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AZB Mumbai promotes Hufriz Wadia and Suharsh Sinha as partners

AZB & Partners has promoted banking counsel Hufriz Wadia and insolvency consultant Suharsh Sinha as partners in its Mumbai office.

Wadia had joined AZB around a year ago as a counsel from Kochhar & Co in Chennai.

The 2002 KC Law College graduate had worked in Dubai as a banking lawyer at law firm Al Tamimi & Co for five years, before returning to India, joining Juris Corp in Chennai. In January 2014, she had joined Kochhar in Chennai.

Sinha has been with AZB as a consultant since September 2016, having joined from the Reserve Bank of India and the Bankruptcy Law Reform Committee (BLRC), for both of which he’d been working as a consultant for a year.

The NLSIU Bangalore graduate, who also holds a masters in in law and finance from Oxford University (2014-15), an Wharton Business and Law LLM from the University of Pennsylvania (2011-12), and has completed an Indian School of bridge programme in business (2008).

Between 2008 and 2009, he had worked at McKinsey & Co as a business analyst, followed by more than five years at Linklaters in London until 2014.

Their promotions took effect on 1 October 2018.

In April, AZB’s Delhi partnership promoted five to partner, while in March 2018, AZB Mumbai promoted a total of four.

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Wave of partner and director promotions at Deloitte

Business advisory firm Deloitte has unveiled a substantial number of promotions across the Yorkshire and North East region, including a new partner and 12 new directors.

Mergers & acquisitions (M&A) specialist Dan Renton has been promoted to partner in the financial advisory practice. Renton, who has been with Deloitte for 13 years, has spent the bulk of his career in corporate finance across the region, with a focus on private company M&A.

“I’m extremely proud to be a partner leading a team that is passionate about making an impact that matters for our clients and the broader community here in Yorkshire and the North East,” said Renton.

“It’s such an exciting time to be a business advisor; the corporate finance market in the region is extremely active providing huge opportunities for businesses to grow and prosper whilst we all embrace change and navigate uncertainty.”

There are promotions to director for three of Renton’s colleagues in the financial advisory team. They are Andrew Croft in Newcastle and Chris Hirst and Andrew Ward in Leeds.

Michael Cobb becomes a director in the tax practice in Newcastle, while Toby Jacklin and Gavin Richens are promoted to director in Leeds. They are joined by two new directors in the consulting team – Ashley Lewis and Nathan McDonald.

There are four new directors in the audit and risk advisory team: Natalie Healey, who is based in Newcastle, and Peter Balmforth, Anna Dawson and Guy Hewitt, who are all based in Leeds.

Stephen Hall, office senior partner for Deloitte in the North East, said: “I am really pleased for everybody that has been promoted.

“This is testament to their hard work and dedication to the business over a number of years. Individually and collectively they will help ensure Deloitte continues to make a significant impact in the region.

“The number of senior promotes is aligned with our ambitious growth plans for the Yorkshire and North East practice over the next five years.”