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Bandra Fort in Mumbai
Bandra Fort in Mumbai

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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, 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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Blog Post: 03 May 2022

Potential compromise on Covid-19 IPR waiver: deadlock resolved?

Last month, a leaked document regarding the TRIPS Waiver revealed a breakthrough between the EU, South Africa, India and the United States. After 18 months of negotiations, the four parties now have…

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Publications: 01 February 2022

Podcast: Sustainability-linked bonds in India

In 2021, the first sustainability-linked bond (SLB) from India was issued.  Indian issuers put out USD1.2 billion in 2021 in SLBs with UltraTech Cement, Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited and JSW Steel…

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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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Awards & accolades

  • Four Deal of the Year awards at India Business Law Journal Awards 2022
  • Tier 1 India Foreign Firms, Legal 500 2022
  • India Practice of the Year – IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2021
  • India Desk of the Year – IDEX Legal Awards 2021
  • Top 15 foreign law firms for India-related work – India Business Law Journal 2021
  • Pallavi Gopinath Aney, Sheila Ahuja and Gautam Narasimhan recognised in the “International A- List” of the top 100 India-focused legal experts outside the country in 2019, 2020 and 2021, GlobalCapital Asia Awards

Recognition

Our global coverage

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  • 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.