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  • 1. AFCL Consultants
  • 2. About AFCLAFCL Consultants provide management consulting, recruitment and training services tolegal organisations.We have earned the reputation of being a premium service provider to legal organisations inIndia. We pride ourselves on market knowledge, honesty, and the respect that we have earnedin the legal community. Our access to people in prestigious law firms and in-house legaldepartments is unparalleled and most relevant people in the profession highly regard ourdeal-making skills.AFCLs various offerings are designed to support law firms and in-house legal departments.Our approach is hands-on and we typically work with senior and managing partners, heads oflegal, practice area heads.Our consultants have the right combination of legal, finance, and consulting backgrounds thathelps us understand the needs of senior/managing partners and headsof legal departments and provide them with realistic and practicalsolutions aimed at achieving the best for their organisations and theirpeople.
  • 3. Our ServicesLegal Recruitment Services for Law Firms and In-House DepartmentsWe leverage the deep relationships that we have developed with individual lawyers, prestigious lawfirms and corporate houses over the past four years to provide customised recruitment and consultingservices. We work exclusively with mid to senior-level candidates, and are able to connect with suchcandidates quickly and in a responsive manner.We pride ourselves on market knowledge, honesty, and the respect that we have earned in the legalcommunity. Our access to people in prestigious law firms and in-house legal departments isunparalleled and they have complete faith in us to refer good quality candidates.We also understand that recruiting a junior lawyer is very different to recruiting a partner/ equitypartner or an in-house head of legal. AFCLs consultants have the right combination of legal andcommercial backgrounds that helps us connect with lawyers across levels of seniority and give them thelevel of care and attention they deserve.Are you a Client?Whether you’re a private practice law firm or an in-house legal department, our consultants have therecruitment expertise to help your business.We pride ourselves at the levels of repeat business we get from our clients. We provide bespokeservices and are proactive in understanding the culture and recruitment goals of your organisation tobuild a successful working relationship based on trust and understanding.We shortlist and identify the most suitable candidates from our extensive database of candidates, all ofwhom we have interviewed and screened. We undertake much, if not all, first-level screening so that wecan provide our clients with the best possible match.For further information on our services, general market information, or to discuss recruitment issuesfacing employers, please contact Premal Shah, Principal at AFCL, on +91 9819 680 680 orpremal@afcl.inAre you a Candidate?Whether you are a mid-level associate or a partner, our aim is to not only provide you with access tothe right vacancy and the best and broadest legal opportunities in the market,but to assist you to obtain a role that fits in with your long-term career goal.Our services for candidates include: • Career advice • Markets insight and salary advice • Interview guidance and feedback • Compensation package analysis and reviewAt AFCL, we are committed to quality and confidentiality. All discussions are kept strictly confidential.For advice and information please contact Premal Shah, Principal at AFCL, on +91 9819 680 680 orpremal@afcl.in. We assure you of a response within 24 hours.
  • 4. Our ServicesRecruitment CredentialsWe have successfully completed various high-profile mandates both in the law firm and in-housespaces. The positions we have closed include: Senior/Principal Associate, Associate Partner, Counsel,Equity Partner, Director Legal,Vice-President Legal Senior Manager Legal.We have placed candidates in the following practice areas: • Arbitration • Banking and Finance • Capital Markets • Commercial Arbitration/Litigation • Competition Law • Compliance • Derivatives • General Corporate and Advisory • Infrastructure and Projects • In house - Corporate, Litigation, Contracts • Mergers & Acquisitions •  Private Equity and Funds • Project Finance • Real Estate (including corporate real estate) • Regulatory Affairs • Securities Law • Shipping and Maritime law • Structured Finance • Tax - Direct and Indirect
  • 5. Our ServicesAFCL ConsultingAFCL provides management consulting services exclusively to law firms. Typically, we work with seniorand managing partners, and are able to bring our range of experience and expertise to help createcreative solutions. In the past, we have worked with law firms on the following areas: • Strategy development and implementation • Practices acquisition • Acquisition of teams • Law firm mergers • Building relationships with international law firms • Expanding domestic offices and opening up offices in international locations • Business development & marketing plans and implementations
  • 6. Our ServicesMergers and AcquisitionsIn a rapidly growing Indian market, law firms need to develop new practice areas. Building expertisewithin the firm may not match the speed of the growing requirement and complexities of theconsumers of the legal services. This situation may require firms to consider either mergers or anacquisition of teams or individuals. In every case, these are highly complex, high-risk decisions. We helpminimise the associated risk by ensuring a rigorous decision-making process that selects the partner orteam most in line with the firm’s strategic aspirations and culture.AFCL has worked with the larger, mid size as well as smaller firms seeking, evaluating and engaging inmergers and acquisitions. Our depth of market knowledge is unparalleled and the most relevantpeople in the profession highly regard our deal-making skills. We specialize in acquisitions to lateralgroup moves to the combination of equals. AFCL has an impeccable track record in successfully closingquite a few high level reported deals.Our law firm merger and acquisition services include: • Merger/Acquisition/Combination Strategy • Deal Origination • Candidate Searches • Assessments • Deal Negotiations & Structuring • Merger and Post Merger Integration
  • 7. Our ServicesTraining ServicesAFCL provides cutting-edge, high-impact training programmes for transactional lawyers and in-housecounsel. We have trained hundreds of transactional lawyers and in-house counsel from Indias mostprestigious law firms and corporate houses. Our USP is commercial, accounting, and corporate financetraining for deal lawyers.Unlike many other random programmes on finance, our programmes are a premium product, speciallycreated for deal lawyers. It dwells into all accounting and financial issues of structuring, documentationand negotiation that are relevant for transaction lawyers to understand.Our range of training solutions are designed to match lawyer’s practical needs and are adapted to real-world situations, rather than one-off seminars. We constantly review our training programmes andgenerate innovative content in line with the changing needs of the profession.Programmes we conduct: • Applying principles of financial statements to structuring, drafting & negotiation • Applying principles of corporate finance to structuring, drafting & negotiation • Derivatives & Structured Finance for lawyers • International Financial Reporting Standards for lawyers • Direct Tax for lawyers • Negotiating earnouts in acquisitions • Contract drafting • Accounting standards for lawyers
  • 8. Our TeamPremal Shah - CEO Raghu Iyer - ConsultantAs principal of AFCL Consultants, Premal Shah Raghu Iyer is a fellow of the Institute ofhas led on a range of consulting mandates Chartered Accountants of India. He qualified as aalongside senior/managing partners and senior Chartered Accountant in November 1984. Hein-house legal managers. His advice covers secured the 4th rank in his Final CA examinationstrategic matters such as team acquisitions, (All India) and the 3rd rank in his Inter CAmergers, combinations, alliances, new offices, examination (All India). He is associated aspartnership structuring, peer reviews, overall Adjunct Faculty with the S.P. Jain Institute offirm strategy and its implementation including Management & Research (Mumbai and Dubai),business planning, and the positioning of law which ranks among India’s top ten businessfirms in their market. He has also been schools. He is also associated with the Bombayinstrumental in creating innovative commercial Stock Exchange and Dun & Bradstreet Financialtraining modules and content for AFCLs various Education Solutions. His areas of interest includetraining offerings. Finance, Accounting, and Direct Taxes.Premal holds a B.Com. (H.R. College) and an As part of his practice, he works very closelyLl.B. from Government Law College, Mumbai with some of India’s top business houses, such asUniversity. He began his career as a commercial Tata, the HDFC Group, and the GMR Group onlawyer at Wadia Ghandy & Co., advising on diverse consulting assignments. He is alsoprivate equity, M&A, and capital market associated with various business Groups in thetransactions. Having successfully cleared his CFA U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Middle East forLevel 1 examination and various investment whom he conducts audits, valuation, duebanking/financial modelling programmes, Premals diligence, and various consulting assignments.career bifurcated into finance, where he wasappointed to ENAM’s Investment Banking team. As a consultant, he plays a very important role in delivering AFCLs various training programmesThis singular exposure to both law and finance for senior transactional lawyers. He also plays ahas allowed Premal to instinctively spot key role on AFCLs consulting mandates,structural, commercial and financial perspectives particularly those relating to partnershipbehind business transactions. He founded AFCL structuring, profit margin analysis, dealin order to apply this experience and the structuring in mergers, acquisitions andnetwork he has cultivated, to the training and combinations.consulting needs of the legal industry.
  • 9. Our ClientsOur clients include some of Indias top law firms and corporate houses; an indicative list is as below: • ALMT Legal • Kanga & Co. • AZB & Partners • Khaitan & Co. • Bharucha & Partners • Kochhar & Co. • Clasis Law • Lexygen • Desai Diwanji • Platinum Partners • DSK Legal • Phoenix Legal • Economic Laws Practice • Rajani & Associates • GVK • Talwar Thakore & Associates • IndusLaw • Trilegal • ICICI Bank • Udwadia & Udeshi • IDFC • Universal Legal • JSA • Wadia Ghandy & Co. • Juris Corp
  • 10. Premal Shah CEO AFCL 1 - First Floor, Examiner Press Building Dalal Street | Mumbai - 400 001 T: +91 22 2267 3908  M: +91 9819 680 680 E: info@afcl.in