DMD Advocates expands its corporate practice with addition of three partners – Vihang Virkar, Monika Deshmukh & Ayesha Rai

DMD Advocates expands its corporate practice in Mumbai and Delhi with the addition of three partners – Vihang Virkar, Monika Deshmukh, Ayesha Rai and principal, senior and junior associates

We are pleased to announce a momentous expansion of our corporate practice with the induction of Vihang Virkar, Monika Deshmukh, and Ayesha Rai as Partners along with their team from Lumiere Law Partners. A testament to DMD’s exponential growth over the last decade, this is a noteworthy expansion for us which will further cement our position as a leading full-service law firm in India committed to providing cutting-edge legal solutions to our clients. With this addition, DMD has over 100 lawyers, including, 27 partners/directors servicing clients across India.

Vihang will be the lead partner for our corporate practice in Mumbai. He is a seasoned corporate lawyer with over 21 years of experience advising Indian and multinational clients on M&A, corporate financing (structured/asset financing), corporate restructuring and issues pertaining to governance, FDI and SEBI laws. Besides a strong corporate and commercial laws acumen, he is also a notable aviation law practitioner. He has been recognized by reputed forums, such as, Asia Law, Chambers & Partners, Legal500 and Who’s Who Legal to name a few.

Monika too has over 21 years of experience and specializes in M&A, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures, securities law and general corporate advisory. She has led and advised on a variety of transactions across a range of sectors, including infrastructure, pharma, technology, hospitality, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, telecommunication, and logistics.

Ayesha is a corporate finance lawyer with more than 15 years of experience. She also specialises in aviation law and has extensive experience in aircraft & engine financing, sale–purchase transactions, aircraft/helicopter/engine leasing, and technical and commercial contracts for scheduled and non-scheduled operators. She has been recognized by the likes of Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for her expertise in aviation law.

Commenting on this development, Fereshte Sethna, Founder and Managing Partner of DMD’s Mumbai office, said: “I am pleased to welcome Vihang, Monika, Ayesha, and their team to DMD. Their rich experience and expertise in corporate laws and stellar reputation in aviation law complement our practice and will bring enormous value to our clients.”

Rashi Dhir, Senior Partner and Head of Firm’s Corporate Practice, said: “This is a hallmark moment for us. Vihang, Monika and Ayesha joining us reflects DMD’s focus on delivering strategic, client-centric solutions that align with DMD’s unwavering commitment to excellence. This expansion brings together seasoned professionals with a wealth of experience in providing our clients with comprehensive solutions tailored to meet the evolving needs of clients in India and globally. Vihang, Moika and Ayesha will not only expand our presence in Mumbai but will also contribute to DMD’s continued overall growth and success.”

Vihang said: “Monika, Ayesha and I have been working together for over 12 years now and we have developed a notable practice in corporate, commercial and aviation laws. After a remarkable 9 years with Lumiere Law Partners, we are looking forward to integrating our practices with DMD Advocates. DMD has a formidable reputation and, over the years, has built immense trust and confidence amongst its clients in India and globally. We are convinced that, together with Fereshte’s and Rashi’s leadership and other Partners and lawyers at DMD, the firm will scale greater heights.”

Shashank Shekhar Joins DMD Advocates as Partner – Indirect Tax Practice

Shashank Shekhar Joins DMD Advocates as Partner – Indirect Tax Practice

Shashank Shekhar is a seasoned tax lawyer with an impressive track record of over 20 years. He began his career by gaining litigation experience in the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court working alongside a Senior Advocate for two and a half years. He possesses a wealth of expertise in the realm of indirect taxation, stemming from his tenure with prominent law firms specializing in the field. His diverse clientele spans various sectors, including oil & gas, telecom, power, IT/ITeS, alcobev, broadcasting, consumer durables, FMCG, and more. He holds a law degree from the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University.

Shashank brings onboard his colleague Tushar Joshi, Principal Associate, with a decade of experience in indirect tax litigation and advisory. Prior to joining DMD Advocates, both Shashank and Tushar were working with Trilegal.

Commenting on Shashank’s joining DMD Advocates, Ms. Anuradha Dutt, Founder & Managing Partner, Delhi, stated: “We are pleased to welcome Shashank to our firm. His extensive experience and exceptional lawyer skills will enhance our Indirect Tax practice and help the firm further strengthen its position as a go-to law firm for tax solutions.”

With this strategic addition, DMD Advocates continues to reinforce its position in the legal industry with a team of more than 100 lawyers including 24 partners/directors.

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Promotion Announcement 2023 – Overall, 21 lawyers have been promoted at various levels across different practice areas in Delhi & Mumbai offices.

We are pleased to announce promotions for 2023. Overall, 21 lawyers have been promoted at various levels across different practice areas in Delhi & Mumbai offices.

Abhishek Tilak (Litigation), Rahul Sateeja (Tax), Tarinee Sudan (Corporate), Haaris Fazili (Litigation), and Saiyam Chaturvedi (Corporate) have been promoted to Associate Partner.

Neeharika Aggarwal, Nikhita Suri, Chaitanya Kaushik, Ambar Bhushan, Priyanka MP, and Divya Bhalla have been promoted to Counsel. In addition, Abhishek Chauhan, Kunal Dutt, Nishant Varun, Rishabh Sharma, and Ameya Pant have been promoted to Principal Associate. Priyanka Hazarika and Shivangi Sud have been promoted to Senior Associate.

The following promotions will be effective April 1, 2024. Soumya Singh and Disha Jham have been promoted to Principal Associate and Aishwarya Gupta to Senior Associate. These promotions take the overall partner strength at DMD to 23, including 7 Associate Partners.

Congratulating the promotees, Anuradha Dutt, Founder & Managing Partner (Delhi), commented: “Our team’s accomplishments are at the heart of our firm’s success. These promotions acknowledge the role played by each one of them in DMD’s growth.”
Fereshte Sethna, Founder & Managing Partner (Mumbai), stated: “Congratulations to all – our promotions reflect the recognition of exceptional levels of professionalism; manifesting a core attribute of our law firm.”

Varun Mowar joins DMD Advocates as Director & Head – Investigations & Governance Advisory

Varun Mowar joins DMD Advocates as Director & Head – Investigations & Governance Advisory

Varun, a Chartered Accountant and a London Business School graduate, is a forensic accounting and finance professional with in-depth experience in forensic investigations, accounting, auditing and financial systems and controls. His career spans over 20 years of forensic and compliance risk engagements in India, US, and other countries at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), KPMG (India and US) and Adobe Software System. He has conducted numerous large and complex investigations in India for corporate clients as well as some of the largest institutional investors and law firms.

Welcoming Varun to the firm, Ms. Vijayalakshmi Menon, Founder & Senior Partner at DMD Advocates, said: “We are pleased to have Varun join us. He brings to DMD a unique skillset that will be of immense value for our clients especially in these times when managing governance risks is a top priority for businesses.”

Senior Partner & Head of Corporate, Rashi Dhir, commented: “Varun’s rich experience with accounting firms is a key differentiator for our expanding Investigations & Governance Advisory practice. With Varun on-board, we now have capabilities to provide very sophisticated end-to-end investigations and governance advisory services to our clients.”

With principal offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, DMD Advocates now stands at approximately 100 lawyers including 20 partners/directors.

Pallavi Puri has joined DMD Advocates

Pleased to announce that Pallavi Puri has joined DMD Advocates as a Partner in our Delhi office. She is a corporate lawyer with over 18 years of experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments, corporate restructuring, investigations and white-collar crimes.

Welcoming Pallavi to DMD, Mr. Rashi Dhir, Senior Partner and Head of Corporate said, “We are very excited to have Pallavi join us. With her capabilities and rich experience as a corporate lawyer, she will further bolster our expanding corporate practice. I welcome her to the firm and look forward to working with her.”

DMD’s Founder and Managing Partner of Delhi office Ms. Anuradha Dutt said, “Pallavi is an excellent addition to our Corporate practice. We warmly welcome her to DMD Advocates and wish her success in her new role.”

With this new addition, DMD Advocates has 20 partners and 100+ lawyers across Delhi and Mumbai offices.

We are delighted to announce this year’s promotions

DMD Advocates has announced promotions for 2022. Overall, 18 lawyers have been promoted at various levels across different practice areas in Delhi & Mumbai offices.

Suman Yadav, in the dispute resolution team in Delhi, has been promoted to partner. With extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation and arbitrations, she has represented several domestic and multinational clients before forums, including the Supreme Court of India, the Delhi High Court, regulatory authorities, and arbitral tribunals. A law graduate from the Army Institute of Law, Mohali, she is also registered as an Advocate-on-Record before the Supreme Court of India.

Munindra Dvivedi (litigation & arbitration), Rohit Garg (taxation), and Mrunal Parekh (taxation) have been promoted to Associate Partner.

Ashima Dewan, Saiyam Chaturvedi, Haaris Fazili, Tarinee Sudan and Divya Sharma have been promoted to Counsel. In addition, Divay Rastogi, Anuj Shah, Ayush Dhawan, Ambar Bhushan and Chaitanya Kaushik have been promoted to Principal Associate. Also, Aathira Pillai, Disha Jham, Sukanya Bhattacharya and Vrinda Bagaria have been promoted to Senior Associate.

These promotions take the overall partner strength at DMD to 19, including 3 Associate Partners.

Congratulating the promotees, Founder & Managing Partner (Delhi) Anuradha Dutt and Founder & Managing Partner (Mumbai) Fereshte Sethna, commented in a press release: “We are pleased to announce this round of promotions and welcome our new Partners, Associate Partners, Counsels, Principal Associates and Senior Associates. These promotions are a testament of their hard work, exceptional client service and contribution to the firm’s growth. Each of them is truly deserving of this recognition and we wish them success in their new roles.”

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