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Amarchand promotes 13 to partner in corporate-heavy round to grow to 84 partners







Amarchand Mangaldas has made 13 new partners this year, with seven in Delhi, five in Mumbai and one in Bangalore, which is managerially a part of the Mumbai partnership.

Delhi principal associates Anubhuti Agarwal (in the corporate practice, having graduated from NLSIU Bangalore in 2005), Dhruv Diwan (litigation, NLIU Bhopal 2004), Shruti Kinra (corp, Warwick 2002), Saurav Kumar (corp, ILS Pune 2002), Pooja Mahajan (corp, Delhi University 2004, Oxford BCL 2007), VR Neelakantan (projects, NLSIU 2006) and Arvind Sharma (corp, DU 2003) have been elevated to partnership.

Mumbai principal associates Joseph Jimmy (banking, ILS Pune 2002), Indranath Bishnu (corp, NUJS Kolkata 2005), Ramanuj Kumar (projects, NLSIU 2004, Harvard Law School LLM 2008) and Abhimanyu Bhattacharya (capital markets, NUJS 2005), and senior consultant Vandana Sekhri (corp, GLC Mumbai 2003, Bombay solicitor) have also been promoted to partner.

Prashant Venkatesh (NLSIU 2003), who specialises in banking and finance, was promoted in Bangalore.

The promotions take retrospective effect from 1 April 2013, bringing the total partnership up to 84 partners, according to a press release from the firm.

Corporate win

The overwhelming number of promotions are in the corporate practice, which welcomes seven new partners across India. Banking and finance, and project finance see two new partners each, while capital markets and litigation each get one.

Agarwal and Bishnu joined the firm in 2005, Bhattacharya in 2006, Mahajan in 2007 and Kinra and Joseph in 2009. Kinra had rejoined after an earlier stint with the firm between 2002 and 2007.

Sekhri joined in February 2012 from Juris Corp, where she was a partner.

The firm also announced today that former Citibank India general counsel (GC) Sandip Beri would join in Delhi as a partner. Economic Laws Practice (ELP) partner Yashojit Mitra will join corporate in Mumbai by August.

Historical perspectives

Amarchand had promoted 13 partners last year with an even split between Delhi and Mumbai and with 70 per cent women. However two Mumbai partners elevated last year - Amita Choudhary and Aysswarya Murthy are set to leave the firm.

In June, Delhi principal associate Kirat Nagra joined Economic Laws Practice (ELP) as partner and Mumbai principal associate Satyam Sharat joined Ashurst Jakarta as foreign legal consultant.

In February, Delhi principal associate Niti Paul joined Kochhar & Co as partner. Her husband Harry Chawla left partnership at Amarchand in December 2012 to head up Kochhar’s Mumbai office.

That month former White & Case senior associate Nikhil Naryanan and Luthra & Luthra Delhi litigation partner Ajit Warrier joined Amarchand as partners, as Amarchand Delhi litigation partner VP Singh moved to the firm’s Mumbai office in April.

Meanwhile, elsewhere

Other partnership promotions reported by Legally India this year include:

Trilegal did not promote any new partners but boosted two to counsel in Delhi.

Luthra & Luthra is still to announce its promotions for the year; it is understood that a decision may be made by the firm this month.

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