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October 12, 2015—Reed Smith LLP is pleased to welcome Aysswarya Murthi to its Silicon Valley office. Ms. Murthi joins the firm as counsel in its global Corporate and Transactional Advisory Group. Murthi also joins the firm’s expanding India Business Team.

Previously, Murthi was a Mumbai-based partner at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co., the leading law firm in India. She joined that firm in 2005 and was admitted to its partnership in 2012. During her nine years with Amarchand, Murthi was a core member of that firm’s M&A, general corporate and financial services practices.

The majority of her practice involved advising foreign multinationals, including U.S. and EU giants, on their cross-border transactions. Murthi has a great deal of experience in M&A, joint ventures, and/or greenfield projects, involving innovative structuring, a wide range of commercial contracts, and complex regulatory licensing/approval processes. She has also helped structure and establish the India businesses of some of the world’s largest and most prestigious Silicon Valley-based companies.

“With each passing year, India has become more and more vital to our firm's tech clients’ strategic expansion,” said Don Reinke, Reed Smith’s Silicon Valley office managing partner. “Adding Aysswarya’s significant experience in ushering Indian and multinational companies through complex cross-border deals to our global platform makes us exceptionally well-positioned to facilitate further growth.”

Murthi came to Reed Smith after working closely with the firm since 2007 on several joint-transactions throughout Asia, the EU, and Middle East. Such work includes deals led by Singapore- and London-based partner Gautam Bhattacharyya and partner Roy R. Montague-Jones in London, leaders of the firm’s India Business Team.

“I am thrilled to join Reed Smith’s Corporate team in the Valley and serve as the face of our India practice here,” said Ms. Murthi. “Many Indian start-ups are recognizing the importance of this region and a need to plant their flag here—particularly for access to funding, networks, and mentorship—and I look forward to helping them realize their goals and plans in that regard. I also look forward to assisting mature Indian companies with their cross-border transactions globally and working with U.S. companies to further their interests in India.”

Murthi said that she was also attracted to Reed Smith for its commitment to diversity and inclusion, women’s career advancement, and exceptional pro bono legal work.

While studying for the California State Bar, to which she was admitted in July, Murthi devoted her time, pro bono, to helping unaccompanied minors as part of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley’s program called Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY).

This summer, Murthi was named one of the “outstanding volunteers who, over the last 6 months, has worked tirelessly beside child rights attorneys at LACY to assist children who have fled from abuse in their home countries and seek safe and permanent residence in the United States.”

At LACY, Murthi worked on the cases of six unaccompanied minors, and all of those that were heard in court (some are awaiting hearing) were successful.

Murthi earned her B.A. and Bachelor of Laws from the prestigious NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad, India, graduating amongst the top of her graduating class.

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