In a triumph of sorts for Indian law firm L&L Partners, the firm managed to bring onboard IndusLaw partners Nishant Singh and Sudipta Routh, plus their team of 11 and three lawyers, respectively.
An M&A expert, Singh had been at IndusLaw since 2014, and had also worked at Perkins Coie in San Francisco, and at Dewey & LeBeouf in New York.
Routh had previously been at L&L Partners from 2010 to 2015, before moving on to Agram Legal Consultants, and after that to Samvad Partners. Routh specialises in structuring funds, joint ventures, acquisitions, and formulating entry and investment strategies.
L&L Partners said the doubling of its Mumbai office, which now stands at 5,000 square feet, is aligned with its vision to acquire new talent.
The law firm also announced the return of Lalit Vij as its chief operating officer. Vij, who is a chartered accountant, was the first employee of the firm after it was set up in 1991, and is expected to provide firm leadership.
Founder and managing partner Rajiv Luthra told Asia Business Law Journal he was “very happy with the onward and upward trajectory of the firm”.
L&L Partners has 70 partners, of which of about 10% are equity partners. The 280-lawyer firm has recruited more than 150 lawyers in the past 11 months, including 13 lawyers who were formerly with the firm and have returned.
The hiring spree follows about 20 partners moving to Saraf & Partners, established in July by the firm’s former senior partner, Mohit Saraf.