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Wadia Ghandy ‘highly experienced’ Mumbai lit head Farid Karachiwala moves to JSA equity with team of 5

Wadia G lit partner Farid Karachiwala joins JSAWadia G lit partner Farid Karachiwala joins JSA

Wadia Ghandy litigation head and partner Farid Karachiwala is joining J Sagar Associates (JSA) as equity partner in Mumbai with his team of five lawyers.

Karachiwala was the head of litigation at WG, while his team will be joining the firm in two principal associate and three associate designations.

Mumbai-based partner Farhad Sorabjee is the chair of the litigation practice, while Delhi-based partner Dhirendra Negi is co-chair.

Karachiwala is a GLC Mumbai alumnus.

We have reached out to Wadia Ghandy and JSA for comment.

Update 14:27: JSA co-managing partner Dina Wadia commented: “In the small and settled pool of senior litigators in Mumbai, it is not easy to find someone who is highly experienced, well regarded and most importantly for us, a cultural fit.

“It has been well worth the wait. He brings his team with him which is also a big plus.”

Update 15:13: JSA has issued a press release that he would be joining on 1 October:

Farid has been an equity partner for many years at Wadia Ghandy & Co., Mumbai, a highly-regarded law firm, and anchored their general litigation practice. Farid has a strong Mumbai based litigation practice and also a substantial real estate practice. His joining enhances and complements JSA’s rapidly growing litigation practice in Mumbai, besides adding to JSA’s real estate capability.

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Like +5 Object -0 Palpa 27 Jul 18, 15:33  interesting
A surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one.
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Like +4 Object -0 Obi 27 Jul 18, 23:35
Hello there.
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Like +1 Object -4 Seriously? 27 Jul 18, 15:38
What is it with partners hopping from one firm to the other? I do the same for internships.
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Like +5 Object -0 Well 27 Jul 18, 16:00  interesting
Yeah but their fathers didn't have to place a call to the Managing partner...
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Like +6 Object -1 Brother 27 Jul 18, 16:12  interesting
Brother, you doing internship for 20 yrs still?
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Like +7 Object -10 WG Insider 27 Jul 18, 16:07  controversial
Farid wasn't the "litigation head" in WG Mumbai. He was one of the many partners who did litigation.
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Like +9 Object -1 Alias 27 Jul 18, 16:37  interesting
Did litigation and others
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Like +9 Object -2 WG in-Insider 27 Jul 18, 16:42  interesting
The only litigation partner doing litigation in all forums... seems like you are not much of an insider...
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Like +20 Object -2 anony 27 Jul 18, 16:45  interesting  top rated
You sound like one of the dedicated followers of "You know ki" who doesnt like anyone being ahead in the firm in any practice area... anyone who has worked with Farid will know he adds substance to the litigation practice of the firm which "practice" of other partners is merely outsourced to counsels...
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Like +3 Object -0 MC12 27 Jul 18, 17:59
This is a huge loss to WG !
Agreed about the "Litigation Head" title, that title is mostly seen in those big firms which don't have much of a litigation practice.
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Like +19 Object -2 Former Glory 27 Jul 18, 16:50  interesting  top rated
And the trend of senior persons exiting from WG continues... surprisingly most of it has been from the year 2014 (wonder who became Managing Partner then).. Ankit Majmudar, Rahul Dwarkadas, Rati Lodha, Kunal Vajani and now Farid Karachiwala.. WG has indeed become a dying firm
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Like +2 Object -5 Better news 27 Jul 18, 16:53
Who cares. SAM just announced equity partners. Kian... Losing your grip man!!
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Like +7 Object -0 Ok 27 Jul 18, 17:00  interesting
Haan toh go read that na why are you commenting here, what is this vela nonsense
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Like +1 Object -0 Mergermarket 27 Jul 18, 17:56
All this is fine but why aren't you covering Mergermarket and other league tables?
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Like +4 Object -5 Others 27 Jul 18, 23:32
I am curious to know the 5 member team moving out with him. Why hasnt those names been published.
Oh! Dont treat junior's as insignificant. Publish their names too.
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Like +9 Object -14 WG insider 28 Jul 18, 13:32  controversial
Fact remains, lit cum real estate practice will only remain a tier 2 practice in JSA just complementing their corporate due diligence's real estate aspect. Lottery to associates who would have found it difficult to set foot at JSA had it not been for Farid
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Like +8 Object -3 Ex WG 29 Jul 18, 13:02  interesting
So according to you WG is tier 1 in lit? And may be the move was triggered because there was no potential in WG to make it to tier 1.. especially with the continued trend of senior partners quitting.. how does one say that real estate will only complement their corporate real estate due diligence.... being Ex- WG and knowing Farid personally I don't think it's the correct .. Farid has always had his steady dedicated clientele of non corp- real estate work
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Like +3 Object -2 Ex ex WG 31 Jul 18, 19:05
WG is tier 1 in both litigation and real estate. However calling Farid its Litigation head will not be right. He had his own set of clients and good practice but was definitely not a lit head. And there is a tremendous potential in WG to go even higher. Move is due to several reasons but not due to potential. Farid will do well at JSA.
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Like +4 Object -1 Ex- WG 01 Aug 18, 10:35
In that case my friend, you have not been to WG in the last 4 years... the reputation has taken a nose dive and its all due to the actions of one man...
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Like +2 Object -5 Ex ex WG 01 Aug 18, 12:48
Who determines their reputation? You? Nobody gives [...] to your opinion!
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 09 Oct 18, 17:38
Is Dhawal Mehta that 'one man'?
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Like +2 Object -0 Former WG 21 Aug 18, 12:55
His departure only goes to show how terrible things have gotten at WG.. good luck to farid and team
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