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Link Legal adds tax puzzle piece with Khaitan Delhi indirect tax head Manish Mishra

Manish Mishra: Missing link
Manish Mishra: Missing link

Khaitan & Co former indirect tax executive director Manish Mishra joined Link Legal - India Law Services as a partner on Monday, according to a press release.

He will be setting up the tax practice at Link Legal, starting with a standalone indirect tax unit, which would gradually merge and synergise with the other firm’s practice areas, such as corporate commercial and infrastructure, explained Mishra. Without a tax practice, clients would go and get such tax advice from ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms or other law firms.

“The idea of joining Link Legal is, there is a lot of opportunity on the tax side: a practice that is doing well in the times to come,” he said. “So many changes in service tax laws, tax authorities are so aggressive, so many disputes are coming up - tax is not something you can ignore for the time being. Both from the firm’s perspective and my perspective it made a lot of sense.”

“Link Legal otherwise has a complete portfolio – this was the missing link.”

Mishra was leading Khaitan Delhi’s indirect tax practice between 2009 and June 2013 after two years as a senior manager at KPMG India, one year at BMR Advisors, and nearly seven years at Indian Oil.

He qualified as a lawyer in 2012 with an LLB from Chaudhary Charan Singh University. He also holds a cost and management accountancy qualification from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) and an MBA from University of Lucknow (both 1998), and a BCom in accounting and finance Sri Aurobindo College, Delhi University (1993).

Khaitan & Co Mumbai partner Rabindra Jhunjhunwala said that he wished him well.

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