India's Trilegal hires brace of partners from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Shruti Rajan and Garima Joshi will bring financial regulatory expertise to firm's corporate practice

Mumbai: Trilegal also has offices in Delhi, Bangalore and Gurgaon Shutterstock

Indian firm Trilegal has hired two partners from rival outfit Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) to bolster its Mumbai corporate practice.

Partners Shruti Rajan and Garima Joshi bring with them more than two decades of combined expertise in financial regulation, corporate governance and enforcement.

Charandeep Kaur, a Trilegal partner, said: “We are pleased to welcome Shruti and Garima to the Trilegal partnership. Both have had prolific success in their previous roles and have specialized experience and skills which are a great fit to the firm’s existing tier 1 corporate practice.” 

Rajan spent 13 years at CAM and the firm it was formed out of in 2015, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co (AMSS), most recently serving as head of the firm’s financial regulatory practice. Joshi had been at CAM and AMSS for the past decade. 

Their arrival takes Trilegal’s number of partners to 57. They follow two other partners in making the switch from CAM to Trilegal. Joseph Jimmy joined from CAM in February to work in the firm’s banking and finance practice, while white collar crime lawyer Kunal Gupta joined in December last year.

Trilegal was ranked fifth in RSG’s 2019 poll of the Top 50 Indian Law Firms, one place behind CAM. Trilegal also ranked fourth by deal count in Mergermarket’s M&A Asia Pacific advisory league tabes in the first quarter of this year, and 13th by deal value—both a significant jump on its 2019 Q1 rankings, though trailing rival firm CAM, which ranked 1st and 3rd respectively.

Last week CAM said that it had concluded its first tech incubator programme, the first of its kind in India. The three legal tech companies that graduated from the programme included JRTC Intern, a talent management platform; Leegality, an eSignature and digital document workflow platform; and LegalMind, an AI-powered research platform.

CAM managing partner Cyril Shroff said: “Covid has disrupted the normal functioning of both law firms and our clients. The demand and uptake of technology has accelerated. These are redefining the dynamics between all these stakeholders and necessitating the need for across the board implementation of technology.”

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