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Amarchand Delhi hires Freshfields returnee

Amarchand Mangaldas has hired a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer as a principal associate designate in its Delhi office.

Naval Chopra had worked at Freshfields' London office for around four years under the firm's India practice group head Pratap Amin.

Chopra said: "My reasons for moving to India were twofold. One is for family reasons and two is, given the fact that investment banks like Goldman or Deutsche are now actively doing deals from India as opposed to New York, the party in New York has shifted to India.

"If you want to be a player in the Indian legal market, being active from London or Dubai is not an option. For those reasons both my wife and I moved to India."

Chopra's wife Shwetambara Shroff had re-joined Amarchand as a senior associate in April of this year after a one-year secondment with Clifford Chance in London.

Chopra joined the firm on 20 July and is reporting to partner Jatin Aneja in the firm's projects team.

He is qualified as a lawyer in India, England & Wales and New York.

Freshfields' Amin said: "This development may well strengthen the long standing and continuing working relationship between Freshfields and Amarchands."

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