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LKS Bombay corporate lateral Ashwin Mathew moves on after 2 months

4th corporate partner to exit LKS in last year but firm vows continuing organic, inorganic growth

Ashwin Mathew to work independently
Ashwin Mathew to work independently

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (LKS) partner Ashwin Mathew, who had the firm in December 2019 from Mansukhlal Hiralal, will be going independent.

We have reached out to him for comment, and he said: “My future plans are to work independently and to address any opportunities that come my way, despite my faults.”

The 1998 NLSIU Bangalore graduate with a 2007 University of Cambridge LLM had previously also worked at Khaitan & Co and the erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas.

Mathew had written in a post on Linked-in yesterday evening:

It is with a heavy heart I would like to inform all of you that I am no longer a part of Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan. I have been asked to move on since my team abilities have been seriously questioned.

The three months I spent at L&S were the best of my career so far. I am ever grateful to Mr. Lakshmikumaran, Mr. L. Badri Narayanan, Mr. Mathivanan, Mr. Sridharan and all the others who touched my life in this wonderful organisation. I only wish the best for this wonderful organisation.

I hope they achieve their dream of setting up a path breaking corporate practice, something I tried but failed to do. New horizons, new boundaries and a life left to live...

The firm commented: “We wish him well and thank him for his contribution in the months he has been with us.”

Other partners to have left LKS’ corporate practice in the last year include:

“We are committed to building a strong corporate and commercial practice,” the firm responded when requested for further comment on its plans for the corporate practice. “We intend to do so both organically and inorganically.

“Nupoor Agrawal, partner and Asish Philip, joint partner would be leading the practice. Both have been involved in our corporate practice for a few years now and are ready to lead it.”

Ashwin Mathew Work history From: Feb 2020: Independent Lawyer (Mumbai Area) Dec 2019 - Feb 2020: Partner, Corporate Advisory Team, Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan (Mumbai Area) Jun 2017 - Dec 2019: Partner, Mansukhlal Hiralal & Company (Mumbai) Oct 2013 - Mar 2017: Partner, SB Partners Jan 2011 - Mar 2013: Consultant, Khaitan & Co (Mumbai) Apr 2010 - Jul 2010: Partner, Khaitan & Co Sep 2007 - Mar 2010: Senior Associate, Khaitan & Co (Mumbai) Sep 1998 - Mar 2004: Associate, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co Education 1984 - 1991: Lawrence School, Lovedale 1991 - 1993: Kendriya Vidyalaya, Cochin 1993 - 1998: National Law School of India University, Bangalore, BA LLB (Hons), Law 2006 - 2007: University of Cambridge, Master of Laws (LLM), Commercial Law
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