Clifford Chance India M&A co-head to join Jones Day in London

Clifford Chance London partner Sumesh Sawhney, who focuses on the Indian market, will join Jones Day’s London office as a partner in the coming months.

Sawhney is co-head of the M&A focus of Clifford Chance’s global India group, along with London corporate partner Mark Poulton, who will continue to lead this area.

Sawhney joined Clifford Chance from Indian firm Amarchand Mangaldas in 2006 and was elected a partner in 2010 (4 May 2010). He has advised a large number of blue-chip Indian corparations and foreign investors in M&A transactions, joint ventures, and private equity investments.

Most recently, Sawhney advised Bayer HealthCare on its joint venture agreement with one of the top five pharmaceutical companies in India, Cadila Healthcare.

Clifford Chance’s global India group is headed by corporate partner Geraint Hughes, who is also managing partner of the firm’s Singapore office. Commenting on Sawhney’s move, Hughes stated: “We thank Sumesh for his contribution to the firm and wish him well in his future career.”

According to Clifford Chance, the firm is committed to India-related work and sees it as strategically important to the firm. In 2012 its India group advised on more than 115 transactions or disputes for clients with interests in India, from across its global network, the firm cited.

Jones Day has recently expanded its London partnership by promoting six lawyers in its annual promotions round (14 December 2012).

Jones Day did not not reply in time for comment.