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Luthra homegrown corp partner Damini Bhalla (Nalsar ‘05) exits

Corporate partner Damini Bhalla leaves Luthra
Corporate partner Damini Bhalla leaves Luthra

L&L Partners corporate partner Damini Bhalla has resigned from the firm.

She is a 2005 Nalsar Hyderabad graduate who had begun her career in the Mumbai office of Luthra & Luthra, as it then was. After a stint at Clifford Chance in London, she returned to Luthra’s in Delhi.

She commented: “L&L has been home for well over a decade and I remain grateful for the professional growth opportunities it has always offered me, and thereby, a rewarding career.

“Personally speaking, I thank all my colleagues (seniors & juniors) for their constant support and encouragement and many for the lifelong friendships made.

“My non-counsel colleagues will, of course, always have my gratitude for their courtesies and kindness.

“Will miss the firm!!!"

We have not yet authoritatively confirmed where she is joining.

Bhalla specialises in M&A, private equity and cross-border funds work.

We have reached out to managing partner Rajiv Luthra and senior partner Mohit Saraf for comment.

Luthra commented in a message: “A home grown lawyer since 2005...

“NALSAR’s Damini has, of course been an asset to the Firm and we are, of course, sorry to see her go!! We wish her well in all her future endeavours...”

Saraf, who recently won his reinstatement and access to his email in the Delhi high court in January, said: “I am really pained to see her go. She stood solidly behind the changes which were being contemplated to institutionalise the firm.

“Unfortunately she decided to move on. It is a big personal loss to me. I wish her all the best and hope to see her back soon once we are able to move things forward in the firm.”

Arbitration between Saraf and Luthra are ongoing.

L&L has also today announced the hire of two litigation partners and one banking and finance partner.

Incidentally, as pointed out by readers, L&L had published a celebration of its female leaders for International Women’s Day on its Linked-in page today.

Bhalla’s picture was not included in the graphic due to her leaving (see below).

Damini Bhalla not amongst L&L Women
Damini Bhalla not amongst L&L Women

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