Atulya Sharma to head the firm's corporate law practice
Lumiere Law Partners (formerly PDS Legal) has hired Atulya Sharma, group general counsel & director (legal) at Max Healthcare as a partner in its corporate law practice.
Sharma will advise clients on all aspects of corporate commercial laws, regulatory matters, arbitration and litigation, and focus on structured finance, project finance, equity and debt capital markets, restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy, healthcare, infrastructure and mergers and acquisitions.
Welcoming Sharma to the firm, Probal Bhaduri, managing partner of Lumiere said, "His significant and breadth of experiences will further strengthen our capabilities and offerings to serve our clients. I wish him the best and look forward to a great journey together."
To this, Sharma remarked, "I am delighted to join Lumiere. I look forward to working with colleagues across the firm's practices to assist clients to navigate complex legal and regulatory issues."
Lumiere is a full-service law firm with offices in Delhi, NCR, Mumbai and Bangalore. With this development, it has eight partners and over 70 lawyers in its fold.
Of late, several senior lawyers have switched to or have set up their own law firms.
Speaking of the trend, Pretiek Parikh, an independent legal recruiter and consultant for law firms, commented, "Since businesses are becoming complex due to several overlapping regulations, we may see many more such movements of veteran general counsels joining law firms, especially in sectors such as technology, energy and pharmaceutical and healthcare."
Besides the hospital chain Max Healthcare, Sharma has worked as global general counsel for Apollo Tyres Group, group general counsel for Deutsche Bank AG (South Asia & Mauritius), group general counsel for IDFC First Bank and senior counsel with International Finance Corporation (World Bank's private-equity arm).
He has also worked as a senior partner at law firms Desai & Diwanji and Dua Associates.
Sharma holds an LL.B. from the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University and an LL.M. from the City University, London.
He has three decades of experience across cultures and in sectors including investment banking, manufacturing, anti-bribery and anti-corruption and corporate governance.