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Cal firm Aquilaw forays into Mumbai 3 years after Kolkata and Delhi

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Aquilaw has opened two offices in Mumbai today after absorbing JKB Legal and adding its managing attorney Jay Bhatia as partner in the firm.

Aquilaw co-founding partner Sucharita Basu commented: “We would like to do a lot more corporate commercial work in Mumbai than what we could do in Calcutta, and in Delhi we have a very strong litigation practice.

“Also, we want to do good real estate work - today it means a lot of structuring, different kinds of financial instruments. And we also want to do some infrastructure and government work and a little bit of securities market work and gradually as we get somebody in banking, finance, intellectual property [in Mumbai we will expand to those practices].”

A GLC Mumbai 1998 alumnus, Bhatia founded JKB Legal in 2002 and brings with him three associates to Aquilaw.

JKB’s practice includes litigation, corporate commercial, real estate and intellectual property work, he said.

He commented: “Strategic reason [behind merging with Aquilaw] was that I was growing my practice and was looking at cross country bandwidth. Aquilaw has offices in Calcutta and Delhi, everyone had the same synergies, I have clients across the country so it just became easier.”

The firm has five lawyers, including Bhatia, in Mumbai with its corporate office in Worli and a small litigation office in Fort.

Now almost three years old, Aquilaw was started up in Kolkata by three partners and it added a litigation office in Delhi that same year. The firm now has 37 lawyers including 7 partners, one of whom has the designation of executive director.

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Like +1 Object -2 Scott Hall 01 Aug 18, 18:39
Aquilaw is a three year old firm and has 7 partners where SAM Kolkata which is more than 30 year old has just 2 partners. Clearly Shroffs do not care much about Kolkata !!!!
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Like +14 Object -2 LOL 01 Aug 18, 19:30  interesting  top rated
Who does?
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Like +13 Object -5 Rightsaid 01 Aug 18, 19:16  interesting  controversial
WB is a lawless stare where there is all talk bit no action. No point in wasting time effort and money in setting up an office there. Traditional vakils rule the roost there as they are well adapted to the professionalism lacked structure of working there.

Yes I went there.
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Like +4 Object -2 Observer 02 Aug 18, 10:07
I don't know which Calcutta you went my friend. As far as the market is concerned, you need to evolve with changing times. Look, how beautifully a century-old law firm like Khaitan is growing in Calcutta by evolving with changing times. To grow, you need to embrace change and constantly evolve - applies for every market and every region - Period.
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Like +1 Object -1 Yabba 02 Aug 18, 11:45
Firms always evolve. It's the mindset of people that does not evolve.
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Like +15 Object -2 Guest 01 Aug 18, 19:52  interesting  top rated
To avoid this comment being censored, I will put this in the most delicate way possible: the founder of Aquilaw is friends with an influential political figure in WB, who is a "well-wisher" of the law firm.
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Like +4 Object -1 Big 4 01 Aug 18, 23:06
Some ex Big 4 partner who is not a lawyer has also invested
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Like +1 Object -0 Illegal 02 Aug 18, 22:50
That’s illegal
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