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Tata Sons GC Shuva Mandal to head NDA-alum startup Anagram Legal in massive move

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Shuva Mandal to go into private practice again as start-up

The general counsel (GC) of Tata Sons, Shuva Mandal, is set to exit for Mumbai-based start-up law firm Anagram Legal, which we understand he has been instrumental in setting up, according to three sources with authoritative knowledge of the news.

The first public mention of Anagram had been in April, with Nishith Desai Associates (NDA) leaders Simone Reis and Rajesh Simhan apparently starting the new firm.

However, the rumour mill – which has been churning for at least a month on this front – suggests that Mandal has been responsible for bringing the NDA pair on board and has been interviewing lawyers and partners to join the firm, of which he might be a managing partner once it becomes official.

Reis and Mandal have not been reachable for comment.

Anagram’s Reis – who does M&A – and Simhan – who does international tax – have both been tight-lipped so far, despite some press coverage of Anagram, apparently not having given any comments or interviews about what they were planning.

Similarly, we understand that no official resignation announcement of Mandal has been made at the Tatas to date – one source speculated they might want to wait until a successor for the role has been finalised.

We have reached out to the Tata group for comment.

Mandal, a 2000 NLSIU Bangalore graduate, had worked at AZB & Partners as one of the busiest M&A partners until he joined Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas’ new Mumbai office in 2015.

In 2017, we had first reported that he would join Tata Sons as its new GC, succeeding Bharat Vasani.

Since then, Mandal had in 2018 heavily hired into the Tata Sons in-house team from top law firms and corporates but by 2019 the team had shrunk back to around six after multiple exits to other companies.

Shuva MandalWork history From: Jul 2017: Group General Counsel, Tata Sons Limited (Mumbai Area) Oct 2015 – Jun 2017: National Practice Head, M&A and Corporate at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co Jul 2000 – Sep 2015: Partner, AZB & Partners (Mumbai Area)Education 1995 – 2000: National Law School of India University, , Law

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