Citibank’s India GC returns to private practice at Amarchand

Citibank’s India general counsel Sandip Beri has recently resigned to return to private practice with India’s largest firm, Amarchand & Mangaldas.

Beri, dual-qualified in the US and India, will become a partner in the New Delhi office of Amarchand & Mangaldas. He has 27 years of experience both as in-house counsel and a private practice lawyer. After qualifying in Wisconsin in 1995, he joined Sidley Austin’s Chicago office and worked there until May 2000.

He subsequently worked in the New York headquarters of GE Capital and as assistant general counsel at Genpact, before relocating to GE’s Delhi office in 2007 to take up the role of general counsel India and head of corporate secretarial and government relations. He left GE to join Citi as general counsel for South Asia in April 2010.

Citibank has appointed former Indus Law’s Mumbai-based banking and finance partner Pramod Rao to succeed Beri. Rao set up Indus Law’s Mumbai office in 2012 and previously worked for 14 years at ICIC Bank, with the last seven years serving as the bank’s general counsel.

In addition to the appointment of Beri, Amarchand has also make a partner lateral hire in Mumbai – corporate partner Yashojit Mitra from Mumbai-based firm Economic Law Practice. Other recent partner hires include Nikhil Narayanan, formerly a corporate senior assoicate of White & Case’s London office and Ajit Warrier, formerly a litigation partner of Luthra and Luthra.

Prior to the lateral lateral hires, the firm strengthened its partner ranks through 13 internal promotions. Seven lawyers have been made up in New Delhi, five in Mumbai and one in Bangalore, all effective from 1 April. 

Amarchand, ranked by The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 as the largest independent firm in India and the 12th largest in Asia pacific, currently has 84 partners across seven offices.