Penningtons Manches LLP has recruited senior corporate lawyer Ajit Mishra to jointly head its India team with partner Rustam Dubash. Ajit joins from Wragge Lawrence Graham, where he was co-head of the India desk.
Ajit is a dual qualified (India and England and Wales) mergers and acquisitions specialist who also has a strong track record in commercial and intellectual property work. Prior to leading Wragge Lawrence Graham's India capability, he was managing partner of Fox Mandal's London office for five years. He regularly speaks at various UK-India business forums and is on the editorial board of Business Law International, an International Bar Association publication.
In 2009 Ajit received the prestigious National Law Day Award, acknowledging him as a role model for young lawyers in India and abroad. He started his legal career on the corporate desk of New Delhi Law Offices, a boutique law firm based in the Indian capital.
Commenting on Ajit's appointment, Rustam Dubash, who established Penningtons Manches' India group in 1992, said: "Ajit has carved out a strong reputation for himself both in India and the UK so we are delighted to welcome him to Penningtons Manches. The breadth of his experience, in particular his work supporting inward investment into the UK, makes him a good fit for our practice. His arrival will enable us to reinforce our corporate offering and demonstrates our commitment to the ongoing growth of our team."
Penningtons Manches' India group provides commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, immigration, real estate and tax planning advice to a broad range of Indian businesses and individuals. Recognised for its expertise by The Legal 500, it assists both Indian corporates operating or looking to invest outside India and international companies wishing to do business in India. Members of the team are actively involved in UK-India business events hosted by the UKTI, London & Partners and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and make frequent visits to India to advise on market entry strategies and international trade opportunities.