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Jerome Merchant hires Palash Gupta from Collyer Singapore to head int arbitration, grow disputes from 15-20%

Palash Gupta returns to domestic firm
Palash Gupta returns to domestic firm

Jerome Merchant + Partners has hired Palash Gupta, India desk and international arbitration head of Collyer Law based in Manila, Philippines, and Singapore, to in turn head its international arbitration offering.

In a statement, he said that he was looking forward to “grow its dispute resolution practice across Asia”. Jerome Merchant’s arbitration practice had until now been part of the firm’s larger disputes practice.

He specialises in international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation, and has been involved in disputes in the US, India and Singapore for clients, and in arbitrations in Singapore, India and the US, as well as courts in India and Boston.

Gupta is US and India qualified (with a 2008 Boston College Law School JD and an NLSIU Bangalore 2001 LLB).

He will be dividing his time between Singapore and India.

He had left fellow NLSIU-alum Azmul Haque’s Singapore-based start-up law firm Collyer in November of last year after having joined in 2016, and had previously also been general counsel of Elevar Equity. Before that he was a partner at Mumbai firm Haresh Jagtiani & Associates, and had worked in Delhi with S&R Associates, in Boston with Dwyer & Collora, and at Hindustan Levers, as it then was (see below).

Jerome Merchant’s managing partner Vishnu Jerome commented: “Palash brings first class experience of complex commercial arbitration to the firm’s expertise in the commercial disputes space. His knowledge and vast experience will bring real value to our clients.”

Jerome added that disputes currently made up 15-20% of the firm’s revenues, but they were “aiming to grow it further”.

Palash GuptaWork history From: Jan 2021: Partner, Head of International Arbitration, Jerome Merchant + Partners (South Asia) From: Nov 2014: Professor, American Law Desk, San Beda College; University of Law (Manila) Nov 2018 - Nov 2020: Head, India Desk, International Arbitration , Collyer Law LLC (Manila) Nov 2015 - Oct 2018: Director, India Desk, International Arbitration, Collyer Law LLC (Manila) Oct 2014 - Oct 2015: General Counsel, Elevar Equity (Manila) Jul 2013 - Sep 2014: Partner, Haresh Jagtiani & Associates (Manila) Oct 2010 - May 2013: Associate, S&R Associates, India (New Delhi) Sep 2008 - Aug 2010: Associate, Dwyer & Collora, LLP (Boston) Jul 2001 - Aug 2005: Legal Manager, Hindustan Levers (Unilever), IndiaEducation 1996 - 2001: National Law School of India University, BA LLb. (Hons), Law 2005 - 2008: Boston College Law School, JD, Law
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