The Indian legal market continued to see strong lateral partner movement this past month, with Kochhar & Co, Dentons Link Legal, Emerald Law Offices and Fox & Mandal among firms adding partners.

Khushboo Karol, founder and managing partner of her own legal consultancy, KBK Legal, has taken her practice to ANM Global, where she will focus on new ventures and strategic growth advisory. Karol advises business leaders and high-net-worth individuals on their professional and personal legal requirements. ANM Global lost media lawyer Suresh Amesar to Anand & Naik earlier this year. The firm also hired IP lawyer Shwetank Tripathi as an associate partner in Mumbai from Khaitan.

Shivani Khandekar has quit her role as counsel at Trilegal to join Singhania & Co’s dispute resolution practice as a partner in Delhi. She specialises in commercial and construction disputes, with expertise in the energy, construction, telecommunications, and technology sectors. A qualified advocate-on-record at the Supreme Court of India, she had a one-year stint with Vaish Associates before joining Trilegal.

Dentons Link Legal has added employment expertise with the addition of Gyanendra Mishra as a partner in Delhi. Mishra previously set up two law firms where he was managing partner, namely Lex Quorum and Atharva Legal. He also had in-house roles at Moody’s Corporation and Accenture. Mishra has over 24 years of experience representing clients in employment law investigations and white-collar crime. Dentons Link Legal has added at least five partners to its offices across the country this year.

Kochhar & Co has hired Anirudh Mukherjee as a partner in its employment and corporate practice groups in Gurugram. Mukherjee was previously a senior director at Lumiere Law Partners, an independent EY law network member firm. He advises on domestic and cross-border employment law matters, drafting of codes of conduct and employee policies. Kochhar also hired real estate partner Nishant Arora from Lumiere Law in Gurugram last month.

Khaitan & Co has lost M&A partner Suhana Murshedd, who joined boutique Aquilaw as an equity partner in Kolkata. Murshedd has over ten years of transactional experience with a client list that includes Nippon Paints, Japan, Reliance Jio, Motilal Oswal PE Investment Advisors, McLeod Russel India, Wow! Momo Foods, Koye Pharmaceuticals and Ramkrishna Forgings. She has previously also spent almost six years at ALMT Legal.

Disputes specialist firm Poovayya & Co has added Ankit Parhar as a partner in New Delhi. Parhar was previously a joint partner at Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan and brings over 15 years of experience in commercial dispute resolution and regulatory litigation.

Khaitan has also lost equity partner Arindam Sarkar to Fox & Mandal in Kolkata. An M&A pro, Sarkar’s client list includes IDFC Private Equity Company, Tata Capital, HSBC, Louis Vuitton, Motilal Oswal Private Equity, Adhunik Power, Nippon, Hindustan Motors, Shyam Steel, ICICI, Standard Chartered Bank, and Coal India. He has also had stints at erstwhile law firm Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh & Shroff and AZB & Partners.

Emerald Law Offices has continued its 2023 expansion - which included a new Bengaluru office – with the addition of a corporate and M&A team led by senior partner Madhavan Srivatsan. Srivastan and his team join from a boutique law firm he co-founded, catering to M&A, private equity, venture capital, start-ups and data protection. Prior to this, Srivatsan was a partner at Desai & Diwanji.



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