Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co (SAM & Co) has continued its hiring spree of Mumbai’s top talent with the appointment of Shuva Mandal as partner and national head of its Corporate & M&A practice group from AZB & Partners.

The Mumbai-based Mandal, who had been a partner at AZB since 2009, specializes in M&A, private equity, joint ventures, commercial/contractual transaction structuring and corporate laws.

Website Legally India reported that the hire of Mandal by SAM & Co comes shortly after the firm snapped up J Sagar Associates (JSA) funds partner Jay Gandhi, also in Mumbai. It added that AZB Mumbai partner Kalpana Merchant had also resigned.

“We are delighted that Shuva is joining us,” said Shardul S. Shroff, executive chairman of SAM & Co, in a statement. “He brings with him huge experience and depth of knowledge in Mergers and Amalgamations, Private Equity and Corporate Commercial matters. As the National Practice Head of M&A at the firm, he adds new dynamism to the firm. Shuva joining us is yet another step in building a world class institution based on meritocracy.”

With Mandal’s arrival, the firm now has more than 69 partners and nearly 370 lawyers.