India

Named as a Leading International Law Firm for India work and cited for “meticulous attention to detail in drafting” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019.

Our India group advises financial and strategic clients with investments, operations, and interests in India. With a dedicated team of over 30 lawyers, based in Asia, United States and Europe, we combine our global perspective with knowledge of the Indian legal and regulatory landscape across multiple business sectors. We offer clients commercially savvy advice to navigate one of Asia’s most challenging jurisdictions for external global corporations and financial institutions.

Having successfully completed deals worth a combined value of over US$20 billion over the past few years, we understand the country’s complex legal landscape. Our team also understands Indian culture and society, which we leverage along with our international prowess to get deals done. Members of our team routinely handle transactions governed under both English and U.S. law.

Due to our significant experience in India, we are able to identify key areas of focus in a transaction, ensuring that we quickly pinpoint relevant issues and offer our clients strategic and practical business advice and solutions. As current regulations prohibit firms outside of India from advising on its laws, we work alongside our large network of local Indian counsel to select lawyers with the right experience for the matter, and we project manage drafting and negotiations to ensure that the transaction documents are produced to match international standards.

We regularly advise our clients on:

  • M&A and Private Equity – advising global and regional corporations and funds on their acquisitions, disposals, and joint ventures in India across a wide range of industry sectors including TMT, e–commerce, manufacturing, financial institutions, consumer, real estate, hospitality, education, renewables, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Investments – advising clients on the acquisition of Indian NPAs and investments in Indian “asset reconstruction companies.”
  • Regulatory – guiding international clients in relation to their legal and regulatory obligations including with respect to foreign direct investment regulations, operational compliance, licensing issues, and antitrust matters.
  • Arbitration – representing both financial and strategic investors in relation to India–related disputes.
  • Government investigations – representing investors outside of India facing India–related potential governmental investigations.
  • Internal investigations and compliance–related risk assessments  and due diligence – conducting cross–border internal investigations into potential compliance issues, including violations of anti–corruption laws such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act and whistleblower allegations as well as assist clients with compliance–related risk assessments and transactional due diligence and compliance risk mitigation.
  • Funds – representing sponsors with respect to the establishment of funds focused on investment in India.
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Experience

  • Representing India’s largest developer of modern industrial and logistics real estate on the formation of IndoSpace Core, its US$1.2 billion joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

  • Advising in connection with its proposed US$20 billion joint venture with Bharti Enterprises and Foxconn Technology to develop solar power projects across India.

  • Advising in connection with its investment in Grofers Singapore, Snapdeal, Ola Cabs, OYO Rooms, and other companies.

  • Represented in a mandatory tender offer for shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange.

  • Advised the largest mobile operator in Malaysia on one of the largest recent telecom deals in India involving the buyout by Idea Cellular.

  • Represented the client in its internal reorganization and the demerger of Indiabulls Infrastructure and Power Limited (IIPL) from Indiabulls Real Estate Limited (IBREL) and an SLB 4 distribution and listing of Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) of IIPL on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

  • Advised its BVI subsidiary, in its US$42 million acquisition of a company incorporated in India that provides high–performance RF and analog mixed signal solutions.

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