Three former Argus Partners lawyers have set up Saakshya Law, a full-service law firm.
Siddharth Raja, Aditya Narayan and Megha Malhotra Narayan said in a statement they had begun operations as founder-partners at the new firm following their departure from Argus at the end of June.
The three had quit Mumbai-headquartered Argus last month to set up their own practice.
The new firm will provide services “focussed on depth of engagement and work-product”, the statement said. “We felt a pressing need to focus on our fundamental values, which is the genesis or expression of our shift to form Saakshya Law,” it added.
Raja had joined Argus in 2016 as senior partner and national executive director in Bengaluru. He had previously co-founded Narasappa, Doraswamy & Raja, which is now Samvad Partners. His practice area is focussed on mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity and venture capital and banking and corporate finance.
Both Aditya and Megha merged their practice with Argus in Bengaluru in 2016. Prior to that, Aditya had established Aditya Narayan & Co., which provided its clients with advice on disputes in real estate and commercial matters. He also worked with the disputes team at King & Partridge Advocates and with the disputes and commercial advisory teams at Narasappa, Doraswamy & Raja.
Megha worked with Aditya Narayan & Co. as a senior consultant before joining Argus. She has also worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers as part of the customs and indirect tax team. She specialises in customs, foreign trade and indirect taxes.
Argus Partners was previously known as Udwadia Udeshi & Argus Partners, and was set up in 2012 after a merger between Argus and Udwadia & Udeshi. It renamed itself to Argus Partners in 2015.