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Mumbai’s IC Legal taps Finsec to start PE with partners Indrajit Mishra, Tejesh Chitlangi

 

Indrajit Mishra
Indrajit Mishra
Finsec Law Advisors’ only lateral partner Indrajit Mishra and senior associate Tejesh Chitlangi today joined Mumbai firm IC Legal as equity partners to build up the private equity and funds practice.

Mishra, who was a partner and head of Finsec’s private equity practice since he joined the firm in July 2011, will head IC Legal’s private equity and M&A practice.

Having started his career as a company secretary, Mishra joined Thakker & Thakker in 2005 and completed his law degree from Mumbai University’s New Law College the same year. He was at ARA Law for four years prior to joining Finsec.

He said: “We have been working with Mr Bheru [Choudhary, IC’s managing partner,] for the last five to six years. We all have done a number of transactions together [while at] ARA and Finsec, so we had a good rapport and it was a good opportunity to lend our expertise.”

Tejesh Chitlangi
Tejesh Chitlangi

Chitlangi was a senior associate at Finsec specialising in investment funds. After graduating from NLU Jodhpur in 2007 he had joined ARA Law and then Finsec in October 2010. He will also hold equity at IC Legal.

He said that he handled work relating to investment funds, mutual funds, foreign institutional investors (FII), and wealth management at Finsec. Chitlangi added that he would be able to leverage his experience at Finsec with IC Legal’s “good contacts”.

Former Finsec associate Janhavi Seksaria, who left the firm two-and-a-half months ago, joined IC as an associate with Mishra and Chitlangi.

IC Legal now consists of five partners all of whom hold equity in the firm, including the two managing partners Bheru Choudhary and Hemant Shah. Ten other lawyers are currently with the firm.

Choudhary said: “Even though I am a managing partner at the firm there is no concept of a managing partner and we have collective decision making on everything.”

Choudhary focuses on real estate and media laws with clients including actors Akshay Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan, having handled mandates of Star’s gameshow KBC. He said that the firm was looking to expand on the new private equity and funds practices brought in with Mishra and Chitlangi.

Sandeep Parekh, who had set up Finsec in 2010 after having been visiting faculty at IIM Ahmedabad and executive director at the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), said that five professionals remained at Finsec. He commented: “I wish both Indrajit and Tejesh good luck and thank them for their contribution to the firm in its early years. We will continue our focus on the financial sector will move up the value chain and will continue to contribute actively to policy making in financial regulations as we move forward.

“We already advise some of the leading names in the financial world like Goldman Sachs and Citibank, work on complex areas as cross border enforcement including SEC actions and formally advise financial regulators.”

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