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SAM’s Akila Agrawal joins CAM as M&A head after 3.5-months’ notice

Agrawal gets head of M&A tag at CAM
Agrawal gets head of M&A tag at CAM

After a three-and-a-half month wait, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) Delhi-based corporate equity partner Akila Agrawal has now joined Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) as the head of its M&A practice, according to its press release.

As we had first reported, Agrawal had resigned around 24 April, and once it became clear she would be joining CAM, SAM insisted on up to four months of notice.

Managing partner Cyril Shroff commented in the release: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Akila join our partnership. She is well respected in the industry for her achievements in corporate law. With her talent and commitment I expect Akila to have an impact. She is very entrepreneurial and has strong leadership skills.”

Agrawal added in the statement: “I look forward to my new role with Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and hope to meaningfully contribute towards its further growth and continue its tradition of exceptional client service.”

“Mr. Cyril Shroff is a fantastic leader and I am excited about working with him and other colleagues in Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. I have always been a part of the Amarchand & Mangaldas legacy as my first & only law firm job. I am thankful to all the mentors that I have had in this journey who have contributed to my growth.”

The 1999 NLSIU Bangalore graduate had begun her career at Wipro in Banagalore, joined Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi in 2002, became partner in 2008 and equity partner in 2011.

Reeba Chacko has been head of general corporate since 2016, which presumably continues in parallel to Agrawal’s new head of M&A designation.

Partner Nivedita Rao is deputy head of the corporate practice.

According to the press release, all three will be working together closely.

Agrawal’s former SAM principal associate Mukul Sharma had joined CAM as a corporate partner around 24 July.

Also joining CAM Delhi: Dua Associates partner Himanshu Narayan, who was formerly co-heading erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas’ corporate group.

Leaving CAM some time this month, is Delhi senior litigation partner Percy Billimoria, and Delhi corporate partner Nivedita Tiwari has joined SAM as an equity partner.

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