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End of an era: ALMT moves out of Mumbai's Express Towers, leaving behind SAM as sole firm

ALMT Legal is the last of the previous generation of law firm tenants to move out Mumbai’s Express Towers, leaving only new tenant Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas behind.

The firm has taken a “fantastic” new office at Nariman Point’s Free Press House of 10,500 square feet with an “undeterred sea view” and sunset view, said Sameer Tapia, ALMT co-founding and senior partner.

“New space, new energy,” he added, noting that it was a “very well laid out and planned office” that they had been able to plan from scratch, with four large conference rooms, and “a great spacious cafeteria for all with a huge dining room / pantry”.

ALMT will move on 1 April into the first floor of the building on 215 Free Press Journal Marg.

The previous office in Express Towers was around 9,000 square feet, Tapia said, with the firm having managed to secure an extra floor in 2010 to accommodate its growing numbers.

The firm’s lawyer headcount in Mumbai was 66, including 11 partners.

Only several years ago, Express Towers was the building with Mumbai’s - and probably India’s - highest concentration of law firms, having hosted AZB & Partners, ALMT Legal and DSK Legal.

https://www.legallyindia.com/201411275362/Law-firms/azb-abandons-long-time-south-bombay-home-for-spectacular-new-parel-office AZB and DSK have now moved to mid-town Lower Parel Peninsula and Indiabulls properties, respectively.

However, Shardul Amarchand moved into its new Mumbai office in Express Towers in mid-2015, paying more than Rs 60 lakh in monthly rent after slapping down a deposit of more than Rs 2 crore for around 25,000 square feet and a current headcount of 80 (with space for up to 140).

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