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AZB senior partner Ashwin Ramanathan leaves ‘nervous but excited’ to become an entrepreneur

Ashwin Ramanathan: Leaves with a bit of DNA of AZB
Ashwin Ramanathan: Leaves with a bit of DNA of AZB

AZB & Partners senior partner Ashwin Ramanathan, who has been with the firm since 2004, will resign by 1 January 2019 to become an entrepreneur.

The 2000 NLSIU Bangalore graduate, who had started his career at ICICI Bank for four years before moving to AZB, told us that he would be starting a non-law-related business with someone else in the New Year, though he declined to go into details about the exact vertical for now.

“I think it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be a challenge,” he said, about the move from lawyer to client. “I am looking forward to it, but I am nervous as well. Nervous and excited.”

“I have mixed feelings,” he added. “I’m leaving very happy and very satisfied, but emotionally I’m a little sad.”

Managing partner Zia Mody said in a statement: “For us, Ashwin had been part of our core AZB fabric. With us for over 14 years, Ashwin is part of our DNA. As we are part of his. We wish Ashwin every success. We will miss him. Very much. But have no doubt our association and bond with him will continue. We thank Ashwin for all the valuable contribution he has made whilst at AZB.”

Ramanathan added in a statement: “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience over the past 14 years. AZB is truly responsible for my development over this period, both professionally and personally, for which I shall be ever grateful. Even as I look forward to the next chapter of my life, I carry tremendous affection and appreciation for all of my AZB family.”

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