Foreign firms in India

Allen & Overy

One of the first destinations for international clients looking to invest in India or domestic companies aiming to expand operations, Allen & Overy provides legal support in the fields of banking and finance, private equity, capital markets,  corporate transactions and dispute resolution. The practice, which is overseen by financing expert Sanjeev Dhuna in London, has been incredibly active in high-end private equity deals involving India. A name to note for this type of work is Singapore-based Gautam Narasimhan, who is a go-to lawyer for PE and credit funds in structured finance matters.  Recent arrival Pallavi Gopinath Aney (Singapore) further enhanced the firm's capability to assist banking and corporate clients with equity and debt capital markets transactions. The service offering was further strengthened by the relocation of restructuring specialist Rishi Hindocha to the Singapore office, reflective of the firm's increased focus in the Indian distressed assets space and investment opportunities. High-profile commercial and investor-State arbitrations are key specialisms for Sheila Ahuja, who heads the international arbitration team out of Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Sanjeev Dhuna

Key clients

BG Exploration and Production India Limited

DBS

Indo Infra Inc.

Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited

Muthoot Finance Limited

Nissan Motor Co. Limited

REC Limited

Reliance Industries Limited

Suzlon Energy Limited

Sintex Holdings BV

Work highlights

  • Advised Indo Infra Inc. (PSP) on the signing of definitive agreements for the acquisition of an investment in Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL).
  • Advised Suzlon Energy Limited as the issuer on the restructuring and consent solicitation relating to its $546,916,000 step-up convertible bonds due 2019.
  • Advised REC Limited on the issue of $ 500m 4.750% notes due 2023 under its $7bn Global Medium Term Note Programme.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

With one of the leading India-focused practices, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides legal support on a multitude of matters, encompassing M&A, capital markets, financing and international arbitration. Of particular note, the practice has recently advised on a number of IPOs concerning Indian entities, and remains at the forefront in the equity capital markets space. Chairman Chris Parsons, who sits in the London office, focuses on cross-border corporate transactions. Leading on M&A work, Alan Montgomery is adept at assisting with mergers and acquisitions in the private and public sphere. Roddy Martin is another noteworthy name for M&A; he is the key point of contact for some of the firm's core Indian clients. Contentious matters are overseen by Nick Peacock, who stands out for his experience of representing energy and telecoms clients in international arbitration. All previously named partners are based in London. Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan handles capital markets deals out of Singapore, while Alexander Aitken (Hong Kong) heads the finance service offering.

Practice head(s):

Chris Parsons

Testimonials

‘Even in jurisdictions where Herbert Smith Freehills did not have local offices, they were able to provide efficient local law advice through their local counterparts in these jurisdictions. We received excellent support and advice across jurisdictions and across practice areas. Herbert Smith Freehills had very high standards of client service. They were very responsive to our needs and were ready to work with strict and demanding timelines.’

Key clients

AustralianSuper

Insurance Australia Group

Lupin Limited, Nanomi B.V

InterGlobe Enterprises UK

CMA CGM

Yinson Holdings Berhad

Bharti Airtel International

Tata Group

Aurobindo Pharma

Strides Pharma Science Limited

New Development Bank (NBD)

Bank of Baroda

Vedanta Resources

JSW Group

Essar Group

IFC

SoftBank

The Carlyle Group

Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited

ICICI Securities Limited

DSP Merrill Lynch Limited

Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited

Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Limited

Haitong Securities India Private Limited

Edelweiss Financial Services Limited

J.P. Morgan India Private Limited

Axis Capital Limited

UltraTech Cement Limited

UPL Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Landesbank Hessen-Thueringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

Mylan Laboratories Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised AustralianSuper on its $1 bn investment in National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.
  • Assisted Nanomi in the sale of its entire stake in its Japanese subsidiary, Kyowa Pharmaceutical Industry Co., Ltd for approximately $525m to Unison Capital Partners IV, LPS and Unison Capital Partners IV (F). L.P., a leading private equity fund in Japan with a strong track record of success in the healthcare sector.
  • Advised Malaysia-based investment holding company, Yinson on its acquisition of Rising Sun Energy Private Limited (Target), who has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Rising Bhadla 1 Pvt Ltd and Rising Bhadla 2 Pvt Ltd, each of which holds a 70 MW solar power plant located in the solar park set up by Rajasthan Solar Park Development Company Limited.

Linklaters LLP

With strong credentials in the capital markets and finance space, Linklaters LLP draws upon its global reach and strong local knowledge to advise on the entire spectrum of India-related matters. Apart from excelling in cross-border financing structures and debt and equity capital markets deals, the firm is well versed in high-value M&A and complex contentious matters. Recent mandates have seen the team act for an increasing array of global credit funds and sponsors in investments within the Indian distressed assets market.  Leading the India group is finance specialist Narayan Iyer based in London. Sitting in the same office, Savi Hebbur is often retained by private equity players and international clients in relation to their investments in India, while Ben Carroll focuses on international arbitration. Also in London, Sushil Jacob is experienced in inbound and outbound M&A. Singapore-based Amit Singh stands out for his knowledge of debt capital markets, and Philip Badge is noted for finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Narayan Iyer

Key clients

Hero Future Energies

Mahindra & Mahindra

Reliance Industries Limited

Nayara Energy

Piramal

Tata Group

OYO Rooms

Bharti Airtel

Adani Group

Aditya Birla Group

Vedanta

Finablr plc

ICICI Securities Limited

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

CSI Finance Limited

Brookfield

VTB

BP

New York Life Insurance Company

Moore Capital Management

Global University Systems

Lastminute.com

Work highlights

  • Advised Bharti Airtel on its high-profile $2bn QIP and $1bn FCCB offerings.
  • Advised Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. on the creation of a joint venture with Ford Motor Company that will develop, market and distribute Ford brand vehicles in India, and Ford brand and Mahindra brand vehicles in high-growth emerging markets around the world.
  • Advised Reliance Industries Limited on its successful debut Schuldschein issuance.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow acts for Indian corporations and banks in cross-border transactions, as well as international companies pursuing business opportunities in the country. In addition to its wealth of experience in capital markets, M&A, private equity, and banking and finance matters, the India group's service offering further covers competition, tax law, compliance and investigations. Ashok Lalwani leads the global India practice, often acting for issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings. Kah Chin Chu is a go-to lawyer for external commercial borrowings in India, while Ashish Chugh focuses on dispute resolution. All named individuals are based in Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Ashok Lalwani

Key clients

Fortis Healthcare

Essel Propack

Mahindra & Mahindra

Aditya Birla Group

Tech Mahindra Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

HDFC Bank

Axis Bank

ICICI Bank

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mizuho Bank

DBS Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised on Fortis Healthcare Limited’s acquisition of RHT Health Trust’s entire asset portfolio
  • Advised on Blackstone Group’s acquisition of interest in Essel Propack Limited
  • Acted on a $3bn syndicated acquisition financing facility to UPL Corporation Limited for the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience Inc. from Platform Specialty Products Corporation. This deal is the largest outbound M&A by an Indian company since the 2008 global financial crisis.

Clifford Chance

Indian and foreign clients seek Clifford Chance's legal assistance in relation to inbound and outbound M&A, capital markets, financing, commercial arrangements, project development and dispute resolution. Standing out for its longstanding experience in the banking sector, the India group brings together industry-specific knowledge in energy, infrastructure and telecoms. The practice enjoys strong working relationships with leading Indian law firms. In the firm's Singapore office, Kabir Singh focuses on international arbitration involving Indian entities. Private equity and M&A in the public and private sectors are areas of focus for Neeraj Budhwani based in Hong Kong. Shaun Langhorne, who recently joined the Singapore office from Hogan Lovells International LLP, brings considerable expertise in cross-border restructuring matters. Former practice head Rahul Guptan departed to White & Case LLP in May 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Shaun Langhorne; Nadia Kalic

Testimonials

‘A very dedicated and committed team. Partners are leading matters and very hands on.’

‘Kabir Singh stands out for me. Thorough professional. Fully committed to matters and client.’

‘The arbitration team of Clifford Chance is quite active in India. It is a strong and capable team involved in large commercial arbitrations seated in Singapore and London as well as for India seated arbitrations.’

‘Kabir Singh  is an outstanding lawyer who is always hands on. He is very well recognised in arbitration circles as a counsel as well as arbitrator and is involved in ICC, SIAC and LCIA cases related to India.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Quadria Capital in the establishment of a Capital Call Facility for Quadria Capital Fund II involving bespoke intercreditor arrangements and structuring due to the unusual nature of the investors in the borrowing fund.
  • Advising Berkeley Energy on the spin-off of its commercial & industrial solar platform, including seed assets across Thailand and India (“C&I Platform”) with a cornerstone investment from FMO (the Dutch development bank),.
  • Assisted Blackstone in its acquisition (via a Singaporean SPV) of approximately 40% of the shares in the issued share capital of Aakash Educational Services Limited, a leading coaching college business based in India focusing on pre-med/engineering entrance exam prep courses, from its founder.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Showcasing a significant track record in high profile M&A  involving India, Latham & Watkins LLP advises on cross-border and domestic financing transactions as well as outbound and inbound investments. Capital markets is at the core of the practice which has the capability to assist with the full gamut of equity and debt deals, having been involved in a number of US IPOs out of India over the last decade. Department Chair Rajiv Gupta is adept at advising on spin-offs, M&A, restructuring and High Yield Bond offerings. Michael Sturrock possesses an impressive transactional portfolio in India, namely in important capital raising and M&A matters. Both practitioners are based in Singapore. Another seasoned capital markets lawyer is Louis Rabinowitz in Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Rajiv Gupta

Testimonials

‘Latham has one of the marquee India practices for all foreign firms acting in India related deals. Both in capital markets and M&A/ private equity, they continue to act on most of the headline deals.’

‘As head of the India practise, Rajiv Gupta continues to be the forefront of most of the large capital markets and M&A deals for Latham. He is the most experienced and knowledgeable US securities law attorney active on India deals, and has also worked on almost all the US IPOs out of India for the last 12 years. He is someone who looks for solutions and therefore is also engaged in complex or large transactions.’

‘Very strong capital markets and M&A practises which acts for blue chip clients. Extremely active in the internet and the tech space as well. Strong India presence in both M&A and capital markets.’

‘Key individuals are Justin Hamill (M&A-NYC) and Rajiv Gupta (Capital Markets-Singapore); both are exceptional lawyers who are very hands on and subject area experts.’

Key clients

MakeMyTrip Limited

SPI Global Holdings Inc.

Lindsay Goldberg LLC

Total SA

Varian Medical Systems

Apotex Inc.

Citi Ventures

Adani Green

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited

Future Retail Limited

JPMorgan

Morgan Stanley Southeast Asia

ReNew Power Private Limited

SBI Cards and Payment Services Limited

Sterling and Wilson Solar Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for MakeMyTrip Limited, an India-based online travel company, on the sale of a stake to Ctrip.com International.
  • Advised SBI Cards on its Initial Public Offering of 137,149,314 Equity Shares listed on the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE).
  • Represented Citigroup as the underwriters in Axis Bank Limited’s QIP of 198,728,139 Equity Shares on BSE Limited (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE).

Shearman & Sterling LLP

With a strong foothold in the region, Shearman & Sterling LLP handles a steady volume of India-related mandates, including M&A, private equity, fund formation, project finance and dispute resolution. Key Indian corporates and international financial sponsors make up most of the client base, which includes players from the telecoms, steel, mining, energy and pharmaceuticals industries. Splitting his time between Singapore and Hong Kong, Sidharth Bhasin specialises in private equity deals, cross-border M&A, financing and restructuring matters. Singapore-based Andrew Schleider routinely handles convertible bonds and equity transactions; Kyungwon (Won) Lee (Hong Kong) is another individual to note for capital markets. Terrence O’Donnell, who regularly advises on equity and debt offerings, recently joined the Singapore team from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Terrence O’Donnell

Key clients

ArcelorMittal S.A.

Delhi International Airport Limited

Greenko Energy Holdings

Greenko Mauritius

The Solicitation Agents in Reliance Holding USA, Inc.’s Consent Solicitation

Work highlights

  • Advised Delhi International Airport Limited in connection with its Reg S/144A offering of $350m 6.45% senior secured notes due 2029.
  • Represented Greenko Energy Holdings and Greenko Solar (Mauritius) Limited in connection with the offering of $500m in aggregate principal amount of 5.55% senior notes due 2025 and $450m in aggregate principal amount of 5.95% senior notes due 2026 by Greenko Solar (Mauritius) Limited, guaranteed by Greenko Energy Holdings on a senior basis.
  • Advised ArcelorMittal S.A. in its acquisition of Essar Steel via its joint venture with Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Corp (NSSMC).

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP provides India-related services in the fields of high value M&A, private equity and corporate law. The group offers advice to a diverse roster of clients, which includes investment banks, multinational corporations and sovereign funds in connection with their business endeavors in India, as well as domestic companies and financial institutions in relation to their offshore lending activities and outbound investments. High-stakes disputes, particularly international arbitration proceedings, are another area of specialty for the practice. M&A and financing transactions are some of New York-based Nandan Nelivigi's legal specialisms. Dipen Sabharwal QC and Aloke Ray QC are solid performers in precedent-setting contentious matters; both practitioners are based in the London office. Aditya Singh in Singapore is noteworthy for international arbitration, particularly corruption investigations. The team welcomed capital markets specialist Rahul Guptan who joined from Clifford Chance in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Nandan Nelivigi

Other key lawyers:

Dipen Sabharwal QC; Aloke Ray QC; Aditya Singh; Rahul Guptan

Testimonials

‘The firm has a good insight and grip on the Indian legal landscape. They are an excellent and well coordinated team who always pool in best resources to give outstanding services to the client.’

‘I have been working with Dipen Sabharwal, QC and I find him to be an exceptional lawyer. Consistently thinking of solution oriented approach which is always well received by the client.’

‘White & Case is absolutely a global law firm. As a firm, we have been working with them on several projects (including corporate transactions, corporate advisory, advisory work in media and entertainment industry). We also have several common clients. Being an international arbitration practitioner, my personal interaction has been with the International Arbitration team based in London. They are exceptionally good with an amazing turnaround time. The international arbitration team is highly recommended as a practice by the global nature of their work, by the wins they have managed over the years.’

‘I would like to mention Mr Dipen Sabharwal, QC. He is qualified in India as well as in the UK. He was designated as a QC last year. Dipen is fantastic, both in terms of strategy and commercial mind. I would highly recommend him.’

Key clients

Facebook, Inc.

The Carlyle Group

Citigroup Global Markets

Legris Industries

Sun Chemical

Clariant Plastics & Coatings AG

Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings

McDonald’s India Private Limited

China Development Bank

China Exim Bank, the Export and Import Bank of China

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for McDonald’s Indian subsidiary, MIPL, in injunction proceedings in the Commercial Court in London commenced by MIPL against its Indian joint venture partner, Vikram Bakshi and Bakshi Holdings Private Limited (BHPL).
  • Representing the Carlyle Group in multiple transactions in India, including its proposed acquisition of a stake in SeQuent Scientific Limited; and in the sale of Metropolis Healthcare Ltd.
  • Representing the three leading Chinese lenders in connection with the insolvency and restructuring of Reliance Communications (RCom), an India-based mobile network provider.

Ashurst

Drawing upon strong links with local law firms, Ashurst's India group demonstrates particular strength in matters pertaining to capital markets, projects and energy and M&A.  International investment banks and companies operating in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors often seek the team's advice in relation to both their investments into India and global expansion of their business. The group is led by Stuart Rubin, who has extensive experience in equity capital market deals in India. Corporate finance and securities transactions, including Rule 144A and mezzanine debt investments, are core areas of practice for Anna-Marie Slot. Both practitioners are based in London.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Rubin

Other key lawyers:

Anna-Marie Slot; John Kim; Ethan Perry

Key clients

Greenko

Citi India

UBS India

JP Morgan

Everstone Private Equity

Brookfield Infrastructure UK Limited

Hyundai Motor Company

Kia Motors Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Barclays Bank PLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Deutsche Bank AG Singapore Branch, Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, Investec Bank plc, J.P.Morgan Securities plc, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc and Standard Chartered Bank as the joint bookrunners and lead managers, and J.P.Morgan Securities plc as lead green structuring agent in the offering of $950m of senior notes by Greenko Solar (Mauritius) Limited.
  • Acting for Citi India as sole placing agent in connection with the $102m block trade in shares of India-listed Mahanagar Gas by a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.
  • Assisted Brookfield Infrastructure on its agreement to acquire a 100% stake in Indian telecom tower company Reliance Jio Infratel.

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee

With a strong global network of offices, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee combines its transactional capability in the corporate and finance space with thorough knowledge of antitrust law, restructuring matters, sanctions and disputes. Other areas of activity for the team, which is jointly led by Stephanie Keen and Soumitro Mukerji in Singapore, include project development, equity investments and capital raising issues. Keen routinely assists private equity houses, lenders and corporations in cross-border M&A and leveraged buy-outs, while dual-qualified Mukerji focuses on finance transactions, such as structured lending and distressed matters.

Testimonials

‘While working with Stephanie Keen and Soumitro Mukerji, we have found them proactive. They demonstrate a good understanding of the client matters and cultural issues and are able to articulate these well so as to provide precise advice and commercial to the client.’

‘Hogan Lovells is a well-known law firm, having been around for a long time. Partners have vast knowledge and years of experience. Clients feel a sense of safety working with them.’

«The partners we work with are at a senior level across jurisdictions and bring a fair amount of practical knowledge and provide solution-oriented advice. Therefore, I would strongly recommend the firm.’

Key clients

Facebook

Ford Motor Company

Aeroports de Paris

Synopsys Inc

Deutsche Bank

Madison Pacific Trust Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised social media company Facebook in a $5.7 bn investment for a 9.99% stake in Jio Platforms, the biggest telecom operator in India and a subsidiary of multinational conglomerate Reliance Industries.
  • Advised Ford on the creation of its $275m joint venture with Mahindra & Mahindra Limited to develop, market, and distribute Ford-brand vehicles in India and Ford-brand and Mahindra-brand vehicles in high-growth emerging markets.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank on financing the acquisition of @Leisure group, a Dutch property management business by Oyo, a fast growing Indian hotel chain backed by heavyweights Softbank, Airbnb, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital and Greenoaks Capital.

Jones Day

With a strong network of offices across key legal jurisdictions, Jones Day primarily focuses on banking and finance deals, corporate and M&A transactions as well as energy and projects mandates. The team has particular expertise acting as borrower's counsel in leveraged acquisition finance and negotiation of financial indebtness. Sushma Jobanputra, who is based in Singapore, has a thorough understanding of Indian and international banking markets, as well as project finance and debt restructuring. Also sitting in the Singapore office, U.S qualified Dennis Barsky has a wealth of experience in M&A and private equity transactions involving Indian parties, while Karthik Kumar routinely handles project development matters in the infrastructure and energy segments.

Practice head(s):

Sushma Jobanputra

Testimonials

‘You can rely on them to provide best quality legal advice every time. Always meets their deadline. Flexible in their approach.’

‘They have a very good team of lawyers, who are not only legally very competent but also commercially savvy.They are very solution oriented, and will often come up with solutions to mitigate risks’.

 

Key clients

UPL Limited

Westpac Banking Corporation

Godrej Consumer Products Limited

Arsenal Capital Partners Inc

Western Digital Corp.

The Riverside Company

Macquarie Capital

Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital Company Pvt. Ltd.

Babcock Power Inc.

GAIL Global (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Vibrant Energy Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised UPL Limited in connection with its acquisition of Arysta Lifescience Inc. from Platform Specialty Products Corporation.
  • Represented Westpac Banking Corporation and State Bank of India in connection with a financing provided to Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
  • Advised Macquarie Capital in connection with a pre-IPO investment in an India-based technology company.

Milbank

Go-to counsel to some of the leading financial institutions and corporations involved in India-related transactions, Milbank has been particularly active in deals concerning the telecoms, infrastructure and energy sectors. The team has extensive experience of acting for export credit agencies, as well as handling the entire spectrum of capital markets matters. Practice head Naomi Ishikawa (Singapore) has been involved in landmark capital markets transactions in the aviation sector; and fellow co-leader James Grandolfo (Hong Kong) is another practitioner to note in this area. Project finance mandates feature highly on London-based John Dewar's track record.

Key clients

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Deutsche Bank Ag, Singapore Branch

The Hongkong And Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

J.P. Morgan Securities Plc

Standard Chartered Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

Mizuho Asia Securities Limited

SBICAP (Singapore) Limited

GMR Airports Ltd

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-sure)

Export-Import Bank of Korea (K-EXIM)

Tata Steel

Santander Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised K-sure and the commercial banks on the $30bnn expansion of India’s 4G wireless network telecom project operated by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.
  • Advised the initial purchasers on the $350m issuance senior secured notes by Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).
  • Assisted the lead managers in connection with the issuance of $500m 5.95% notes due 2024 by JSW Steel Limited.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Dispute resolution, banking and project finance are the key strengths of Norton Rose Fulbright's India practice. The team is a solid performer in high value international arbitrations and regulatory investigations. Group head Sherina Petit (London) is noted for India-related contentious matters, offering representation to large companies and financial institutions. Based in Singapore, Stephen Begley oversees the banking and finance team, which possesses deep expertise in relation to infrastructure and energy projects. Enjoying close links to local law firms, practitioners further have wide-ranging sector specific expertise, covering life sciences, transport and mining, among other industries.

Practice head(s):

Sherina Petit

Testimonials

‘Sherina Petit is a brilliant lawyer and is extremely effective as she has a good hold on the Indian legal system as well as English Law. She is therefore able to effectively advise clients in India and abroad on matters relating to Indian and international laws. Her involvement in transactions quickens the pace of the deals and makes solutions more effective.’

‘The deep understanding that Sherina and her team has on laws in different jurisdictions makes their advice very effective.’

‘Stephen Begley is highly savvy on the operational and technical aspects of the gas industry, always providing comprehensive opinions and practical solutions to the problems/issues especially related to the Third Party Access.’

‘This is an extremely experienced and well connected India team. Sherina Petit scores over the others with her deep understanding of the Indian business scenario and psyche, and her unique relationship with the Indian legal network and leading practitioners in the country. Highly personable, and a constant and very visible presence. Excellent responsiveness, and sound execution of assignments by the team.’

‘While working with Norton Rose Fulbright, have found them to be proactive, partners demonstrated a good understanding of the client matters and cultural issues and were able to articulate these well so as to provide precise and commercial advice to the client.’

‘Norton Rose Fulbright is a full-service law firm, with highly qualified and experienced professionals.’

‘Sherina Petit is my one-point contact. She is gives very genuine and legally sound advice. She is always available.’

Key clients

Reliance Power

Mizuho

MUFG

SMBC

BNP Paribas

DBS

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

Hinduja Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Natixis in connection with the project finance facility agreement for RBDC Pte. Ltd. for the construction of a hyper-scale datacentre in Chennai, India.
  • Assisting Reliance in respect of the development and financing of a project consisting of a 750 MW power plant to be set up at Meghnaghat and a 500 mmscfd LNG receiving terminal at Kutudbia Island in Bangladesh.
  • Advised a consortium of lenders comprising DBS Bank Ltd., MUFG Bank, Ltd., First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on a $262.5m term facility for a crude oil terminal operator and storage and terminal services provider in India.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP caters services to Indian and international clients, providing support in a diversity of legal disciplines, including finance, corporate and dispute resolution mandates. Recent arrival Bobby Majumder enhanced the team's transactional advisory offering; he is based in Dallas and co-leads the India group alongside international arbitration and litigation specialist Gautam Bhattacharyya, who is a key individual in London. Nathan Menon, who sits in the same office, focuses on financing and restructuring issues.

Other key lawyers:

Sachin Kerur; Nathan Menon

Testimonials

‘We have collaborated with Reed Smith on many occasions and we have always been awestruck with their understanding of the foreign market, its business complexities and their solution-focused approach. Among others, we have worked quite closely with Mr. Bobby Majumder. His helpful and proactive nature coupled with good turn around time and intellect – are noteworthy. Not only is his command over the subject worth mentioning but his business oriented approach and in-depth involvement with each matter – definitely makes him stand out.’

‘What makes the Reed Smith India team really stand out is its leader, Gautam Bhattacharyya. Gautam has been working in the Indian market for well over two decades and has a top tier understanding of the Indian market and of doing business in and with India. Gautam Bhattacharyya is a key element in Reed Smith’s India offering. He is incredibly well-connected in the Indian market. He is commercially very astute and his client handling skills are outstanding.’

‘Reed Smith has a very hands on and thorough approach to its matters irrespective of jurisdiction. The team works very seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions and time-zones at the same time. What differentiates them from other firms, is their flexibility and ability to appreciate the ground realities, which are quite challenging in certain jurisdictions, and ability to morph their strategy and global approach on the same.’

‘Gautam Bhattacharya & Paul Skeet have shown tremendous aptitude to understand local issues, appreciate nuances and deliver at very high level. Gautam brings legal and commercial aspects of a dispute to the table like none other. He is nuanced, thorough and exhibits amazing interpersonal skills to clear the air in the room and make sure that all stakeholders are at utmost ease and solution driven, which is a rare trait in today’s dispute scenario. He can delve on his wide experience to bring out simple solutions to complex issues and present them with utmost clarity, making him stand out from the pack.’

‘Reed Smith has a compelling service offering for Indian companies doing business globally and international clients with business activities in India. They are one of only a handful of India practices that offers genuine resources across London, the U.S., the Middle East and Asia (Singapore and Hong Kong). Their global footprint gives them a distinct advantage and very few firms can match their ability to offer English, U.S. and Singapore law advice on multi-jurisdictional deals involving these key hubs.

‘Reed Smith significantly strengthened its India play last year with the recruitment of Bobby Majumder from Perkins Coie as India co-head. He is a very able guide for any Indian company doing business in North America. He is very business-savvy and a great person to build a relationship with. Another notable recent addition to the India practice is international arbitration expert J.P. Duffy, who joined in New York in May 2019 from Baker McKenzie.’

‘From my perspective (as a barrister), the Reed Smith team appears uniquely strong. Gautam Bhattacharyya is supported by an excellent team of associate lawyers, who are able to offer a full service. I have observed a special dedication by the Reed Smith team to the matter at hand, with what appears to be 100% focus on the particular case. This ensures that the service being provided is both timely and of high quality. Further, Reed Smith’s contacts and relationships with leading local firms in India ensures smooth and effective cooperation, which I have found to be critical to the India-related cases in which I have been involved.’

‘Gautam Bhattacharyya is an excellent lawyer. He is able to combine considerable input on the substantive side of things with peerless leadership skills. In particular, Gautam is able better than anybody to get the best out of his team (including his colleagues at Reed Smith, counsel and the local Indian lawyers). He also has phenomenal availability, always providing near-immediate responsiveness .’

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has 'years of experience acting on India-related transactions', fielding a team which includes dual-qualified lawyers that combine international legal expertise with deep knowledge of the local market. Cross-border M&A, capital markets and restructuring matters are core areas of strength for the firm, which is also well equipped to represent clients in dispute resolution and investigations. London-based Tihir Sarkar is routinely engaged by sovereign funds and international companies in relation to their investments. Nallini Puri focuses on M&A transactions, and generally acts for private equity funds.

Testimonials

‘Cleary has years of experience acting on India-related transactions and a strong team that includes internationally ranked and India-qualified lawyers who have previously worked at leading law firms in India. They understand the Indian legal and regulatory regime and market practice which allows them to preempt issues that could otherwise cause delays and value leakage subsequently. In addition, they seamlessly integrate specialists from their global practice areas (including antitrust, compliance, intellectual property, finance, tax and others) to respond efficiently to the needs of the client. As an international firm that frequently advises on the most complex, cross-border matters, they bring to their India deals the same commercial and practical outlook that they are generally known for as a firm.’

Key clients

Qatar Investment Authority

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Warburg Pincus

Brookfield Asset Management

The Rise Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Qatar Investment Authority on an acquisition by its subsidiary of a 25.1% stake in Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (“AEML”) from Adani Transmission Limited and for a shareholder subordinated debt investment by QIA in AEML.
  • Served as counsel to GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) in the sale of its 5.7% stake in Hindustan Unilever Limited.
  • Acted for  Warburg Pincus and other investors in relation to a $1.25bn investment in Airtel Africa Limited, a telecommunications and mobile money services provider in 14 countries across Africa.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises a varied client roster, which includes international investment banks, private equity houses, strategic investors as well as Indian corporations. Besides demonstrating strength in cross-border M&A, fund formation, capital markets and restructuring mandates, the group also excels in contentious matters  and investigations. London-based Geoffrey P. Burgess, who specialises in private equity matters, oversees the practice with transactional lawyer William Chua in Hong Kong. Fellow co-head Lord Peter Goldsmith QC splits his time between the two offices, and has acted in several international arbitrations with links to India.

Testimonials

‘Debevoise is a formidable practice when it comes to foreign firms working in India. Having worked with them on sensitive white-collar assignments as compared to other US Firms, the Debevoise team understands Asia and India very well. Philip Rohlik in China spearheads the white-collar initiative in Asia and is very thorough and hands on.’

‘The quality of work of the investment funds practice is outstanding. The notable aspects of the practice are depth of knowledge and responsiveness. Truly trusted advisors. Gavin Anderson is an excellent negotiator, draftsman and always on top of any situation.’

Key clients

TPG Global

Capital Group

HarbourVest Partners

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Morgan Stanley Private Equity

Rolls-Royce plc

PJSC Uralkali

Work highlights

  • Acting for PJSC Uralkali (“Uralkali”), a leading Russian potash fertiliser manufacturer, in bringing claims against the former joint administrators (now joint liquidators) of the Force India Formula One Team, Geoffrey Rowley and Jason Baker.
  • Advised TPG in its definitive agreement to take over management of the existing assets of the Abraaj Group’s $1bn Global Healthcare Fund.
  • Assisting LeapFrog Investments in its investment in MedGenome, a leading genetic diagnostics, research and data company focused on expanding access for populations in South Asia and other emerging markets, with operations in the U.S., India, Canada and Singapore.

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

The core strengths of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP's India department lie in capital markets and energy and projects mandates. Furthermore, practitioners are adept at handling corporate deals, litigation, as well as issues pertaining to intellectual property and wealth and estate planning. Securities offerings expert Jamie Benson has significant experience handling India-related deals, while Priyank Srivastava focuses on project development in the oil & gas and power sectors. The practice was further strengthened by the addition of Jonathan Crandall from Clifford Chance; he brings to the table proficiency in equity and debt offerings. All named individuals are based in Singapore.

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Crandall

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

State Bank of India

Indraprastha Gas Limited

Iceberg Holding

ECU Worldwide

ONGC Videsh Limited

Oil India Limited

JM Financial Limited

Edelweiss Financial Services Limited

ICICI Securities Limited

Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Limited

Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited

SBI Capital Markets Limited

Bajaj Finance Limited

Axis Capital Limited

IIFL Securities

Work highlights

  • Acted as the sole international counsel on the sale of $1.2 bn of equity shares in Bajaj Finance Limited in a QIP, including a concurrent U.S. private placement (Rule 144A).
  • Acted as the international legal counsel to the book running lead managers on the sale of $65m of shares in Affle (India) Limited in an initial public offering in India and concurrent private placements outside India.
  • Acted as the lead counsel for State Bank of India, Yangon Branch, a foreign licensed bank in Myanmar, on its short-term revolving credit facility of $5.2 mto a Korean micro-financing company in Myanmar.

Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn regularly assists international clients on their complex transactions in India, while also advising Indian companies on their strategic outbound investments. With strength in the transactional and regulatory sphere, the India practice has been increasingly involved in private equity transactions. Internal investigations and compliance issues are other areas of focus for the group which is led by Singapore-based Jai Pathak, whose experience in India-related mandates spans more than 25 years. In the same office, Karthik Ashwin Thiagarajan is skilled at advising US public companies on their investments into India.

Practice head(s):

Jai Pathak

Key clients

The Kraft Heinz Company

Voya Financial

Colfax Corporation

InterGlobe Enterprises

InterGlobe Aviation Limited / Indigo Airlines

Kayu Pte. Ltd. / Happy Marketer Pte. Ltd.

Smart Ventures Private Limited / Si2i Ltd

Celanese Corporation

Wolverine Worldwide

Platinum Equity, LLC

I Squared Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Voya Financial, a U.S. financial, retirement, investment and insurance company based in New York, on a joint venture in India with the SLK Group, a leading technology and consulting company to provide business process outsourcing and software development services.
  • Advised I Squared Capital in connection with the sale of Amplus Energy Solutions, an India-based company that owns and operates distributed rooftop solar power projects, to Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Malaysia’s national oil and gas company.
  • Advised IndiGo on US law in relation to the ordering of jet engines worth $20bn from CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and France’s Safran SA, to power 280 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft operated by IndiGo.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP's India-related capabilities are not confined to one discipline; instead, the team covers a range of verticles, acting in matters ranging from corporate and M&A to private equity, finance, dispute resolution, and projects. With India-based companies at the core of the group's client base, the practice is particularly noted in the energy space. Rahul Patel (Atlanta) oversees the India group, and primarily focuses on M&A transactions. Singapore-based Andrew Brereton, whose experience in complex financing arrangements relating to India spans more than 20 years, has been particularly active advising on clean energy financing matters. High-stakes arbitration proceedings are notable areas of practice for Thomas K. Sprange QC and Sajid Ahmed in the London office.

Other key lawyers:

Krishna Omkar

Testimonials

‘King & Spalding’s Asia finance team is responsive, efficient and hard-working. Andrew Brereton is a talented financing and restructuring partner who knows India well. He has had a long career in Asia, yet still remains a hands-on deal manager. He runs his transaction team efficiently and has an even manner that is a real asset in difficult negotiations.’

Key clients

Pierfront Capital Mezzanine Fund Pte. Ltd.

Nomura Singapore Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Nomura in relation to a facility to Blue Planet for the purpose of acquiring a significant minority stake in Zigma Global Environ Solutions, India’s largest landfill mining company.
  • Acting for InterGlobe Enterprises in a shareholder dispute in relation to the ownership and management of IndiGo, India’s largest airline, which has a market capitalisation of around $10 bn.
  • Advising several prominent Indian conglomerates such as Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Reliance Industries on a variety of corporate and commercial matters around the world.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP' India group has been particularly busy providing support to global private equity (PE) players, Indian companies and multinational corporations in strategic transactional matters, ranging from cross-border M&A to offshore financing, international tax issues and PE investments. A key name to note for leveraged buyouts is New York-based Srinivas Kaushik. In the same office, Atif Khawaja focuses on commercial and intellectual property disputes. Corruption investigations relating to India and securities enforcement matters are some of Asheesh Goel's areas of expertise; he is based in Chicago. Cori Lable (Hong Kong) is a noteworthy practitioner for compliance issues.

Other key lawyers:

Jay Lefkowitz; Tarun Warriar

Testimonials

‘Excellent understanding of Indian market, sectors and operational realities of companies. Have worked extensively with the government/internal investigations and white collar practice team and the banking and finance team.’

‘Cori Lable, who is a partner and Asia head for Government & Internal Investigations Group, is far ahead of peers.’

Key clients

SoftBank Group

Apax Partners

Bain Capital Private Equity

The Blackstone Group

Vista Equity Partners

L Catterton

Huntsman Corporation

Partners Group

STX Filmworks, Inc.

Warburg Pincus

Advent International

KKR

Baring Private Equity Asia

IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd.

Ad hoc committee of holders of the US$ 546,916,000 Step Up Convertible Bonds due 2019 (“Bonds”) issued by Suzlon Energy Ltd (the “Issuer”)

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Torrent Pharmaceuticals

Lupin Ltd.

Ranbaxy, Inc.

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited; United Research Laboratories, Inc.; Akorn, Inc.; Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc.; Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.; Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC; ECR Pharmaceuticals Co., Inc.

Walworth Investments – LG LLC

Welspun Group

Work highlights

  • Advised SoftBank Group in the sale of its stake in Flipkart, the operator of an e-commerce shopping portal providing consumer products across India, to Walmart (NYS: WMT) for a total deal value of $16bn.
  • Represented funds advised by Apax Partners, a global private equity firm, on its $200m investment in Fractal Analytics, a global provider of AI to Fortune 500 companies.
  • Assisted Blackstone Group portfolio company Alight Solutions in its $110m acquisition of Wipro’s human resource management busines.

Ropes & Gray LLP

With particular strength in the private equity and funds space, Ropes & Gray LLP is well-versed in M&A, finance, real estate and dispute resolution. On the contentious front, the practice stands out for its impressive credentials in the fields of compliance and competition disputes, and anti-corruption investigations. Litigation and international arbitration are key areas of specialty for Hong Kong-based Andrew Dale. Investment funds regularly retain Daniel Anderson, who is proficient in restructuring proceedings, while Geoff Atkins is the counsel of choice for compliance and securities enforcement matters. Both lawyers sit in the Hong Kong office. Antitrust law is co-head Ruchit Patel's (London) core specialism.

Testimonials

‘The team was very able and appropriately skilled. It helped having both the London and NY office working on the same matters as it allowed documents to be turned overnight efficiently.’

‘I have worked with a number of their partners, and Ruchit Patel on several recent matters. He is truly an outstanding lawyer. Pro-active, on the ball, and operates like a walking encyclopedia with respect to merger control approval processes – for India, and so many other different countries. He can quickly spot issues like none other which is invaluable. Other top-notch lawyers that I know who does India work include restructuring partner Dan Anderson, litigation and enforcement partners Andy Dale, and Geoff Atkins.’

‘The Ropes & Gray LLP team consists of excellent lawyers who are commercially-minded and solution-oriented. We enjoyed the deep transactional knowledge and cutting-edge commercial thinking they brought to transactions.’

‘Partners are solution-oriented and have the ability to bring cutting-edge transactional experience and commercial acumen to private equity transactions and distressed situations. In particular, we appreciated their ability to understand the intricacies of Indian legal and regulatory issues which we discussed with them in our interactions on these transactions. David Dowling is an associate at the firm who is very responsive, commercially bright and appreciative of legal nuances in cross-border transactions.’

 

Key clients

Google

Baring Private Equity Asia

Cancer Treatment Services International

CDC Group

PG Impact Investments

TPG Growth

Lenders to Jindal Steel & Power Australia PTY Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Baring Private Equity Asia on its $888m acquisition of CitiusTech, the India-based healthcare technology service provider.
  • Advised CDC Group, the leading development finance institution owned by the UK government, on its $20m investment in iMerit Technology Services through a Series B funding.
  • Advised Google in relation to multiple antitrust investigations conducted by the European Commission, the United States Federal Trade Commission, and the Competition Commission of India (CCI).

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Fielding a team of lawyers based in the U.S., Asia and Europe acting on India-related matters, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has significant experience acting for Indian and international companies in complex M&A, premium private equity deals, corporate finance as well as outsourcing arrangements. Cross-border disputes and restructuring matters are also part of the service offering, which also includes advice on the development and financing of power, oil&gas and infrastructure projects. Transactional lawyer Jonathan Stone leads the corporate group from Hong Kong, while fellow co-head Rajeev Duggal, who focuses on capital markets and M&A, is based in Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Rajeev Duggal; Jonathan Stone

Other key lawyers:

Parveet Gandoak

Testimonials

‘Skadden’s India practice is exceptional. That the quality of their advice is great can be taken as a given, but what really sets them apart is their extensive connections to regulators and law firms in India. This in turn allows them to find practical and viable solutions in the tricky and uncertain regulatory landscape in India.’

‘Parveet Gandoak has the ability to distill difficult Indian advice and translate it into commercial solutions. He allows the Skadden India team to punch above its weight in the region. Parveet’s likely to be an important India expert based offshore for a long time to come, given his positive approach, commercial savvy and connections on the ground.’

‘Jonathan Stone is an amazing leader, full of energy and an absolute taskmaster when it comes to large transactions. Parveet Gandoak comes across as one of the very best non-Partners leading India engagements across all premium US/UK firms.’

‘Great global coverage and presence of India desk team members in different offices, London, NYC, Singapore, Tokyo, HKG, etc.’

‘Jonathan Stone and Parveet in SE Asia are the go-to guys. Parveet’s Indian background helps him understand the Client and needs better than all his colleagues.’

 

Key clients

Twitter

Times Internet

3i Infotech Ltd

Unitech Corporate Park PLC

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Azure Power Global Limited

Hexaware Technologies Limited

Rediff.com India

Standard Life Limited

Ctrip.com International

Mubadala Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, a UAE Sovereign wealth fund, in its $1.2bn acquisition of a stake in Jio Platforms Limited, an Indian digital services provider and subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (India).
  • Advised Twitter, Inc. in its Series D investment in ShareChat (India).
  • Advised Hexaware Technologies Limited on its $182m acquisition of Mobiquity Inc.

Stephenson Harwood

The India group at Stephenson Harwood predominantly focuses on dispute resolution, financing matters and corporate transactions. The practice, which tends to undertake outbound work, receives instructions from a diverse client base, composed of players from the financial services, energy, technology and healthcare sectors, among other highly-regulated industries. Its  international arbitration capability is also noted as a key strength. London-based group head Kamal Shah focuses on dispute resolution, advising on the entire range of cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings. Recently promoted Gregory Xu leads on banking and finance matters from Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Kamal Shah

Testimonials

‘Stephenson Harwood understands the Indian market. They have particular strength in dispute resolution, corporate transactions, financings and private wealth across a diverse range of sectors. The firm is highly responsive; their partners, counsel and associates are readily available and provide commercial, tailored and clear advice. They are a serious operator in India.’

‘They are a standout, knowledgeable team that is well versed in India-related matters. They provide sophisticated, creative advice and are knowledgeable both in their individual specialisms but also the India market as a whole. Partners are personally involved at all stages and are on hand for queries of all sizes.’

‘Our primary engagement is with Kamal Shah, who heads their India group and is a fantastic litigator. Kamal Shah also offers a high level of personal engagement and builds long-term and meaningful relationships. He is adept at navigating unplanned twists and turns as a dispute evolves and has an entrepreneurial and practical approach. He is particularly gifted at India-related arbitrations.’

 

Key clients

ICICI Bank

Axis Bank

Tech Mahindra

Yes Bank

KIMS Healthcare

Jindal Steel and Power

Reliance Industries

HDFC Bank Limited

State Bank of India, Antwerp Branch

Ravikant Ruia, Prashant Ruia, Sushil Baid and Uday Kumar Gujadhur

Mizuho Bank

Aditya Birla Finance Limited

Khaitan & Co

Juris Corp

Work highlights

  • Instructed by ICICI UK in a dispute relating to a $63m loan facility with Assam Oil Company.
  • Advised Indian IT services firm Tech Mahindra Ltd. on its $95m acquisition of Born Group Pte. Ltd
  • Advising Axis Bank Limited, India as English Counsel in relation to secured credit facilities to Solar Overseas Mauritius Limited, a group company of Solar Industries India Limited.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP demonstrates unparalleled expertise in the life sciences sector, acting as counsel of choice for several of India's pharmaceutical companies both on advisory work as well as patent litigation. Other fields of particular activity for the team include technology (with special emphasis on M&A and data protection issues), media and sports. The group is led by Nipun Gupta, whose areas of expertise include M&A, corporate finance and dispute resolution, and information law specialist James Mullock. Both are based in London.

Practice head(s):

Nipun Gupta; James Mullock

Other key lawyers:

Christian Bartsch; Simon Fielder

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird have a genuine industry focus. Whilst many international law firms and Indian law firms have “core-sector” focus initiatives, Bird & Bird takes it to another level. For each area that falls within a core sector they seem to have dedicated, specialist lawyers, often having spent time in-house in the relevant sector in numerous B & B offices. This translates into unique sector experience and knowledge which is invaluable when advising clients.’

‘Nipun Gupta is also a standout lawyer who assists to differentiate Bird & Bird from the competitors. Nipun is someone who has advised Indian and international clients on many matters over the years in multiple jurisdictions, so can assist the client to get to the point they need to, with the right team and all very promptly. Nipun demonstrates substantive skill at understanding what the client needs in multiple jurisdictions on a very timely and honest basis.’

Key clients

Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.

Invenire Energy

Materia

Comviva Technologies Limited

EY

National Petroleum Construction Company

Merck

Rebel Foods

AirAsia (India) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Indian vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd (part of Cyrus Poonawalla Group) on the sale of Czech unit, Praha Vaccines a.s., to Novavax AB, a subsidiary of Novavax Inc, a US based, Nasdaq-listed biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases.
  • Assisted Chennai- based Invenire Energy, an oil and gas company, with assets in South East Asia, Central Asia and Africa, on its acquisition of Hardy Exploration & Production (India) Inc. from its parent company, Hardy Oil & Gas plc.
  • Advised Materia (Co-founder and CEO Deepak Anand) on the acquisition of all shares in German licensed medicinal cannabis distributor Cannaktiv GmbH.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP undertakes a broad range of India-related mandates, demonstrating particular proficiency in the fields of M&A and capital markets deals. Jeffrey O’Brien acts for financial and private equity sponsors; the London-based partner is noted for his extensive experience in equity and debt offerings as well as leveraged finance matters.

Mayer Brown

International arbitration is a core aspect of Mayer Brown's India offering; the team is a go-to choice for high-value disputes concerning the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. Contentious matters involving restructuring issues, private equity and M&A, as well as investment arbitration proceedings also feature on the group's caseload. Based in Singapore, Yu-Jin Tay stands out for his strong track record in India-related arbitrations.

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown is an excellent firm and always provides solid legal and strategic advice. What stands out is their commercial driven and solution oriented approach, and I would highly recommend them. The MB team are busy primarily with India-related disputes that are seated in Singapore and London.

‘Yu-Jin Tay is an exceptional attorney.He is exceptionally good, and understands clients expectations.’

 

Squire Patton Boggs

Blending transactional expertise with a strong public policy capability, Squire Patton Boggs is well versed in providing advice on securities issues and capital markets transactions. The India group is adept at assisting domestic and international clients in relation to inbound and outbound investments. Splitting his time between Dubai and Singapore, Biswajit Chatterjee has a wealth of experience acting in M&A, finance, capital markets and private equity transactions with links to India. London-based Nimi Patel is a key point of contact for blue-chip Indian companies and financial institutions.

WongPartnership LLP

Based in Singapore, WongPartnership LLP predominantly offers representation to clients in relation to disputes involving Indian entities.  International arbitrations, namely investor state cases, are a core aspect of the service offering, which further covers corporate transactions and restructuring proceedings. Swee Yen Koh and co-head Smitha Menon are seasoned practitioners in the field of dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on international arbitration.

Other key lawyers:

Koh Swee Yen

Key clients

The Republic of India

Raffles Education Corporation Limited, Raffles Education Corporation Limited, Raffles Education Investment (India) Pte. Ltd, Raffles Design International India Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Darsan Jitendra Jhaveri, Singapore Star Holdings Pte Ltd, Great Newton Properties Pte Ltd, Capital Glory Investments Pte Ltd, Newton Noble Properties Pte Ltd, Sino Noble Asset Management Pte Ltd, Singapore Star Investments Pte Ltd, Singapore Star Shipping Pte Ltd, Singapore Star Properties Pte Ltd, Sino Ling Tao Resources Pte Ltd, Millers Capital Investments Pte Ltd, Nova Raffles Holdings Pte Ltd

QuEST Global

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Malvinder Mohan Singh

Work highlights

  • Acts for the Republic of India in an application of the UNCITRAL Model Law to challenge the arbitral tribunal’s decision on jurisdiction in an investor-state arbitration brought by Nissan against India under the 2011 Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement entered into between Japan and India (“CEPA”).
  • Acting for a high net worth businessman Mr Jhaveri Darsan Jitendra (“Darsan”) and various Singapore incorporated entities to defend a breach of trust claim commenced by the late Mr Anil Vasudev Salgaocar, an Indian mining baron who was a member of the Goa Legislative Assembly.
  • Acting for Temasek in its joint venture with EQT Infrastructure IV fund in the establishment of O2 Power, a renewable energy platform in India to develop utility-scale renewable projects worth.