Khaitan adds three partners


Khaitan & Co has inducted three new partners. Asim Abbas, Amitabh Sharma and Shishir Mehta will add to the firm’s offerings in the fields of telecommunications, media and technology, infrastructure, and banking and finance, respectively.

Abbas will be based at the firm’s New Delhi office while Sharma and Mehta will be based in Mumbai.

Abbas will head the telecom and media practice at Khaitan & Co, bringing to the table a combination of regulatory, contractual and M&A experience in the telecoms and broadcasting sector. Prior to joining the firm he was in the telecoms and media team at Legal Spectrums, a Delhi-based law firm. Abbas also worked as the vice-president (legal) at Bharti Airtel, before which he was a civil servant and worked as director of tariff and costing in the Department of Telecommunications.

Shishir Mehta
Shishir Mehta

Sharma joins the infrastructure and projects practice of the firm and will advise on the financing and structuring of infrastructure projects. He has advised domestic and foreign entities, bilateral funding agencies and lenders and private equity funds on investments and the financing of power projects, ports, roads, urban infrastructure, water concessions, city gas distribution, oil and gas storage facilities, hazardous waste management facilities, carbon credits, energy efficiency and mining projects in India.

Mehta, having worked as a trainee solicitor and an associate at English magic circle law firm Slaughter and May, strengthens Khaitan & Co’s banking practice with his experience in general banking, finance, private equity and corporate areas. Mehta has also worked at White & Case in New York, specializing in bank finance transactions, including leverage and acquisition financings.

Khaitan & Co is an extremely exciting law firm to be a part of and the leadership here has the vision and commitment to do what it takes to drive the firm to the next level,” Mehta told India Business Law Journal. “I am looking forward to being a part of this dynamic platform and developing a banking and finance team which is capable of offering international quality services to our clients.”