Rajiv K. Luthra, founder and managing partner of Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India, has passed away following a brief illness. He was 67.
Over his more than three decades of practice, Luthra advised clients on a range of commercial transactions. These included a number of notable mergers and acquisitions in India, as well as infrastructure projects in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China, Nepal, and Nigeria. Luthra also specialised in disinvestment, privatisation and restructuring, and was called upon by the Indian government for the drafting of rules and regulations.
Luthra founded his firm in 1989, gradually growing it to become one of India’s leading corporate law firms. Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India currently has around 320 members, including 65 partners, according to its website. However, the past few years were marked by tumult: In 2021, equity partner Mohit Saraf left with 21 partners to set up Saraf and Partners, and in 2022, Delhi partners Bobby Chandhoke and Sudhir Sharma led another round of exits.
“The strength of the firm lies in its client relationships and its people,” Luthra told ALB shortly after the second wave of exits. “Our clients have continuously reposed their trust in the firm owing to our focus on client-centric high-quality service. Our people are committed to the values of integrity, enhancement of knowledge, and professional excellence. The other important aspect of the firm lies in its commitment to an invigorating and nontoxic work culture, which is professional and humane at the same time.”
In a statement, Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India hailed Luthra as “a visionary, philanthropist, a benevolent soul and a heart full of love and forgiveness… an accomplished lawyer and an incredible human.”
“He was not just the founder and managing partner, but the voice of the firm and inspiration to all members of the firm. He will be remembered for his magnanimity, ethics, leadership, and larger-than-life personality and will be greatly missed by all,” the firm added.