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India Desk

Our India practice provides clients with a seamless approach to corporate transactions and dispute resolution in India and the Asian region. Working alongside all of the leading law firms in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, we routinely work with Indian and South Asian clients in their corporate matters as well as their dispute resolution and intellectual property matters.

Our lawyers have worked in India and Bangladesh and are proficient in Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi and Tamil. They have intuitive understanding of the culture and practices that affect the conduct of a transaction in this region. This allows them to deliver seamlessly in corporate transactions and dispute resolution.

This sets our India practice apart.

Practice Areas 

Mergers & Acquisitions

We regularly advise clients in a wide range of sectors both within and outside of India in relation to their cross-border transactions, including acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. With lawyers experienced in Indian laws, we are able to provide advice on structuring of transactions from the early stages and to provide insight into the cultural and commercial realities of doing a transaction in India.

Funds

With our expertise in funds and tax, we work with clients in the establishment of funds with an India focus which are tax efficient.

Dispute Resolution

Our clients have interests in and around the Indo-Subcontinent. We have acted in arbitrations and court actions and taken on advisory roles in disputes involving a wide range of issues from international sanctions to multimillion dollar plant, infrastructure, and resource development.

Our strategies are sensitive to the cultural milieu in which the dispute exists. We offer and execute solutions tailored to bring swift, economical, and satisfactory resolutions to contentious issues. Our lawyers take full advantage of modern connectivity, are readily contactable, and are able to travel at short notice to where they are needed.

Intellectual Property

We assist some of the largest, top-tier clients in their intellectual property work in South Asia.

Cross Border

With our Indonesia Desk lawyers, we have advised our Indian clients on their investments, joint ventures, acquisitions, and disputes in Indonesia. We provide support across many industries and projects, for example shipping, infrastructure, energy and resources, banking and finance, and entertainment and lifestyle.

Please see our Indonesia Desk webpage for further details.

Accolades

Chambers Global 2016

Corporate/M&A (Desk based Abroad in Singapore) – India 2016

“This Singapore firm has expertise in structuring India-focused funds and handling venture capital investments into the country. The firm also advises on cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures for both Indian and international clients.”

Chambers Global 2015 identified Drew & Napier’s India Desk as a leading practice in Corporate/M&A in India.

Chambers Global 2014 identified Drew & Napier’s India Desk as a leading practice in Dispute Resolution and Corporate/M&A in India. Clients commented that the team is “able to navigate through and grasp Indian proceedings very quickly.”

India Business Law Journal, June 2016
Drew is recognised as a “Regional and Specialist Firm” for the third year.

A client lauded Hri Kumar and Tham Feei Sy as “able and diligent advocates”.

India Business Law Journal, June 2015
Sources say: “Drew & Napier have been exceptional in their response to the complex and often time constrained requirements of the various matters in dispute. They are technically excellent lawyers, who also take the time to explain the complexity of the legal issues to non-lawyers.”

Cavinder Bull is described as “a highly skilled lawyer, with a courteous manner even in the midst of very difficult and antagonistic proceeding”, while Foo Yuet Min and Gerui Lim are also very skilled and “extremely dedicated to the needs of the client”.

India Business Law Journal, June 2014 lauded Drew & Napier’s India Desk for its arbitration capabilities. “They are the best in business” and “very good on strategy.” A leading lawyer based in India was quoted as saying that Davinder Singh, SC is “the most respected lawyer in Singapore” and Jaikanth Shankar “a very able deputy [who] is also impressive”.