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Khaitan’s Anindita Phukan joins Hyd start-up Tempus to set up Bangalore after Pune

Phukan, time to join Tempus
Phukan, time to join Tempus
Exclusive: Khaitan & Co Bangalore partner Anindita Phukan has set up a new office for Hyderabad-headquartered, four-year-old firm Tempus Law Associates, which opened a Pune office earlier this year.

Phukan, who had joined Khaitan around one year ago, will be focusing primarily on corporate and M&A work in starting the Bangalore office for Tempus, which was founded by Sundari Pisupati and P Raviprasad in 2008 who both specialise in corporate work.

Khaitan had been a wonderful place to work, said Phukan, but her entrepreneurial streak drove her to join Pisupati, whom she had always admired. Pisupati was three years Phukan’s senior at NLSIU Bangalore, having graduated in 1993.

Pisupati said she was very happy about Phukan joining, which would create a synergy between Bangalore and Hyderabad, where many clients were already based. They planned to grow to around six lawyers in the city by year-end, she said.

In Hyderabad Tempus now consisted of 18 lawyers, while one senior associate was based in Pune in order to service Tempus’ technology and real estate clients that are based there, she explained.

Pisupati, who had also worked at Sidley Austin in New York after completing an LLM at Columbia in 1998, noted that in future the firm would also focus on bedding down its

newer offices. “We want to be productive and get our feet wet and be established in the cities that we are.”

Maybe in future, she speculated, other offices could be on the cards, although she said that Mumbai would probably be one of the last places they’d set up in because it was such a competitive market there.

Khaitan Bangalore partner Rajiv Khaitan confirmed Phukan’s departure and commented: “We wish her all the best in her new endeavor.”

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