Amarchand Mangaldas has appointed Yashojit Mitra as a partner in the general corporate practice of its Mumbai office. Mitra is also a qualified solicitor and admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He is a graduate of law from Symbiosis Society’s Law College, Pune (2003) and was awarded the Namdar Gopalakrishna Gokhale Gold Medal by the University of Pune for his LLB. Mitra joins from Economic Law Practice where he was a partner and played an important role in the growth of the corporate and investment fund practice. He specialises in M&A and private equity.

Baker & McKenzie has appointed partners Ellen Thomas and Sean Selleck effective 15 and 16 July, respectively. They both join from King & Wood Mallesons. Sydney-based Thomas specialises in general corporate, property and banking tax advice across a range of sectors, including mining and financial services. She has acted for Westpac on its issue of subordinated notes and worked on a range of infrastructure projects, including the M7 Motorway and the privatisation of the Sydney desalination plant. Melbourne-based Selleck advises on employment issues and disputes and industrial strategies. He has a special interest in non-standard labour practices, such as labour hire, outsourcing, casual employment and independent contractors.

Bingham McCutchen has appointed Chris Mizumoto as a partner to its intellectual property group and litigation area in Tokyo. Mizumoto, who joins from DLA Piper, advises major electronics corporations and pharmaceutical clients on US patent litigation and patent prosecution matters, including patent infringement/non-infringement and validity/invalidity opinions. He also counsels clients on issues relating to patent licensing.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Arun Balasubramanian as a partner to become co-head of the firm’s India group. Most recently a partner at Linklaters in Singapore with active involvement in the India capital markets practice and its US law practice in Southeast Asia, he is a highly experienced practitioner and a seasoned adviser on a wide range of transactions in India and the region. Educated in India, the United Kingdom and the United States, Balasubramanian was called to the New York Bar in 1998. From 1997 to 2006, he worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, Hong Kong and London, before joining Linklaters. He has been in Singapore since 2007.

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