J Sagar Associates (JSA)
J Sagar Associates, which is commonly known as JSA, is an Indian law firm. It was founded by Jyoti Sagar and Berjis Desai in 1991 and has offices in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore.
The founding partners have a clear vision about the structure of the law firm. They say JSA is not a personality driven firm but a merit backed partnership. Some of JSA's clients include Pepsi, Saint-Gobain, McCormick Inc.(US based spice manufacturer)<ref> | JSA racks up second American client macula buy $ 115m </ref> and Aircel. <ref> help Aircel raise 3G funds through $449m commercial papers </ref>
The firm believes in organization of work and clear practice areas, currently they have eight practice areas and practice chairs which coordinate the work.
Men may come and men may go but JSA must go on forever is the belief of the founding partners. The retirement age of the partners is fixed and the firm has a stringent partnership framework. <ref> http://barandbench.com/brief/4/1167/20-years-of-jsa-conversation-with-jyoti-sagar-founder-partner-j-sagar-associates</ref> Two people from the same family cannot work together in the same firm.
Founding Partner Jyoti Sagar in an interview said: " A key element of our structure is that we are what we call “one nation one firm”. That means we do not have different firms with different sets of Partners at geographical locations operating under the same name. Some of the law firms are structured like that. But we do not have a Mumbai partnership which is different from a Delhi partnership or a Bangalore partnership. We are one firm with one balance sheet, one profit and loss account and the entire Partnership shares from the same kitty. We are fully and financially integrated. It is a seamless organization."<ref> http://barandbench.com/brief/4/1167/20-years-of-jsa-conversation-with-jyoti-sagar-founder-partner-j-sagar-associates</ref>
Gurgaon Sandstone Crest, Opp. Park Plaza Hotel, Sushant Lok - 1, Gurgaon 122 009, National Capital Region, India T: +91 124 4390 600
New Delhi 27, Community Centre, East of Kailash, New Delhi 110 065 India T: +91 11 4311 0600
Mumbai Vakils House, 18 Sprott Road, Ballard Estate, Mumbai 400 001, India T: +91 22 4341 8600
Bangalore 2 Frontline Grandeur, 14 Walton Road, Bangalore 560 001, India T: +91 80 4350 3600
Hyderabad Plot No.106, Road No.1, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500 033, India T: +91 40 4036 0600
RSG India in 2011 survey of law firms ranked JSA as the third best firm. It writes: "A firm that is chasing hard on the heels of the top two firms in the RSG top 40 ranking, AZB and Amarchand. RSG researchers wonder when the firm will make that leap, and feel that it is currently more a matter of perception than reality. JSA has a solid rank of senior partners that is actually lacking in the other two firms outside the top individuals, but does not seem able, as yet, to convert their profiles into market feedback."
"However, it is a gem of a firm that would make an ideal tie-up partner. Despite some strong market rumors, the firm stays independent and strategically open. The vision of founder Jyoti Sagar to establish an equitable partnership should ensure the firm has longevity in the Indian legal market."<ref>http://rsg-india.com/indian-law-firms/profiles/j-sagar-associates RSG India profile 2010</ref>
Legal 500 writes: "J Sagar Associates handles an extensive variety of disputes, ranging from shareholder to shipping cases. The team served as co-counsel to a multinational sportswear company in LCIA arbitration and then acted for the client before the Delhi High Court in opposing a challenge to the award made by the arbitral tribunal."
Legal 500 rankings:
- Intellectual Property: Tier 2
- Withing leading law firms in Bangalore: Tier 1
- Projects & Energy : Tier 3
- Capital Markets: Tier 2
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