Law firms tend to announce their annual promotions to coincide with the start of the financial year, but due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 lockdown, Khaitan & Co has deferred the announcement by at least a quarter. The firm will review the situation by the end of June and then make a decision. Others such as AZB & Partners and HSA Advocates have gone ahead. The following are some of the highlights of this year’s promotion season.
AZB & Partners inducted seven lawyers to the firm’s partnership. They are Abhyudai Singh, Aditya Jalan, Harpreet Ajmani, Nikhil Bahl, Parag Maini, Siddharth Sawhney in the New Delhi office, and Ishan Handa in the Mumbai office.
HSA Advocates elevated five associate partners – Abhirup Dasgupta, Akshay Malhotra, Nitish Gupta, Pratik Ghose and Puja Priyadarshini – to the firm’s partnership. Additionally, Aditya Kumar Singh and Molshree Bhatnagar were inducted as associate partners. HSA now has 32 partners and associate partners working across its offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata.
IndusLaw inducted two lawyers into partnerships. Harman Walia in the New Delhi office specializes in M&A, corporate commercial advisory and joint ventures, while Mayukh Dutta in the Bengaluru office focuses on M&A, private equity and venture capital issues.
J Sagar Associates (JSA) announced the elevation of 10 partners with effect from 1 April 2020. In the disputes practice, Akshat Jain and Kunal Kaul work in New Delhi and Sneh Parikh works in Mumbai. In the corporate and finance practice, KZ Kuriyan, Rakesh Warrier, Rakki K and Ritika Vaswani work in Bengaluru, Shivani Chugh and Udhav Gulati work in Gurugram, and Shashank Singh works in Mumbai. JSA now has 105 partners.
Trilegal elevated Ankush Goyal and Tejas Adiga from the corporate practice to firm partnerships. Goyal and Adiga are based in Gurugram and Mumbai, respectively, and both focus on M&A and joint ventures. The firm now has 55 partners.
|Firm name||Partner promotions||Total partners||Offices where promotions took place|
|AZB & Partners||7||114||New Delhi, Mumbai|
|HSA Advocates||5||32||New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata|
|Induslaw||2||46||New Delhi, Bengaluru|
|J Sagar Associates||10||105||New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Gurugram|