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16 August 2010
Corporate M&A Norton Rose has advised Australian miner Linc on its sale a $3bn coal tenement in Queensland to a subsidiary of the Adani Group, which was advised by Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
13 August 2010
Litigation

stock_exchange_chartJ Sagar Associates (JSA) has won a Bombay High Court order for its long-standing client MCX Stock Exchange, which ordered the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), which was represented by Mumbai law firm K Ashar & Co, to make a decision on whether to allow MCX to become a full-fledged stock exchange.

12 August 2010
Litigation

hospital_by_bolistonBhasin & Co won a favourable verdict for its longstanding clients Apollo Hospitals that absolved the hospital company of any criminal liability for the individual negligent act of its doctor because mens rea or guilty intention cannot be ascribed to a company which is only a juristic person.

11 August 2010
Litigation Supreme Court advocate K V Dhananjay along with a group of practising 2010 law graduates from Nalsar and NUJS have secured a three-pronged victory for godman Swami Nityananda, including restoring his passport that was impounded following his arrest after an alleged sex scandal involvement in April, and securing an injunction against the publication of a book and a police order.
11 August 2010
Law firms ARA Law has hired Kanga & Co partner Ashish Bhakta as a partner to head its infrastructure practice.
09 August 2010
Capital Markets

copper-wire-by_samcatchesidesAmarchand Mangaldas' Delhi office and Dorsey & Whitney have won the bid on the Hindustan Copper divestment while Khaitan & Co bagged the underwriter's mandate.

Amarchand also won the role for the underwriters on the mammoth Coal India stake sale with Ashurst as international counsel while Luthra had won the tender to advise the company.

06 August 2010
Law firms

four-lions-indiaTrilegal is awaiting a response from the Bar Council of India (BCI) on whether the firm is allowed to convert to a limited liability partnership (LLP) under the Advocates Act, as start-up Vidhii Partners vowed to convert to LLP in two months and Luthra & Luthra, Nishith Desai Associates, IndusLaw and at least eight other firms have reserved respective LLP names.

06 August 2010
Law firms

rupeesAmarchand, Luthra & Luthra, Khaitan & Co and Trilegal have all ramped up their basic starter pay above Rs 10 lakhs, with offered packages including bonuses now running up to Rs 15 lakh at the top end.

05 August 2010
Law firms

dead-end-sign_by_Andrew-MasonThe government appears to have scrapped plans to move the Chennai writ petition against 31 foreign law firms to the Supreme Court, as law firms Dua Associates and Kachwaha & Partners alongside a raft of senior counsel appeared for nine US firms, Slaughter and May, the LPO Integreon, and two Australian firms.

The petitioner's plea for an injunction against the foreign firms was stayed for two weeks until the government and foreign firms could formulate responses.

05 August 2010
Capital Markets

Dalal-streetLuthra & Luthra jointly topped Legally India's quarterly IPO league tables for the first time alongside Amarchand Mangaldas over the first quarter of the 2010-11 financial year with five mandates each while AZB & Partners slotted into third place.

04 August 2010
Law firms

Mumbai_gatewayPlatinum Partners Mumbai office has hired a senior lawyer from White & Case in Singapore to bulk up its second layer of corporate fee-earners in the young office.

04 August 2010
Law firms

Dubai_desert-by_Untitled_blueKochhar & Co has entered into two best-friend alliances with law firms in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the firm said in a press release.

03 August 2010
Private equity / VC

gold-krugerrand-by_velo_steveTwo offices of AZB & Partners acted on opposite sides of a Chinese Wall for private equity investor Matrix India and gold loan company Muthoot Finance in a 4 per cent investment totalling Rs 157 crore with Luthra & Luthra advising second investor Baring Private Equity Partners India.

02 August 2010
Law firms

knotsRodney Ryder has merged his practice with young start-up law firm ANM Global, spinning off his Scriboard company into a separate entity for legal education.

30 July 2010
Projects Delhi-based law firm R&A Legal, project finance firms India Law Services and MV Kini & Co have advised the borrower, bank consortium and NHAI (National Highway Authority of India) respectively in the construction of India’s longest elevated expressway in Chennai.
30 July 2010
Law firms

Amarchand_mumbai_officeAmarchand Mangaldas' Mumbai region offices have made 2011 job offers for 41 students, most recently picking up 12 each from GNLU Gandhinagar and Nalsar Hyderabad, nine from NUJS Kolkata and eight from NLSIU Bangalore. Last year the firm had recruited the equivalent number of freshers from only three campuses more than a month later.