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 & Partners.
Senior partner M.P. Bharucha founded the firm in 2008 with his wife Alka. Both were partners at legacy Amarchand & Mangaldas and Suresh A Shroff & Co., the largest law firm in India at the time. M.P. and Alka’s son Justin and a former Amarchand senior associate Vivek Vashi also joined as founding partners.
Bharucha & 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 $12.7 billion acquisition of Vodafone Group’s Indian business. The firm’s 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 copyright infringement case 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 firm’s 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 & Partners to launch an independent practice. Bharucha & 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 create a 15-partner firm with seven offices in India. In December, Link Legal India Law Services merged with DH Law Associates and increased its head count to 155 lawyers across India.