Inttl Advocare gets senior partner, changes firm structure

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Inttl Advocare has promoted equity partner Mamta Rani Jha as senior equity partner and promoted four associates. “We shall be devoting this year to not only augment our bandwidth but to recognize and reward our existing talent,” Jha told India Business Law Journal.

The firm also hired Rahul Adey as an associate partner in the firm’s patent prosecution team. Adey joins from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co and has more than 13 years of experience. The new senior associates are Mereena Joseph, Ankit Arvind, Waseem Shuaib Ahmed and Yashwant Grover.

The intellectual property-focused firm, which started in 1991, switched to a partnership model from a sole proprietorship model in April this year. Jha and Preetika Singh were appointed as equity partners at the time.

“The new partnership model evolved through a series of deliberations involving all the partners and was designed with a two-pronged focus – institutionalizing the firm and merit-based growth,” said Jha.

The firm worked with Bithika Anand and Nipun Bhatia of Legal League Consulting on the structuring process for the new partnership model.

Jha heads the firm’s litigation department and has more than 20 years of experience in civil and criminal litigation, intellectual property, information technology, telecom, media and antitrust laws. Singh heads the trademark, designs and copyright prosecution department.

Inttl Advocare currently has 45 lawyers and more than 40 technical and paralegal support members with offices in New Delhi, Noida and Mumbai.