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Cyril Amarchand strikes at Shardul Delhi disputes: PA Omar Ahmad joins as partner with team of 3

The hire is the latest hire in the war of attrition between the Shardul and Cyril Amarchand brothers, this one striking at Shardul Amarchand’s crown jewel of Delhi disputes with a principal associate and his team.

Omar Ahmad joins CAM from SAM with designation bumpOmar Ahmad joins CAM from SAM with designation bump

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) Delhi disputes principal associate Omar Ahmad is joining Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) as a salaried partner with a team of three associates.

Ahmad is a 2010 graduate of Symbiosis International University who had started his career with what-was-then Amarchand Mangaldas.

He specialises in commercial litigation, telecom disputes and international arbitration, according to his Linked-in profile.

We have reached out to both SAM and CAM for comment.

Compared to SAM’s formidable and long-standing Delhi litigation practice - headed by co-managing and senior partner Pallavi Shroff - disputes has been a tough nut for CAM to crack in Delhi, especially with senior partner and litigator Percy Billimoria having announced his departure from the firm in May.

In its latest partnership promotions, Shardul Amarchand promoted one in its Delhi disputes practice to salaried partner - Surjendu Sankar Das - and two Delhi disputes lawyers to equity partner: Anirudh Das and Manu Nair.

CAM-SAM war: Gloves now fully off

These hires follow a tumultuous period of poachings between the competing firms, after an initial period of non-competition for talent until April 2016, following the Amarchand Mangaldas break-up into SAM and CAM.

Perhaps in a bid to gain an edge in the increasing competition for talent, we had reported earlier this week that SAM has instituted a new HR policy, under which any SAM leavers in the next seven months would have to repay the firm three months’ of their (increased) pay.

SAM’s senior corporate partner Akila Agrawal has recently joined CAM in Delhi, with one of her team’s principal associates Mukul Sharma also joining as partner.

In June of this year, CAM Delhi corporate partner Nivedita Tiwari moved to SAM.

And in October 2017, CAM capital markets partner Nikhil Naredi joined Shardul Amarchand after a whopping 6 months of gardening leave, having given notice shortly before SAM Mumbai corporate partner Gaurav Singhi resigned from SAM to CAM in May 2017.

In October 2016, SAM had raided CAM’s Chennai head Dorothy Thomas with her team.

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Like +24 Object -2 kia 07 Sep 18, 09:41  interesting  top rated
Amazing news !! Congrats Omar...!! you will do great wherever you go !!
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Like +21 Object -0 Bravo 07 Sep 18, 09:58  interesting  top rated
Amazing news
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Like +21 Object -1 Senior Asso 07 Sep 18, 11:24  interesting  top rated
Congratulations omar !! great going. Partnership at this age is a remarkable achievement !
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Like +20 Object -0 first floor 07 Sep 18, 11:24  interesting  top rated
a very best of luck Omar. A feather to the Arbitration practice of the firm !
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Like +18 Object -0 ol 07 Sep 18, 11:25  interesting  top rated
Congrats bilal !! very well deserved
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Like +13 Object -10 Scooter- 07 Sep 18, 11:28  controversial
And Dorothy had raided the filing department and imanage.
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Like +17 Object -0 Bogs 07 Sep 18, 11:28  interesting  top rated
You will set the standard high !! congrats omar
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Like +14 Object -0 insider 07 Sep 18, 11:31  interesting  top rated
Real good move..omar will add to the arbitration practice
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Like +16 Object -1 captain89 07 Sep 18, 11:33  interesting  top rated
Its a very smart move. Have worked with omar before, he is a very good lawyer ! congratulations omar
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Like +13 Object -0 Congratulations 07 Sep 18, 11:34  interesting  top rated
Good decision Omar. Wishing you all the very best.
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Like +13 Object -1 jabel 07 Sep 18, 11:36  interesting  top rated
great lawyer and a good friend. Congrats omar!!
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Like +13 Object -0 Respect 07 Sep 18, 11:36  interesting  top rated
Congratulations... Take CAM to new highs
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Like +19 Object -0 Lucky You! 07 Sep 18, 11:51  interesting  top rated
You got on the bus at right time! Congratulations and all the best

Former Okhla Colleagues
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Like +14 Object -0 RockOn 07 Sep 18, 11:58  interesting  top rated
What a move.. Heartiest congratulations Omar. You will do as always great.
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Like +27 Object -0 IRCTC 07 Sep 18, 11:58  interesting  top rated
IRCTC is pleased to announce a new train from Okhla to Saket. First time in India IRCTC is offering free tickets to travel. Please note the offer is for an indefinite period. Please don't mind to hop on the train. Ride will be amazig, IRCTC assures
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Like +18 Object -0 Rider 07 Sep 18, 13:09  interesting  top rated
Nahi gaye toh 3 mahine ke ticket ke paise Okhla walon ko dena padega, hop on quickly.
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Like +23 Object -0 SSS & Co 07 Sep 18, 13:07  interesting  top rated
Baach gaya mere chungal se!

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Like +10 Object -0 Groove 07 Sep 18, 13:28  interesting
Congrats omar !!Top flight lawyer moves to CAM
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Like +18 Object -0 ravichai 07 Sep 18, 13:37 LI subscriber  interesting  top rated
Omar being an extraordinary lawyer would have been taken away by any firm. But management will never realise what blunder they have done. how can they let such good lawyers leave?? money being not an issues, they should have retained him at any cost.
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Like +1 Object -0 Saket 2 07 Sep 18, 13:41
Photo please
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Like +14 Object -0 Well done 07 Sep 18, 13:52  interesting  top rated
Congratulations Omar. Wishing you all the very best.
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Like +14 Object -0 Suckers 07 Sep 18, 14:00  interesting  top rated
CAM 2 - SAM 0
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Like +16 Object -0 Innuendoes 07 Sep 18, 14:02  interesting  top rated
Obviously if such draconian policy are brought in by SAM, what better can one expect.
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Like +10 Object -32 Really? 07 Sep 18, 14:17  troll?  controversial
Pardon me, but this looks like a chunnu munnu move exaggerated out of proportion, perhaps because of its timing. Crown Jewel?? Do you have any idea what it takes to reach the summit. That's the domain of the Salves, Palkhivalas, and Sorabjees - not some unheard of wannabe.
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Like +22 Object -0 Rant 07 Sep 18, 14:38  interesting  top rated
Grapes are sour for few. In this case, its you.
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Like +13 Object -0 BossBoss 07 Sep 18, 14:39  interesting  top rated
Perhaps you're just sad about you never getting recognition.
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Like +29 Object -1 Super catch 07 Sep 18, 14:35  interesting  top rated
Well played by Cyril. Getting Omar on board is one of the smartest things he could have done. Having Ciccu’s blessings will go a long way.
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Like +13 Object -0 Marvel 07 Sep 18, 14:36  interesting  top rated
Great going Omar. Time to take CAM to new heights.
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Like +13 Object -0 Dahibhalla 07 Sep 18, 14:36  interesting  top rated
Omar's move is a big loss. A lawyer like him should have been retained.
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Like +19 Object -0 SamBoy 07 Sep 18, 14:41  interesting  top rated
Smart move, specially in view of the policy they came up with. What do we do now.
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Like +10 Object -0 Pokemon 07 Sep 18, 14:52  interesting
Lets catch'em ALL
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Like +4 Object -0 Chu 07 Sep 18, 15:12
Pika pika !!
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Like +24 Object -0 grndfl 07 Sep 18, 14:53 LI subscriber  interesting  top rated
Omar's move is shocker since he is one of the biggest biller of SAM in litigation and a damn good litigator!! why would they let him go..
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Like +16 Object -0 partpart 07 Sep 18, 14:54 LI subscriber  interesting  top rated
last promotions were so bad that omar's move is not a surprise ! they need to pull up their socks!
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Like +18 Object -1 Counsel??? 07 Sep 18, 14:58  interesting  top rated
Having been on the opposite side of him in a few matters, there is no doubt that he is a good lawyer. But joining CAM may not have been the best idea. Perhaps, going independent would have been best for him.
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Like +17 Object -0 ZYX 07 Sep 18, 15:11  interesting  top rated
Absolutely agree! Starting counsel practice would have been ideal.
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Like +11 Object -1 Kaos 09 Sep 18, 12:58  interesting
He can always go independent after serving as a partner for a few years. Having knowledge of CAM's specialization in Arbitration (especially International & Investment), this is a great move. Also, a great move for "other reasons".
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Like +18 Object -0 truthrules 07 Sep 18, 14:58  interesting  top rated
any meritorious person won't stick to the firm if the firm starts acting against its own resources. In the light of the policy decision made yesterday, such moves are not a surprise. No respectful person will stick to such an institution which holds its own people back.
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Like +18 Object -1 Gant 07 Sep 18, 15:05  interesting  top rated
I wonder who will update the arb. practice group now about what the law is..!
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Like +20 Object -0 SamPal 07 Sep 18, 15:25  interesting  top rated
Yeah.. He was quick. As soon as the judgment was out, he update.
Omar- update us on watsapp please
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Like +0 Object -7 SAM insider 07 Sep 18, 15:50
Aren’t there others in the arbitration group who would continue to do so, hopefully!
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Like +1 Object -0 Kaash 07 Sep 18, 16:11
Wishes & horses!!
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Like +18 Object -0 SamFriend 07 Sep 18, 15:08  interesting  top rated
This is great news. Congratulations Omar. Hope you do much much greater as you did in SAM
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Like +25 Object -1 Sagar Ratna 07 Sep 18, 15:18  interesting  top rated
A great addition to the litigation arsenal no doubt. CAM still needs a big name to head its litigation practice in Delhi (like they did with Akila/ Himanshu (where is he?)). With Percy gone there is a void that needs to be filled up. Without a good recognizable and respected face as a leader, the litigation practice may be pulled into different directions. Heres hoping for the best. More power to CAM. They have fought the odds and come out successful. Lets hope that things go in favour of this firm. It has a lot to offer. Lot of good talent.
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Like +10 Object -1 Observer 09 Sep 18, 13:05  interesting
Would be good to know practices being offered in Delhi considering that almost everyone of repute is moving to this office now.
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Like +21 Object -3 6x double bonus 07 Sep 18, 16:04  interesting  top rated
While the story of SAM chaining its lawyers is still fresh in the mind, the irony is that Omar was perhaps one of the only few associates who could have actually benefited from the salary hike. Everyone in Okhla knows that he achieves 6 times of his target year on year and so do the people who work with him.
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Like +14 Object -1 Gogo 07 Sep 18, 16:55  interesting  top rated
Omar must have got a crazy deal !! He is a catch, the whole SAM knows that.
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Like +16 Object -1 Allthebest 07 Sep 18, 16:29  interesting  top rated
All the best Omar. New Job. New opportunities.
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Like +15 Object -1 SachaDost 07 Sep 18, 16:29  interesting  top rated
Bhai.. Hume kyu bhool gaya... Pucha bhi nai
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Like +22 Object -2 Kps 07 Sep 18, 17:00  interesting  top rated
This poaching is hard hitting. Omar was 'the' lawyer particularly for arbitration practice of the firm. This boy will be a leading name in arbitration practice in the upcoming years. I have worked with him, his knowledge is phenomenal.
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Like +21 Object -1 Sharp 07 Sep 18, 17:39  interesting  top rated
Nice !! Congrats omar
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Like +21 Object -1 First floor 07 Sep 18, 17:58  interesting  top rated
Now that Cyril has hired avant grade people like Akila Himanshu and Omar, hope he gives them wings and retains them. All the best
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Like +19 Object -1 AD. 07 Sep 18, 18:02  interesting  top rated
Very very happy for deserve the best !! Tu heera hai..heera
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Like +26 Object -24 Forensics 08 Sep 18, 00:36  controversial
Most of the laudatory comments seem to be by the same author under different pseudonyms. The writing pattern (double exclamation marks, ellipses, similar grammatical errors) indicate that one person itself has penned most of the comments. No guessing who.
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Like +1 Object -17 Litmus Test 08 Sep 18, 09:11
Zero comments on Bar and Bench! Haha!!
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Like +5 Object -13 Sherlock is here 08 Sep 18, 11:50  controversial
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Like +9 Object -18 Excellent observation 09 Sep 18, 06:46  controversial
Excellent observation...must admit. I was wondering why so many identical appraisal for this meager movement.
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Like +4 Object -13 Who 11 Sep 18, 14:07
This same grammatical errors were made in the internal release also. It now adds up.
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Like +12 Object -22 Silly move 09 Sep 18, 11:56  controversial
Really silly move. Everyone knows Omar wanted partnership at SAM but he wanted it now and was unwill to wait till April when his batch was up for promotion.... [...] He will soon realise that “tags” are useless... and he will rue the fact that he had fully freedom at SAM but at CAM he will have to kneel and bow down [...] every day.....
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Like +0 Object -0 Litigator 09 Sep 18, 13:03
Any delhi litigation head now? Nation wants to know.
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Like +9 Object -21 Alias 10 Sep 18, 12:28  controversial
I know CAM-SAM stories are juicy but this has to be one of the silliest ever. Some PA is shifting over and becoming a salaried partner (glorified PA) in another firm & the spin seems to be that this is the biggest coup of the decade. I don't know who is laughing the loudest here.....CAM, SAM or Kian?
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Like +14 Object -0 kianganz 10 Sep 18, 12:51 LI subscriber  interesting  top rated
Since CAM is trying to crack Delhi, and a strong litigation practice being key to Delhi (which SAM has), this is quite an interesting move worth reporting I think.

And in any case, we report salaried partner hires at all firms...
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