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Uber scoops Khaitan partner Mohit Abraham to drive legal as first India GC


Khaitan & Co associate partner in the Delhi litigation team, Mohit Abraham, will join taxi aggregator Uber to head up its Indian legal function as legal director India.

Abraham had joined Khaitan in July 2014 after the majority of the start-up he co-founded, PXV Law Partners, was acquired by Khaitan.

Abraham added: “I am very grateful to Khaitan & Co and its partners for giving me an amazing platform and for the confidence reposed in me. I look forward to a continued association with my esteemed colleagues.”

Abraham, who had topped the advocates-on-record (AoR) exam in 2012, began his career at Amarchand Mangaldas after graduating from NUJS Kolkata in 2005. He practiced in the Supreme Court from 2008 until 2010, when he joined RDA Legal, which later became PXV.

Uber is a client of Khaitan’s, with the firm, including Abraham, having acted for the company in the Delhi high court in its continuing regulatory nightmare in the aftermath of the rape allegedly committed by one of its driver contractors.

“As a part of Khaitan, I have been closely working with Uber and I am very excited to be a part of its extremely talented and dynamic team,” commented Abraham, noting that Uber was “one of the most exciting companies in the world… positively impacting millions”.

We have reached out to Uber for comment.

Former Amarchand Mangaldas partner Suhaan Mukerji’s firm PLR Chambers was handling the governmental relations and policy lobbying work of the Silicon Valley company that is touted to be worth up to $50bn.

Khaitan & Co Mumbai partner Rabindra Jhunjhunwala declined to comment when contacted yesterday.

Update: Jhunjhunwala commented: “We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Uber. It's a fabulous opportunity for Mohit, who will be a great asset for Uber. The partnership wishes him well.”

PXV co-founder GT Thomas Phillippe is associate partner Delhi, while PXV co-founders Rohit Das and Pingal Khan are each running independent firms.

Co-founder Deepto Roy, who had joined Khaitan with Phillippe and Abraham, has joined Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas recently.

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