Tributes pour in for a ‘lawyer’s lawyer’


Kirtee Kapoor, head of Davis Polk & Wardwell’s India practice, who passed away on 5 June in a town south of San Francisco, California, is remembered by a former colleague and fellow lawyers for his warmth and wit, and for being a fantastic lawyer.

Kirtee Kapoor

Describing Mr Kapoor as “a friend, mentor and brother-in-arms,” Amit Kataria, a Hong Kong-based partner at Morrison & Foerster who worked with Mr Kapoor at Davis Polk, said: “I still very vividly remember meeting him for the first time back in 2006 at the Davis Polk cafeteria in New York – and the warmth, confidence and compassion he remarkably exuded … His simple (but enormously witty) one-line solutions to every complex problem (no matter how difficult or unsolvable) were sufficient to effortlessly slice any Gordian knot which life could offer. We worked together on many extremely complex and innovative transactions and I can confidently say that no rankings or stellar reviews could do justice to or otherwise adequately reflect his outstanding legal acumen. Rest in Peace, Kirtee Kapoor – you will be missed as a dear friend.”

Cyril Shroff, managing partner of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, said: “The passing of Kirtee is a personal loss. Apart from being a fantastic lawyer he was an exceptional human being and professional. The global profession is poorer today with his death.”

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