CAM opens new office in India’s GIFT City

BY Aparna Sai |

India’s largest law firm, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM), is set to open an office in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City).

IndusLaw hires fourth partner in Delhi this year

BY Aparna Sai |

India’s IndusLaw has added yet another partner in Delhi, with the hire of employment law specialist Vaibhav Bhardwaj, who joins from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas.

Malaysia’s CLO hires white collar crime, investigations practice co-head

BY Aparna Sai |

Christopher & Lee Ong (CLO), Rajah & Tann Asia’s Malaysia member firm, has named Shanti Geoffrey as the co-head of its white-collar crime and investigations practice. Geoffrey was previously running her own firm, Shanti G and Co.

Bakers adds principal in Singapore

BY Aparna Sai |

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, the Singapore firm of Baker McKenzie, has hired Kay Moon as principal in Singapore from Linklaters, where she worked for more than 10 years in London and Hong Kong.

India: AZB acts on Byju’s $1 bln fundraising round

BY Aparna Sai |

AZB & Partners has advised SLP Beta Cayman (Silver Lake) as one of the investors in Indian online learning platform Byju’s $1 billion fundraising round, which values the company at $15 billion.

SG: WongP disputes partner joins Quahe Woo as director

BY Aparna Sai |

Singapore law firm Quahe Woo & Palmer has added Melvin Lum as a director in its dispute resolution practice from Big Four firm WongPartnership, where he was a partner.

ALB India Firms to Watch 2021

BY Aparna Sai |

Despite the challenging times witnessed by the legal industry since the outbreak of the pandemic, smaller law firms have punched above their weight in terms of work handled and services delivered.  In its annual list, ALB is spotlighting 25 such firms which have overcome obstacles and continue to make an impact on the market.  The list is in alphabetical order and some firms have been profiled

Small but Mighty

BY Aparna Sai |

Compared to some years ago when the Indian legal market was dominated by big names, we are now seeing the emergence of cutting-edge boutique law firms that are rivalling the former expertise and client service. Leaders from three such firms speak to ALB about their firms’ strategies, the impact of the pandemic and their future plans.

Taking the Leap

BY Aparna Sai |

Even as the industry has been reeling from the pandemic, a number of lawyers have left the comfort of established firms in order to set up their own businesses. The founders talk about what led them to make the move, and what the experience has been thus far. 

One Code to Rule Them All

BY Aparna Sai |

In India’s 2021 budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed merging the four acts that presently govern capital markets and securities, namely the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (SEBI Act), the Depositories Act, 1996 (Depositories Act), Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956 (SCRA) and Government Securities Act, 2007 (Government Securities Act), to form a single securities markets code. 

Q&A: The Alternative Way

BY Aparna Sai |

Law firm The Law Point recently launched a consulting arm called the Consulting Point, intending to create a space in the alternate legal services provider (ALSP) market in India. Poornima Advani, managing partner, The Law Practice, talks to ALB about the ALSP market right now, and her plans to grow the Consulting Point. 

CRS hires private-client duo from Stephenson Harwood in HK

BY Aparna Sai |

London-headquartered Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) has expanded its private client offering in Hong Kong after hiring Ian Devereux as the head of that practice, and Silvia On as a partner. Both join from Stephenson Harwood, where they were partners.