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High time: Luthra bulks up corp, PE strength with Trilegal counsel Vishwanath Pratap Singh as partner

Trilegal’s Vishwanath Pratap Singh to join Luthra’s corporate team
Trilegal’s Vishwanath Pratap Singh to join Luthra’s corporate team

Trilegal Delhi corporate, M&A and private equity counsel Vishwanath Pratap Singh has left the firm several weeks ago and is understood to be joining Luthra & Luthra as a partner in Delhi.

He has a strong focus on private equity, according to his Linked-in profile:

He has significant experience in advising a number of companies, investors and GPs, in transactions ranging from seed to late stage financing, M&A deals, private placements, rights issues, to corporate structuring. He has represented clients across a wide range of industries including health care, manufacturing, telecommunication, media and entertainment, e-commerce, computer software, real estate and food and beverage. He also regularly advises on general corporate law, in particular regarding joint venture agreements, shareholders agreements, corporate restructurings, and current developments in Indian corporate law.

The 2007 NLSIU Bangalore graduate had started his career at Amarchand Mangaldas, as it then was, leaving in 2015 as a principal associate to join Trilegal in Delhi.

His joining will give a much-needed fillip to Luthra's corporate practice, which has been lagging far behind its Big 7 rivals in most M&A league tables for the last two years. This year, the firm had not even made the top 20 of Bloomberg's league tables by value and come in at 10th position by volume with nine recorded deals, while Thomson Reuters ranked the firm 22nd by value (from 12th the previous year).

Mergermarket had ranked Luthra 17th by value amongst domestic firms, with nine deals amounting to only $643m.

Luthra's corporate team had seen a string of departures over the last few years.

We have reached out to Singh and Trilegal for comment.

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