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JSA funds partner Jay Gandhi & team to join Chudasama as SAM-Bombay missing puzzle piece


J Sagar Associates (JSA) funds formation partner Jay Gandhi and his team of five associates will join Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) in Mumbai under former JSA senior partner and SAM Mumbai Akshay Chudasama.

Gandhi specialises in investment funds, private equity placements and M&A.

The University of Bombay LLB graduate also holds a bachelor of commerce and a 2002-chartered accountancy (CA) qualification.

We have reached out to Gandhi for comment.

Chudasama commented: “[We’re] really happy to have him on board, he is a funds lawyers and used to run the funds formation practice at JSA. It was a piece that was missing here at SAM, and he's coming on board with his team.”

“It’s a very important piece of the puzzle to make sure that we're full service and (serving our clients),” he added.

JSA managing partner Berjis Desai commented: “Jay is a very fine lawyer and we wish him luck in his career move.”

“It's been fantastic, very very exhilerating. It's been busy but as you know we've hit the ground running. It's fun and games,” Chudasama commented on the experience of setting up the office. “There's a bit of everything going on, the firm is relatively busy. It's early days yet, but let me put it this way: we have much more work than I had originally expected or anticipated in such a short period of time - it's been six weeks.”

Team Cyril Amarchand Team Shardul Amarchand
  1. (Shardul) Amarchand principal associate Mekhla Anand as Delhi indirect tax partner
  2. State Bank of India senior member Pradeep Kumar Bagga
  3. Ex-MNK partner Nivedita Tiwari joins in Delhi
  4. (Shardul) Amarchand ex-PR head Radhika Garg, ex-PA Bishwajit Dubey
  5. Bharucha lit partner Kapil Arora & 3 associates
  6. Shardul Amarchand IP partner Ranjan Negi & team; Shardul Amarchand corporate principal Aarti Joshi
  7. Dhir & Dhir partner Rahul Goel
  8. Kochhar partner Manishi Pathak
  9. AZB Delhi partner Ritika Rathi
  10. Clasis IP head Ashwin Sapra
  11. MNK Law Offices partners Gyanendra Kumar, Anuradha Mukherjee and Srinivas Kilambi
  12. Citi consultant Gokul Rajan & Jones Day associate Nikhil Naredia
  13. Kochhar & Co partner Harry Chawla & Niti Paul
  14. Gnarus Partners founder Rishi Anand
  15. Khaitan associate partner Harsh Kumar
  16. Raghuram Raju (ex-Dua Associates partner, ex-GC of Religare)
  17. Luthra & Luthra partner Piyush Mishra
  18. Khaitan & Co Delhi partner Gauri Rasgotra; and
  19. Economic Laws Practice (ELP) partner Kirat Singh Nagra.
  1. ELP partner Yogesh Chande in Mumbai
  2. Dua litigation partner Shiraz Patodia, 2 partners & teamPatodia remained at Duas.
  3. JSA retained partners Mithun Thanks, Ashoo Gupta, Ashni Roy, Gaurav Singhi
  4. JSA partner Akshay Chudasama
  5. Bombay high court advocate Ameya Gokhale
  6. Verus partner Jay Parikh
  7. Khaitan associate partner Abhishek Sinha
  8. Dudhat Pereira & Associates founder and former Udwadia Udeshi partner Radhika Pereira.
  9. Khaitan associate partner Iqbal Khan
  10. Khaitan & Co associate partner Deepto Roy
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Like +5 Object -0 ekk aur gaya 22 Jul 15, 18:21  interesting
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Like +21 Object -2 vantage 22 Jul 15, 18:28  interesting  top rated
another blow to JSA. The wheels are coming off 1 by 1 !! Once Berjis goes, this firm will struggle.

SAM is in top form yet again.
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Like +7 Object -1 SMM 22 Jul 15, 18:32  interesting
Jay is an absolutely amazing person!
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Like +16 Object -1 J 22 Jul 15, 18:36  interesting  top rated
JSA managing partner Berjis Desai commented: “______ is a very fine lawyer and we wish him luck in his career move.”

I'm wondering how often will Berjis be making the above statement till the time he retires. LOL
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Like +4 Object -3 2cents 23 Jul 15, 00:44
Just to be nit-picky and politically correct, shall we say [him/her] and [his/her] as placeholders in the template language? :)
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Like +4 Object -16 Guest 22 Jul 15, 18:45
For all the thousands of article you are doing on lawyer recruitments, we hope you will do at least on article on faculty recruitments in NLUs.
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Like +1 Object -2 JayG 22 Jul 15, 19:29
JSA is really being looted for its best and brightest.
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Like +0 Object -3 JayG 22 Jul 15, 19:30
Kian - He was slated to become an Equity Partner effective 2016 as reported by LI.
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Like +2 Object -5 Gandhy 22 Jul 15, 21:04
Anyone worth it has/is leaving. The rot has set in JSA!
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Like +3 Object -0 Grammar Nazi 22 Jul 15, 21:34
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Like +0 Object -8 Kiam Please 22 Jul 15, 23:13
Oh my man!

Come up with Final Placement stats of 2015 of law colleges na?
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Like +0 Object -0 Xyzzy 22 Jul 15, 23:32
Hi Kian,

It seems Asim Abbas (TMT Partner) has quit Kco and has joined SAM too in Delhi about 3 months back. Maybe you should report it too?
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Like +0 Object -0 Xyzzy 23 Jul 15, 20:03
Table which is shown in the article above!
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Like +6 Object -6 Guest 22 Jul 15, 23:38  controversial
I dont think this is a good strategy by SAM. Individual merit aside, this sort of teamfull hiring is only going to make a silo-type office where loyalties are to individuals and not to the firm. SAM Mumbai must be a weird place to work with these autonomous teams. Much better for Shardul to have hired a few top guns like AC and then asked them to hire individual lawyers.
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Like +3 Object -0 Host 23 Jul 15, 13:44
Do you work in SAM Mumbai or is this just a shot in the dark?
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Like +0 Object -2 Chu 23 Jul 15, 00:57
Time to rename SAM Mumbai to AC& Partners - Akshay coterie.Chu is trying to recreate the JSA model which means competition and infrastructure practice will be done out of Delhi by Chops and PE,funds and securities from Mumbai.
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Like +4 Object -5 Chi 23 Jul 15, 13:44
Isn't that a fallacy given that SAM has a top drawer infra partner in Mumbai?
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Like +4 Object -1 Guest 23 Jul 15, 16:46
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Like +27 Object -0 Deesai 23 Jul 15, 01:14  interesting  top rated
SAM should now make an open offer to all at JSA.
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Like +23 Object -7 Berj 23 Jul 15, 10:53  interesting  top rated  controversial
But the takeover specialist is still at JSA. Open offer fail!
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Like +4 Object -0 waddalawyer 23 Jul 15, 10:56
Why not go for a simple headline for a change, LI. It doesnt effect make proper sense when one reads it the first time. in your attempt to come up with juicy/interesting headlines, LI often makes it chaotic. keep it simple, silly.!! #justsaying
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Like +1 Object -0 Mx. X 23 Jul 15, 16:27
To be fair to Kian, the 'missing puzzle' bit had been taken directly from Chudasama's quote.
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Like +8 Object -0 Boss 23 Jul 15, 12:00  interesting
So is SOM the last man standing for JSA?
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Like +2 Object -1 Erm 23 Jul 15, 14:36
Dina Wadia, Amit Kapur, Shippi, Dhirendra Negi

and Berjis himself.
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Like +0 Object -0 straight talk 28 Jul 15, 13:25
Amit, Som and Dina. Period. Aashit and Goose in the up and coming category. Period.
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Like +1 Object -1 Anon 23 Jul 15, 15:21
Is SOM the "push factor" behind Akshay and co shifting base to SAM?
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Like +0 Object -1 Guest 23 Jul 15, 12:13
Your list of CAM-Delhi does not have Neeraj Sharma and team (ex Dua)
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Like +0 Object -0 Hire 23 Jul 15, 13:29
SAM and CAM are not hiring anyone from Nishith desai associats..
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Like +0 Object -0 bookie 23 Jul 15, 14:40
book ?
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Like +6 Object -3 teeth 23 Jul 15, 15:50
What about aashit shah he's a star at jsa..with him also gone the rest with their core skill sets can change jsa from a law firm to a pr/event media management firm with some tribunal work thrown in for fun.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anon 24 Jul 15, 20:22
Can you please explain or elaborate on this comment.
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 24 Jul 15, 20:46
I think it's entirely speculation - I don't think there is any evidence at present that Aashit Shah has left or is intending to leave...
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Like +0 Object -0 Anon 27 Jul 15, 16:53
Very lawyer like response!:) So you have neither accepted nor denied certain offers may have been made. Just that there is no evidence in the public domain.
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Like +0 Object -0 Boss 23 Jul 15, 15:52
Probably Yes
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Like +1 Object -0 Manorama Yearbook 23 Jul 15, 17:23
Read the title first as 'JSA funds partner Jay Gandhi & team to join Chudasama as SAM-Bombay missing puzzle piece' as JSA funding the partner and his team to join SAM because they were considerate about SAM having a massing piece and thought 'Such nice people.'
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Like +1 Object -0 WHAT BABA? 23 Jul 15, 17:53
Any news of when the widely rumoured move of an itchy feet Bangalore partner will happen?
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Like +1 Object -0 kianganz 23 Jul 15, 17:55
I don't think it will... :)
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Like +0 Object -0 Curiousss 25 Jul 15, 02:54
Are you sure it will not happen ???
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Like +1 Object -1 Sab ka pitaji 23 Jul 15, 21:35
Within two years or so, SAM, JSA and AZB will implode to give birth to an unique firm which will give sleepless nights to all the satraps. Remember, you read this first here.
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Like +4 Object -1 Disagree 23 Jul 15, 22:35
Without Som, SAM-Mumbai is far from perfect.
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Like +4 Object -0 Agree to disagree 24 Jul 15, 08:29
Without Cyril, SAM-Mumbai is far from perfect.
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Like +3 Object -1 anon 24 Jul 15, 10:22
I wonder why SAM hasn't bought over S&R Mumbai. Fruit is ripe, rumours say!
Quoting Agree to disagree:
Without Cyril, SAM-Mumbai is far from perfect.
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Like +4 Object -0 Bahubali 24 Jul 15, 00:11
Nothing is going to change. Bahubali is here.
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Like +2 Object -0 Curiousss 25 Jul 15, 02:53
Kian, any news about Sam in Blore ?? I am very curious...
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Like +0 Object -0 Gulabjamun 27 Jul 15, 14:46
Remember, curiosity killed the cat.
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