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Breaking: Clasis London office with Mumbai team & Sakate Khaitan break away into new Indo-UK firm

Sakate creates new Khaitan law firm
Sakate creates new Khaitan law firm

Clasis Law co-founding partner Sakate Khaitan and three Clasis senior associates have started Khaitan Legal Associates, a law firm with offices in Mumbai and London.

Former Clasis senior associates Radhika Iyer, Sangeeta Jhunjhunwala and Satyendra Shrivastava will be co-founding partners in the firm with a headcount of 11 fee-earners.

Khaitan will continue to divide his time between London and Mumbai, while Shrivastava and his London team of one fee-earner and one non-fee-earner will continue from London.

Iyer and Jhunjhunwala will continue to be based in Mumbai with their team.

The firm will focus on corporate and litigation, particularly in the sectors of insurance, banking and commodities.

Clasis was started by a breakaway group of partners from ALMT Legal in 2011, retaining the best friend relationship with UK-international firm Clyde & Co.

Khaitan Legal, by contrast, will be an entirely independent firm, with informal relationships with lawyers in Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata to allow it to service work in those cities.

Khaitan commented that he was keen on taking an entrepreneurial initiative to focus on the growing opportunities in the India-US and India-Europe corridors, which he thought would be best served by an independent firm.

Clasis Delhi co-founding partner Vineet Aneja did not respond to a phone call and email seeking comment.

Update 17:12: Aneja has now commented via email: “Clasis London office would continue and I would be spending time between Delhi and London. We wish Sakate and his team all the best.”

Khaitan noted in a press release: “It has been a fulfilling journey thus far, setting up Clasis Law with other partners and a fantastic association with Clyde & Co for the last five years but it is now the time to pursue new ventures.

“I was looking at undertaking an entrepreneurial initiative focused on the ever growing opportunities in the India-Europe and India-US business corridor. An independent legal services platform presents the right fit for me.”

Iyer, Jhunjhunwala, Shrivastava
Iyer, Jhunjhunwala, Shrivastava
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