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Bandra Fort in Mumbai
Bandra Fort in Mumbai


India’s strong economic growth in recent years has led to a surge in incoming foreign investment and an even sharper increase in Indian companies expanding their operations overseas.

This dynamic environment calls for a new approach to providing expert legal advice and support to companies with global growth ambitions. Clients need help to complete complex cross-border deals and resolve difficult commercial disputes, backed by access to trusted legal services on the ground in India itself. Allen & Overy has been quick to respond.

Our India Group is made up of some 100 partners and associates - India specialists drawn from across our international network of offices, particularly Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Singapore and New York, who have a long track record of working on India-related matters.

These lawyers cover the full range of practice areas in which A&O excels, including foreign direct investment, M&A, banking, restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, litigation, arbitration and employment, and also the full range of business sectors, including energy, infrastructure, mining, financial institutions, private equity, insurance, telecoms, media and technology, real estate and life sciences. They are ideally placed to act as leading international counsel on transformational, cross-border deals.

Our India expertise has resulted in us playing a lead role in many high-profile deals and disputes in recent years, acting for some of India's most prestigious companies and financial institutions. We've also been leading advisers to some of the biggest inward investors into India.

Regulation prohibits us from practising Indian law ourselves or from having our own office in India, but we enjoy good working relationships with the leading Indian law firms which allows us to provide a seamless and full range of legal services to clients, helping them grow both within India and across the world.

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Bandra Fort in Mumbai

We have taken a lead among international law firms in providing the right support for our clients, whether they are investing in India or looking to expand their operations in India to new markets across the world.

News and insights

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News: 19 March 2024

A&O continues to be recognised for market-leading position in India

Allen & Overy continues to maintain its position as the top international law firm focused on India, and was recently recognised at the India Business Law Journal (IBLJ) Deal of the Year Awards, for…

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Blog Post: 04 October 2022

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  • Tier 1 India Foreign Firms, Legal 500 2024
  • Highly ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024, India (International Firms): Banking & Finance (Band 1), Dispute Resolution (Band 1), Capital Markets (Band 2) and Project Finance (Band 2)
  • Top 15 foreign law firms for India-related work – India Business Law Journal 2023
  • Pallavi Gopinath Aney, Sheila Ahuja, Gautam Narasimhan and Harsh Pais recognised in the “International A- List” of the top 100 India-focused legal experts outside the country in 2023, India Business Law Journal 
  • India Practice of the Year – IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2023
  • Four Deal of the Year awards at India Business Law Journal Awards 2022
  • India Desk of the Year – IDEX Legal Awards 2021


Our global coverage

Click on the regions in the map below to find out more about the jurisdictions we cover across the world.

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America

In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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Global Experts and Markets

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Our Global Experts and Markets bring together lawyers from across Allen & Overy with significant experience of working on deals in key regions and markets – they support our clients with their business needs across any region by mobilising international teams as well as selecting and maintaining our ties with our chosen relationship law firms. As our network of relationship law firms has grown, we have committed to build an enduring bond that will bring value to them, us and ultimately to our clients.