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Khaitan’s Vaishali Sharma goes it alone as Agram: 3-4 associates, some mandates, no co-partners (for time being)

Sharma: Taking it as it comes
Sharma: Taking it as it comes
Vaishali Sharma, the Khaitan & Co lateral partner who left the firm last week, has now hired three associates and won her first instructions, she told Legally India.

Her new start-up, which is called Agram Legal Consultants, has already been operating out of a business centre in Lower Parel’s Indiabulls Centre, Tower 2A for the past week.

The office, which she decorated and customised to her needs, has space for six associates; she has already hired three associates and would be interviewing a fourth today, Sharma said.

“Of course very competitive, there are law firms coming up every day,” she admitted, but said that if you focus on “quality” you can still have success in the market.

She told Legally India that she had already started working on “a few” mandates, and has had meetings with a number of clients and potential clients, though she could not share their names yet and did not target any specific sector or geographies.

“I’m open to everyone and anyone, as long as I can give them good services and they’re happy with me,” she said, and added that despite some rumours, she was not planning to tie up with any foreign firms or others exclusively.

Sharma, who specialises in general corporate and competition law advisory, and transactional corporate and private equity, said that she – despite having been approached – was not interested in partnering up initially with anyone else to start Agram, though she did not preclude other partners coming on board in future.

“I am not looking at 2 years, 3 years, how it will be,” she explained about her lack of a concrete roadmap for the future. “As long as i make a good beginning, you never know… Right now I’m more looking at getting my feet in, and getting where I want to be, in 4 years, 5 years.”

The name of the firm, Agram, came from the Sanskrit word Agra, which has a variety of meanings, including “origin, sun’s amplitude, sharpness, apex, ahead of others, summit, to be at the top” and others, explained Sharma.

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