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ALMT ramps up shipping department with Paras Kuhad partner Bhatikar

Exclusive: ALMT Legal has hired Paras Kuhad Associates partner Gautam Bhatikar to beef up its shipping practice, which is one of the specialist areas of ALMT’s UK best-friend firm Clyde & Co.

Bhatikar told Legally India: “I thought ALMT would be a better bet to join and take the shipping practice to another level.”

Bhatikar, who was at Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe from 2001 until he joined Paras Kuhad in late 2009, will be focusing mostly on shipping, trade and insurance dispute resolution and arbitrations in London and Singapaore.

He completed a BSc in chemistry in 1996 and an LLB in law in 2001.

“I see a lot of potential for the next 10 to 15 years - India is going to be a very big hub for shipping and logistics considering the infrastructure development in India,” he said. “In addition to international shipping firms, I will also be targeting the domestic shipping firms.”

He will be working closely with several ALMT associates and ALMT co-founding partner Ananjan Mitter, who also does shipping work.

ALMT’s UK best-friend relationship firm Clyde & Co counts shipping as one of its speciality practice areas.

ALMT recently opened up an office in Delhi with former Luthra & Luthra partner Vineet Aneja and earlier this year took on board a project finance practice from India Law Services with Ishtiaq Ali.

Commenting on Bhatikar’s move, Paras Kuhad Associates managing partner Paras Kuhad said: “The very best for him and his new firm.”

Bhatikar had joined as an associate partner during Paras Kuhad Associates’ short-lived merger with Hemant Sahai Associates, after which it lost a number of partners and senior lawyers.

But Paras Kuhad Associates said that its headcount had now regrown to a total of around 76 lawyers, including five equity partners and around five salaried partners, across its offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Jaipur.

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