CORPORATE LAW: Brand New Merger

Three young corporate lawyers have agreed on a merger to establish a new law firm and compete in the global market

Aug. 9, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 09 No. -4 August. 07- 2015 (Shrawan 22, 2072)

At a time when the legal profession is becoming more competitive in the globalized world, it is impossible for an individual law firm alone to deal with all the new challenges of the professional market.

Two national law firms, Premier Law Associates and Himalayan Lawyers, run by young lawyers, therefore, have decided to merge with another firm to become a new internationally recognized law firm, Pradhan, Ghimire and Associates.

“We are pleased to announce that Pradhan & Associates, an internationally recognized law firm, has been joined by another two national law firms, Premier Law Associates and the Himalayan Lawyers to rebrand as - Pradhan, Ghimire & Associates,” said advocate Saroj Ghimire.

This is a high-profile structured merger of law firms in the Nepalese legal sector. This merger would create the firm as the largest fully integrated law firm in Nepal. With a history of serving the international business community, we aim to deliver the highest quality services through this merger.

With three equity partners, Devendra Pradhan, Amar J. Ghimire and Saroj K. Ghimire, the firm will be led by Devendra Pradhan as the Managing Partner.

“We are very excited about bringing three law firms to create an integrated law firm. We are dedicated to carry on the commitments of making contribution to client services, innovation and commitment to excellence and this merger will undoubtedly create a platform to provide our clients the highest quality services through its experienced partners,” said  Devendra Pradhan of Pradhan and Associates. Pradhan returned from USA to work in Nepal. With many international clients, Pradhan has experiences that will help the new firm to work with the international clients.

Pradhan & Associates is an internationally recognized top-tier full service commercial law firm in Nepal. The firm, which predominantly engaged in international practice, has set the standards for excellence in legal services in Nepal. The firm has been involved in some of the most high-profile and ground breaking transactions in Nepal.

Before the merger, the firm had been advising foreign governments, supranational bodies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, Fortune 500 companies, etc. The firm has strong ties and working relationship with many foreign law firms and frequently acts as a local counsel in Nepal for major large international law firms. The firm has earned several international awards and honors for its outstanding work in the area of commercial law.

The firm is led by its managing partner, Devendra Pradhan, a LLM graduate in International Business Law from American University, Washington College of Law, USA. Devendra has more than 24 years’ experience in various aspects of commercial law including, aviation, banking and finance, project finance, energy, M&A, TMT, IP, international transactions, etc.

Devendra is dual-qualified in Nepal and USA and has worked with various law firms in New York and Washington DC for several years. Devendra has consistently been rated and recognized as an exceptional lawyer in Nepal and one of the world’s pre-eminent lawyers by various international legal publications.

Premier Law Associates is a leading national law firm in the area of commercial law particularly in energy sector. Its managing partner, Amar Jibi Ghimire, a LLM graduate in Corporate Law from Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, UK, has more than 20 years’ experience in energy sector, mainly in hydroelectricity project development, project acquisition and due diligence and other area of commercial law.

The Himalayan Lawyers is a leading national law firm in various areas of corporate, commercial law, including investment and telecoms law. Its managing partner, Saroj K. Ghimire is a dual LLM graduate, one in Business and Commercial Law from Liverpool John Moores University, UK and another from Pune University, India. Saroj has more than 12 years’ experience in various aspects of corporate and commercial laws and have represented various national and multinational companies and international non-for-profit organizations.

Similarly, the firm is also joined by Dr. Narayan Ghimire, a SJD and LLM graduate in International Legal Studies from Golden Gate University, School of Law, USA as a Special Counsel. Narayan has more than 28 years’ experience in various areas of Nepalese law.

“We want to develop a corporate culture in the legal system. As the world is more globalised, we need a strong law firm to deal with all the issues. We want to break the traditional legal practices of Nepal and make legal profession more competitive and professional,” said advocate Ghimire.

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