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SAM on corp spree: Luthra loses young partner Neha Sinha, Tri counsel Karun Prakash joins as p-designate

Two corporate hires for Shardul Amarchand in Delhi

Luthra loses Neha Sinha joins SAM
Luthra loses Neha Sinha joins SAM

Neha Sinha, who was made partner at L&L Partners (formerly Luthra & Luthra) in 2017, has joined Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas in a boost to its corporate practice, together with Trilegal counsel Karun Prakash, who is joining as a partner designate.

According to SAM’s press release, Sinha has over 10 years of experience in M&A, private equity and venture capital work, having worked on “significant domestic and cross-border acquisitions and structuring of onshore and offshore PE / VC investments and exits”.

The 2008 Symbiosis Pune LLB had begun her career with Nishith Desai Associates, which she had left in 2015 for Luthra.

Karun Prakash moves from Tri to SAM with future partnership tag
Karun Prakash moves from Tri to SAM with future partnership tag

Prakash has around 10 years of experience, and also focuses on M&A, PE and general corporate work.

He is a 2009 ILS Pune graduate who had worked briefly with Paras Kuhad & Associates before joining Dua Associates in 2010.

In 2013, he had moved to Trilegal.

Commenting on their hires, as well as the addition of Link Legal finance partner Anurag Dwivedi in Delhi, whose move we had reported yesterday, Delhi-region managing partner Pallavi Shroff said: “They are valuable additions to the team and will help us further strengthen our general corporate and projects and project finance practices. There are huge opportunities ahead of us.”

Trilegal’s counsel ranks - perhaps reflecting the difficulty of making it into its tight all-equity partnership - have been a steady supplier of talent to other firms (while the firm has barely ever lost partners).

Luthra, on the other hand, has had a hard time holding on to its corporate partners, despite recent efforts to laterally bolster the practice area with three hires in the last year, after a slip in M&A league table rankings and a string of departures in its corporate practice.

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