Khaitan & Co
Khaitan & Co, first established in 1911 in Calcutta, is an Indian law firm with offices in Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Khaitan & Co completed a century in November 2011 making it one of the oldest firms in the country. The firm has continuously reinvented itself at every step in order to survive this long period. Particularly the 2001-established Mumbai office<ref>| Khaitan moves Mumbai office</ref> has lifted Khaitan & Co into one of the few corporate law firms regularly competing on big ticket work - Legal 500 has ranked Khaitan Mumbai's corporate and M&A practice in Tier 1.
The founder of the firm, Debi Prasad Khaitan, was a member of the Constituent Assembly, making the history of the firm an illustrious one, as documented in a 500-odd-page coffee table book biography of the firm that was launched on its centenary.
Even though the Britishers dominated most business and legal practice when KCo started, the firm was one of the few that helped budding entrepreneurs like GD Birla. Khaitan & Co and the Birlas ended up growing together. <ref>| Khaitan & Co: Lawyers for India Inc, for 100 years</ref>
The firm is run by an executive committee elected by the partners. This aims to ensure that the firm is run professionally and not dominated by the family. Although much of the Khaitan and related families still play a large role in the firm, it has witnessed some loss by family partners walking out and setting up individual practices under various derivative Khaitan brandnames.
Mumbai has been the strategic driver of Khaitan & Co's national growth in the last decade. In the three years up to April 2012, Khaitan & Co hired a whopping 18 lateral partners<ref>| Khaitan & Co lateral recruitment analysis 2012</ref>, many from abroad. Mumbai worked on expanding the footprint in Delhi, starting with Bharat Anand Anand joining from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2009<ref>| Legally India story on Bharat Anand joining</ref>, followed by others. In Bangalore former Amarchand Mangaldas partner Ganesh Prasad joined in 2012 to also focus on expanding the firm's influence to Chennai and Hyderabad<ref>|KhaitanCo wants Chennai, Hyderabad offices as Ganesh Prasad joins </ref>.
Starting salary at Khaitan & Co is 10.8 lakh<ref>Salary table</ref>.
Khaitan & Co has become one of India's larger law firm campus recruiters. Recruitment figures for Khaitan in the year 2010-11 were:<ref>Legally India research</ref>.
|Name of College||Number of Studnets|
|Haigreve Khaitan||Mumbai Co-founding partner||Mumbai||Corporate M&A|
|Rabindra Jhunjhunwala||Mumbai co-founding partner||Mumbai||Corporate M&A||NLSIU Bangalore|
|Raj Panchmatia||Associate Partner||Mumbai|
|Nishant K.Singh||Associate Partner|
|Abhishek Sharma||Associate Partner||Mumbai|
|Rahul Ray||Associate Partner||Delhi|
|Ravindra Kulkarni||Partner||Mumbai||Capital markets|
|Nikhilesh Panchal||Partner||Kolkata||Capital markets|
|Kalpana Unadkat||Partner||Kolkata||Capital markets|
Kolkata Emerald House, 1B Old Post Office Street, Kolkata 700 001 T:+91 033 2248 7000
Delhi Ashoka Estate, 12th Floor 24 Barakhamba Road New Delhi 110 001, India T: +91 11 4151 5454
Mumbai One Indiabulls Centre, 13th Floor 841 Senapati Bapat Marg Elphinstone Road Mumbai 400 013, India T: +91 22 6636 5000
Bangalore Simal, 2nd Floor 7/1 Ulsoor Road Bangalore 560 042, India T: +91 80 4339 7000
Opportunity to interact with senior associate, relaxed environment and a stipend, states an internship review on student website Lawctopus. The environment is informal and the associates are approachable, although there were days when there was absolutely no work, according to this reviewer.<ref>|Internship Experience at Khaitan</ref> Stipend : Rs 2,500 Rating: 7/10
"Clients and peers both commented to RSG that Khaitan have been doing very well over the past couple of years. The Mumbai office is spearheading the Kolkata firm's recent success and it recently moved onto a floor in Lower Parel's new Indiabulls centre. They regularly appear at or near the top of Mergermarket's M&A deals tables, and clients also recommend their capital markets practice. It is one of the more modern firms at the top end of the market."<ref> RSG India profile 2010</ref>
In the 2011 ranking compiled by RSG India, Khaitan & Co was ranked as jointly the third best firm in the country, sharing the position with JSA.
Legal 500 writes: "Khaitan & Co.'s expanding team is increasingly busy, and advised JSW Infrastructure on Eton Park's private equity investment into it. The team also advised Techno Electric on the structuring of its investment in Jhajjar KT Transco as part of the funding for a power transmission PPP project. Sudip Mullick, Amitabh Sharma, Upendra Joshi and Joy Jacob are recommended. Nishant Singh was recently made associate partner."<ref>tbc</ref>Provide citation
Legal 500 rankings
- Banking, finance & capital markets: Tier 2
- Corporate/ M& A (Within Mumbai): Tier 1
- Dispute Resolution : Tier 3
- Intellectual Property: Tier 2
- Projects & Energy : Tier 1
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