Senior hire at Anand and Anand to rev up corporate practice

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Anand and Anand has stepped up efforts to develop its corporate practice with the hiring of Taniya Wadhawan as partner and co-head of the practice group.

“Wadhawan will add to the firm’s existing and growing practices such as IPR (intellectual property rights) commercial advisory services, provide assistance in IPR commercial transactions, explore new avenues to expand product offerings and foray into new markets,” Safir Anand, senior partner and head of trademarks practice, told India Business Law Journal.

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Taniya Wadhawan

“The firm has started advising companies on matters ranging from IP to IPO [initial public offerings], monetization of business models, technology transfers, royalties, franchising, licensing and private equity transactions, bridging the growing demand for diligence, mergers and acquisitions, structuring and restructuring businesses. As a part of this exercise, the firm has extensively added to its entertainment, fashion, and advertisement law practices and has recently also expanded into competition law and IP,” Anand said.

Anand and Anand plans to add more talent to its growing regulatory and compliance practices.

Wadhawan was previously the head of the corporate practice at Athena Legal for more than four years and has 17 years’ experience in the profession.

“This is a very challenging opportunity for me,” Wadhawan said. “I, personally, do not believe there are firms, in India or outside, that specialize in one field. If firms have to run their business, they have to be a full-service firm.”

Wadhawan says she understands both corporate and IP businesses well.

“I have a background in international WIPO [World Intellectual Property
Organization] application filings, which was one of my domain areas at my previous firm. I have also conducted 250 due diligences for M&A and private equity deals.”