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Cyril Amarchand sees at least 9 senior fee-earners depart to pastures new & SAM (no problem, says Cyril)

Associate launchpad CAM?
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A string of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas’ (CAM) senior and principal associates have left in recent months, following the hiring spree by the firm following its split with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas.

At least nine fee-earners holding designations of senior associate and above left the firm or are in the process of leaving, since late 2015.

The leavers:

  • principal associate designate Madhuparna Dasgupta (Mumbai) left in October 2015 and joined Khaitan & Co as principal associate;
  • principal associate designate Abhimanyu Ghosh (Mumbai) had joined Trilegal as counsel in November 2015;
  • senior consultant Nitesh Jain (Delhi) joined Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas in Mumbai as principal associate late last year;
  • principal associate Vishaka Prasad (Mumbai) will also join Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas in Mumbai by next week;
  • litigation senior associate Abhishek Singh (Delhi) joined Luthra & Luthra as managing associate in 2016;
  • Delhi senior associate designate Dipti Bedi (Delhi) is understood to be moving in-house
  • principal associate Mumbai Abhinav Surana has left and would join JurisCorp as a partner, Bar & Bench had reported;
  • principal associate Harsh Maggon (Mumbai) has resigned and is understood to have been in talks with at least one other firm; and
  • principal associate Shyamali Singh (Mumbai) has resigned but Legally India could not confirm at the time of going to press where she would be heading.

“The attrition levels are normal. All the associates above are leaving on good terms with our goodwill,” commented CAM managing partner Cyril Shroff.

He added: “Side by side we are also recruiting at all levels. And the firm continues to grow and prosper.”

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas began aggressive lateral hiring for its half of the broken-up Amarchand Mangaldas in March 2015, particularly when setting up its Delhi office, kicking off with 13 partners from 11 Indian law firms and from the in-house sector by May.

The 99-year-old Amarchand Mangaldas partnership law firm dissolved on 6 May 2015, after over six months of protracted mediation following a Bombay high court case between brothers Shardul Shroff and Cyril Shroff over their late mother’s inheritance.

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