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AZB promotes 3 CAM-Ashwath laterals in Mumbai to partner, 1 in Bangalore

Four get nod to AZB Mumbai-region partnership (Jha, Ghosal, Ved, Veeragavan, from l to r)Four get nod to AZB Mumbai-region partnership (Jha, Ghosal, Ved, Veeragavan, from l to r)

AZB & Partners has promoted 4 of its associates to partner level, three of whom in Mumbai had all joined AZB from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) in the last two years, with or shortly after partner Ashwath Rau had moved.

In Mumbai, it promoted:

  • Aditya Jha (NLSIU Bangalore 2008 graduate, who had joined in 2016 from CAM),
  • Pallabi Ghosal (2009 NLIU Bhopal grad, who had joined in 2016 from CAM), and
  • Prerak Ved (GLC Mumbai 2005 and qualified Bombay Incorporate Law Society solicitor, who had joined in 2016 from CAM).

In Bangalore, AZB promoted senior associate

  • Bhuvana Veeraragavan (2008 LLB Pune University) to partnership. She had joined in 2010 from AM Law Advocates & Solicitors.

Satpute, Srinivasa become AZB counsel (l to r)Satpute, Srinivasa become AZB counsel (l to r)

Furthermore, two were promoted to the counsel rung:

  • Pallavi Satpute in Mumbai, and
  • Niyatha Srinivasa in Bangalore.

AZB Delhi region promotions have not yet been announced.

All promotions take effect from 1 April.

2017 promos

Last year, AZB had promoted seven to partnership, including Kashish Bhatia, who had also joined in 2016 with Rau.

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Like +7 Object -4 Anonim 31 Mar 18, 19:12
Heartiest congratulations!! Well deserved
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Like +6 Object -6 Congrats 31 Mar 18, 21:45  controversial
Congrats pallavi! Well earned
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Like +2 Object -1 Alias 01 Apr 18, 08:22
Which batch is Pallavi from? For some reason AZB has not revealed her batch in the release.
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Like +1 Object -0 Anonymous 5 01 Apr 18, 11:48
Batch of 2009
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Like +1 Object -1 kianganz 01 Apr 18, 11:50 LI subscriber
Graduation years weren't actually in the press release, and we weren't able to confirm it earlier. Will add.
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Like +0 Object -0 Clap 01 Apr 18, 20:18
Well done all the best.
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Like +6 Object -6 Shagoofa 31 Mar 18, 19:26  controversial
Congratulations Aditya and Pallabi!
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Like +2 Object -4 Khaitan Fan 31 Mar 18, 20:55
Congrats Pallavi!!
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Like +13 Object -1 Former 31 Mar 18, 21:02  interesting  top rated
So,AZB cannot produce their own partners. They depend on talent from other firms. No AZB home grown partner in the list. Just asking.
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Like +1 Object -3 Talent hunter 31 Mar 18, 21:12
What to say...CAM’s loss is AZB’s gain
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Like +9 Object -4 Hunterwali 31 Mar 18, 21:16  interesting
Is it? [...]% of all the Senior Associates who moved with Ashwath have left. Aditi [...] have returned to CAM. Priyoma has moved to Trilegal. Devina to another law firm and two others to in house roles.

[Edit: We have not been able to confirm three of the moves mentioned in the comment as having moved]
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Like +4 Object -2 FB 31 Mar 18, 21:40
India also needs a law against “fake news” and “deliberate online falsehoods” (DOFs!). Malaysia got one...with jail term!
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Like +2 Object -2 Well done 31 Mar 18, 21:41
Congrats Niyatha. Very well deserved
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Like +4 Object -1 CCCP 31 Mar 18, 21:44
Putin protege? Shame shame.
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Like +3 Object -2 Talent hunter 31 Mar 18, 21:59
Get your facts right and then comment. Aditi is the only one.
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Like +20 Object -5 Fact fact 31 Mar 18, 23:29  interesting  top rated  controversial
Better sense prevailed over Aditi and the others who moved out!
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Like +0 Object -0 Cammie 01 Apr 18, 13:42
Get yours. Kian can pick the phone to CAM, Trilegal, GSK etc and confirm that all the ex SAs from team Rau have moved. Aditi, Pragya, Devina, Priyoma etc.
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Like +0 Object -2 Intern 01 Apr 18, 20:25
Kian should do a status update on how many Akshay and ashvat people moved, how many still there and how they have performed. Without verified facts, MPO staff hired by firms to spread fake news will keep spreading rumours. Also what is their current team size? Is Ganesh back or has left? Which is a better firm after law colg?
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Like +0 Object -1 Need maturity 02 Apr 18, 23:18
Its sad and unfortunate to see associates being dragged into this and identified by name. Kian - this is against your stated policy of naming individuals, and will understand if this post is not published as being too critical! Why call the merit of young naive associates into question on LI??!

Every firm has a different pace and not everyone can survive the rigours of normal track in big firms. So plz plz let’s respect and not name-shame young lawyers on this forum.
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Like +0 Object -1 kianganz 03 Apr 18, 10:16 LI subscriber
We don't have a policy against naming individuals. Just stating that they have moved is surely not a bad thing.

Am cross-checking though on accuracy of the information about whether these individuals have in fact moved, and will update.
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Like +0 Object -1 kianganz 03 Apr 18, 10:42 LI subscriber
Have checked, and yes, those SAs have left though not sure about CAM in case of Pragya, and that doesn't necessarily imply all of them have left with bad blood or for bad reasons, or without the firm having assisted them going in-house, for instance.

Also, I believe they have hired a number of other SAs in that time...
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Like +8 Object -0 Talent Haunted 31 Mar 18, 22:26  interesting
AZB's gain or loss. Future will decide. The senior partner who they followed is clearly putting his strategy right. He is building his power base. Madam Z is clearly breeding her own competition. All the best to her!
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Like +0 Object -2 Talented lawyer 01 Apr 18, 03:40
Sir/ madam, I am a lawyer working in a firm past its glory days. I want to move to a just and fair firm, which rewards merit. Who should I appy to?
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Like +13 Object -1 Old mans advice 01 Apr 18, 10:11  interesting  top rated
Dear Talented Lawyer,

If you have talent congratulations. However, to make it big in life you need to do chamchagiri.Did you just say,"just and fair firm" ?


Sincerely,

Agony Uncle
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Like +4 Object -4 Azb 01 Apr 18, 20:43
Move to khaitan
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Like +0 Object -0 Kimchi 02 Apr 18, 18:19
Try and open your own. Don't know if there are any others.
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Like +0 Object -0 Ex-amss 02 Apr 18, 23:10
Congrats to everyone in SAM and AZB. Though sad to see amss losing home-growns to rivals after the split. .

Is cam announcing partners this year?
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Like +1 Object -1 Private Army 31 Mar 18, 23:15
Future Breaking News - Major General (A) moves to General Z's rank by creating private army!
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Like +0 Object -0 Et tu Brutus? 01 Apr 18, 11:37
Brutus you too? Eh?
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Like +9 Object -0 what the.. 31 Mar 18, 23:20  interesting
AZB-Ashwath laterals? Is this how lawyers working in AZB and CAM are identified and spoken about? Wow.
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Like +1 Object -1 Jasmin 31 Mar 18, 23:44
The new A in the AZB. Drum roll.
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Like +3 Object -2 Congrats 01 Apr 18, 03:30
Congratulations!! As the saying goes, if you havent made enemies, you are nothing more than sheep.....(original!)
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Like +4 Object -0 Congrats2U 01 Apr 18, 11:49
Differentiation from sheep is a not a goal in itself. Try to be honorable like a lion. Not like a snake. Hopefully you'll got some sleep
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Like +4 Object -2 Private armies 01 Apr 18, 12:20
The reality of our legal market is the absence of genuine institutions - with entire firms in many cases being "private armies" of leaders who mentor and nuture their juniors. But leadership is not private property of a few. As also evinced by the likes of Akshay and Abhijeet, people will follow leaders - its called a free market, which creates opportunity, promotes merit and offers clients better services. When you manage to attract and retain a collection of leaders who are tied together by a common objective (other than making one family richer), you progress towards an organization and perhaps one day, an institution. I hope for the sake of our country that we get there sooner rather than later, else we'll become a market dominated by foreign firms - some firms that are growing rapidly already hold out that promise.

People who have spent nearly two decades in a firm can't be described as snakes - and since you do, your concept of a lion requires examination. Are those who turn on their own families lions? After all, animals do turn on their own families for territory. Time will tell if AZB have added well to their pride, all current indicators are that they have - even if you can't see them with your yellow eyes.
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Like +3 Object -0 Lionida 02 Apr 18, 23:33
Nearly two decades in a firm and such elaborate drafting? Ah, you give yourself away. The truth must grate. And sometimes when you don’t contribute to making one family richer, you contribute to making three families richer.
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Like +1 Object -4 Guest 01 Apr 18, 10:00
Congrats Pallavi!
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Like +5 Object -0 Confused? 01 Apr 18, 22:56  interesting
Is this an April fools joke?
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Like +5 Object -6 Frogs in the well 01 Apr 18, 11:54  controversial
Congratulations Niyatha - truly well deserved recognition for a loyal AZB veteran. Really happy for you, the four new partners and Pallavi. Acknowledgement of back breaking effort for nearly a decade or more - by a system that is pure merit unlike many others.

Sadly, many comments on this site are by people furthering their own political agenda or venting their frustrations, in most cases missing the main "news" they are commenting on - fueled no doubt by Kian, whose headlines and content are aimed at generating more "hits" and gossip, even if bitchy and hurtful. Of course this comment may not be published, given his very selective censorship - but this is at least for you Kian :-)
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Like +4 Object -2 kianganz 01 Apr 18, 12:03 LI subscriber
I, for one, found your comment very hurtful... ;)

In comments moderation, we generally allow for some bitchiness for the greater good - just a few days ago, for instance, I received a message from a reader who thanked me for the open platform we provided, since reading the comments provided helpful information and closure regarding a firm and an individual there.

Sure, sometimes they may be a bit bitchy (though we try to avoid any targeting non-senior individuals), but useful and interesting market information about a very secretive industry sometimes emerges from unlikely places.
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Like +1 Object -1 Openseason for seniors 01 Apr 18, 12:25
Try and avoid any targeting of "non-senior" individuals?! So unlike you, seniors can't feel "hurt" or be defamed?! ;-) and are you sure you don't selectively protect some "seniors"? Anyway, credit to you for having published that comment. You continue to surprise :-)
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Like +1 Object -0 kianganz 01 Apr 18, 12:28 LI subscriber
Always a pleasure to surprise. Re seniors, we generally allow criticism of management styles, or things related to running a law firm.

We generally try to filter out any comments on legal ability, appearance (whether positive or negative), or personality, unless pertinent to management.

We try to be consistent there but it is not always easy or clear-cut.
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Like +0 Object -1 VictimAS 02 Apr 18, 23:52
Then why are seniors not named here... . . and only poor hapless associates being called by name? Why give a bad name to associates by talking about their departures?? This is a very small industry and no junior lawyer who wants to stay in the industry wants to be identified for wrong reasons. Some degree of discretion on LI part for the sake of budding careers is too much to expect?? Has anyone checked with associates if they want to be named and become source of gossip??! What privacy are we talking about.?
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Like +4 Object -1 Bren 01 Apr 18, 16:19
Full marks to you Kian for a mature,balanced & candid reply!
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Like +3 Object -0 Wellwisher 01 Apr 18, 13:03
Congrats Bhuvana!!! Well deserved and long time coming.
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Like +2 Object -0 Cassius Clay 01 Apr 18, 14:20
Congratulations Aditya. Very well deserved!
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 01 Apr 18, 16:38
Congratulations, Aditya!!!
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Like +4 Object -0 Curious Cat 01 Apr 18, 16:54
What about AZB's produce [...]'s partnership? Isn't it overdue? Not sure why [...]'s still sticking around considering Zia is only interested in CAM people now and not other well deserving lawyers who are her own produce.
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Like +0 Object -3 Last year... 01 Apr 18, 19:00
Last year if you recollect she did promote ‘azb’ people..Rox, divya, arvind, sonali, rahul, rinki and there was one kashish. Z is a star and she knows how to keep her entire pack together. So....
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Like +3 Object -0 Curious Cat 01 Apr 18, 19:11
Z promoted last year so shouldn't promote this year? The point is she chose CAM people over her own when they also deserved it as much! For now, Z is only concentrating on keeping Ashwath happy. I think (...) move to (...) has worked towards (...) disadvantage. And Z is known to exploit her people when she knows they don't have a choice! (...) is the biggest example of that! And this is the main reason people don't last at AZB.
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Like +0 Object -1 Insider 02 Apr 18, 19:30
There's no "in-bred" AZB associate from 2009-2010 batches left to promote. Maybe next year ...
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Like +0 Object -0 Ex-lawyer 02 Apr 18, 23:26
So true. azb’s crazy pace is too much to handle. Pursuit of excellence takes dedication, consistency and above allunwavering focus. They will never get to 100 partners!!

Easier to join smaller or much bigger firms for the partner tag. Who needs an Indian cravath, skadden, weil or whactell...
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Like +2 Object -0 100 03 Apr 18, 00:03
Why isn’t azb following SAM cam or KCO and aiming for 100\1000 target?! Is it because it chooses not to or cannot reach 100 partner magic milestone? Or has less profits? Azb lawyers are mostly smug (like Skadden) compared to their peers from other firms. Is it becoz they are better or more confident?? It’s high time there was a study on the DNA and culture of lawyers across firms which is common in US or UK.
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Like +0 Object -0 Why less partners? 02 Apr 18, 23:58
On one hand some firms make 20-25 partners in one round, and other tier-1 firms make only 3-4 annually... for law students, must one join bigger sized firms or tight ship powerhouses like snr platinum or azb that make their lawyers wait for 10-13 years for the elusive partnership dream.? There should be a LI story on FIRM-WISE leverage ratios, partner profitability numbers and partner track for students like us to get a better picture of which Indian firms we should join

Most talented NLS students prefer to join the foreign firms given lack of career and track visibility in Indian firms. More transparency and public information can stop this brain drain ..
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Like +2 Object -0 Lawyer lawyer 02 Apr 18, 10:53
I agree! [...] is considered one of the best in [...] in the country! It was surprising to not see [...] in this list! Cam over AZB in AZB. Z has sent her msg out, loud and clear!
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Like +4 Object -0 Lawyer lawyer 02 Apr 18, 12:06
Also, I understand that Z treats the capital markets team as her step child. Not really her focus team. She wants to concentrate on Pe/ MnA!
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Like +0 Object -0 ECM 03 Apr 18, 00:04
Or is it the other way round ?
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Like +2 Object -1 Congratulations! 01 Apr 18, 18:53
Congrats Pallabi - first in azb from NLIU, way to go!
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Like +0 Object -2 Cammie 01 Apr 18, 19:29
Z is favouring the Cammies. They are still the fllavour of the season and better quality than the AZb homegrown lot. Explains the non integration of the Cammies who moved to AzB with the old AZB hands at all levels. Apparently even pay differential.
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Like +4 Object -0 Integration 02 Apr 18, 01:07
A few from the cammie lot are even dating those from our azb lot and about to get married! Speak of integration...
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Like +3 Object -0 Cammie 02 Apr 18, 09:10
Cammies are adopting Vandana’s philosophy. All CAM, go cAM.
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Like +0 Object -0 Curious Cat 02 Apr 18, 11:15
Why haven't you published my comments Kian? It's a point for a healthy discussion.
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 03 Apr 18, 10:46 LI subscriber
Have now published, needed some moderation so took longer...
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 02 Apr 18, 10:54
Congratulations Bhuvana! Well deserved!!
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Like +4 Object -0 Industry Man 02 Apr 18, 15:40
AZB would have been an institution if it's strategy was organic. Over a quarer of its partnership is exAMSS trained and most of its ideas are plagiarised. An institution is always original never a copy. Forget about lawyers they copy basic technology which were implemented in erstwhile AMSS many years back. If AZB had ever thought of institutionalisation - why attempt to sell out to Clifford Chance?
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Like +0 Object -0 Fan 02 Apr 18, 23:03 LI subscriber
Fully agree!
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Like +1 Object -0 Cammmie 02 Apr 18, 23:29
We take imitation as flattery! We have AI, beat that! We are the Unilever of law firms, best training ground for other firms
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Like +0 Object -0 Question mark 02 Apr 18, 16:29
I see a lot of people questioning about the promotion of CAM lateral hires to partnership but if you see there is no one from old AZB who is ready for partnership. Give me 5 names from old AZB who could have been made partners.
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Like +0 Object -0 Insider 02 Apr 18, 17:24
The names of old AZB lawyers are already being discussed in the comments above but I think there is some restriction on publishing their names!
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Like +1 Object -1 kianganz 02 Apr 18, 17:27 LI subscriber
We generally moderate comments like: "Oh, XYZ so deserved to get promoted, he was totally passed over this year and last year too."

The rationale behind that heavy-handed censorship is that it could be embarrassing for the persons mentioned, as well as not very nice for the ones who got promoted.
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Like +0 Object -1 Insider 02 Apr 18, 17:56
Makes sense! It could be a "he" OR a "she" !
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 69 02 Apr 18, 20:33
Kian I don't think you need to care about what those who are promoted will feel. So long as a comment is not being mean towards those promoted, what is the problem in someone question why xyz wasn't promoted?
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Like +1 Object -0 Lawyer lawyer 02 Apr 18, 21:46
I agree!
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Like +0 Object -0 Censor? 06 Apr 18, 09:55
Unless it is abusive or racial/ sexist/ communal etc. in nature or confidential or price sensitive I don’t see why you can’t publish it. It is a clamp down on discussion space wherein people are discussing the possibility of an X or a Y being looked over. Why are you censoring that? Unless it one of those listed above. “Embarrassing” is hardly a reason. And it definitely does not take away from those promoted because the focus is why X or a Y has not been. I don’t understand the reason for this kind of high level redactions. Please do unredact the portions above.
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Like +4 Object -0 Double standards 02 Apr 18, 23:32
Kian:- this is blatant hypocracy!! you openly publish names of those who left azb, but censor names of those who are continuing there and being talked about above! What journalistic standards are being espoused here?!!
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Like +0 Object -0 Readers reading 02 Apr 18, 18:04
Kian what is your viewership like? Also across, how many views by students, teachers, lawyers, non-lawyers, law firms, corporates etc.
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Like +0 Object -1 Shocking 02 Apr 18, 23:37
As someone who visits this site once a month, its shocking to see this thread still alive and being let to foster like a virus! Only bickering and heartburn spewed here from all sides and stakeholders.
Should the FB for lawyers needs to be regulated?? Only if LI would run a story or poll on this, which alas will never happen...!
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Like +0 Object -0 Where are the pics? 03 Apr 18, 16:52
Hahahaha FB for lawyers......lol....its hillllarriiousss
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Like +3 Object -0 AZB 03 Apr 18, 13:11
The names should be published. We should be able to discuss what's fair and what's not.. What is the point otherwise? Plus none of the comments printed without names seem to be mean or offensive? So what's the problem?
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