Fresh crop of partners named

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Several firms announced of partner elevations to coincide with the start of the financial year. The following promotions took effect from 1 April.

AZB & Partners promoted six lawyers as partners in its Mumbai office: Arvind Ramesh, Divya Mundra, Kashish Bhatia, Rahul Rai, Rinki Ganguli and Roxanne Anderson.

Bharucha & Partners elevated Ajai Achuthan to its partnership. Founded in 2008 in Mumbai by MP Bharucha, Alka Bharucha, Justin Bharucha and Vivek Vashi, the firm now has three offices in two cities, eight partners, two of counsel and about 50 associates.

Fresh crop of partners namedCyril Amarchand Mangaldas promoted 21 lawyers to its partnership, bringing its partnership strength to 100. The new partners are Manita Doshi, Manu Varghese, Pranay Chandran, Rishi Gautam, Rohil Vashist, Saurya Bhattacharya and Sundaresh Maheshwari, in the firm’s corporate practice; Abhinav Kumar, Reuben Chacko and Vijay Parthasarathi, in its capital markets practice; Aditya Mehta and Biswajeet Dubey, in dispute resolution; Ashwin Sapra, in pharma and life sciences; Atman Desai, Ruchira Shroff, Spandan Biswal, Subhojit Sadhu and Uday Khare, in projects; and Abhilash Pillai, Ashish Jain and Mridul Kumbalath, in real estate.

When announcing these promotions, the firm also said its partner-associate ratio was approximately 1:5 it and that it had “a robust pipeline of exceptional associate talent to fulfil its future growth aspirations”.

J Sagar Associates (JSA) elevated 11 lawyers to the position of salaried partner. They are Aditya Rathi, Archana Panchal, Hormuz Mehta and Utsav Johri in the firm’s Mumbai office; Daksh Ahluwalia, Kartik Jain, Mohit Bakshi, Sumit Sinha, Swetha Prashant and Vaibhav Choukse in its Delhi and Gurgaon offices; and Archana Tewary in its Bengaluru office.

JSA also promoted 19 lawyers to principal associate and 27 to senior associate. The firm now has approximately 300 lawyers, including 33 equity partners and 59 salaried partners.

K Law promoted Sharad Joshi and Aparnaa Bhalotia, at the firm’s Mumbai office, as partner and associate partner respectively, and Anisha Jayaram as associate partner at its Bengaluru office. The firm, headed by Naina Krishna Murthy, now has 12 partners and three associate partners.

Khaitan & Co elevated 11 lawyers to its equity partnership, while promoting nine as associate partners and four as counsel. The new equity partners are: Abhishek Sinha, Akhil Bhatnagar, Anshul Prakash, Anuj Shah, Gahan Singh, Manisha Shroff and Vineet Shingal, in the firm’s Mumbai office; Kabir Bogra, Rajat Jariwal and Rajiv Shanker Bhatnagar in its New Delhi office; and Arindam Sarkar in the Kolkata office. The nine associate partners are Divaspati Singh, Ritu Shaktawat, Subhayu Sen and Vivek Mimani in the Mumbai office; Divya Chaturvedi and Sagardeep Rathi in the New Delhi office; Thomas George in the Bengaluru office; and Supratim Chakraborty and Vivek Jhunjhunwala in the Kolkata office. The four counsel are Stuti Galiya and Vaibhav Mittal in the Mumbai office; Shabyashachi Patra in New Delhi; and Roopa Sheth Mitra in Kolkata.

Khaitan & Co now has 86 partners and 28 associate partners.

Phoenix Legal added five partners in April. While four lawyers were promoted on 1 April, the firm made a lateral hire and welcomed Shadaan Mohammed Saipillai to its partnership on 25 April. Saipillai, who will be in the firm’s Chennai office, joined Phoenix Legal from Kochchar & Co. The four lawyers who were promoted are Aditya Bhargava, Debarshi Dutta, Pranav Srivastava and Ritika Ganju.

The firm now has 15 partners. This includes Aseem Chawla, who joined Phoenix Legal’s partnership after merging his tax firm, ASC Legal, with Phoenix Legal in March, and Sriram Ramachandran, who was promoted to the partnership in November 2016.

Trilegal promoted two to its equity partnership: Ashish Bhan and Jafar Alam, who is an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court. Both are members of Trilegal’s dispute resolution practice group. As was announced in early 2016, Anand Prasad, a founding partner, left the firm on 31 March. The firm now has 37 partners.