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This article, like many others, was first published exclusively for long-term supporters, 3 hours before everyone else got to read it.

Link Legal top corporate dealmaker Manish Gupta to move to IndusLaw

Gupta was fifth-ranked in our 2018-19 league table of corporate dealmakers.

Manish Gupta to move to Indus
Manish Gupta to move to Indus

Link Legal India Law Services (LLILS) corporate partner, Manish Gupta, is due to join IndusLaw in Delhi, we have reliably learned.

Gupta is a 2004 NLIU Bhopal graduate and had joined Link Legal in 2015 as a partner from Luthra & Luthra, as it then was, where he had been a managing associate.

He was overall fifth-ranked dealmaker in our 2018-19 InLegal 50 corporate dealmakers of the year list, having led on a total of 13 deals, worth $1.6bn.

And in the 2019-20 financial year, Gupta has already been involved in 12 deals with values of $915m so far, for a range of corporates and clients, according to our live tables.

Yesterday we had reported that Link Legal corporate partner Siddharth Srivastava had joined Khaitan & Co.

However, Link Legal had also made three promotions in its corporate commercial practice at the end of 2019, and its senior corporate partner Anand Srivastava had returned to the firm in 2018 after a sabbatical LLM.

For IndusLaw, meanwhile, Gupta’s joining seems like a clear signalling of intent to try to play in the ever bigger leagues in 2020, following its creation of a capital markets practice from nowhere late last year.

In 2018-19 IndusLaw had already snuck into the bottom of the Prestige Corporate Firms tier, just behind the Marquee Firms.

We have reached out to Gupta, IndusLaw and Link Legal for comment.

Update 13:34: Link Legal managing partner Atul Sharma commented: “All the best to him.”

Manish Gupta Work history From: Sep 2015: Partner, Link legal India Law Services Apr 2008 - Aug 2015: Managing Associate, Luthra & Luthra (New Delhi) May 2006 - Mar 2008: Associate, Titus & Co., Advocates (New Delhi) Education 1997 - 1999: Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Bhopal, Commerce 1999 - 2004: National Law Institute University, B.A.LLB. (Hons), Law
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