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NDA loses 3 senior leaders: Pratibha Jain goes Everstone as Adanis get Devaiah • Simone Reis, Rajesh Simhan start new firm

Delhi-based Nishith Desai Associates (NDA) leader Pratibha Jain has joined Everstone Group as general counsel (GC) with her predecessor Devaiah PM set to join the Adani Group as group general counsel, moneycontrol.

We understand she will be joining next month.

We have also confirmed Jain’s move, and have reached out to her and NDA managing partner Nishith Desai for comment.

Update 6 April: Desai commented: “I am happy they are embarking on a new journey to start their own firm or join our client family. We continue to remain great friends and bless them in their new endeavours. In conformity with our culture and distributed leadership model, they leave behind a number of competent leaders, letting us feel no void.”

Jain had set up NDA’s Delhi office in 2011, having joined from Goldman Sachs India where she was legal head.

This follows NDA leaders Simone Reis and Rajesh Simhan, who have set up a new law firm, Anagram Legal. Bar & Bench had first reported their move last week, following a Linked-in update by the founders.

Reis was co-head of the firm’s M&A practice, while Simhan was leading international tax at NDA.

Their new firm is called Anagram Partners and is based in Mumbai.

We have reached out to Reis and Desai for comment.

Pratibha JainWork history From: Sep 2011: Partner, Nishith Desai Associates (New Delhi) Mar 2007 - Mar 2011: Vice President and Counsel, Goldman Sachs (Mumbai) May 2005 - Mar 2007: Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates (Hong Kong) Oct 2004 - Mar 2005: Visiting Lecturer, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong) Oct 2000 - Sep 2004: Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (New York)Education 1992 - 1995: Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics 1995 - 1998: Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Law 1998 - 1999: University of Oxford, Bachelor of Civil Laws, Law 1999 - 2000: Harvard University, Master of Laws (LLM), Law Simone ReisWork history From: Apr 2021: Partner, Anagram PartnersSelf-employed (Mumbai) 2013 - Apr 2021: Co-Head M&A Practice, Nishith Desai Associates Sep 2009 - 2013: Senior Associate, Nishith Desai Associates 2009 - 2011: Senior Associate, Nishith Desai Associates Nov 2009 - Jan 2010: Legal Intern, Schellenberg Wittmer Aug 2005 - Jul 2008: Senior Associate, DSK LegalEducation Bombay Scottish School, , 2000 - 2005: Government Law College, Mumbai, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Law 2008 - 2009: Duke University School of Law, LLM, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law Rajesh SimhanWork history From: Apr 2021: Partner, Anagram PartnersFull-time (Mumbai) Sep 2008 - Mar 2021: Partner, Nishith Desai AssociatesFull-time (India)Education 1999 - 2004: National Law School of India University, , 2007 - 2008: Georgetown University Law Center, ,
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