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Phoenix finance partner Kartikeya Singh returns in-house as BoA Merrill Lynch deputy GC

Singh: New challenge
Singh: New challenge

Phoenix Legal Mumbai partner Kartikeya Singh is understood to join investment bank Bank of America (BoA) Merrill Lynch in August as its deputy general counsel (GC) India, based in Mumbai.

It is understood he will report to South East Asia and India GC Abhimanyu Singh Poonia.

Singh declined to confirm that he was joining BoA but confirmed that he was leaving Phoenix.

“I have had a fantastic run at Phoenix Legal. Phoenix Legal gave me the platform and the independence to develop a well respected and accolade winning DCM and structured finance practice,” he said. “I am moving on to take up new challenges that will further my growth as a professional. I am quite confident Phoenix Legal will continue to provide the clients the same level of partner attention and high standards of service.”

Phoenix co-founding partner Manjula Chawla said: “Kartikeya will undoubtedly be missed by everyone at the firm and we wish him all the best as he returns to his calling as in-house counsel once again. In the last four years we have seen him contribute considerably to the successes of the firm’s DCM and securitisation practice.”

The NLSIU Bangalore 2004 graduate began his career as an advocate, then joined ICICI Bank in 2005, moved to AZB & Partners between 2007 and 2008, and joined niche structured finance investment bank IFMR Capital as chief legal counsel in 2009 until 2010, as part of the company’s founding team.

After that he joined Phoenix where he set up the debt capital markets (DCM) and structured finance practice and was promoted to partnership in January 2015.

Chawla said that Aditya Bhargava and co-founding partner Sawant Singh would continue working on the DCM practice in Mumbai.

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