IC Legal, Advocates & Solicitors and Universal Legal, Attorneys at Law have merged to form ‘IC Universal Legal, Advocates & Solicitors’ (ICUL) effective from September 21, 2017..The combined strength will be 100 members, including 15 Partners and 7 offices across India. The merged entity has offices in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh and has affiliate offices in Los Angeles, Santa Clara, New Jersey, Atlanta and Washington..Universal Legal had commenced its operations in 2004 with its first office in Bengaluru, and has, over the last thirteen years, expanded its presence pan India with offices in 6 cities presently. Universal Legal has been affiliated with Chugh LLP, a US based firm of lawyers..IC Legal has a strong presence in Mumbai with two offices in Fort and Andheri focusing on corporate and financial services practice. IC Legal too was set-up in 2004, initially with a focus on Real Estate, Media and Litigation practices and continues to enjoy a reputed clientele in the said practice areas as well..On the merger, Universal Legal’s Managing Partner, Partha Mandal commented,.“I am delighted that this opportunity has arisen as there are excellent synergies between the two firms, and integrating the practices has opened up a much bigger platform for existing and future clients, making it a powerful combination”..IC Legal’s Managing Partner, Bheru Choudhary commented,.“We are very excited to join hands with Universal Legal, which provides us collectively a panIndia presence through the various offices. This forward looking tie up is built on our shared vision of providing seamless legal and regulatory services to our valuable clients and to create a full service law firm.”.Bithika Anand of Legal League Consulting, who facilitated this merger, commented,.“There are considerable synergies between the two firms which will allow them to serve their clients with exceptional resources, efficiency and responsiveness.”.Earlier this year, Bithika Anand had also advised on BIG IP Merger between Anand and Anand and Priyanka Khimani’s Khimani & Associates.