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Cyril Amarchand poaches Shardul's TMT partner Asim Abbas

Abbas changes sides
Abbas changes sides

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) partner Asim Abbas, who had joined the firm a year ago, will join Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM).

Abbas had joined SAM a year ago in May, after five years at Khaitan & Co.

Between 2008 and 2010 he had run his own start-up firm Legal Spectrums, after having left Bharti Airtel where he was vice president legal between 2004 and 2007.

After a 1990 LLB from Delhi University, he became director of tariff and costing at the Department of Telecommunications until 2000. He then joined Luthra & Luthra as a senior associate for one year, followed by J Sagar Associates (JSA) from 2001 to 2004.

CAM managing partner Cyril Shroff declined to comment when contacted.

We have reached out to SAM and Abbas for comment.

Update: In the firm’s press release, managing partner Cyril Shroff said that he Abbas was hired “to meet our requirements of our clients with dedicated focus on technology, media & telecom”.

Abbas commented: “I am looking forward to join the leading law firm of India and head its TMT practice. TMT sector is going through an exciting phase of consolidation and convergence and I believe that Cyril Amarchand’s credibility and reach will provide me a big platform and opportunity to use my experience and domain knowledge to strengthen its presence in TMT space.”

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