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Apple gears up for India stores push with first senior in-house lawyer: Link Legal partner Saloni Gupta

Link partner Saloni Gupta joins Apple IndiaLink partner Saloni Gupta joins Apple India

Link Legal India Law Services international arbitration partner Saloni Gupta, who had joined two years ago from Kochhar & Co, will be joining US computing hardware giant Apple in its India operations in a strategic policy role, with a remit to build its legal team.

She will be joining in Delhi next week, according to market sources, with her role including strategic legal and policy work, as well as putting together a panel of law firms to advise the US giant, which is sitting on $285bn of cash and owns the hugely profitable hardware iPhone brand, iTunes store and ancillary verticals.

Link Legal chief executive officer (CEO) Jayanarayanan NR confirmed her departure and destination, and commented: “It’s a very good role she has got and we are very happy for her. We wish her all the very best.”

Apple has been working hard at expanding its lucrative and finely-honed retail ambitions to India at least since 2016, having planned to open its first store by 2017 year-end (in the US, Apple stores have long had the highest revenues per square foot). However, so far, it has operated in the brick-and-mortal retail space primarily via so-called “Apple Premium Reseller” partnerships with third parties.

Apple India spokespersons we emailed yesterday did not respond for comment.

Gupta did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.

The 2002 Delhi University graduate had begun her career with senior counsel AS Chandhiok, followed by two years at Karanjawala & Co and five years at erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas in Delhi, before moving to Deloitte in 2014 as a senior manager, and Kochhar as a partner in 2015.

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Like +45 Object -0 Guest 11 May 18, 17:36  interesting  top rated
Selfie maine leli aaj!
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Like +3 Object -1 Cullinan 11 May 18, 18:49
Good for her. She'll get free iPhones now!
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Like +8 Object -1 Chaiwala 11 May 18, 18:50  interesting
Congratulations...more regisnations to follow...news is that few more P
artners have resigned
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Like +5 Object -2 Bhajjiwala 11 May 18, 19:48
Please provide proof of these scandalous allegations!
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Like +3 Object -1 Panwari 11 May 18, 22:02
All are leaving ... I will have to shut shop
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Like +9 Object -2 Whoa 12 May 18, 00:02  interesting
Basically they could have recruited just anyone!
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Like +4 Object -2 Guest 12 May 18, 09:57
Good for Saloni. She deserved better and yes the news of more departures is correct. Some smoke about the LL and DH Law merger as well. Kian can you throw some light
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Like +21 Object -1 Chaiwala 12 May 18, 17:59  interesting  top rated
Nope shop will go on as the major chunk of the Partners' bonus has been (as part of stingy policy) has been retained by you for last several years...that it self will be enough for running this "sole proprietorship" for several years...now please don't come back with shallow statements such as all worthy have recieved their money and so on and so forth
...it is a good firm but. badly managed. Mr. Sharma needs to take active control of this place..back to the point..whatever may be said by HR to negate reputation damage..3-4 partners on their way out...we shall read about the same in commings days..DH merger also not working well..another K Law in making??let's see.
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Like +3 Object -0 Panwari 14 May 18, 10:20
Ui maa ... betting on DH merger, they insulted, frustrated and let so many good people go out. ib kya hoga ???
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Like +7 Object -0 Meetha Pan 16 May 18, 00:54  interesting
On second thoughts isn’t it Mr Sharma and his brothers, brother in laws, bachhas and a few other Sharma bakhts who are making things worse in the firm? The way I see it, they got in Jay as their Benami in order to shield their wrong doings especially with respect to hoarding all the money for the above mentioned extended family!
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Like +2 Object -12 Lord Denning 13 May 18, 18:56
She is the best person suited for the job. Excellent communication and negotiation skills will help apple big time to get things done in effective and reasonable way.
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Like +10 Object -0 Lexpert 14 May 18, 11:20  interesting
I think there has been some confusion. Saloni is joining the Government Affairs / Public Policy team in Apple India, not the Legal team. The Legal team is based in Bangalore and headed by Priyesh with 3 lawyers reporting to him. Kian - pls correct.
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Like +1 Object -2 s 14 May 18, 14:44
She will take over. Much senior to him with rich experience
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Like +1 Object -0 Hellooooo 14 May 18, 13:39
All the best
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Like +6 Object -0 LL 19 May 18, 20:07  interesting
Organisations which don't learn from their history are destined to repeat it. Seems this one has reached its limit of growth and its only downhill from here. No one seems to be running the firm, CEO's entire approach seems completely contradictory to MPs stated vision. While MP talks a good game of ethical lawyering etc, CEO has perpetuated the culture of gossip, insecurity and billing and making money the sole purpose of lawyering. Whatever happened to speak to people rather than speak about people?...
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Like +3 Object -1 Gundhi Pan 21 May 18, 01:40
Well they are not too different .. it’s just Sharma ji playing good cop and Jay playing bad cop! And you like others in the firm fell for it!

Ask the people who have been in the firm from before 2015.. they’ll tell you the whole story. The MP got in Jay for image correction of his own self.
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Like +1 Object -0 El Cid 13 Jun 18, 00:26
A partner and an associate partner from Mumbai have also left, handling litigation and banking respectively. Heard this from an ex-employee, can anyone confirm?
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Like +0 Object -0 Lexpert 18 Jun 18, 17:36
It will truly unravel now.. What's Nusrat up to?
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