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Lakshmikumaran forays into London with Jones Day partner Sumesh Sawhney

Eyeing London
Eyeing London
Former Jones Day India partner Sumesh Sawhney joined Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (LKS), as partner, to open up the firm’s office in London.

Sawhney, who obtained his LLB in 1992 from Panjab University, was a partner at Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi and at Clifford Chance’ India Group in London, before Jones Day. He joined Jones Day in December 2012, as reported by Legally India at the time.

Sawhney advises blue-chip Indian corporate houses and foreign investors on M&A, joint ventures, schemes of amalgamation and private equity investments, according to his Jones Day profile.

He commented that the firm will only be practicing Indian law at its London office which will “be both execution office as well as BD office”. Sawhney said he will be based in London but travel extensively between London and India. The firm is yet to take an office space in London, he said.

“The idea behind the London office is to bring Indian law capabilities closer to our UK / European and US clients. Lawyers across all our offices would work as one close-knit team to service the demands of our clients and our primary driver will be to build capabilities and structures to achieve this goal", Sawhney told Bar&Bench which reported the news first.

LKS partner Badri Narayanan confirmed the news but was not available for further comment at the time of going to press.

Fox Mandal, K Law, Clasis, and ALMT are the other Indian firms to have already set up offices in London while erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas had in 2014 been reported by Legally India, to be considering opening a London office by 2016.

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