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Amarchand flies in UK talent as Mumbai COO

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  • This is indeed a very interesting development in the market. And hopefully, should help Amarchand to differentiate itself further from the rest of the pack. Interesting how Amarchand chose to hire or buy best practice rather than sell itself through alliances. They should not however underestimate the cultural challenge in adopting best practice from the western markets into a fundamentally different culture.

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  • Why is the appointment only restricted to Mumbai? Are they not serious about it for the whole firm? The Delhi office has always been seen as very different from Mumbai. This appointment will make the difference even greater. They should either appoint a delhi counterpart or let this COO have a scope across the firm. A Mumbai COO only seems rather odd.

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  • Congratulations to Amarchand on another first. They are always ahead of the pack. No wonder they are number 1.

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  • I am glad that Indian law firms are making their practices more international with such hiring. They would undoubtedly need to gear up for global competition by making their practices more sophisticated and world class.

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  • its fairly simple. Shardul and Cyril dont get along. The delhi office will soon spin off as a separate firm which will position itself to be taken over by a foreign firm, also because it does regulatory work and real estate which is shit work, but necessary local presence for a foreign firm. The meat if all in bangalore and bombay as cyril is a bigger pimp than shardul when it comes to getting in business.
    Additionally, this is AMSS's attempt at being cool, but i dont know when they will realise that untill they stop behaving like baniyas and cost cutting in stupid ways or being so insecure about attrition (case in point is their ridiculous form to be filled for recruitment full of leading questions), they will never be a world class firm.
    They have to learn how to make their office environment less bitchy also !
    I think the only professionally run firms in India are those who have just been formed recently by young people - Naraswamy Doraswamy Raja , S&R , Trilegal etc.

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  • This appointment demonstrates that the Shroffs are serious and committed about their modernisation path. It will go down very well with Amarchand's international law firm partners who are looking for world class systems and processes as well as top quality advice. If Amarchand can bring in this infrastructure, at the same time as changing its culture in line with global best practice, the firm will steal a march on its competitors in India.

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  • As a legal consultant operating in India, I can say that the Indian legal profession is aware of the issues that lie in the future as the progress towards liberalisation takes place. Having been in India for two years, there is a difference between the western and indian legal culture.

    My personal experience is that firms want to learn about how western firms operate but they do not necessarily want to copy their practices. However, they wish to develop next practice which is appropriate for India.

    There is a great deal of change coming but I am confident that the Indian legal profession will emerge as a very different animal in the next 5 to 10 years. This is based on my experience of the last 20 years of consulting work in the UK and US.

    Exciting times.

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