Law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co has appointed Karthik Krishnan Mahalingam as the head of its Bangalore office and National Practice Head – Venture Capital.

Prior to the appointment, Mahalingam was with Omidyar Network, a Silicon Valley investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, the law firm said in a statement.

At Omidyar, Mahalingam worked on venture transactions in India, Southeast Asia and Africa, focused on consumer internet and mobile, financial inclusion and education. 

"With him coming on board, we will be closer to our clients in Bangalore. He brings with him tremendous knowledge of investing in startups and in the VC sector, and his joining will significantly strengthen our offering to that market," said Shardul S Shroff, executive chairman, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, in the statement.

Mahalingam was earlier a partner at Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co, which was split into two in May 2015 -- Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. He had worked in the undivided firm until 2011 at its Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad offices.  

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has about 370 lawyers, including 70 partners, at its offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Kolkata.

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