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Trilegal scores coup, to pick up young AZB-CAM funds talent Ganesh Rao, Aditya Jha as partners

Ganesh Rao (r) and Aditya Jha to move to Trilegal from AZBGanesh Rao (r) and Aditya Jha to move to Trilegal from AZB

Funds partners Ganesh Rao and Aditya Jha from AZB & Partners are understood to be heading to Trilegal, though we understand that the partnership vote to admit them into Trilegal has not yet completed.

Both Rao and Jha had joined AZB from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in the 2016 mass-move led by equity partner Ashwath Rau.

We have reached out to Trilegal for comment.

AZB confirmed their leaving, and commented: “We wish them all the very best. And thank them for their contribution to AZB.

“The AZB Funds practice continues to be co headed by our senior partners Sai Krishna Bharathan and Ashwath Rau, along with our partner Pallabi Ghosal.”

Rao had been promoted to CAM’s partnership in 2015, and then joined AZB as a partner, while Jha had been promoted to the AZB partnership last year.

Jha is a 2008 NLSIU Bangalore graduate, who had begun his career at SJ Berwin in London, before moving to Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in 2012.

Last year, AZB (and former CAM) competition head and partner Nisha Kaur Uberoi had also moved from AZB to Trilegal.

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Like +25 Object -1 Fundster 09 Jul 18, 18:12  interesting  top rated
Wow. All the ex Cammies are leaving AZB partnership for Trilegal. First, Nisha and Soumya now Ganesh and Aditya. Wondering if there are any connections there! Ashwath must be spitting mad at this massive loss. Trilegal clearly emerging as the firm of the future. Also Ganesh is not a young partner. AZB trying to downplay their loss.
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Like +3 Object -0 SoS 09 Jul 18, 18:56
Such a boys club ! [...] not going?
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Like +9 Object -2 Azius 10 Jul 18, 01:23  interesting
great move by ganesh. He is a well rounded real estate and funds platform lawyers in >10 pqe level in mumbai and great catch by trilegal. . in aditya, he has a safe pair execution junior, will now get more time for BD and firm admin. Good luck guys.
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Like +3 Object -1 Client3 10 Jul 18, 01:26
Wasn’t Ganesh on a 6 month leave at home and only just got back to azb?? whats the story here?
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Like +3 Object -4 Peninsula to peninsula 10 Jul 18, 01:32
who will give them work now!? Does trilegal has a real estate team?
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Like +2 Object -2 ex-azb-cam 10 Jul 18, 15:48
This story will beat Ashwath's LI record of 350 comments!! let's keep posting folks...
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Like +0 Object -0 Rau v. Rao 11 Jul 18, 02:02
Sad news. A lesson to all lawyers in better handling there personal affairs

Team was too top heavy. As last 3 years have shown, every move creates a opportunity (both external & internal) for those willing to grab it

Also, wish clients read LI/B&B
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Like +0 Object -2 No chance 11 Jul 18, 08:23
For those who know them, it’ll never be Rau v. Rao. This is just a minor bump on a very long road. Cut out the negativity and just go along with your lives.
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Like +2 Object -0 Not CAm? 11 Jul 18, 02:04
Why are they not going back to CAM? Very sad
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Like +17 Object -12 Anonnn 09 Jul 18, 18:30  interesting  controversial
They'll soon be back with their tails in between their legs when the realise what a pain it is to drive to the trilegal office!!
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Like +12 Object -1 Driver 09 Jul 18, 18:36  interesting
They have a driver.. dont worry.
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Like +10 Object -0 Be happy 09 Jul 18, 22:17  interesting
One driver between them? Is it necessary that they commute to work together?
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Like +11 Object -1 kianganz 09 Jul 18, 18:40 LI subscriber  interesting
I thought all of Parel was a pain to drive in... :) Is traffic to Peninsula much better than Indiabulls?
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Like +5 Object -1 Yeah ! 09 Jul 18, 18:55
Yes it’s is awesome if you take Hanuman Galli. Thanks to Raheja Imperia which has cleared all the slums. Also has 24 hrs private security ontje entire stretch ;)
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Like +6 Object -0 Address 09 Jul 18, 19:57  interesting
Who’s in Indiabulls? Trilegal are across the street at Peninsula Business Park!
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Like +7 Object -0 traffic 09 Jul 18, 20:05  interesting
Now even trilegal is in peninsula, one signal away from AZB and CAM. Altohugh they are in the Business Park and not the Corporate Park. As an aside, yes traffic is much worse around Peninsula as compared to Indiabulls.
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Like +7 Object -0 Railing 09 Jul 18, 20:54  interesting
Therefore, while looking for job I have asked my recruiter to find me a job in BKC or townside. Lower Parel is the worst area in Mumbai.
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Like +1 Object -0 baarish 11 Jul 18, 01:06
Find a law firm in Virar or Palgarh. it will be super easy for you.
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Like +3 Object -0 Anonnn 10 Jul 18, 14:50
Peninsula Business Park (Trilegal) although only about 100mts away form Peninsula Corporate Park (AZB) is terribly located and doesnt have the shortcuts and galis that the latter has.. also PCP has much nicer grounds compared to PBP which is just a building.
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Like +7 Object -4 Observer 09 Jul 18, 18:35
Ashwath is a Co Head only, along with 2 more partners :)
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Like +33 Object -3 You or AZ! 09 Jul 18, 18:55  interesting  top rated
Oh no. Ashwath, what just happen? Is it you or AZB? They were your kids at AM/CAM.
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Like +12 Object -2 Guest 09 Jul 18, 18:58  interesting
[EDIT: GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7 SPOILER WARNING, DON'T READ ON IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT]

A regular GOT episode at BigLaw. Littlefinger, who bit the hand that fed him, got his throat cut a few seasons later. Will Cersei get her just desserts? We'll have to wait for season 8 to find out.
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Like +19 Object -1 Funds ka kya? 09 Jul 18, 19:36  interesting  top rated
What will happen to Funds practice? No dedicated leader!
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Like +1 Object -0 Funsd 10 Jul 18, 01:27
How many funds partners did azb have?
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Like +2 Object -0 number game 10 Jul 18, 11:27
2 full time: Ganesh and Aditya

Ashwath: Last market knew was a corporate/PE lawyer

Sai: real estate and corporate

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So answer is no full time lawyers
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Like +2 Object -4 Feminist 10 Jul 18, 13:36
Pallabi is not on mat leave and not pcp. Guys, stop spreading needless false news!!
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Like +11 Object -5 Fact check 09 Jul 18, 20:47  interesting  controversial
I thought Pallavi gave up funds practice and was a PCP partner?
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Like +5 Object -46 Backbone 09 Jul 18, 23:10  troll?  controversial
Pallabi made a partner in funds practice. And she has a very good market rep. Let’s wait and watch!!
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Like +2 Object -0 Looking glass 10 Jul 18, 00:49
Wow. Didn't know that..
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Like +6 Object -0 Gossip 10 Jul 18, 00:31  interesting
She will be made partner in the practice she gave up!! Kya baat hai!! I didn’t know lawfirms work like that.
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Like +13 Object -1 Babaji 10 Jul 18, 01:29  interesting  top rated
There is only 1 PCP partner in India... no other firm cam have a pcp partner!
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Like +36 Object -1 Recruitment 09 Jul 18, 21:16  interesting  top rated
Think Ashwath getting commission from trilegal to send candidates. Business model much.
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Like +21 Object -3 Guest 09 Jul 18, 21:59  interesting  top rated
Grapevine is - more exits to follow. Stay tuned.
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Like +8 Object -5 Jh 09 Jul 18, 23:00  controversial
Madam Zia sends her regards to both the new eggs.

trilegal won't be an easy battle for these spoon feeded lawyers.
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Like +19 Object -4 English 09 Jul 18, 23:38  interesting  top rated
Fed. Not feeded.
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Like +6 Object -0 Sleeping time 09 Jul 18, 23:59  interesting
Okies pokies
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Like +7 Object -2 Jawab do 09 Jul 18, 23:15  interesting
Wonder when Luthra will pick up cues and start hiring solid guys...
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Like +2 Object -1 Scooter- 10 Jul 18, 08:28
Luttta who?
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Like +21 Object -1 Guest 10 Jul 18, 00:50 LI subscriber  interesting  top rated
Cyril sends his regards...
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Like +14 Object -1 Peninsula C 10 Jul 18, 00:57  interesting  top rated
Cyril sends the new A in AZB his regards. This move clearly did not happen overnight.
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Like +1 Object -0 New A? Seriously? 16 Jul 18, 13:38
You're kidding right? Almost every one of Ashwath's deals are for Zia's clients. [...] And you just compared him with the MP of Delhi. Ajay is one of the greatest rainmakers in the profession. Widely respected. His juniors include stars in the profession like Anil. Please get some perspective.
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Like +1 Object -50 please 10 Jul 18, 01:43  troll?
Kian, any reason behind not mentioning Anu Tiwari’s name? He is also a fund’s star!!
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Like +5 Object -3 Fruit Vendor 10 Jul 18, 02:00
"when you pick by the dozen, you end up with some bad apples". Who knows better than Mumma?

Striking back in full force to steady the ship. Shift of power - big-daddy back in control of the funds practice.
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Like +7 Object -2 Eves Apple 10 Jul 18, 11:14  interesting
Ah the apple. It can lead you to earthly destruction. It can poison you, ask Snow White. Or it can keep the doctor away. Big Mumma is losing her touch. The promises made at recruitment are clearly not being kept. Run while you can. Heard the Cammies who stayed the second year got a mere 10% hike to equalise them with the rest of AZB after the bump up during recruitment. Ashwath who once took on the Shroffs for his team is now on the other side.
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Like +9 Object -0 Usual business 10 Jul 18, 21:05  interesting
Petty hikes and even poorer bonuses have become an AZB staple over the years.
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Like +14 Object -1 Statman 10 Jul 18, 02:03  interesting  top rated
Kian - how many lawyers yet at AZB from the wholesale tender across the parking lot in 2016? 50% already? Reinforcements needed?
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Like +8 Object -5 Alias 10 Jul 18, 10:13  controversial
Amazing how many Firms these youngish partners go thru. At this rate they will never have a book of their own. Glorified SA/PA
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Like +15 Object -4 Cammy 10 Jul 18, 11:09  interesting
Ganesh was with Ashwath for 11 long years and was his star partner. Wonder what went wrong at AZB. Cammies cannot adjust to the AZB culture. Sign of more exits to come given sheer number of CVs floating in the market. Ashwath must be under some real pressure. Ganesh's exit with Aditya and their entire team leaves Ashwath with some very junior resources. The big man next door must be having the last laugh.
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Like +9 Object -1 Sardar 10 Jul 18, 12:25  interesting
Someone please tell what is the AZB culture and what is the CAM culture and what is the SAM culture and what is the Trilegal culture and what is the Luthea culture...

Kian- a culture analysis would be good. What say?
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 10 Jul 18, 13:50
If you have not worked in any of these places, then you will not understand.
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Like +1 Object -0 Sardar Returns 10 Jul 18, 14:51
That's why asking... Always good to know. Plus what's so difficult in understanding culture of a place? Are things so convoluted ar these places?
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Like +1 Object -0 Maruti Wala 12 Jul 18, 10:29
Kian you should do an anonymous survey on law firm culture. It will be a hit. You can cut me a fat commission cheque later.
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Like +0 Object -0 wakanda 15 Jul 18, 14:06
Vahura has already done a lawfirm survey. They may publish soon
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Like +4 Object -5 Again facts 10 Jul 18, 13:39
Not a single junior is moving but Time will tell
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Like +1 Object -2 Man next door! 11 Jul 18, 01:56
If anyone knows the man next door, he-she wud know the man doesn’t care about this newz

Sincerely,
Man next door
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Like +9 Object -2 Oreo 10 Jul 18, 11:17  interesting
Across the compound celebrations abound
While the prodigal calf are not coming home
The story sold
Is that stay where you are those who question the family hold
Cos going across the pond to the big Mumma has proven to be fools gold.
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Like +2 Object -1 Der Fuhrer 11 Jul 18, 18:51
Calves.
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Like +9 Object -2 Exit Date 10 Jul 18, 11:21  interesting
Heard that the new A is insisting on a month or two's serving notice. Do unto others as done unto you seems to be the new mantra. Clearly AZB is no different from CAM. Time to learn from Khaitan on how to let people go gracefully. See Daksha exit!
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Like +5 Object -2 Guest 10 Jul 18, 13:55
Honestly two month notice period for partner level exit is not unreasonable. I would see that as AZB acting gracefully. There are clients who will stay back with AZB and therefore, expecting a transition period of two months is really ok. Ungraceful, it would be, if AZB ask them to stay back for 6 months or go on garden leave for 6 months.On the other hand, associate, if any leaving, should not be required to stay back for more than a month.
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Like +4 Object -0 Info for you 14 Jul 18, 20:44
It is unreasonable if they don’t pay for the notice period
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Like +24 Object -4 Maybe 10 Jul 18, 15:59  interesting  top rated
I think this tunnel from AZB to Trilegal has been paved by Ami at TSG. She is helping the good Cammies move to her husband's firm. If not CAM, then better Trilegal than AZB.
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Like +15 Object -3 gampu rocks 10 Jul 18, 16:54  interesting  top rated
Great move by Ganesh; he needed to move out of Ashwath’s shadow and this is a great time to do that. It’s also not an easy decision to move away for someone who’s been your boss for a decade. So brave, brave decision. He will rock it!
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Like +14 Object -11 Cammuu 10 Jul 18, 19:22  controversial
Well, working under Sid shah would have been a better decision than working independently. These boys will learn but in a bitter way.

Ash is absolutely not bothered by this move.
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Like +11 Object -0 Fun with Funds 11 Jul 18, 10:10  interesting
How is Sid Shah to work with? (Genuine question)
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Like +11 Object -3 Jooice 11 Jul 18, 10:27  interesting
Heard really good reviews.
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Like +0 Object -1 Funds2 19 Jul 18, 00:35
Great guy but the team has self destructed. Terrible second rung of seniors.
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Like +6 Object -6 Fundooo 12 Jul 18, 00:10 LI subscriber  controversial
Heard the Trilegal's culture is quite good wondering how will these boys adjust themselves to it.
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Like +1 Object -0 Glen 10 Jul 18, 19:32
Kian, when are you releasing your report on the best law firms to work with? I thought you were targeting first week of July.

If things move at this pace, not many people will be left to rely on the study as they would have already made the move. Reminds of of Amss breakup days when every day there would be news of partner exits from big firms.
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Like +10 Object -1 Well Wisher 11 Jul 18, 12:18  interesting
Yet again, another blow to the endless list of 'Counsels' at Tri who are bleeding to find their way to the partnership. is the firm not impressed with their credentials yet?
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