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    11-02-2016

    Eversheds has hired a British-trained Mauritian intellectual property disputes partner from the Mauritian bar, in a boost for its offshore litigation capabilities.

    Eversheds has hired Mauritius-based litigation barrister Nitish Hurnaum as a partner. Hurnaum specialises in intellectual property litigation and arbitration, and has practices in public procurement, competition and data protection.

    He joined Eversheds from The Chambers of Gavin Glover in Mauritius on 1 February, bringing a practice that includes an international software corporation and an international brand portfolio among its clients. The Mauritian native was trained in the UK and worked for London-based Pierre Thomas & Partners before joining the Mauritian bar on his return to the island in 2005.

    Hurnaum’s data protection practice has also been developing, and he has provided consultancy and compliance to international companies training regarding the harmonisation of their policies.

    The Port Louis-based chambers is led by Gavin Glover, a former president of the Mauritius Bar Association, and consists of seven barristers, following the latest departure.

    Miro Dvorak, managing partner of Eversheds’ Mauritius office, said in a statement: “Nitish is considered to be one of the best litigators of his generation and his experience in intellectual property, public procurement and competition law will bring added value to the team.”

    The office was established in January 2014 by a merger with South African firm Mahons Attorneys, which also gave it offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

    Hurnaum added that he was delighted to join the team and looked forward to “the journey ahead”. His arrival brings the Mauritius office to four partners, including fellow litigator Yannick Fok, and three associates including disputes practitioners Béatrice Koon-Sam Soon and Caroline Samy.

    In December, Eversheds’ London disputes practice suffered a blow, with the departure for Baker & McKenzie, of international arbitration practitioner Andy Moody.

    The firm’s litigation group underwent change in May last year, with the appointment of Paul Worth, the former head of the financial institutions group, as head of the litigation practice group, and the promotion of four new UK partners. That promotions round included a Mauritius-based company commercial partner. In January 2015, the firm hire a Madrid-based compliance partner from an in-house role.

    Mauritius has emerged as a significant offshore jurisdiction in recent years, particularly for regional arbitration. With French and English influences on its hybrid legal system and with both languages spoken on the island, it has become increasingly appealing, as a neutral geographic and cultural arbitral seat for Francophone and Anglophone Africa.

    The country has adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law for arbitration and the New York Convention, so as to ensure good practice and enforceability, respectively. 

    The Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (MIAC) was established in 2011, affiliated with the LCIA in London, to capitalise on this, and is growing in stature in the region. In September last year, MIAC appointed a new registrar and counsel.

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