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    FCL Search is India's foremost legal, tax & governance search firm specializing in recruiting lawyers, in-house counsels, tax and com-pliance professionals.

    Established in 2009, we have earned the reputation of a premium recruiter and are well known in the market for our swift action and discreet approach. We offer bespoke market intelligence and cutting edge recruitment services to suit your organisations culture and business strategy. We have strong relationships with all the large, midsize and boutique law firms, fund houses, financial institutions and business houses across sectors. We regularly place lawyers at all levels from associates to partners and senior in-house counsels.

    We pride ourselves on honesty, integrity and the respect we have earned through our tireless energy, drive, passion and love for what we do. Our access to the most desirable candidates is unparalleled and the most 'relevant' people in the industry highly regard our dealmaking skills.

    Our consultants have the right combination of legal, finance and HR backgrounds to help us understand the needs of 'decision makers'

  • From 2009, we have been successfully catering to the talent requirements of domestic and international legal markets. In 2011, we expanded our services to cover select Big 4 and mid-size accounting/consulting firms in India. At FCL Search, we thrive on build-ing a connect, engaging with our people (clients / candidates) and ultimately advising them on what's best. We carry out discrete due diligence on every individual by draw-ing upon our unrivalled network in the legal, accounting and consulting spaces.



    Candidate Searches

    Assessments & Reports



  • FCL Search works with large, mid-size as well as boutiqu firms seeking, evaluating and engaging in mergers and acquisitions. Our indepth market knowledge is unparal-leled and the most 'relevant' people in the profession highly regard our deal-making skills.

    We specialize in team acquisitions, as well as combination of equals. FCL Search has an impeccable track record in successfully advising several strategic firm


    Typically, we work with Senior/Managing Partners, Group General Counsels and Heads of Human Resource functions to bring our range of experience and expertise to help develop creative solutions. In the past, we have worked with law firms on the following areas:

    Mergers / Acquisitions / Combination

    Deal Origination, Structuring & Negotiation

    Management Structures & Partnership



    Long term relationships are the foundation of our success. Many of our clients have chosen to work with us repeatedly and a reasonable size of our business is undertaken on an exclusive basis, underlining the trusted partner status we enjoy with our clients.



    We are a team of trained legal, finance and human resource professionals who have a true understanding of their market. As recognised thought lead-ers in our field, we are able to foresee, interpret and effectively deliver as per the needs of the business.



    We have the ability to offer a number of methodologies to reflect client needs, adopting the most suitable approach for a specific requirement. This includes one or a combination of retained, contingent, database or adver-tised search.

    Before recommending a professional we conduct a thorough due diligence, which contributes to considerable savings in time and money for our clients.



  • Exclusively represented a top Tier Delhi head quartered firm in setting up its Mumbai operations in diverse practice areas National Practice Head Litigation and Arbitration for a mid size Indian firm (having an association with a leading UK law firm)Funds Partner for a Tier I FirmLitigation Partner for a Tier I firmGeneral Corporate and Public M&A Partner for a Tier I firmDirect Tax Partner for a mid - tier tax consulting firmBanking & Finance national practice head for a national midsized firmCapital Markets Partner for a national mid-sized firmInitiated & facilitated acquisition of boutique firms in Banga-lore and Mumbai by a national mid-sized law firm Head Legal for a leading global private equity fund in Mumbai


    90% success rate onRetained Searches

    85% success rate onContingency Searches

    We attribute the success of FCL Search to our robust network and warm relationships that we maintain with professionals at leading domestic and international law firms and accounting/consulting firms in the country.

    We have had 90% success rate on Retained Searches and 85% on Contingency Searches.



    Premal has a unique approach in the sense that he creates hiring opportunities by proactively tapping into FCL Search's super star passive talent pool. He is particularly perceptive to one's specific needs and requirements and closes mandates at an impeccable turn around time. I would highly recommend Premal and his team at FCL Search for senior level legal hires.

    Managing Partner of National Mid Size Firm

    Premal Shah stands out in the Indian Legal Services Head-Hunting Industry for his deep knowledge and insight of law firm needs. He not only has direct access to every managing partner that matters but possesses an unmatched network of lawyer friends in all Tier I and Tier II Indian law firms. This gives him the unique ability to match candidates with the law firms that are of their exact professional and cultural fit. I would unreservedly recommend Premal to law firms and candidates for lateral recruitment in the private practice space.

    Senior Partner, Indian Tier 1 Legal Firm

    Premal and his team at FCL Search helped us fill Head -Legal level appointment for our India operations. Before engag-ing him, we attempted to conduct our own search and also used services of another search firm. However, Premal's in-depth grasp of the Indian legal market and his willingness to go the extra mile in terms of candidate due diligence helped us identify the perfect candidate. He played the role of a trusted adviser both for us and the candidate, and closed the deal well within the tight timelines. I highly recommend Premal for complex and challenging time bound searches in the Indian legal market.

    General Counsel - Global Private Equity Fund

  • Premal Shah is the founder of FCL Search and has led on a range of senior level search mandates for leading domestic and global law firms, accounting/consulting firms, corporate houses, financial institutions and fund houses. On the consulting front, he has worked alongside senior/managing partners and his advice covers matters such as team acquisitions, mergers, combinations, alliances, new offices, partnership structuring, peer reviews, overall firm strategy and its implementation including business planning, and the positioning of law firms in their market.

    Having experience as a lawyer and a finance professional, his ability to connect with candidates and comprehend client requirements is exceptional. He is also the founder of AFCL - a boutique firm he established to train transactional lawyers and commercial litigators in areas such as financial state-ment analysis, corporate finance and taxation. Premal is a competitive sailor and road trips enthusi-ast. He also loves his daily dose of Hatha Yoga.

    PREMAL SHAH - Founding Partner


    As a Partner, Raghu brings with him over two decades of experience in management consult-ing, valuation and financial training. He plays a key role in FCL Search's consulting mandates, particularly those relating to partnership structuring, profit margin analysis, financial due diligence and deal structuring in mergers, acquisitions and combinations. He is also the lead trainer for AFCL's financial training modules for transactional lawyers and commercial litiga-tors.

    He works closely with some of India's leading corporate houses including the Tatas, the GMR Group, HDFC bank and business Groups in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Middle East for whom he conducts audits, valuation, due diligence, analytics and various other consulting assignments. Raghu Iyer is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in November 1984. He secured the 4th rank in his Final CA examination (All India) and the 3rd rank in his Inter CA examination (All India).

    RAGHU IYER - Partner

  • Pratiek is a Senior Consultant in the private practice and in-house legal area, where he oversees comprehensive coverage of the market, focusing on mid to senior-level hires for domestic and globals firms and corporate houses. Pratiek is also involved in consulting assignments, and assists in business development activities of FCL Search.

    Having worked as a lawyer, he is well networked in the legal circuit and is able to quickly grasp the needs of the candidates and the clients, and is able to provide the right talent to the clients with a quick turnaround time. Pratiek is a trained scuba instructor and can be spotted at various diving sites in his spare time.

    PRATIEK PARIKH- Senior Consultant

    Mahima is a consultant at FCL Search. She focuses on in-house, compliance and law firm support roles, including business development. Mahima is involved in indepth research of the legal l