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Partners start new firm

Seven partners have left Krishnamurthy & Co and started a new firm, Anoma Legal, establishing offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru, with a total of 25 members. The firm does not have a managing partner, and the seven partners are designated as co-founding partners.

Krishna Venkat, Kumar Abhishek Singh, Sankar Swamy, Sanket Sethia and Sharad Joshi work out of the Mumbai office, while Nilesh Chandra works out of Delhi and Abhinav Singh works in the Bengaluru office. The firm specializes in venture capital and private equity funding, banking and finance, M&A, joint ventures, infrastructure projects and real estate.

SPB hires India director

Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Nimi Patel as a director in its India practice in London. Patel has experience in the UK in cross-border M&A, joint ventures, securities, capital markets and other corporate finance work.

She was the former head of India practice at Herbert Smith Freehills. Patel has assisted Indian companies, public sector undertakings and financial institutions in a variety of transactions, and advised on strategic, regulatory and other business issues.

New practice co-head at AZB

AZB & Partners has hired Shreya Rao as a partner to jointly head the firm’s private client practice in its Bengaluru office with Anand Shah, from the Mumbai office.

Rao had set up a boutique law firm, Rao Law Chambers, in 2016 focusing on private wealth and tax. Prior to that, she worked with Nishith Desai Associates from 2006 where she headed the private client practice and jointly headed the international tax practice.

HSA adds to disputes team

HSA Advocates has hired Abhirup Dasgupta as an associate partner in the disputes resolution practice at its Delhi office. Dasgupta joins HSA from Dhir & Dhir Associates, where he was a principal associate.

Before that, he worked in the legal department of Bennett Coleman & Co (Times of India Group), and J Sagar Associates. Dasgupta focuses on insolvency and bankruptcy laws, banking litigation, arbitration and land acquisition matters.

SAM promotes 59 associates

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co (SAM) promoted 20 senior associates to principal associates at four of its offices. Of these, nine promotions were in Delhi, eight in Mumbai, two in Bengaluru and one in Gurugram.

The promotions involved the general corporate, capital markets, tax, dispute resolution, and projects and project finance teams. SAM also promoted 39 associates to the senior associate level.