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Arjun Lall promoted to Cyril Amarchand South India head

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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Bangalore capital markets partner Arjun Lall has become head of the Southern India region, including Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, reported Bar & Bench.

Legally India understands that the announcement was made locally around two weeks ago by managing partner Cyril Shroff when rolling out the new South India human resources (HR) structure.

Lall is a 2001 NLSIU Bangalore graduate who began his career at what-was-then Amarchand Mangaldas.

Lall's counterpart in the Delhi region will be senior AZB & Partners lateral hire Percival (Percy) Billimoria, who will head that office with Delhi partner Gauri Rasgotra as deputy head.

The appointment of Lall as South India head follows a significant streamlining and restructuring of Cyril Amarchand's internal committee structures earlier this month, which included the elevation of partner Nisha Kaur Uberoi as national competition head, who has since resigned to join AZB & Partners.

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Like +13 Object -5 Better Half 26 May 16, 20:12  interesting  controversial
So the rumours that Reeba is moving to either SAM or KCO appear to be true....
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Like +2 Object -0 Alias22 27 May 16, 08:25
Ganda hai par dhanda hai yeh
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Like +5 Object -1 Ahem 27 May 16, 15:03
Oh no - poor Arjun, how will he manage
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Like +8 Object -1 Scooty 26 May 16, 21:34  interesting
What happens to Reeba now? Or may be Arjun threatened to quit so the damage control needs to be done at that front.

On a related note, Cyril appears to have realised that his "single leader model" was flawed from the very beginning. He has been trying to run CAM (and erstwhile AMSS, mumbai office) like a lala shop, on the lines of typical promoter run companies. But, notwithstanding that how astute he is, he ignored the fact that a professional services firm cannot be run in the same way as a business enterprise. In a law firm, every lawyer has the calibre to generate business on a standalone basis and so there are ego and self respect issues.

It is not that things will be any different now (thanks to baba and mata), but yes, at least they will appear to be different.
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Like +7 Object -1 Purple 26 May 16, 21:59  interesting
But how much real power will these regional heads actual have? Or these are just candies to stop them from quitting?
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Like +6 Object -0 Agram Bagram 26 May 16, 22:34  interesting
I hear that -- is in talks with CAM? With -- running the boutwiue outfit better, guess -- is considering his options.
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Like +10 Object -11 Classic 26 May 16, 23:09  controversial
This is classic Shroff strategy - make Arjun report to Yash on capital markets and then give him the lollypop of Office Head. My prediction is Arjun will go the Uberoi way and leave. He has enough of a market standing to go to any firm in the market today.
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Like +15 Object -0 Really.. 27 May 16, 12:55  interesting  top rated
I thought his only reputation is being the ultimate Frisbee champ [...]
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Like +5 Object -0 Really.. 27 May 16, 15:02  interesting
Why didn't you publish my comment Kian ? You are only publishing comments where the concerned individual is praised.
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Like +17 Object -0 Reporting 26 May 16, 23:40  interesting  top rated
So Nivedita reports to Arjun. Interesting
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Like +3 Object -1 a fairy 26 May 16, 23:44
reeba was on key committees. arjun wasnt. reeba is senior and was de facto head. odd prob reebie is leaving (the firm) so arjun gains.
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Like +9 Object -3 Heirarchy 26 May 16, 23:59  interesting
Avinash Umapathy and Namrata Kolar who are senior to Arjun will report to him? And Rahul Sarella? And Nivedita his peer. And Reeba the earlier office head? Clearly there are tonnes of CAM exits lined up esp as SAM has just started its Blore office.
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Like +6 Object -0 Report 27 May 16, 14:37  interesting
Rahul Sarala of 94 NLS batch will report to Arjun? This is comical.
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Like +8 Object -0 Sam cam 27 May 16, 17:39  interesting
And what? These people will go and report to Karthik Mahalingam who is Arjuns batch mate and designated as head of Bangalore office for SAM?
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Like +5 Object -2 RDA 27 May 16, 00:14
Cyril takes the way of his protegè Rohit. Yes. I have seen Rohit run his firm to the ground, ensuring that his star performers land up either with competition or in-house (ofcourse he was never referred another matter from those corporates). CAM shoukd rebrand as CSA Legal (Cyril Shroff & Associates Legal) or CCo (Cyril & Company). Best to you buddy.
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Like +22 Object -4 velvet voice, no toys 27 May 16, 03:21  interesting  top rated
so nivedita rao nls 2001 batchmate of arjun, reports to him. asking for leave, etc. it must be difficult to operate in such an air. maybe yash should also get a region to manage, say eastern india.
office head sounds a bit like a receptionist-aunty. if they mean it they should give a better title. too many heads is making the firm look like raavan'a head. enjoy, velevet voice.
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Like +6 Object -15 TYS 27 May 16, 07:48  controversial
There is nothing per se wrong in a batchmate reporting to another. Happens in the army, judiciary and administration all the time.

Nivedita I have not worked with but Avinash Umapathy can do a lot worse than be made to report to Arjun. As a lawyer and a person Arjun is miles ahead of Avinash.
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Like +10 Object -2 Mx. X 27 May 16, 13:37  interesting
While there is nothing wrong in a batchmate reporting to another, I am not sure how accurate that second line of the first Para is.

In the army reporting and promotions are based on a time-scale till the positions of Colonel and above. One could arguably be reporting to a batchmate after that but I am not sure how that works.

It hardly ever happens in administration. An IAS 1990 batch officer will never directly report to another IAS 1990 batch officer.

In judiciary seniority depends on date of enrollment. The question of being a batchmate doesn't arise.
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Like +1 Object -0 TYS 28 May 16, 20:11
In the army there are many existing Lt Generals who may have attended NDA / IMA together but are reporting to a batchmate.

Right now the GOC Northern Command and the Vice-Chief of the Army are batchmates but the VCOS is a higher position.

In the IAS plenty of Chief Secretaries and Cabinet Secretaries routinely supercede their seniors. Present CS of J&K is junior to four of his seniors who report to him.

In the judiciary HC judges are often directly elevated to the SC bypassing CJs who are senior to them and colleagues who are batchmates (Same date of oath)

Even in law firms while A1s and A3s may not report to their batchmates, SAs and Partners do report to their batchmates and often to their juniors.

So its common to have batchmates reporting to one another.
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Like +0 Object -2 Taliya 28 May 16, 22:31
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Like +1 Object -1 Mx. X 29 May 16, 19:00

Interesting. But few examples do not make it a common occurrence. And we are talking about direct reporting.

In states you have state administrative services apart from IAS in which case reporting may not depend on seniority but on service. However, I stand by what I said. An IAS officer will never directly report to his/ her batchmate. I agree that seniority does not matter in SC elevation. But can you say HC judges directly report to SC judges?

Suppose anything can happen in law firms.

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Like +2 Object -0 TYS 31 May 16, 09:32
In the IAS direct reporting to batchmates (or juniors) is the most common and happens routinely at the Chief Secretary Level. The CS (senior most IAS in a state) will have all the other Addl. CS level officers report to him who may comprise batchmates and upto 1-5 batches senior. Just google 'chief secretary appointed, supersedes seniors" to see how common it is. It's very very frequent.

Per se there is no problem with people reporting to batchmates. At some level the pyramid will shrink so it becomes inevitable.
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Like +0 Object -1 Mx. X 31 May 16, 10:09
Aah. Thanks! I suppose is bound to happen wherever discretion comes into the picture.
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Like +3 Object -3 not true 27 May 16, 16:38
your comment of one batchmate reporting to another in Army is inaccurate.
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Like +0 Object -0 Fauji 31 May 16, 03:13
Arre Baba. Once you're superceeded in the fauj then you keep reporting to officers who are junior to you. My father had to report to his platoon-type in his last tenure.

A famous case is of Gen. Katoch (1 Para) and Gen. Bhardwaj when the latter was the GOC-in-C Northern Command (see:
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Like +3 Object -0 Milkhaa 27 May 16, 09:39
Bhaag Arjun Bhaag.
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Like +3 Object -0 Of titles? 27 May 16, 10:00
Are nominal titles really that important to someone who has made up his mind to leave? Also what about the professional egos of others like Reeba, Dorothy Nivedita or even Rahul who has done a commendable job of picking up the pieces of the Hyderabad office which was in ruins before he joined?
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Like +2 Object -1 Reluctantly agree 27 May 16, 23:24
Though I must say that Arjun is a great lawyer, it is true that Rahul is way senior and is the only reason that the Hyderabad office is still floating. THe office was being run like a joke before this. Maybe Rahul didn't want this position, can't say.
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Like +7 Object -1 Yash123 27 May 16, 11:12  interesting
I want the Title of northern, eastern, western, north east, oske be east, Head
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Like +17 Object -4 cam cam 27 May 16, 11:53  interesting  top rated
So obviously the girls with kids cant lead offices! or be promoted further. anyone putting their own family before firm cant be leaders at cam?
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Like +11 Object -4 Ironic 27 May 16, 12:48  interesting

Except that leaders at CAM do nothing except put their own family first.
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Like +3 Object -1 Cricket 28 May 16, 11:18
Wo Sab chodo ye batao is he related to Arun Lal
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Like +2 Object -1 Arjun Rau 29 May 16, 13:14
Nisha resigned after she was made the national head of competition practice... Maybe Arjun has initiated a dialoge to leave??
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Like +1 Object -2 Jiah mody 29 May 16, 21:19
Most welcome to azb house at lavelle road
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Like +1 Object -0 Arjun LOL 31 May 16, 14:18
South India is a big deal.
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