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[UPDATE: IndusLaw poaches] HSA partners Navin Syiem, Avirup Nag, Abhishek Bhalla quit for mystery destination

Syiem (left), Nag (right) leave HSA
Syiem (left), Nag (right) leave HSA

HSA Advocates partners Navin Syiem and Avirup Nag, and associate partner Abhishek Bhalla have resigned from the firm.

Legally India could not confirm at the time of going to press where they would go. We have reached out to them for comment.

Update 11:09: IndusLaw has announced in a press release that Syiem and Nag would join the firm as partners, with Bhalla joining as a principal associate. The team also includes senior associate Shraddha Malhotra, and associates Rohan Gosh, Niyati Bhatt and Shruti Barua. All would join in Delhi.

Syiem said in a statement from IndusLaw: “We are very excited to be a part of IndusLaw. We believe we will bring significant value to IndusLaw and we are convinced that we will greatly enhance each other’s practice capabilities.”

IndusLaw Bangalore partner Suneeth Katarki commented: “The team will significantly enhance the firm’s existing corporate, project and project finance capability, complementing Nishant Singh and Priyanka Roy in Mumbai and Ran Chakrabarti in New Delhi.”

Syiem is leaving with his team including Bhalla and two lawyers.

Syiem specialises in corporate and finance, while Nag focuses on energy and infrastructure work.

Syiem had joined HSA in 2010 from Ashurst in Dubai, where he was a senior associate.

Before that he was a lawyer at Afridi & Angell in Dubai between 2007 and 2009, India legal counsel at GE Commercial Finance between 2004 and 2007 in Gurgaon, a senior associate at Trilegal between 2002 and 2004.

He began his career at Ajay Bahl & Co in 2000 after graduating from NLSIU Bangalore.

Bhalla was promoted to associate partner in 2015 and joined HSA in 2014 from Phoenix Legal where he was between 2009 and 2014. He began his career in 2007 at RNC Legal (now Rajinder Narain & Co) after graduating from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.

Nag had joined HSA from Trilegal in 2012, making partner at HSA in 2014.

He graduated from NLSIU Bangalore in 2005, began his career at Trilegal, moving to Herbert Smith for two years and returning to Trilegal in 2009.

HSA managing partner Hemant Sahai confirmed their departures adding in an emailed statement that “the two departures appear to be related, however, he is not in a position to confirm this with certainty. Hemant Sahai wished all of them the best in their future endeavours”.

The statement added: “Hemant Sahai confirmed that the firm has a significant and robust team of partners and attorneys with more than adequate depth to continue to service existing and future clients in its chosen areas of practice. These departures will not impact in any manner, the spread and depth of legal services offered by the firm, nor will the firm’s ongoing expansion plans be affected in any manner. HSA recently moved to significantly larger office premises in Mumbai in line with its expansion plans.”

Other than Sahai, after their leaving, HSA will have nine partners and seven associate partners.

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