Roshan Thomas, a former Bengaluru-based partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM), has joined Indian learning platform Byju’s as group general counsel.

Thomas is the latest in a recent trend of established law firm partners in India moving in-house in leadership roles. Earlier this month, Pratibha Jain left Nishith Desai Associates to join Everstone Group, and before that Damini Bhalla left L&L Partners for Zomato.

Thomas joined SAM’s Bengaluru office in June 2017 as part of a large group of lawyers from BMR Legal, and helped grow the Bangalore office over the last four years.

According to SAM, partners Prateek Lala and Arjun Perikal, along with the rest of the team in Bengaluru, would continue to service the client base in the city.

Thomas was recently a part of the SAM team which advised Byju’s on its $1 billion acquisition of Aakash Educational Services.


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