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Trilegal promotes 2 into cosy equity partnership: M&A-NLUJ Arnav Dayal, CCI-ILS Soumya Hariharan

Dayal, Hariharan win seat in Trilegal partnership
Dayal, Hariharan win seat in Trilegal partnership

Trilegal’s partnership has just voted to promote two of its counsel to its all-equity lockstep partnership, according to authoritative sources.

We have reached out to Trilegal for comment.

Arnav Dayal is based in the firm’s Gurgaon office and specialises in corporate and M&A. He had joined Trilegal in 2009, directly after graduating from NLU Jodhpur.

Soumya Hariharan, based in Mumbai, had only joined Trilegal as a counsel less than a year ago with AZB & Partners competition partner Nisha Kaur Uberoi. She is a 2009 ILS Pune graduate with a 2010 LLM from the National University of Singapore.

Hariharan had begun her career at Singapore-based firm Rodyk & Davidson as a foreign lawyer in 2010, and moved to Amarchand Mangaldas, as it then was, in Mumbai in 2013, where she climbed to principal associate by 2016 at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. In 2016, she had also moved with Uberoi’s team to AZB.

Update 27 March 2018, 14:24: According to Trilegal’s press release:

Nisha Kaur Uberoi, partner and head of the firm’s Competition Law practice, said, “Soumya’s elevation to partnership is a very welcome addition to our competition practice. It further strengthens and enhances our competition offering. Soumya is a very sound lawyer with a proven track record and I am delighted to welcome her to the partnership.”

Harsh Pais, senior partner corporate practice, said, “Having seen him grow through the ranks, I am delighted that Arnav is joining the firm’s partnership. He is an excellent corporate lawyer with a commercial mind-set and big deal experience in M&A and private equity investments. I am confident that his addition to our corporate practice will serve our clients and our firm very well in times to come.”

Trilegal now has 42 partners, of whom all 42 are equity partners. With Hariharan, there are now 6 female partners at the firm. The Mumbai office has 19 partners, the Delhi region 17, and Bangalore has 6. The firm has a total fee-earner headcount of 284, of which 128 are women.

According to his firm profile, Dayal:

... has represented various Indian and overseas clients on a range of corporate-commercial transactions, involved in diversified businesses, including telecommunications, insurance, power generation, information and publishing, manufacturing, and general trading. Arnav has worked on acquisitions, private equity investments, investments in special economic zones, joint ventures, business transfers, entry strategies, corporate restructuring and general corporate compliance related work among other areas of the corporate practice.


... specialises in all aspects of competition law and regularly advises some of India’s largest companies in their most challenging competition law matters before the Competition Commission of India and various Courts in India. Her multi-jurisdictional work experience includes working on competition law matters across India, Singapore and the ASEAN region.

Soumya has worked on some of the most complex M&A transactions in India, which have been subject to structural commitments. She regularly represents clients in cartel investigation (involving applications for leniency), abuse of dominance investigations and conducts competition compliance programs, across various sectors.

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