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Tata Sons legal shrinks to 6 after lateral defections gift 4 other Cos legal heads, senior IH counsel

Shroff, Surana, Balajee, Sharma, Bharadwaj join other corporates from Tatas
Shroff, Surana, Balajee, Sharma, Bharadwaj join other corporates from Tatas

Five in-house lawyers in Tata Sons’ legal team, which is headed by former Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas partner Shuva Mandal, have moved to other companies in in-house positions over the last year, Bar & Bench has reported.

Tata Sons had been aggressively growing its legal team after Mandal joined in mid-2017.

After the departures, Tata Sons’ in-house team now stands at a headcount of nine, according to Bar & Bench.

Correction: We understand that the size of Tata Sons’ in-house team is now six, excluding Mandal.

Four out of the five leavers had joined the Tatas as lateral hires in the hiring spree within the last two years.

Tata Sons legal team members who’ve moved over the last year, include:

  • senior legal counsel Prateek Shroff (NUJS 2010, ex-Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas) joined Brookfield Asset Management as vice president, investments, this month.
  • senior legal counsel Abhinav Surana (NLU Jodhpur 2007, ex-Juris Corp) joined Aditya Birla ARC asset reconstruction arm as head of legal in April.
  • senior legal counsel Aravind Balajee (NLSIU 2004, ex-Amarchand, Allen & Overy) has moved to Adani Finserve Private Limited as vice president legal in January.
  • legal counsel Rishi Sharma (GNLU 2010, ex-Kanga & Co) joined Star TV Network as senior manager in November 2018. His tenure at Tata Sons predated Mandal’s, having started there in 2015.
  • legal counsel Supriya Bharadwaj (GLC Mumbai 2004, ex-Piramal Bain Distressed Asset Fund head legal), who had left the Tatas last year, has joined Reliance Capital as general counsel.
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