Kirtee Kapoor, head of the India practice at Davis Polk & Wardwell and a partner at the firm in Menlo Park, California, died Monday morning after being struck by a train at a crossing in nearby Atherton.
Kapoor, 46, handled M&A transactions for major corporations. He advised Comcast Corp.’s Universal Studios on its $7.8 billion move into China in September 2015 and represented Japanese pharmaceutical giant Daiichi Sankyo Co. on its $3.2 billion sale that same year of the Indian generic drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.
Palo Alto Online reported Tuesday that the coroner’s office in San Mateo County, California, is investigating the cause of Kapoor’s death and may not release its conclusion for a couple of weeks. A spokeswoman for Caltrain, which operates the commuter rail line on which Kapoor was killed, told Palo Alto Online on Monday that “early reports indicate this was an intentional act.”
Kapoor began his career in Davis Polk’s New York office in 1999 after graduating from the New York University School of Law. The Bangalore, India-born lawyer also held degrees from Delhi University and the University of Oxford. He made partner in 2007 and transferred to Davis Polk’s Hong Kong office later that year. He then moved to the firm’s Silicon Valley office in 2015.
“We are profoundly saddened by the death of our partner Kirtee Kapoor,” Davis Polk said in a statement. “Kirtee will be remembered as a great partner of the firm, a steadfast friend to so many and, above all, a wonderful person. We will miss keenly his optimism, warmth, honesty and wisdom. Our deepest sympathies go to Kirtee’s wife and daughter.”
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