30 September 2015

Around the house

A weekly round up of moves around the globe.

By Bernard Goyder

Sergey Nivens

Srivals Kumar, the general counsel at India's biggest online retailer Flipkart, has resigned. The company, valued at US$15bn by investors in July, has appointed Rajinder Sharma, an in-house lawyer at Samsung, as its replacement GC. Mr Sharma was previously an in-house lawyer at DuPont and was GC at Reliance ADAG Group. The Indian e-commerce website, which counts Amazon and SnapDeal among its competitors, has suffered from a flurry of high level executive departures, with five senior employees leaving the firm in the past four months.

Network Rail, the railway infrastructure provider owned by the Ministry of Transport, has brought in Stuart Kelly as deputy GC. Legal Business reports that Mr Kelly joins from Coventry-based utility Seven Trent Water, where he was also deputy GC. He will be part of managing the rail firm's 35-strong legal team, under group GC Suzanne Wise.

In Canada, logistics firm Titanium Transportation Group has appointed Nia Karabatsos as GC. A former business lawyer at Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP, Mr Karabatsos is said to have a wealth of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and financial transactions. The Ontario-based trucking company moves goods accross North America and has been ranked by Profit magazine as one of Canada's fastest-growing companies for seven consecutive years.

US insurance company Lovitt & Touché, based in Arizona, have hired Magdalena Osborn as vice-president and GC. She has worked as an employment lawyer at Rusing, Lopez & Lizardi and Ogletree Deakins. A psychology graduate from the University of Colarado, Ms Osborn took her Juris Doctorate at the University of Denver College of Law.

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