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REMFRY EXPANDS TO BENGALURU

Intellectual property firm Remfry & Sagar has expanded to Bengaluru by opening an office in Manyata Embassy Business Park.

The office is run by two senior representatives with about 15 years of experience, supported by paralegal and secretarial staff. The firm in 2015 had announced that a representative would be based in the city.

“Over time, as client relationships have grown, a need was felt to expand our presence, which is why we have established a full-fledged branch in the city now,” said Ashwin Julka, managing partner at Remfry & Sagar.

NEW COO AT AZB

Legal technology consultant Eshan Sharma has joined AZB & Partners as chief operating officer (COO). He will oversee the administration, business development, human resources and information technology areas of the law firm, apart from managing the lawyers themselves.

“My role is to primarily enable the lawyers to do their jobs effectively, so they don’t have to focus on anything else apart from delivering the best business value to clients,” Sharma told India Business Law Journal. Prior to getting the job, Eshan worked as an independent consultant with AZB for a year to optimize their use of technology.

MUM-DAUGHTER DUO JOIN CAM

Daksha Baxi, executive director for the tax practice at Khaitan & Co, said she answered the call of her inner voice to change jobs.

“My inner voice said I spent a lot of years here. I should do something different,” Baxi told India Business Law Journal. She will be joining CAM with her daughter, Pooja Patel, an associate partner in the corporate law practice at Khaitan & Co. Baxi and Patel joined the firm in 2007 and 2011, respectively.

“Baxi and Patel have decided to pursue their careers outside the firm,” said Amar Sinhji, executive director of human resources at Khaitan & Co. “Daksha has of course played a key role in the setting up and growth of our direct tax practice.”

ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS PICKED

Aayush Marwah, a student at Amity Law School in Delhi, has won the first prize in the sixth Arb Excel All India Essay Writing Competition organized by Kachwaha & Partners. The firm received 42 entries this year. Marwah won ₹100,000 (US$1,600) for his essay, which explored whether a foreign award contravening the Foreign Exchange Management Act violates India’s public policy.

“Aayush’s article stood out as he clearly understood the subject,” said Sumeet Kachwaha, the managing partner of Kachwaha & Partners. Second place and ₹75,000 in prize money went to Shubham Jain from Bengaluru’s National Law School of India University.