New corporate head at Chandhiok & Mahajan

Sujoy Bhatia

Chandhiok & Mahajan (C&M) has appointed Sujoy Bhatia as partner and head of the firm’s corporate practice.

Prior to joining C&M, Bhatia was a partner with J Sagar Associates’ corporate and commercial practice in Gurugram and Hyderabad since 2014.

“He has led mandates, teams and several internal initiatives at his previous firm,” said Karan Chandhiok, a partner at C&M. “From C&M’s perspective, Sujoy fits the ethos of the firm perfectly.”

Bhatia takes over the responsibility of heading the practice from managing partner Pooja Mahajan, who will continue to be a senior member of the corporate team. The new partner will work alongside Kaushalya Venkatraman, who is based in Bengaluru and leads the firm’s presence in south India.

Mahajan said: “Now more than ever, clients will look to their advisers to help them navigate these uncertain times. Over the past 12 months or so, we have acted as advisers in transactions of nearly US$3.8 billion in deal value.

“Sujoy’s addition is part of the firm’s focus on capitalizing on talent opportunities.”

Bhatia has more than 15 years of experience representing and advising funds, companies, high net worth individuals (HNWIs) and start-ups in executing complex domestic and cross-border transactions across industries.

He has advised the government on the acquisition of a majority stake by Power Finance Corporation in Rural Electrification Corporation, in March 2019. The deal was valued at US$2.1 billion and was one of the largest M&A transactions that year.

Since December, C&M has hired: managing associate Lovejeet Singh from Classis Law in the corporate and aviation practice; senior associate Vinita Sasidharan from RegLaw Chambers in disputes and regulatory practice; and counsel Deeksha Manchanda from Economic Laws Practice as counsel in the competition and regulatory practice.

Bhatia started his career with P&A Law Offices in New Delhi before moving to Ashurst in London and Singapore.