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Amarchand promotes partners: 8 internal, White & Case lateral; Irish competition lawyer rises, BCG review finalised

Amarchand Mangaldas has promoted eight principal associates to partnership in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, hired White & Case associate Raghubir Menon as a partner and promoted Irish competition lawyer Paku Khan as a partner-equivalent director.

In Delhi the firm promoted principal associates Mrinal Kumar, Puja Sondhi, Pankaj Agarwal, Shilpa Mankar and Shailaja Lall to salaried partnership, according to Amarchand sources.

Principal associates Gurpreet Ashar and Alice George in Mumbai and Namrata Kolar in Bangalore were also made partners.

White & Case associate Menon re-joined Amarchand Mangaldas after having first worked there in 2001.

Six are graduates of NLSIU Bangalore, with Kolar having passed out in 1999, George in 1997, Ashar in 2003, Mankar in 2002, Sondhi in 2002 and Menon in 2001.

The total number of partners at the firm stands at 58 now.

Khan, who was hired from Irish corporate law firm A&L Goodbody as director in Amarchand Delhi competition law practice in 2009, has been elevated to a partner-level equivalent position, although his job title remains director because he is a foreign qualified lawyer.

It is understood that last weekend on 1 and 2 October Amarchand held a national partners’ meeting in Mumbai to present the outcome of the firm’s second Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) review, which in particular aims to improve the managements’ coordination between the Delhi and Mumbai offices and further professionalise the firm’s set-up.

It is understood that the results and findings will be rolled out in phases over the coming months.

Amarchand’s managing partners were unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

In April of last year Amarchand promoted only three associates internally to partner.

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