Freshfields appoints Linklaters’ Singapore partner Arun Balasubramanian as India group co-head

UK-based Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has appointed Linklaters’ Singapore partner Arun Balasubramanian to co-head its Indian group.

Balasubramanian joined Linklaters’ London office in 2006 as a counsel and was elevated as partner after a year. In his new role at Freshfields, he will work along with the firm’s India group chairman Pratap Amin who is based in London. Balasubramanian specialises in capital markets and advises Southern Eastern clients in US law. 

"Arun’s market knowledge and experience will make him an invaluable member of our India team and will greatly enhance the already considerable level of experience within Freshfields for Indian work. We also expect Arun to contribute to the development of our fast growing Southeast Asia practice," said Will Lawes, senior partner of Freshfields.

"Arun's addition to our Singapore office comes as we continue to see it growing from strength to strength since its launch last year. We are delighted to have him on board and are looking forward to working with him going forward," said Rob Ashworth, Freshfields’ regional managing partner for Asia.

Starting his carrier at Cravath Swaine & Moore in 1997 in New York, Hong Kong and London, Balasubramanian acted on the securities offerings of Tata Consultancy Services, National Thermal Power Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Indian Petrochemicals Corporation, Infrastructure Development Finance Company, Punjab National Bank and Sun TV, in addition to a wide range of non-India capital markets, banking and merger and acquisition transactions.

He provided general advice on securities law matters for leading investment banks such as Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and UBS. Balasubramanian did his LLM from New York University School of Law.

Founded in 2000, Freshfields provides legal advisory services to companies in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the US.

(Edited by Joby Puthuparampil Johnson)

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