Allen & Overy has added a partner in London to lead its India corporate practice.
Harsh Pais joins A&O from Indian firm Trilegal, having joined as a partner in 2011. He was based in Mumbai, and co-headed the firm’s corporate practice group.
Between 2006 and 2009, he was an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges, according to his LinkedIn profile.
A&O’s India group comprises over 100 partners and associates across the firm’s offices internationally, including in London, Singapore, Dubai, New York and Silicon Valley, according to the firm.
Commenting on the appointment, A&O’s co-head of global corporate David Broadley said: “As the world’s second fastest growing major economy, in the last three years India has attracted $159 billion of inbound investment. As a market of increasing focus for clients, India is an important part of our global strategy and a hire of Harsh’s calibre and pedigree is key to us realising our ambitions there.”
Highly ranked Trilegal consists of four offices across India in Bengaluru, Delhi, Gurugram and Mumbai. The firm’s co-managing partners, Nishant Parikh and Sridhar Gorthi, spoke with Law.com International earlier this year about their plans for growth and leading through the pandemic.
“Harsh has been an integral part of Trilegal’s growth in the last decade and has helped us build a market leading corporate practice. He has mentored a strong team of lawyers who will continue to provide clients with the high quality of service they have come to expect of us. We wish Harsh all the best,” said Parikh and Gorthi.
The hire is the latest in a number of recent entrances and exits at A&O in recent months.
In July, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom added A&O arbitration partner Kate Davies QC to its London office, and in April this year, antitrust partner Alasdair Balfour departed for Kirkland & Ellis, also in the U.K. capital.
However, the firm has also made recent additions of its own, including the hire of longtime Skadden partner David Herlihy earlier this year.