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Advaita principal Satyajit Gupta joins Star as VP Legal, post Ghosh departure

Satyajit Gupta goes in-house from AdvaitaSatyajit Gupta goes in-house from Advaita

Advaita Legal principal Satyajit Gupta has joined Star TV Network as its vice president legal, according to his LinkedIn page.

A 2003 NLSIU Bangalore alumnus, Gupta was with Advaita since 2015 after stints with the erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas, the erstwhile Herbert Smith, AZB & Partners and Khaitan & Co.

The principal designation at Advaita is roughly equivalent to salaried partnership at other firms. Gupta resigned from the firm on 12 July.

Update: Gupta commented: “I am very excited to join Star India which has a market-leading business team and an equally brilliant legal team.

“I am following in the footsteps of countless alumni and colleagues who have made the shift from private practice to in-house and I hope to learn from their experiences.

“I look forward to augmenting my own legal skills while continuing to strengthen the Star legal team.”

He will be reporting to Star general counsel (GC) Deepak Jacob.

Owned by 21st Century Fox, Star India is the largest media network in India and it has almost one-fourth of the Indian market under its viewership, according to Market Realist.

While Star’s viewership is not the largest in India, Walt Disney and Comcast Corp are currently trying to outbid each other to acquire Fox’s entertainment assets with Star India being a major attraction in the buy due to its ability to penetrate both the linear TV market as well as the Over-the-Top (OTT) video streaming market, reported Mint.

Advaita’s co-founding partner Sujit Ghosh is also set to leave the firm to focus full-time on counsel practice, we reported earlier this month.

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Like +1 Object -2 Ghost 24 Jul 18, 17:37
Star has got a new watchdog atleast
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Like +4 Object -1 Junior 24 Jul 18, 17:58
Wonder why he accepted a relatively junior position ... with his background anything less than an svp, if not gc, is very surprising
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Like +1 Object -1 Very Junior 24 Jul 18, 18:14
Who is the GC ?
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Like +0 Object -1 Gc 26 Jul 18, 23:33
Someone by name of deepak Jacob. Not sure whether he has law firm experience.
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Like +1 Object -1 Herbies 24 Jul 18, 18:02
What is erstwhile Herbert Smith?
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Like +3 Object -1 Up to date 24 Jul 18, 19:53
It's Herbert Smith Freehills now.
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Like +11 Object -4 Alias 24 Jul 18, 18:32  interesting
It means not enough clients were willing to follow him to another firm
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Like +5 Object -6 Ghost 24 Jul 18, 18:47  controversial
Haha. Uske liye client to hona chahiye pehle
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Like +3 Object -0 but 25 Jul 18, 10:24
we have reached a saturation point, you see
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Like +39 Object -1 Not-a-snob 25 Jul 18, 11:42  interesting  top rated
Moving in-house can be a life-style choice, or someone's preference for only doing a particular kind of work. It's naive to dismiss in-house counsels as some sort of failures. Many of us have made, and will make, that choice for perfectly sensible reasons.

You may also be surprised to know that many senior in-house counsels' knowledge and expertise in their domain surpasses most "partners" we have going around.
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Like +1 Object -0 Hmm 25 Jul 18, 13:45
A VP was making approx 42 lacs in 2016 at Star. Figures have changed?
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Like +4 Object -0 Explorer3 25 Jul 18, 19:06
yes it is now around 78 ctc
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Like +1 Object -3 Pandu 25 Jul 18, 21:47
15 years of PQE at top firms and is from a top law school. I highly doubt that he gets paid just that.
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Like +1 Object -1 Partner 25 Jul 18, 23:50
For this particular role it could be around the 1 crore mark.
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Like +2 Object -1 Culture 26 Jul 18, 06:30
Even if the money is ok he will need to get used to a sycophant driven culture. Not sure why he was so desperate to go in house in places like these.
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Like +0 Object -0 Explorer3 26 Jul 18, 12:43
....you pl dont worry about that. It was enough at KPMG!
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Like +0 Object -0 Vultures 26 Jul 18, 13:28
Vultures await
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Like +5 Object -3 78 na na 25 Jul 18, 19:35
No bro!! Not More than 65 tops.
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Like +4 Object -1 Haha 26 Jul 18, 17:26
You're dismally out of touch. In many in-house roles, this is third tier of salaries (i.e., your boss reports to the GC).
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Like +0 Object -0 Fourth tier 26 Jul 18, 23:37
In these kind of companies vp role is 4th tier ... unless...
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Like +3 Object -2 RIP 26 Jul 18, 19:34
This is nothing surprising. All fools who joined Mr. self proclaimed legal luminary to set up a law firm (with kpmg money) will have same future only - for no one realised that he is using everyone for fulfilling his own aim and everyone worked so hard to only impress him. Otherwise also, Advaita has got a good name in the shelter for 'homeless people category' considering all its 'resources' leave and then after being rejected (the industry rejects) are given shelter back.
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Like +1 Object -0 wow 26 Jul 18, 20:16
This is an interesting comment and definitely by some one who had worked there
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Like +0 Object -0 RIP 26 Jul 18, 20:26
May be who still works there and is part of that category who has been befooled
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Like +4 Object -0 Brilliant 27 Jul 18, 08:26
Such brilliant lawyers should not join Lala company.
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