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ALMT Legal is a full services law firm with offices in London, Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi. ALMT was founded with a view to assist prospective foreign businesses for their foreign direct investment into India in 2000.


The firm was founded in 2000 in London by Shalini Agarwal, Manoj Ladwa, Ananjan Mitter and Sameer Tapia. Ladwa later left to start up English law firm MLS Chase in London.

Renu Parekh joined the Mumbai office of ALMT in 2001<ref>The Lawyer article</ref>.

In 2003, Sakate Khaitan joined the firm, while Aliff Fazelbhoy, S R Arun, Prashant Popat, Dhanya Menon and Statira Ranina joined the firm in 2004. The firm was further strengthened by the arrival of Hitesh Jain and Ryna Karani in 2005. With a view to expand operations and the scope of services to clients in the Bangalore and Southern Region, the firm acquired the practise of Arvind Kamath in 2007, while Ishtiaq Ali merged his project finance practise with ALMT Legal in 2010<ref>Legally India story</ref>

In September 2010 the firm opened an office in Delhi, taking on former Luthra & Luthra partner Vineet Aneja as an equity partner.<ref>Legally India story</ref>

The firm's offices are located at Express Towers, Nariman Point in Mumbai, Lavelle Road (Next to ITC Royal Gardenia) in Bangalore and Incube Center in New Delhi.

Best friend relationship

The firm has a best-friend relationship with UK firm Clyde & Co<ref>Legally India report</ref>.

RSG India says

"One of the new generation of Indian firms, the founding partners deliberately set out to establish a more modern and equitable model of a law firm. The firm announced a tie-up with UK firm Clyde & Co in June 2009 - the only UK-India tie-up outside the magic circle."<ref>RSG India profile</ref>

The firm has a very high profile with the corporate establishment and it is regarded as a credible newcomer by its law firm peers. The firm is helped by its initial London foundation, and still has a partner on the ground there. Moreover inclusion of Partners like Ishtiaq Ali and Vineet Aneja had made it one of the the most sought after firms among corporates of India and abroad.

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