12/29/2016 0:00 News & Articles
Link Legal India Law Services (LL-ILS) and DH Law Associates (DH Law) announced the merger of their practices with effect from 1st January 2017. The merged entity will continue to be known as “Link Legal – India Law Services” and will be amongst the top 15 law firms in the country in terms of its size.
Link Legal began its operations in 1999. In 2012, Link Legal and India Law Services integrated their practices to form ‘Link Legal – India Law Services’.
DH Law was founded in 1997. Both LL-ILS and DH Law have achieved steady growth and are established full service firms with a national presence.
Post the merger, Atul Sharma, Co-founder & Managing Partner of LL-ILS will continue as the Managing Partner of the merged entity. Nusrat Hassan, the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of DH Law will assume the role of Co-Managing Partner of the merged entity. Nusrat will join the Firm’s Management Committee.
Mr. A.G Karkhanis, Co-Managing Partner of LL-ILS will now be the “Chairman” of the merged entity.
Co-Managing Partner, Nusrat Hassan said, “The merger of the two firms will galvanise the already strong full service practices and will create a national firm with unparalleled strengths in all practice areas. The merger will also increase the merged entity’s international reach. We at DH Law Associates look forward to this new journey”
Managing Partner, Atul Sharma said, “Consolidation of legal practices is now the necessity of the legal services sector with our Indian lawyers being called upon to match international standards. We have been constant in our strife to build such an institution and towards this end, it was important that we merge with a firm that is culturally aligned and shares our vision, work ethos and value system.
Nusrat & the DH Law team are a perfect match for us and we are excited about our merger and the opportunity that it represents for our teams and clients. I welcome Nusrat & his team and congratulate all the lawyers across both firms on this merger.”
Mr. Karkhanis, the Chairman of LL-ILS in a statement welcomed the development and observed that the merger will enhance the capabilities of the Firm and enable it to render high quality services to its clients at National and International level.
Post merger, the headcount of LL-ILS will increase to 155 at the national level with 35 Partners (including Associate Partners) and offices at New Delhi, Mumbai, Gurugram, Bangaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai.