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"Market-leading team that handles a broad spectrum of debt and equity issuances, including complex US bond issuances and big-ticket IPOs. Its long track record on Indian deals makes it counsel of choice for many corporate issuers and underwriters."
— Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015

India Practice

Latham & Watkins delivers international legal advice on commercial transactions in India; advising Indian and international clients on their activities in India and Indian clients on their activities internationally.

Mughal Dome in Delhi, India
Unique Experience in the Region

Latham is one of the largest and most experienced international law firms advising both domestic and international clients on their transactions in India and globally. The firm’s India Practice boasts more than 50 India-focused lawyers based across the firm’s offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, representing clients on ground breaking transactions in the country, across a number of practices, including: 

With a 18-year track record of success and experience, Latham’s lawyers have advised on more than 180 transactions in India, with a combined value of more than US$125 billion.

Clients benefit from Latham’s longstanding history working alongside leading law firms in India, delivering top quality local and international legal advice on many of the country’s landmark transactions.

Members of Latham’s India Practice routinely handle transactions governed under both English and US law, and the firm includes lawyers who are proficient in Hindi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil and Kannada.

A Leader in the Market

Latham is recognized as a leading foreign law firm for India transactions by India Business Law Journal. The firm is also ranked in Band 1 for Capital Markets in India in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014, earning praise as “one of the top choices for India-related capital markets work, with particular expertise in equity capital markets and high-yield debt”. Latham received a further ranking from Chambers Asia-Pacific for its corporate/M&A work in India, highlighting the firm’s “ability to combine strong capital markets and corporate experience” for many of the country’s most complex transactions.

Latham & Watkins continues to work on some of the most significant deals in the market, including:

  • The award-winning Network18 and TV18’s rights issuances, recognized as “Deals of the Year” by India Business Law Journal in 2012
  • The complex restructurings of Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCBs) of Subex Limited and GTL Infrastructure Limited
  • Asia's largest high-yield corporate bond (at the time of issuance) – Vedanta Resources plc’s ground breaking bond offerings, awarded “Best High Yield Bond of the Year” by FinanceAsia in 2011
  • The largest acquisition in the Indian oil & gas sector – Vedanta Resources Plc’s acquisition of Cairn Energy Plc, awarded  “M&A Deal of the Year” by India Business Law Journal in 2010
  • The first US listing of an Indian issuer in four years – MakeMyTrip’s US Initial Public Offering, awarded “Best Small-Cap Deal of the Year’ by FinanceAsia in 2011
  • The first senior US dollar deal with a 10-year maturity to be issued by an Indian bank – ICICI Bank’s US$1 billion bond offering, awarded “Banking & Finance Deal of the Year” by India Business Law Journal in 2010