Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has been representing clients doing business in India for more than a decade. Our India practice has been identified as one of the most prominent among international firms, as well as a leading legal adviser on outbound investment from the Americas to India as ranked by India Business Law Journal. The lawyers in our India practice serve a broad client base of both U.S.-based clients in India and India-based clients abroad, including Fortune 500 companies, investment banks and other financial institutions. We have experience in a broad range of areas, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital markets transactions, international trade matters and infrastructure projects. The practice places special emphasis on representing investment funds investing in India, both on their fund structuring and transactional work.
We have a solid understanding of how business is conducted in India, including the interplay between government and business on legal, regulatory and tax matters. Akin Gump has substantial credibility in the international business and investor communities relating to our structuring expertise, our understanding of what does and doesn’t work in the Indian context and our ability to help shape and execute result-oriented strategies. Additionally, our attorneys are actively involved with the USA-India Chamber of Commerce.
Akin Gump lawyers frequently travel to India to conduct business and to meet with government and commercial leaders since regulation prohibits us from practicing Indian law ourselves or from having our own office there. Over the years, we have established a highly developed network of contacts in the Indian government and in the Indian business, financial, tax advisory and legal sectors. We work closely in conjunction with several of India’s leading law firms and consider our ability to identify the optimal local counsel for a particular transaction as an important value-added service for our clients looking to do business in India. In addition, several of our lawyers are originally from India and South Asia and are fluent in major Indian languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Tamil.