesting  top rated  controversial
I often wonder how people who clearly hate Legally India (and me personally, apparently) with so much passion still come and visit and comment all the time.

The only possible conclusion is that you too are a semi-professional troll, which ironically would prove your own argument, which I guess would make you right and a happy troll? :)

Responding to your actual point, if I can discern it, it is obvious that you know nothing, Jon Snow. Bandhakavi's move was announced internally in Delhi, Trilegal's partnership was having a vote on his joining (which went through), and we've reached out to every single person affected by this story for comment. Which part of that is unprofessional about that?
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Like +32 Object -9 From Beyond the Wall 21 Apr 15, 18:37  interesting  top rated  controversial
Kian, not only are you petty, you are juvenile as well and cannot take any criticism with a pinch of salt (while you keep preaching it in your comments). Nobody "hates" legallyindia or you to say the least, so dont be presumptious and give yourself unwarranted importance. What was the tearing hurry in running the story pending the exercise of a vote? What if Trilegal had voted against? You may be reaching out to every interested party, but clearly the trend emerging is no Firm responds to your comments, as B&B does manage to get a byte mostly these days. Seems the comments are keeping you busy as you cant land any stories. Let the comments section be for the viewers.
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Like +14 Object -37 Prachishrivastava 21 Apr 15, 19:05  troll?  controversial
Wow, what are you most concerned/agitated about? Kian's "professional" growth, that you are forced to see most scoops on LI instead of B&B (which is more professional and therefore scoops less journalism!) or something else altogether (comfort zones perhaps?)? What IS your grouse EXACTLY?

I ask out of genuine interest on my own behalf (not representing LI in this comment).
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Like +31 Object -5 Curious 21 Apr 15, 19:37  interesting  top rated  controversial
Heard of the proverb, curiosity killed the cat! there is nothing professional or jouranlistic value here. We are here for timepass only because we are bored at work. So calm down Prachi.
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Like +21 Object -4 Bling 21 Apr 15, 21:42  interesting  top rated
Actually it has been very clear over the last year or so that Bar and Bench has got most of the exclusive news/scoops and Legally India has been left to pick up the pieces (embellished as they are with half-truths, insinuations and wrong grammar). It is also very clear which website is considered as serious journalism and which as troll-feed and which gets information from authentic sources and which relies on a network of primal donnas who only get positive coverage from LI (as reward for providing "scoops"). Kian's only counter is to show website hits with little disregard that most of his hits are because of trolls posting insulting or irrelevant comments (which Kian moderates based on personal favouritism and sensationalist value).
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Like +16 Object -24 kianganz 21 Apr 15, 22:20  controversial
That's nice, thanks. :)

While I strongly disagree with your 'stats' (as I think would anyone objective who keeps track of both sites' coverage), and I honestly have no idea about the unnamed 'authentic sources' that you claim they use and that we don't, I remain happy to admit that B&B is doing far better than they used to.

We also always give credit to them if they get an exclusive story that we were not on top of (though their recent and liberal use of labelling their stories as 'exclusives' after we write them up is highly questionable :).

My one question remains unanswered, however: why do you and your friends visit LI at all and leave your obvious loathing for it all over these pages?

Either you have a horse in this race or you're just a masochist...

Anyway, I trust our readers' intelligence enough to be able to make up their own mind about what good journalism is when they read it and what they prefer.

As for you, please do exercise your prerogative and visit B&B if you love it so much, I certainly won't stop you. :)

Peace, love n byebye,
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Like +11 Object -8 YoYoMa 21 Apr 15, 22:41  controversial
I get the strong feeling that B&B News Network spends more time Legally India than they do on their own site... :D
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Like +0 Object -1 Enough Said.. 23 Apr 15, 12:00
I think the delhi heat is getting to u. relax!! and I think Kian can speak for himself ..why so defensive ya...!!

chill maadi maa..!!
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Like +13 Object -4 anon 21 Apr 15, 18:53  interesting
Kian, are you using every smart phone and machine you can get your hand on to object to white walkers reality and recommend your comment :)
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Like +7 Object -17 kianganz 21 Apr 15, 19:03  controversial
Sorry, was out for lunch, just got back. Thanks for the recommends, I think it was the Jon Snow bit that did it! :)
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Like +25 Object -5 Unprofessional 21 Apr 15, 19:39  interesting  top rated  controversial
That you ran the story at 1.35pm when the vote was taken at 2.08pm, as per your updates. What was the hurry? Fear? That B&B would run it before you. lol
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Like +18 Object -23 kianganz 21 Apr 15, 20:01  controversial
When you're a journalist the name of the game is to get the story before your rivals. This story was sufficiently confirmed - 4 reliable sources - and 100% accurate, and duly updated with a comment from Trilegal when the vote eventually went through. If the vote hadn't gone through, the damage would have been minimal, since Bandhakavi had already told SAM management that he wanted to leave.

Allow me give you a short history of legal journalism. A few years ago, B&B used to be a sleepy operation that would wait obediently for press releases from law firms and write puff pieces (which they still often do, in my humble and perhaps biased opinion). But, credit where it's due, I'm happy to admit they've picked up their game a little in recent months and are far more aggressive than they used to be.

That means that while for years we had the luxury of being able to wait for news, partnership votes to come through, to try and make as many people as possible comfortable for us to report news, etc, we've had to up our game slightly too.

And honestly, while it makes our job slightly harder, it can only be good for the market's overall transparency if there's a healthy amount of competition between trade publications, which is starting to gradually inch towards the levels that have existed in the UK or the US trade publications for decades.

So if you want someone to blame, you should blame B&B for emulating LI's reporting on law firms. :)
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Like +23 Object -11 anon 21 Apr 15, 20:08  interesting  top rated  controversial
Wow, didnt know you were a true whiner!
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Like +0 Object -0 Bruh 23 Apr 15, 12:00
Kian, bruh, I think you need to blame Modi here. The troll army is built to troll. If nothing entertaining is happening elsewhere, they converge here and starting trolling you.
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Like +10 Object -0 Googly 21 Apr 15, 16:28  interesting
You write like a Trilegal HR that I know. Are you the same person? If yes, then "Kaisa hai yaar"!!
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Like +8 Object -0 Guest 21 Apr 15, 15:40  interesting
Kian, you can thank me for the tip I sent you yesterday.
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Like +9 Object -4 kianganz 21 Apr 15, 15:45  interesting
Thank you, mwah! :)
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 21 Apr 15, 18:45
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Like +25 Object -5 Fakian Ganz 21 Apr 15, 15:41  interesting  top rated  controversial
Naam hai Bandhu......So the entire junior crowd at Trilegal, besides Sridhar, Anand and Karan were contemplating on such a catch? When they have the highest attrition rates, thanks to the absymal behaviour of a few counsels recently elevated to partnership and all the philandering, which their offsites are best famous (unfamous) for!
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Like +14 Object -7 anon 21 Apr 15, 17:52  interesting  controversial
Infamous, not unfamous
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Like +38 Object -6 Reader 21 Apr 15, 17:30  interesting  top rated  controversial
Is it true that Trilegal intends to play the song "tumhi ho bandhu, sakha tumhi" from the movie cocktail on his first day at work? Kian, can you firm this?
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Like +2 Object -3 Sherlock 21 Apr 15, 18:24
I notice that no one has been poarched from tier 1 boutique firms like S&R Associates and Talwar Thakore & Associates. I wonder why that is! PS. Gokul does not count. He is ex-S&R from another era..
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Like +2 Object -1 Hahaha 21 Apr 15, 20:39
I was going to be nasty to Sherlock, but then the new watermark changed my mind. :)
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Like +0 Object -0 Sherlock 21 Apr 15, 21:41
Dear Hahaha, I wonder why you felt the need to be nasty. Too much diligence making you read stuff you shouldn't, between the lines? Or, is yours a case of an empty mind with no work? Buck up dude/ dudette or you will burn out, if you haven't already! A pity it would be, if it were over trivialities. And, just to clarify, that was a perfectly innocent question, based on an observation that I believe to be true. And, thanks Kian for the new watermark. People of the likes of Hahaha must appreciate that not everyone has the same background and insight on certain matters, as compared to others.
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Like +0 Object -0 Hahaha 22 Apr 15, 05:37
Now, I am tempted to respond to you in kind, but I'll let this pass. Perhaps, it will make you change your mind and concentrate on your deliverables. Now go, shooo!!
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Like +0 Object -0 hubba 22 Apr 15, 12:23
You dont know the half of it, friend. Wait and watch. Im sure the news will trickle in eventually :)
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Like +0 Object -1 Ace Ventura 21 Apr 15, 20:51
Huge for Trilegal and big blow to SAM's PE practice. It will be interesting to see how SAM reacts to this.
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Like +7 Object -1 Sher Key 21 Apr 15, 22:11  interesting
It's not "dudette." It's "diva." "Dudette" means a small dude.
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Like +3 Object -0 Kavi Bandharavi 21 Apr 15, 23:12
Winter is coming. So I chose to be on the right side of the wall. As for the others, Happy Akshaya Tritiya, folks!

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Like +15 Object -5 Leave Kian alone 21 Apr 15, 23:48  interesting  controversial
Enough with the Kuan bashing. I like his site. It gives a real life inside look into the world of law firms. If you don't like the site then go read BB which tries to be oh so uppity in what and how they report.

Problem is that people don't like to get dissed and try to shoot down those who bare the truth! Get a life!
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Like +7 Object -7 kianganz 22 Apr 15, 02:17  controversial
Thanks, agree, I think we've all had our fun so we won't be publishing any more LI bashing meta comments for a few weeks until the really angry ones have calmed down a little (and then we can have this perennial debate again in a few months time :)

Appreciate all the feedback, regardless.

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Like +14 Object -0 Jee haan 22 Apr 15, 11:26  interesting  top rated
Having been part of the law firm community for past 10 years, I can safely say that Legally India has played a great role in infusing some much needed masala in our otherwise boring lives.

Though I have no special love for Kian or LI as I visit both LI and B&B equally, I think credit is due to Kian and LI for what they have done and continue doing. Even during the unnecessary slugfest on this particular story, Kian has acknowledged how B&B has been recently trumping him and how they have been forced to up their game - I personally think thats very professional (and humble?).

So far as "confirming" the story etc goes, I am not sure how many readers actually care about that as: (i) the website is about legal news and gossip and a dollop of sensationalism is expected; and (ii) so long as there are some informal sources willing to confirm a newsworthy story, it will attract attention and hits.

Bottomline is, guys, if you dont like LI please take you hits somewere else. May god/your employer grant you net neutrality :-) (Sorry net neutrality is the new "cool" conversation piece!)

In any case, thanks Kian & team- dont bother about these comments and keep up the good work!
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Like +9 Object -5 Great! 22 Apr 15, 00:50  controversial
Brilliant lawyer!! Exceptional PE expertise. Trilegal is all set to gain! Huge loss for SAM.

All the best to Ravindra and his team!
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Like +6 Object -2 Salman 22 Apr 15, 09:17
Bandhu was the. Second highest. Biller at [Shardul's] office. That's a cool [...] crore hole in Sam p & l . Ad this to the other exits there is already a [...] crore hole. And he is going crazy on rents and hiring at twice the cost ? Unless he is willing to pay from his mothers estate, if I were an equity partner at Sam I would get out of there ASAP. . It's only a question of time before he goes bust . . Many more exits to follow we hear. . The exodus will begin soon . Game over
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Like +14 Object -2 Poached egg 22 Apr 15, 09:21  interesting  top rated
We hear there is no restriction on poaching between Sam and cam . Can you please confirm kian. I want to join cam from okhla. This place is now totally intolerable . Kian please please do this for us oppressed souls. . [Shardul] has not told us anything. Why should we work in a place where we get updates from legally India and not from management ..
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Like +4 Object -1 Law firm man or the virtue of 22 Apr 15, 10:30
There is really no virtue in ignorance. Not really. What LI has done commendably is reduce the unnecessary opaque and at times shady hush hush mannner in which law firms in India operate which keeps people other than the senior most partners (read family) outside the information loop. Most of the times associates come to know about major events about their law firm through LI. Till this information assymetry is removed, we need LI to be 'breaking stories' for us. It may not be the website we deserve but it certainly is the website we need!
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Like +2 Object -1 bling 22 Apr 15, 12:06
Ah so we will publish comments praising LI but not legitimate criticism.. Wah kian bhai wah ..
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Like +3 Object -1 kianganz 22 Apr 15, 12:08
Correct, well done! :) Like I said above, our trolls have had enough fun to last several weeks at least.
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Like +9 Object -0 Observer 22 Apr 15, 12:16  interesting
Not surprised at this exit. Proud of Ravi to have called it quits with both brothers. Its sad that neither of them want to make history by building an institution and are more focused on dynasty building.
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Like +2 Object -1 kianganz 22 Apr 15, 12:20
Oh, and thanks for all expressions of support, we really appreciate it if our readers understand what we're trying to do here. :)

Best wishes,
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Like +0 Object -0 Bemused observer 22 Apr 15, 14:33
Any exits from AZB?
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Like +3 Object -1 Enough Said.. 22 Apr 15, 15:21

isko padho aur apne apne kaam pe lag jaoo..!! gajab velle ho yaar tum loag..!!
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 22 Apr 15, 15:37
How many from Ravi's team are moving? Both his PAs (VK and VP) are quite good and generally the overall team always looked promising. If all these guys are moving then Trilegal has managed a good deal. Best of luck guys. Tough luck SAM.
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Like +2 Object -0 Agreed 22 Apr 15, 17:38
very true. very good team. n Ravi is a great partner. Well done trilegal.
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Like +1 Object -0 hubba 22 Apr 15, 19:19
See Kian, nobody disses BnB when they publish incorrect information:

Obviously there has been no settlement, no?

But at the time i read this piece, there was not a single comment criticising the blatant error in the so called exclusive. Not a single comment on it, period :)
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Like +0 Object -0 Change 23 Apr 15, 14:55
Layout change is good Kian.. much better.. don't have to publish
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 23 Apr 15, 15:05
Thanks, that's great. Took liberty of publishing your comment anyway since it's hard to have a conversation otherwise :)

Will keep tweaking LI look from time to time so do keep feedback coming whenever there's something that annoys you particularly...
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Like +1 Object -0 Change 23 Apr 15, 16:26
Cool.. I had infact written earlier, about how the mix of ads, pics and stories made the layout look very cluttered.. much need change - good one too!
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 23 Apr 15, 16:28
Great, glad to hear it! I also understand that the ads really acted up on Mac Safari browsers - that should now be fixed too, and the quantity of ads will also decrease soon... Thanks for bearing with us!
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Like +1 Object -0 Insane 24 Apr 15, 00:46
The management won't be happy with this exit! He's a big name in the PE space
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Like +1 Object -0 Onida 24 Apr 15, 23:12
SAM's envy, Trilegal's pride. Tumhi ho Bandhu. Fantastic lawyer.
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