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CAM entices Bharti Airtel group GC Sameer Chugh to private practice as Delhi TMT partner


Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has hired Sameer Chugh as Delhi-based corporate and technology, media & telecommunication (TMT) and regulatory partner.

He is currently group general counsel at Bharti Enterprises until 30 June and will join Cyril Amarchand on 1 July. He had taken over as group GC at the telecoms giant in 2019, after having worked there since 2014 as a director legal.

Chugh said: “I am excited to return to private practice and enter into the new phase in my career.”

He had been in-house since 2001, following a three-year stint at Kochhar & Co following his graduating with an LLB from SLS Pune in 1997 (see full CV below)

According to the firm:

Mr. Chugh has been involved in many cross-border M&A and had managed mid to large-sized law departments as part of his inhouse roles. He has more than 30 billion dollars of transactions to his experience throughout his career. He has also worked as a General Counsel of NCR Corporation and helped the company in setting up their manufacturing plant in Pondicherry. He was the General Counsel of BT Group in India before moving to London as Head of Legal and Commercial doing significant transactions across the globe. He returned to India as the General Counsel of the Telecom Business and the Global head of legal for M&A of Essar Group. Mr. Chugh has also worked as the General Counsel of the Cummins Group in India before taking up the Director – Legal & Regulatory position in Bharti Airtel.

Managing partner Cyril Shroff commented: “Sameer is a well-respected lawyer, his background and breadth of experience align very well with firm’s vision and overall growth strategy in corporate practice and also in the TMT and regulatory space.”

Mr. Chugh has completed his Law, majoring in Company Law and Criminal Law, from Symbiosis Society’s Law College, Pune. He also holds a Masters in Marketing Management from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune and MSc in Telecom Business from University College of London, London, UK.

Sameer ChughWork history From: Jun 2019: Group General Counsel, Bharti Group (New Delhi Area) Aug 2014 - Jun 2019: Director - Legal & Regulatory, airtel (Gurugram) Sep 2011 - Aug 2014: Vice President - Legal & Secretarial; General Counsel, India ABO, Cummins India Limited (Cummins Inc.) (Pune) Oct 2008 - Sep 2011: Sr. VP & Head Legal - M&A and General Counsel - Communications, Essar 2007 - Sep 2008: Senior Lawyer and Head of Commercial, Major Transactions, BT PLC May 2003 - Sep 2007: Head of Legal and Regulatory, BT India Private Limited 2001 - 2003: Legal Counsel, NCR Corporation India Pvt.Ltd. Dec 1998 - May 2001: Senior Associate, Kochhar & CoEducation 1995 - 1996: Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, MDMM, Marketing 1992 - 1997: Symbiosis Law School, LLB, Law 2005 - 2007: UCL, Msc, Telecom Business
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