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It’s official: Percy Billimoria to head Cyril Amarchand Delhi (with Gauri Rasgotra as deputy)

Billimoria: Cornered by law books
Billimoria: Cornered by law books

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has confirmed the hire of AZB & Partners senior partner Percy Billimoria as head of Delhi and chair of disputes, regulatory, advocacy and policy practice, as first reported by Legally India last week.

Delhi partner Gauri Rasgotra will be deputy head of the Delhi region.

According to a press release from the firm:

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, has appointed Percival (Percy) Billimoria as Partner and would be joining shortly as “Head – Delhi” and the “Chair of the Disputes, Regulatory, Advocacy and Policy (DRAP)” practice of the firm. He would also be a member of the Core Advisory Group.

Percy, who has also practiced as a Chartered Accountant, has nearly three decades of professional work experience with significant expertise in disputes pertaining to commercial trans-national matters such as joint venture & project finance disputes, tax litigation and antitrust litigation.

Percy regularly appears before the Supreme Court of India, the High Court of Delhi, as well as arbitral and tribunals such as the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT), the Company Law Board (CLB) and the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) as arguing counsel. He has represented several multinational corporations across diverse sectors and industries, including before the CBI Special Courts in anticorruption and economic offences matters.

Prior to joining Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Percy was a Senior Partner at AZB Partners, New Delhi, chairing it’s litigation practice.

The 2016 Asia Pacific edition of Chambers & Partners, states that Percy is highly commended as a "very articulate and clear-headed counsel. Clients report that he "inspires confidence when arguing a matter," owing to his extensive preparation and strategic insight.” As counsel in anti-trust litigation, Percy has been cited in Who’s Who of International Anti-Trust Lawyers, to be “among the most highly regarded experts in our Indian research, where he stands out for his formidable work before the Competition Appellate Tribunal.”. He is also part of the Unilateral Conduct Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Anti-trust Laws.

Managing Partner Cyril Shroff commented on his appointment, saying, “We are thrilled to bring Percy into the senior leadership of the firm. His experience, energy and entrepreneurial drive combined with his excellent legal skills will be a big asset to the firm. In line with the firm’s renewed focus on Disputes, Percy taking up the responsibility of National Chair, will also take the disputes practice to a new level of excellence for the benefit of the firms’ clients in India and abroad. As Head- Delhi, working closely with Gauri, we see the overall practice in NCR rapidly reaching new heights”

Percival Billimoria, on his appointment said, “There is no doubt that Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is the ideal platform to launch a new phase in my career. The position of Delhi head and Chair of the DRAP practice, presents a unique opportunity to achieve my career goals. I also express my gratitude to both Zia (Mody) and Ajay (Bahl) as I was privileged to have worked with them. I will miss AZB.”

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, would further like to state that Partner Gauri Rasgotra, who is New Delhi based would be the “Deputy Head – Delhi” and will be working closely, with Percy as an integral part of the leadership team to drive the firm’s next phase of growth in the National Capital Region.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas had also recently announced a number of National Practice Heads for several practices including Corporate, Projects, Capital Markets, Tax, Financial Regulatory, Investigation, etc. The Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Core Advisory Group, which is the apex advisory body of the firm would now comprise of James Abraham, Percival Billimoria, L Viswanathan, Reeba Chacko and Vandana Shroff.

To be updated when in less of a hurry.

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