HSA associate partner joins Pier Counsel with team

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Pier Counsel Vatsal Gaur HSA Advocates
Vatsal Gaur

Vatsal Gaur, an associate partner from HSA Advocates, has joined Pier Counsel with his team of six lawyers. Pier Counsel specializes in venture capital (VC), technology and startups, and is headed by Anand Kumar.

“With Vatsal and his team joining, we foresee operational synergy in our existing M&A, VC and PE [private equity] practice areas, and further collaboration and team strength in corporate commercial practice,” Kumar told India Business Law Journal.

Gaur said he had been friends with Kumar “for over a decade, and [we] have a similar way of thinking. More importantly, we have a common apathy for the way most law firms run, and intend to be the change we want to see in this world.”

Among Gaur’s team members are Saurabh Arora and Mitra Arabandi, who join the firm as senior consultants and specialize in private equity and venture capital transactions.

“I had a great time ideating, setting up and successfully running a startup and VC-focused practice at my last firm, pretty much from scratch,” said Gaur, who joined HSA in June 2019.

Prior to this, he ran an independent practice before merging it with HSA. He has also worked with J Sagar Associates, Khaitan & Co and Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan.

Pier Counsel plans to expand its technology policy practice, an area in which Gaur also specializes.