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One of the world’s largest law firms, UK-based Clifford Chance, has recruited Rahul Guptan, a senior partner from India’s leading law firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co. Guptan was heading the firm’s capital markets practice. He also has experience in takeovers, privatisation, joint ventures, private equity investments and general corporate law. Guptan will be based in Clifford Chance’s Singapore office. He joined Amarchand & Mangaldas in 1999 and was appointed partner in April 2006.
“We have a thriving practice and our clients’ demand for advice on Indian transactions grows daily. Rahul’s appointment is a natural step in our plans to enhance further our service to those clients,” said David Dunnigan, Head of Clifford Chance’s Capital Markets practice. This appointment follows the launch of firm’s launch of securities and capital markets group in Singapore at the beginning of the year.
“This is a logical development of our growing India Group, which has been advising clients on Indian matters for over fifty years, and is preparing to offer services in India as soon as regulations allow. Rahul will provide our clients with a formidable combination of international and Indian expertise and experience,” said Clifford Chance Managing Partner David Childs.
Clifford Chance is part of theMagic Circle law firms of UK, referring to the five or six top law firms (mainly solicitors) in the UK such as - Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter & May. Though Indian regulations do not currently allow foreign law firms to practise in India, Clifford Chance’s India Group currently has over 195 members spread across over 16 offices in 12 countries. These include around 30 partners in the firm’s corporate, private equity, capital markets and infrastructure practices covering India-related work.