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Luthra hires 2: Ex-JSA partner, Interglobe’s Akshay Nagpal; HSK founder, ex-LLILS Harish Kumar

Akshay Nagpal (l) and Harish Kumar join LuthraAkshay Nagpal (l) and Harish Kumar join Luthra

L&L Partners, formerly known as Luthra & Luthra, has hired two: Akshay Nagpal, associate general counsel of airline Indigo’s holding company, Interglobe Aviation Limited, is joining as a partner; HSK Legal founding partner Harish Kumar has joined as a partner designate.

We have reached out to both for comment.

Both moves were confirmed to Bar & Bench by the firm’s managing partner.

Nagpal was a J Sagar Associates (JSA) corporate partner before joining Indigo in 2016.

The 2004 NLIU Bhopal graduate had begun his career at JSA, with a brief stint from 2008 to 2009 at Davis Polk & Wardwell, following an LLM at Columbia Law School.

Kumar is a 2009 Delhi University graduate, who had joined Link Legal India Law Services in 2016.

We had reported a year ago that Kumar had left Link Legal to set up HSK.

As we had first reported exclusively earlier today, L&L corporate partner Anshul Jain is leaving the firm later this month, while tax partner Sanjeev Sachdeva had left in September.

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Like +4 Object -1 Why 09 Sep 18, 22:11
It makes me think why in the past so many years, L&L has not seen acquisition of a serious talent. With due respect to the individuals who have come in, I think RKL and MS should rethink their hiring strategy. While it is good to have execution partners, it is also important that you bring in rainmakers as well. For example, CAM and SAM both have hired and are hiring senior talents.

Is it because, there are insecurities within? If yes, then by hiring experts to restructure the firm or blaming other partners for corporate relationships (or lack of it) won't help.

Time to look beyond the insecurities.
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Like +2 Object -2 Insecurities 09 Sep 18, 23:19
Insecurities clearly are at play here in the firm. The one sitting at the top is too large hearted but unfortunately the other one is the complete opposite. Unfortunately the name partner doesn't want to see this and thus no rainmaker will ever make this firm his or her home. Everyone who is or starts becoming relevant in the market either stops getting any support from the top or falls prey to the politics of a few over promoted ones in the firm.
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Like +1 Object -0 No pie 09 Sep 18, 22:34
No equity = no senior hire !! Simple
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Like +2 Object -4 TomTom 10 Sep 18, 01:11
Good for Harish. He is very solid in his work and down to earth as a person. Actually, this was Link Legal's loss when decided to back Manish over Harish. Well, now he is back in the game with big firm resources.
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Like +5 Object -0 What? 10 Sep 18, 09:44  interesting
While Harish is good at what he does and is definitely down to earth, there is no way Manish is any less and he deserves every bit of success and every grain of support (if at all provided) to him.

Within the firm and outside - he is known for his capabilities, honesty and reasonableness. He is a SELF MADE man deep rooted to the ground.

For the story - all the best to Harish. Truly a gem of a person.
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Like +7 Object -0 Different 10 Sep 18, 11:12  interesting
This is completely baseless and untrue. With due respect to Harish, there is no way his and Manish's path could collide. Manish is an out-n-out PE/VC and M&A guy while Harish is good in secretarial and advisory. Manish has been a rainmaker from day one in LL with his clients that he inherited from L&L while Harish's focus was purely general corporate and secretarial practice.
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