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JSA’s Abhijit Narayan replenishes German firm Hengeler India desk


Narayan: Hengeler's new India recruit
Narayan: Hengeler's new India recruit
Exclusive: German independent firm Hengeler Mueller has hired former J Sagar Associates (JSA) Gurgaon associate Abhijit Narayan for its India desk after the departure of Anish Mashruwala last year, who had joined JSA after eight years with the German firm.

Narayan joined Hengeler’s Frankfurt office on 1 October as foreign associate, and the only Indian qualified lawyer on the firm’s India desk alongside seven partners.

He said about his role: “I help the firm with advising Indian companies on their business activities in Germany and on accompanying German companies and their ventures in India. We do not practice Indian law [in doing this].”

Narayan told Legally India that nearly 250 Indian companies are currently operating in Germany, and that a similar number of German companies were based in India. The India desk focuses on cross border M&A, primarily in the IT, engineering and renewable energy sectors.

Hengeler Mueller has a best friends relationship with UK independent firm Slaughter & May but does not have any formal tie-ups with any Indian firm, he said.

Narayan graduated from Delhi University’s Law Faculty in 2007 and finished his LLM in corporate law in 2008. Since January 2009 until this year he was with JSA Gurgaon. He is not qualified to practice in Germany.

Hengeler Mueller co-managing partner Daniela Favoccia said: “India is an important economy for German companies. Furthermore, a growing number of Indian companies are active in Germany. Therefore we are glad that Abhijit is supporting us in enhancing our contact to Indian clients and law firms.”

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