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Aditya Khanna makes Ropes & Gray partner (only London one in record round, 2nd NUJS grad this year at US firm)

NUJS’ Aditya Khanna breaks into tough Ropes partnershipNUJS’ Aditya Khanna breaks into tough Ropes partnership

NUJS Kolkata 2005 and Amarchand Mangaldas alumnus Aditya Khanna has been promoted to elite US firm Ropes & Gray’s equity partnership in London.

He was the only partner promoted in London in Ropes & Gray’s largest global promotion round ever, of 24 new partners, reported The Lawyer.

He is also the second graduate of NUJS Kolkata this year to make partnership at a US firm, following Kirkland & Ellis New York lateral salaried partner hire Abhishek Kolay (2006 batch).

After two years at what-was-then Amarchand, Khanna moved to the US in 2007 to complete an LLM at Columbia Law School, and joined Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York in 2008.

In 2012, he moved to London to join Ropes & Gray as an associate in its finance and high yield loans practice.

We have reached out to him for comment.

While he doesn’t focus on India work, specifically, according to Ropes’ press release, he “focuses his practice on a wide range of corporate finance transactions. He has extensive experience executing European, U.S. and cross-border high yield debt offerings in connection with leveraged buyouts and other leveraged financings, acting for issuers, investment banks and private equity firms. He also advises on restructuring and liability management transactions”.

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Like +11 Object -2 NUJS Student 30 Oct 18, 22:17  interesting
Congratulations AK! Really proud.
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Like +11 Object -18 Guest 30 Oct 18, 22:43  controversial
Can't understand the need to bring in law school competition everywhere, especially as it is the US LLM that allows such people to be partners and firms hire people for their US LLM.
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Like +34 Object -1 Guest 30 Oct 18, 23:09  interesting  top rated
The second degree would have played an important, maybe even decisive, role is his ascent. However, that does not divorce who he is and where he came from. The article mentions NUJS once and does not in any way even refer to any competition between Indian schools. I understand and appreciate what you are saying, but maybe you are overdoing the criticism a little in this case.
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Like +13 Object -3 Bro 31 Oct 18, 13:42  interesting
I am Adi's batchmate, and I can tell you, my gut was always on him and two others to succeed in what is undertstood as common parlance, all three built for the kill, there are other maverick and outliers who may or may not shine, but Adi and the other two are meant to rise up.
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Like +9 Object -13 Philosopher 31 Oct 18, 14:17  controversial
If you kept your gut on yourself, you could have achieved better too. This is what happens when you focus on others. They do great and you sit here singing their praises. What a loserish attitude.

I'm doing well today because I never looked around, got down to work and did it. Hope the younger generation have better mentors.
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Like +15 Object -5 ibc 31 Oct 18, 14:38  interesting  controversial
What an absurd comment. You're so full of yourself it's a wonder you can life your arms enough to type. People can be successful and happy for others at the same time, which is something you'd know if you could multitask. Glad that you're not the mentor you seek for the younger generation.
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Like +2 Object -1 Delhi lawyer 01 Nov 18, 22:38
The problem lies in people education and upbringing. Real education which liberates an individual never happens to lawyers. Such response comes from there.
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Like +2 Object -0 Alias 02 Nov 18, 09:37
Very keen to know who the other 2 are :)
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Like +1 Object -0 Bro 02 Nov 18, 09:48
They are also on target as of now..:), but I hope some of the mavericks and outliers do something crazy and succeed as well. Interstingly, I sat down and thought through this a lot, a lot of the so called averager's who were driven and willing to bend down and grind down to the hard work, are also doing very well (way above average in the realm of good and excellent), so punching above their weight. That does mean that drive and hard work does help in the long run (not that long as its only 13 years). But incredible neverthless.
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Like +11 Object -1 Not just about LLM 31 Oct 18, 00:29  interesting
Shows the quality of students outgoing from these colleges.
Also, US firms hire from US law schools cause they can't hire people without them having cleared the Bar (for which an LLM is mandatory, in context of an Indian law graduate)
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