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AZB counsel (ex-partner) Rahul Rai joins Gopal Subramanium’s chambers in move to become litigator

Rai walks the talk to litigation capital Delhi
Rai walks the talk to litigation capital Delhi

AZB & Partners Mumbai competition counsel Rahul Rai, who we had reported in February to have resigned from AZB’s partnership to take up an of counsel position at the firm, has joined the chambers of senior advocate Gopal Subramanium in Delhi last month, we understand from several sources.

He has joined Subramanium’s chambers as one of eight juniors, who generally do a mix of their own matters as well as handle or assist on some of the senior counsel’s briefs.

While Rai has moved to Delhi, we understand that he continues as an of counsel at AZB and will continue servicing the firm’s clients, shuttling between Mumbai and Delhi as required.

We had reported in February that Rai had longer term plans to become an independent arguing counsel.

With Subramanium being very active in competition cases, as well as in the Supreme Court and other fora, joining his chambers will no doubt make that transition from transactional law firm practice to the bench more smooth.

Plus Subramanium is one of a small group of senior counsel who actually remunerates his juniors at competitive levels.

Rai has been appearing in a variety of matters, including before the Competition Commission of India (CCI).

We have reached out to Rai, AZB Mumbai managing partner Zia Mody and Subramanium for comment.

Rai had been promoted to partner at AZB in 2017, where had had joined in 2012 after an LLM from Stanford Law School.

He is a 2007 NUJS Kolkata graduate, who had begun his career in Economic Laws Practice (ELP) in Delhi.

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