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Hemant Sahai hires Herbies lawyer, advocate as partners and rebrands

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Exclusive: Hemant Sahai Associates has rebranded itself to HSA Advocates and hired two later partners, including one Herbert Smith senior associate and senior Delhi litigator Meenakshi Arora, taking the firm up to 10 partners.

Former Herbert Smith London senior associate of four years Anjan Dasgupta (pictured) will join HSA, as the firm is now called, on 18 April as an equity partner in Mumbai where two other partners are also based.

Dasgupta told Legally India: “Hemant Sahai was an excellent opportunity for me to come back and it was an ideal fit for me to have a kind of entrepreneurial role.”

The 2002 Symbiosis Law School Pune graduate was previously a consultant at Candian firm Ogilvy Renault in Toronto, having started his career at Trilegal in 2002 where he stayed for two years. He specialises in project finance, energy sector and banking work.

Dasgupta added: “It’s just the market here, the opportunity and I think it’s the right time to move back to Asia. Given my experience and basically India being home, it made sense immense sense to come back to India.”

In Delhi the firm has also hired Meenakshi Arora, a Supreme Court advocate-on-record and litigator with 26 years of experience, as a partner.

She is understood to have been running her independent practice for several years.

Update 15:55: In a press release HSA has stated that it also hired Navin Syiem from Ashurst’s Dubai office and Souvik Ganguly from AZB’s Mumbai office last year as partners.

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