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start-up law firms

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).

30 August 2014

Sakate KhaitanClasis Law co-founding partner Sakate Khaitan and three Clasis senior associates have started Khaitan Legal Associates, a law firm with offices in Mumbai and London.

28 August 2014

The Vedanta Group’s former general counsel Ajit Yadav has started up the law firm Lexaya Partners four months ago, reported Bar & Bench.

Lexaya Partners is a corporate and business law advisory firm according to his Linked-in profile, focusing on corporate law, power, infrastructure, ports, natural resources, indirect tax, IP and litigation.

Yadav was Vedanta GC between 2011 and March 2014, a Fox Mandal Little partner from 2010, preceded by 28 years in-house, as company secretary or executive director at Patni Computer Systems, PepsiCo India, Ranbaxy Laboratories and Hindustan Unilever, also having set up legal process outsourcing (LPO) business Lexaya Solutions in the last four years.

He told Bar & Bench that there was an acute shortage of business lawyers and he was looking to fill that gap, having started work with some corporates already and having five of counsel to handle litigation.

25 August 2014

Bangalore vs PuneDSK Legal’s only partner in Bangalore, Ajesh Kumar Shankar, demerged his practice from DSK into AKS Law Associates in April, going independent again.

23 July 2014

Aruna KumariLegal Matrix, a Hyderabad-based start-up law firm set up in 2011 by Aruna Kumari after leaving Fox Mandal Little, as it was then called, has merged into Kochhar & Co’s Hyderabad office with five lawyers.

08 July 2014

PXVThree co-founding equity partners of PXV Law Partners, Deepto Roy, Mohit Abraham and GT Thomas Phillippe, are set to join Khaitan & Co as associate partners by 1 August.

24 June 2014

dl2wr1zhMajmudar & Partner senior associates Tejus Cherian and Vinod Kamath left the firm in April to start up corporate law firm CK Juris in Bangalore in June.

05 May 2014

Pramod Nair: Going soloJ Sagar Associates (JSA) Bangalore partner Promod Nair has started an independent arbitration practice.

02 May 2014

Rohit TandonZeus will continue to be managed by Tandon’s brother-in-law Sunil Tyagi and partner Vivek Kohli.

01 May 2014

Mika SinghFormer Mulla & Mulla associate’s one-month old media law start up wins ‘sweeping’ injunction and costs for iconic singer Sonu Nigam against iconic singer Mika Singh.

30 April 2014

Former MSD Pharmaceuticals and Yahoo India legal head Jaspreet Singh Chandhok started up intellectual property (IPR) and media law firm Win Law Group on 1 April, in Delhi and Mumbai.

19 April 2014

Infosys senior vice president and general counsel Nithyanandan Radhakrishnan has quit to set up his own law firm in Bangalore, telling TOI: "My exit was amicable. I am going to turn 40 next year and I wanted to do something on my own. In fact, I wanted to quit after the Department of Justice settlement last year. But since there were exits after that, I wanted to stay on for a while."

In a statement Infosys said it would be the first major client of the former GC, who graduated from NLSIU Bangalore in 1998, and specialises in corporate transactional and compliance work. [Times of India]