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11 September 2015

Hammurabi & Solomon Mumbai head and equity partner Vidya Adsule, who had merged her practice with the firm in March 2014, has left it in August 2015.

09 September 2015

AZB & Partners Mumbai partner Kalpana Merchant is leaving to pursue opportunities on her own, confirmed AZB senior partner Bahram Vakil today.

04 September 2015

Optimus LegalAmity Delhi 2011 alumni Abhinav Hansaria, Archit Virmani and Tushar John started up corporate law firm Optimus Legal in Delhi, in May.

07 August 2015

Mittal: Following his dreamFormer MNK associate Abhijit Mittal and his law school friend advocate Dhruv Rohatgi, have started ADAZ Law Chambers.

09 July 2015

BMR & Associates Delhi indirect tax head partner Puneet Bansal left the firm on 15 June with BMR associate director Kulraj Ashpnani, to start up his independent indirect tax boutique Nitya Tax Associates, said Ashpnani.

Bansal, who started his legal career at Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (LKS) in May 2003, as a chartered accountant in the firm’s disputes practice, went on to pursue his LLB from 2004 to 2007 at Delhi University. He left LKS in 2012 to join BMR & Associates as a partner.

Ashpnani who joined BMR from ELP in October 2013 is an associate partner at Nitya.

Nitya is based in Delhi and will service clients on indirect tax matters and related disputes.

24 June 2015

Sablok: Aiming towards AZB & AmarchandFormer Bennett Coleman chief manager legal and AZB alum Sunny Sablok has started M&A boutique firm Matrix Law in Mumbai.

30 March 2015

Smita SinghAshok Dhingra Associates, a tax and regulatory boutique set up last year by ex-J Sagar Associates (JSA) tax chair Ashok Dhingra and partner Smita Singh, has converted into a full equity partnership.

24 March 2015

IndependenceBeing an independent litigator or founder of a firm, in the bubble of the bar, is a pretty big deal. Most who start in litigation, often only on nominal remuneration (if any) doled out by well-paid senior lawyers, dream of the day they can finally set up their own shop.

12 January 2015

Veritas Law Offices is advising Delhi-based non-banking financial company (NBFC) Intec Capital in its privately placement of Rs 50 crores of BSE-listed non-convertible debentures.

12 January 2015

Vivek DaswaneyV Law Partners has merged with DH Law Associates to form a 10 partner, 50 lawyer firm.

04 November 2014

Abhijit JoshiAZB & Partners senior partner and chief executive officer (CEO) Abhijit Joshi will leave by 15 November.

20 October 2014

BaligaImpact Law Ventures partner Suhas Baliga left the firm in June to start up Innove Law.

30 September 2014

AliClasis Law project finance partners Ishtiaq Ali and Damodara Rao have left to start their own firm, which is understood to be a five-partner, 10-lawyer start-up law firm.

23 September 2014

Dhir & Dhir partner Purti Marwah will set up her own law firm, reported Bar & Bench.

She had been a partner at Dhir since 2005, having been with the firm since 2001 after a year at Singhania & Co. The firm’s managing partner Alok Dhir told Bar & Bench that he wished her well, while Marwah commented: “I have been instrumental in the growth of the firm but now I decided to move on and set up my own independent practice.”

11 September 2014

vsn4qmyzDesai & Diwanji (D&D) Delhi head and corporate partner Sumes Dewan started up last week, having left the firm two months ago. His full service start-up law firm Lex Favios has offices in Bombay and Delhi, and has 15 lawyers, including him, with at least 10 years of experience working in various law firms.

09 September 2014

The former legal general manager of Advanta India, Ameya Salatry, has started a real estate, contracts, corporate, transactional, banking, business finance, licensing and intellectual property law firm in Panjim, Goa, according to Bar & Bench.

The firm, called Legal Minds LLP, was started in April 2014, according to the 2001-ILS Pune graduate’s Linked-in profile. It was also “one of the first legal firms of its kind in Goa”, Salatry told Bar & Bench, with lawyers and “corporate affairs professionals” on an “affiliation basis” in Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

09 September 2014

DhingraJ Sagar Associates (JSA) tax chair Ashok Dhingra, partner Smita Singh, and partner-equivalent chartered accountant (CA) Sonia Gupta, have set up boutique tax advisory firm Ashok Dhingra Associates (ADA).

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