News in Brief


Co-founder starts disputes firm

Arush Khanna, the co-founder and a partner at Trinaya Legal, has started Numen Law Offices with lawyers George Thomas, Lakshmi Raman and Chaitanyaa Bhandarkar. The firm is a dispute resolution and criminal litigation practice with offices in New Delhi and Mumbai. It will cover commercial law, insolvency and bankruptcy, arbitration, real estate, antitrust and serious criminal offences including white collar crime.

Thomas has seven years of experience and joins from the Chambers of Gaurav Agrawal. He will manage the firm’s Supreme Court practice. Raman will manage the firm’s criminal practice. Bhandarkar previously worked at the Chambers of Chaitanyaa Bhandarkar and has seven years of experience. He will manage the real estate, commercial and insolvency practices.

JSA competition chair leaves

Amitabh Kumar, a partner at J Sagar Associates (JSA), has retired from the firm. Kumar served as a member of JSA’s executive committee and was the chair of the competition law practice.

He served as the first director general of the Competition Commission of India, from 2004 to 2009, was involved in setting up the policy and regulatory framework during the first years of the competition authority, and also drafted the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2007.

“His contribution to both the firm’s overall growth and the competition law practice has been invaluable over the years. His counsel and presence will be missed,” the firm said in a statement.

Trilegal hires banking partner

Trilegal appointed Joseph Jimmy as a partner in its banking and finance practice. Jimmy will begin working out of the firm’s Mumbai office from early 2020.

He joins from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, where he was a partner in the banking and finance team since 2013. Prior to this, he worked with UK-based law firm Simmons & Simmons and ICICI Bank.

Jimmy brings more than 15 years of experience and has a focus on asset and structured finance, debt capital markets and debt restructuring. He has worked extensively with private sector banks, foreign banks and domestic non-banking financial companies. With his joining, the firm has 54 partners.

Disputes partner at IndusLaw

IndusLaw has appointed Petrushka Dasgupta as a partner in its litigation and dispute resolution practice in Mumbai.

Dasgupta’s focus will be corporate litigation, insolvency and bankruptcy, dispute resolution, real estate and aviation. She has advised clients on debt restructuring, insolvency and company law before Bombay High Court, the National Company Law Tribunal and the Debts Recovery Tribunal. She has also successfully handled multiple litigations pertaining to insolvency, winding up and debt restructuring pertaining to disputes.

Dasgupta previously worked with Haresh Jagtiani and Associates, Global Vectra Helicorp, AZB & Partners, Jet Airways and Kanga & Co. IndusLaw now has 43 partners and more than 150 associates across its offices in Bengaluru, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

ANM Global hires partner

ANM Global has hired Vidya Prabhakaran Khurana as an associate partner in its New Delhi office.

Khurana has a decade of experience in providing legal advisory, and in litigation, with respect to the broadcasting industry. She has dealt with various government authorities through open house deliberations and consultation papers before the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

“Vidya brings extensive hands-on experience in the areas of broadcasting, technology, media and telecom (TMT) and IP,” said ANM partner and head of TMT practice, Anushree Rauta. ANM’s main office is in Mumbai and the firm focuses on TMT, corporate and litigation.