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Luthra & Luthra continues boosting corporate: Link Legal’s Alok Sonker to join [UPDATE: as partner designate, for ‘exponential growth’]

LL Alok Sonker to join LLLL Alok Sonker to join LL

Luthra & Luthra will hire its third lateral corporate partner this year, with Link Legal India Law Services associate partner Alok Sonker due to join in Mumbai next month.

Clarification 19:22: He will be joining as partner designate, a relatively uncommonly used designation at Luthras.

M&A, private equity and corporate commercial lawyer Sonker had joined Link Legal in April 2017 from Khaitan & Co, where he was a senior associate.

He is a 2006 Lucknow University LLB graudate, with a 2008 LLM in business law from NLSIU Bangalore, and four years at erstwhile Rajani Associates before moving to Khaitan in 2013.

We have reached out to Luthra, Link Legal and Sonker for comment.

In January we had reported that Trilegal private equity and M&A counsel Vishwanath Pratap Singh would join the firm in Delhi, and only last month we had reported that Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas corporate partner Jay Parikh would be joining the firm.

Considering Luthra has had less visibility than its rivals in the corporate space and league tables, that is good news for the firm.

Update 19:21: Since publication, Luthra managing partner Rajiv Luthra gave the following statement to Bar & Bench:

Alok will be joining the firm’s Mumbai office as a Partner Designate in the Corporate M&A and Private Equity practice. [...]

Our Mumbai office, which has seen exponential growth over the years, recently expanded its operations by taking on additional space. [...]

We continue to pursue our growth ambitions; this is an example of how collaboration and advancement are at the heart of L&L’s strategy, demonstrating our vision of structured growth from strength to strength.

There are many new and exciting developments in the pipeline.

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Like +4 Object -1 The Other Guy 27 Jun 18, 17:24
Mubarakaan!! :)
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 27 Jun 18, 18:39
Parter or partner designate? B&B report suggests PD.
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Like +0 Object -1 misleading 27 Jun 18, 21:55
Kian - The headline is misleading, to say the least. Would you care to modify it?
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Like +3 Object -0 Insider 27 Jun 18, 22:05
Good move! Wish u all the best
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Like +10 Object -0 Black Buck 27 Jun 18, 23:02  interesting
Congratulations Buddy...good move :).. another performer leave Link Legal...wonder what CEO has to say now?
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Like +1 Object -1 Buffet 28 Jun 18, 10:01
Any idea about his book size/clients?
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Like +9 Object -6 lallubhai 28 Jun 18, 10:50  controversial
LL bhakts will say people keep resigning for health reasons, joining in house, joining other firms, ...
Not admitting things are so rotten there, they are unable to retain talent. Now getting any quality talent will be a big challenge for them.
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Like +1 Object -1 Curiouser 28 Jun 18, 11:43
I haven't heard much about the internal issues at LL. Care to share?
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Like +0 Object -0 another lallubhai 28 Jun 18, 16:15
LOL, never give up buddy!!
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Like +4 Object -1 El Cid 28 Jun 18, 01:28
Great acquisition by L&L! Rising star!
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Like +0 Object -3 Real El Cid 28 Jun 18, 10:01
Name thief
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Like +1 Object -1 Haw! 28 Jun 18, 13:20
Acquisition?

He breathes and lives, bro.
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Like +8 Object -4 reporter 28 Jun 18, 07:00
He is a rockstar!All the best Alok.
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Like +2 Object -1 There you go 28 Jun 18, 16:25
LOL:)
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Like +11 Object -2 RoFLMAO 28 Jun 18, 10:59  interesting
“Our Mumbai office, which has seen exponential growth over the years,“

RKL being witty as ever or simply a case of living in a good’s paradise?
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Like +3 Object -0 driver 28 Jun 18, 11:13
Nusrat should tighten his hiring screens..all hired in hurry turning out to be disasters.
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Like +0 Object -1 Rahat 03 Jul 18, 23:06
He has replaced Alok with someone from JSA. The replacement clearly has big shoes to fill.
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Like +13 Object -14 Star? 28 Jun 18, 11:32  controversial
How is this dude a star? LOL

What book does he have? It's just an execution guy being retained as a partner, for whatever that tag is worth.
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Like +18 Object -1 The Other Guy 28 Jun 18, 13:27  interesting  top rated
Isn't that the same as 90% of all partners in Indian firms?
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Like +0 Object -0 Pakoda wala Bhaiya 28 Jun 18, 18:01
......99.9....as per mannu bhai !
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Like +4 Object -1 Chamcha 28 Jun 18, 15:12
Where is the work to justify the additional cost ? Looks like either some are quitting or there is a plan to cut the flab.
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Like +2 Object -0 associate 28 Jun 18, 15:33
exactly, I say.. why should our bonus be the only thing that takes the hit every time?
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Like +0 Object -1 Nuts 28 Jun 18, 15:52
Such is life!!
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Like +1 Object -0 Reality 28 Jun 18, 15:59
how long will they keep the blotted top heavy structure? anyone who wants Partner tag, should be prepared to be an entrepreneur!!
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Like +12 Object -0 Rumour 28 Jun 18, 21:01  interesting  top rated
Is it true that Mohit Saraf has been promoted to Managing Partner designate? Kian, can you confirm this?
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Like +0 Object -0 RealityStar 29 Jun 18, 22:15
That will be the end of this firm.
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Like +2 Object -1 Bhakt 28 Jun 18, 23:05
From LL to LL..what's the big deaL?
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Like +2 Object -0 LLILS 29 Jun 18, 01:12
Hold your horses, more exits to follow from Link Legal!
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Like +0 Object -0 Aap 29 Jun 18, 13:03
I am the one who is slated to leave and guess what, I know who YOU are...
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Like +2 Object -0 Insider 29 Jun 18, 13:15 LI subscriber
And what about L&L? Are more exits from L&L also in the offing??? There is a strong buzz about some senior level exits from L&L also... in the spate of new hirings there looks like a real possibility of L&L not being able to keep its existing flock together..
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Like +3 Object -1 Guest 29 Jun 18, 14:50
It is confirmed. L&L is offering equity to senior partners this year. Quite a few announcements to take the firm into the right direction (apparently). Few underperformers have been asked to leave. Kian will be the new best friend of the firm. Ok last line may not be true but rest is coming from a reliable source.
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Like +1 Object -0 Scoop 03 Jul 18, 10:35
An associate in the Delhi office was telling me that the increments for this year were at around 2-3% only for Delhi and Mumbai at least.

At this rate, Link Legal is not even matching inflation. No wonder there are so many exits.
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Like +0 Object -1 A3 03 Jul 18, 12:55
That might be because of their performance. I got good reviews from my reporting senior and I got an increment of 4%, which seems to be the highest increment this year.

They should blame their own performance, not the firm. Our CEO has a keen understanding of the value people bring to the firm.
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Like +1 Object -0 A4 03 Jul 18, 17:04
hahahahahahahahahahahahah ahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahah ahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahaha... tu to bhaut funny hi re...kuch aur suna...
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Like +0 Object -0 Sarcasm 03 Jul 18, 20:21
Love the Sarcasm...right point pe mara
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Like +0 Object -0 Lolwa 03 Jul 18, 23:21
Its purely a lala business now. You wait for 3 months to know your increment (dont want to comment on peanut % as some bhakt or chamcha might come up with shallow response "increment was done as per performance". Then you wait for 4 more months to get your variable components which again is peanuts for sake of brivety i am not repeating bla bla bla and by this mechanism again 6 months variable get blocked. Cherry on top when people leave they forfeit their increment and variable.
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Like +1 Object -0 kanpurkathaluwa 04 Jul 18, 09:55
This is how the promoters and CEO have been getting richer - you hire anyone promising any package because you don't have to bother about paying. No one stays on that long. No one cares about increments and variable in this crappy place few months after joining - just pray to get out somehow.
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Like +0 Object -0 Sanju Baba 05 Jul 18, 05:26
Kuch bhi. The increments have been substantially more than what is being discussed here. We have got our arrears as well as increments. I have heard that bonus will also be paid soon. Stop spreading this baseless news. Majority of the firms have not paid increments so far. Lot has changed in the firm for good.

So keep calm and focus on your work. For discussion on salary and bonus, Baba bolta hai.. ab bass ho Gaya
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 05 Jul 18, 08:10
The firm is known for not paying people who leave. Leave the firm and then assess for yourself. I have been a prey to their tactics and worst of all Sharma Ji will not even bother to speak to you about the exit. You will be forwarded to the brother in accounts for useless time pass discussion.
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Like +1 Object -0 One2Ka4 05 Jul 18, 14:00
'increments have been substantially more', 'got our arrears', 'bonus will also be paid soon', and 'baseless news' - to quote - hahahahahahahahahahahahah ahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahah ahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahaha... tu to bhaut funny hi re...kuch aur suna...
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Like +0 Object -1 GU 05 Jul 18, 21:06
Is this place seriously so bad? I am in process of joining this place. Need advise please? Scared now. Please please advise asap
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Like +0 Object -1 Humhooninsider 06 Jul 18, 16:42
50% people don't join this place after signing the appointment letter, they use it for bargaining at other places. Don't say later you weren't warned ...
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Like +0 Object -0 GU 07 Jul 18, 23:04
Dropping out.. disappointed :(
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Like +1 Object -0 Imperial blue 09 Jul 18, 13:50
Wow! You have all qualifies of being an amazing lawyer. If you really did what you are saying, then you decided not to join a firm of your choice (considering that you would have gone through the interview and would have seen some positive to even consider the job) just because some anonymous post. You just did LL a favour unknowingly.
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 15 Jul 18, 17:25
Lawyer
Its true once you put in papers they eat up your bonus no matter for how long you worked there!!7 lawyers left last year n they ate up every single lawyers' bonus.They dont give a damn about their associates!!!They just hired new ppl left right center n gave them whatever salary asked!!Existing ppl dont matter to them!!
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Like +0 Object -0 Jumla 22 Jul 18, 23:07
What did Rahul Gandhi said to Modi while hugging..... "I resigned from Link Legal"....
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Like +0 Object -0 Real insider 25 Jul 18, 21:23
Hahahahahahah!!!! Nice one!!
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