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One of early outbound India lateral partners, Rahul Guptan, to move from Clifford Chance to White & Case cap markets

Rahul Guptan to join White & Case
Rahul Guptan to join White & Case

Clifford Chance Singapore capital markets and India group partner Rahul Guptan is set to join White & Case, according to two sources with knowledge of his move.

We understand He has announced his departure from Clifford Chance only recently, so there may be some notice periods to contend with before his move.

We have reached out to White & Case, Clifford Chance and Guptan for comment.

Guptan, who is a 1999 NLSIU Bangalore graduate, was an India BigLaw partner moving abroad before it became more widely fashionable (and accepted) to do so.

At the time, in 2007, when he had left India and what-was-then Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai for Clifford Chance, Amarchand managing partner Cyril Shroff had told The Lawyer magazine in the UK that international firms were building distrust at an institutional and industrial level by poaching Indian lawyers (though he also added that Amarchand and CC would continue working together, as indeed they did, such as when Guptan advised Indiabulls on its IPO as international counsel and Amarchand handled the domestic legal work).

After Guptan’s departure, Yash Ashar and Arjun Lall took over Amarchand’s capital markets practice.

At White & Case, Guptan will be joining an India group headed by New York partner Nandan Nelivigi (also an NLSIU graduate, from 1993) and also including London-based partner and 2001-NLSIU’ite Dipen Sabharwal, who had made Queen’s Counsel (equivalent to India’s senior counsel designation) in 2019.

White & Case Singapore also has capital markets partner Kaya Proudian.

In 2016, Sidley Singapore poached Jones Day Singapore’s capital markets partner Manoj Bhargava and his team, including counsel Ankit Kashyap, which also effectively transferred all the capital markets mandate and league table credits.

Rahul GuptanWork history From: Sep 2008: Partner, Clifford Chance Jul 1999 - Sep 2008: Partner, Amarchand MangaldasEducation 1994 - 1999: National Law School of India University, B.A.LLB(Hons), Law
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