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Cyril Amarchand Mumbai promotes 3 to partner, 2 to partner designate (2 in corp, 1 each in competition, real estate, disputes)

The new Cyril Amarchand partners and partners-to-be
The new Cyril Amarchand partners and partners-to-be

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas’ Mumbai office has promoted three to partner, and two to partner designate, with effect from 5 June, according to its press release.

Cyril Amarchand Delhi promotions – where senior AZB & Partners Percy Billimoria joined on Friday (4 June) - will be announced after 30 October 2016.

Managing partner Cyril Shroff commented in the press release: 

We are delighted to announce these internal promotions to partnership and partner designates. We are certain that these talented individuals across various practice areas will further strengthen our bench and add great value to our firm and client servicing capabilities. This is the first batch of internal promotions after the formation of the new firm and reinforces our model.

The evaluation has been very rigorous with a keen focus on business case being the key factor. The Peoples Committee which was constituted only in May has done a thorough job in screening candidates. They will assist me in evaluating internal talent and recommend promotions on an ongoing basis.

For our Delhi office, decisions on promotions to partnership will be made after Diwali 2016 along with any future recommendations across India made by the Peoples Committee of the firm.

New partners

  • Anand Jayachandran – Partner, General Corporate
  • Bharat Budholia – Partner, Competition Law
  • Hiral Motta – Partner, Real Estate

New partner designates

  • Aditya Mehta – Partner Designate, Dispute Resolution
  • Prerak Ved – Partner Designate, General Corporate

The promotions take place against a backdrop of at least 20 fee-earners in Cyril Amarchand’s Mumbai corporate practice headed by Ashwath Rau will defect to AZB & Partners (Rau is understood to be joining on Monday (6 June).

Cyril Amarchand Mumbai competition partner Nisha Kaur Uberoi too, is set to join AZB in the coming months.

According to the firm’s press release, of the eight partner promotions announced in April 2016, four remain at the firm:

  • Anchal Dhir, General Corporate
  • Kranti Mohan, Capital Markets
  • Ramgovind Kuruppath, General Corporate
  • Shruti Rajan, Financial Regulatory

Anu Tiwari, Dhruv Singhal and Himanshu Dodeja, who were promoted in April, are not or will not be with Cyril Amarchand  anymore.

Singhal and Tiwari will be joining Ashwath Rau at AZB, while Dodeja has joined private equity house Blackstone as its first India general counsel (GC).

We could not confirm why Amita Choudary Katragadda was not included in the list of April promotees remaining at Cyril Amarchand.

Partner profiles (via press release)

Anand Jayachandran,

General Corporate Practice

Anand Jayachandran completed his B.A.LLB (Hons) from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2007. He is admitted with the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, India. Anand joined firm's offices in Mumbai in 2007 and had relocated to the Bengaluru office.

Anand has several years of experience in a range of corporate areas, and specializes in public market mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment and corporate restructuring. Anand has advised several reputed Indian and international companies in relation to complex acquisition and restructuring transactions and advised on some of the block deals in the Indian securities market.

The RSG India Law Centre’s 2015 Report cites Anand “as a client-recommended lawyer with a very thorough approach while preparing matters and offering advice”.

He will be part of our General Corporate practice of the firm based at our Bangalore office.

Bharat Budholia,

Competition Law Practice 

Bharat graduated from the Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur in 2009 having obtained a B.A. LL.B (Hons.) and is admitted to the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, India.

He joined the Mumbai office of the firm in 2011 as a part of Competition Law practice.

Bharat advises on the full range of competition matters, including cartel enforcement, abuse of dominance, merger control and competition audit and compliance. Bharat has represented various Indian and multinational clients across sectors such as, cement, pharmaceuticals, agro-chemical, natural gas, airlines, steel, manufacturing, FMCG, passive telecom infrastructure, polyester value chain products, airport passive infrastructure etc.

Bharat has also successfully represented several domestic and international clients before the Office of Director General, the CCI and the Competition Appellate Tribunal in relation to alleged anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance investigations.

Hiral Motta,

Real Estate Practice

Hiral Motta completed her LLB from the Government Law College, Mumbai in 2005 and was a University rank holder. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Jaihind College, Mumbai and is a member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa and the Bombay Incorporated Law Society.

Hiral joined the Mumbai office of the firm in 2007 and has been a part of the Real Estate practice.

She advises clients across various industry lines and sectors on all aspects of real estate matters and has significant experience in core conveyancing transactions with focus on acquisition of agricultural lands in Maharashtra and large commercial property acquisition in the various business districts of the MMRDA region including Mumbai.

Partner designate profiles (via press release)

Aditya Mehta,

Dispute Resolution

Aditya Mehta completed his B.B.A.LLB (Hons) from the Symbiosis law School, Pune in 2008.

He also has diplomas in Alternate Dispute Resolution and Cyber Laws and is admitted with the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.

Aditya has been with the firm since his graduation in 2008 and is part of the Dispute Resolution practice working with Mumbai based partner Indranil Deshmukh, in the firm’s Mumbai office.

Aditya enjoys arguing matters before Courts and Tribunals. He also regularly appears before the Bombay High Court and the Company Law Board.

Prerak Ved,

General Corporate Practice

Prerak Ved has completed his LLB from Government Law College, Mumbai in 2005. He has also obtained his Master in Business Law (MBL) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2007.

Further, Prerak has also cleared his CS Finals (2001) and US CFA Level III (2013).

He is also a Solicitor enrolled with Bombay Incorporated Law Society, Mumbai since 2009

Prerak joined the Mumbai office in 2010 and in part of the General Corporate practice, working with Mumbai based partner Shishir Vayttaden.

His experience in general corporate includes both mergers and acquisitions and private equity with higher focus on private equity.

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