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Ashurst Appoints 2 Former Khaitan Partner Kalpana Unadkat and Shishir Mehta as Co-Heads of India Practice in London

Ashurst has appointed Kalpana Unadkat and Shishir Mehta, former partners at Khaitan & Co, to lead its India practice from London

Unadkat rejoins Ashurst after a decade-long tenure as a corporate lawyer from 1998 to 2008. During her time at Khaitan & Co, she specialized in cross-border joint ventures, M&As, commercial contracts, and corporate governance, catering to clients globally from countries such as the US, UK, Japan, Canada, China, and Australia.

Mehta, known for his expertise in international banking and finance, previously worked at Slaughter and May in London and White & Case in New York. He joined Khaitan & Co as a partner and has extensive cross-border experience across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the US.

“India is an increasing source of outbound investment across the globe, while also remaining an attractive destination for foreign investment, tech and infrastructure being notable examples,” said Paul Jenkins, global CEO at Ashurst.

“Kalpana and Shishir’s appointments come at an exciting time. Both perfectly complement our existing team and are well-equipped to lead our India practice, and I am confident they will play a key role as we continue to build out our offering.”

Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill, will  play a key role as chair of Ashurst’s India practice in London, quotes, “We have a long history in relation to India, notably being one of the first firms to respond to the country’s liberalisation and opening to foreign investment in the mid-1990s, and these appointments signal the latest step in advancing our India offering.

“With their combined experience and knowledge of the Indian market, Kalpana and Shishir bring deeper bonds to our clients and enable us to further expand our capabilities.”

Unadkat and Mehta will collaborate with Ashurst’s existing India team to enhance the firm’s India-focused services globally. Ashurst will continue its “best friend referral arrangement” with Indian Law Partners for Indian law matters and engage with other leading firms in India on a selective basis.

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