IDFC Alternatives’ general counsel, Vinod Joseph, has quit the homegrown private equity firm to join law firm Argus Partners as a partner at its Mumbai office.
Joseph will help the law firm deepen its corporate practice, especially in the private equity and private investment funds segments, Argus managing partner Krishnava Dutt said in a statement.
Dutt also said that the law firm had recently expanded its banking and finance and the disputes practices and that growing the corporate practice was a natural corollary.
Mumbai-headquartered Argus also practices in other areas such as mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, competition law, indirect tax, labour and employment, and real estate, according to its website.
Argus Partners has offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bengaluru. It has 10 partners, three equity partners and four senior partners, apart from Joseph and managing partner Dutt, its website shows.
Joseph had joined IDFC Alternatives in 2016. Previously, he was the legal head of Brand Capital, the ad-for-equity investment arm of Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd.
Joseph is an alumnus of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and completed his postgraduation from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2003.
He started his career at AZB & Partners in 1998 as an associate and later joined BNP Paribas as an assistant legal manager before moving to DSP Merrill Lynch as a manager looking after compliance and law.
He also worked with Dua & Associates, UK-headquartered Lawrence Graham LLP, US-based Reed Smith Richards Butler LLP and Kotak Mahindra Bank. Joseph has also authored a novel titled Hitchhiker.