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Mumbai-based corporate law firm Bharucha & Partners will merger with New Delhi-based litigation boutique Arthe Law.

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    /uploads/sites/396/2017/10/India-Gate-Article-201710161812.jpg" alt="" width="562" height="372" /> <i>India Gate, Delhi.</i>[/caption] Mumbai-based corporate law firm��<a href="http://www.bharucha.in/lawyers.html" target="_blank">Bharucha &amp; Partners</a> will��merger with New Delhi-based��litigation boutique��<a href="http://arthelaw.com/our-legacy-firms/" target="_blank">Arthe Law</a>. The merged firm will have 80 lawyers, including 12 partners, between Mumbai and Delhi covering such practice areas as mergers and acquisitions, competition law, white-collar defense and intellectual property law. The��merger will become effective on Nov. 1 and operate under the name��Bharucha &amp; Partners. Senior partner M.P.��Bharucha <a href="http://www.dnaindia.com/business/report-mum-on-split-m-p-bharucha-takes-law-into-his-hands-1157744" target="_blank">founded the firm in 2008 with his wife Alka</a>. Both were partners at legacy��Amarchand &amp; Mangaldas and Suresh A Shroff &amp; Co., the��largest law firm in India at the time. M.P. and Alkas son Justin and a former Amarchand senior associate Vivek Vashi also joined as founding partners. Bharucha &amp; Partners has a strong corporate practice, having represented multinationals and large Indian corporations on transactions and advisory matters. Earlier this year, Alka Bharucha led a team acting for��Mumbai-based telecom carrier Idea Cellular Ltd. on a <a href="http://www.international.law.com/id=1202783681682" target="_blank">$12.7 billion acquisition </a>of��Vodafone Groups Indian business. The firms other clients include U.S. agrochemical Monsanto Co., U.K. fashion house��Burberry Group Plc. and French food company Danone. Arthe Law, the smaller firm of the two, is also a younger firm. It was formed in April of this year through a merger between two boutique firms���TMT Law Practice, led by founder��Abhishek Malhotra, and��DPSA Legal, a litigation specialist firm founded by��D.P. Singh, who has represented the States of Punjab and Haryana at the��Supreme Court of India. Arthe Law recently won <a href="https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/advertising/delhi-hc-orders-oneplus-to-stop-airing-amitabh-bachchan-ad/articleshow/58011580.cms" target="_blank">a copyright infringement case</a>��for��Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.s Indian subsidiary against Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus��at the��Delhi High Court. Alka Bharucha said the merger will expand the firms offering to clients. "D.P.s extensive track record, especially in white-collar litigation, will be an adjunct to all our corporate work, while Abhishek���s expertise in IP, competition ... sports, media and health care will add a niche dimension to our existing practice," she said. Partner Vivek Vashi, an intellectual property law specialist, is leaving��Bharucha &amp; Partners to launch an independent practice.��Bharucha &amp; Partners said the firm will continue to work with Vashi. In recent years several other mergers have taken place between medium-sized and boutique Indian firms. Last month,��Bangalore-based firm��Universal Legal and Mumbai-based��IC Legal combined to <a href="http://www.legallyindia.com/home/merger-between-universal-in-south-ic-legal-in-mumbai-creates-new-100-national-firm-hopes-for-excellent-synergies-20170920-8781" target="_blank">create a 15-partner firm </a>with seven offices in India.��In December,��Link Legal India Law Services merged with��DH Law Associates and increased its head count to <a href="http://www.linklegal.in/news/details/114" target="_blank">155 lawyers across India</a>. <

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