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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, 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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Publications: 21 December 2021

India in Focus: Pricing considerations for foreign direct investment in India

As we explored in the last India in Focus article, the legal framework governing foreign investments in India is derived from an interconnected bundle of legislation, regulations and policy documents…

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Publications: 09 December 2021

India in focus: Foreign Investment in India

According to the 2021 UN World Investment Report, India was the fifth largest recipient of foreign investment globally in 2020, attracting inflows of USD64 billion last year. This represents growth of…

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Publications: 11 October 2021

India in focus

Earlier this year, the Insurance (Amendment) Act 2021 (the Act) came into force in India, allowing non-Indian investors to hold majority control in Indian insurance companies for the first time…

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Blog Post: 08 October 2021

International reaction to the EU's proposed CBAM

There has been something of a mixed response to the EU’s proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). At the seventh meeting of BRICS environment ministers in New Delhi in August, the statement…

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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.