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We are one of the most experienced international firms for India-related cross-border legal services. We represent multinational corporations, financial institutions and funds from around the world pursuing opportunities in India. We also advise Indian companies and financial institutions on their international transactions and disputes.

Our core India team is based in the three top markets that generate India-related cross-border matters: New York, Singapore and London. They work with our lawyers in offices around the world, bringing together different practice areas and legal knowledge to provide fully coordinated advice.

In India, we are at the forefront of M&A, private equity, capital markets, project development and financing, leveraged financing, fund formation, dispute resolution and general corporate advisory work. As with all international law firms, Indian regulations do not permit us to practice Indian law. We work closely with a number of law firms in India. We do not have an exclusive or special relationship with any single Indian firm as we want the freedom to choose local lawyers who have the experience to service our clients with the highest level of quality and responsiveness.

Strength across practice areas

Private equity & M&A
We represent clients investing in India through control acquisitions, minority investments and joint ventures. We also advise Indian companies in their investments and mergers and acquisitions activities outside India.

Capital markets
We represent issuers, underwriters, investors and other participants on their debt, equity and derivative offerings around the world, including Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings and registered offerings in all of the international markets from which Indian issuers raise capital.

Energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance
We regularly represent multilateral financial institutions, developers, international commercial and investment banks, Indian financial institutions and banks, export credit agencies and other participants in project development and financing in the power, oil and gas, transportation and other infrastructure sectors.

Bank finance and restructuring
We regularly represent lenders and borrowers in cross-border financing transactions. Our practitioners are steeped in knowledge of the latest local and international techniques across banking, insolvency, restructuring and litigation.

Dispute resolution
Our dispute resolution team handles arbitration proceedings (under the rules of all major international and regional arbitral institutions) and other modes of alternative dispute resolution. We advise clients from both common and civil law systems.

 

AWARDS

#1 US law firm for India-related transactions
Asia-Pacific The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2011 and 2012

Tier 1: International Firm Active in India
IFLR1000 2013

White & Case is highly ranked for India related transactions.
Nine White & Case lawyers were ranked as "Leading Lawyers," the highest ranking for individual lawyers.
The Legal 500 2014

Recognition for Nandan Nelivigi and George Cyriac as the leading practitioners for India-related work.
Chambers Global 2014

GMR Group,  2014 and 2010
We advised GMR Infrastructure Limited and its group companies on the sale of their 40 percent stake in Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen (ISG) International Airport, one of the fastest-growing airports in the world.

We advised GMR Infrastructure Limited in a joint venture with Megawide Corporation for the expansion and modernization of the Cebu-Mactan airport in Philippines.

We represented GMR Group initially in the acquisition and subsequently in the sale of a 50 percent stake in Intergen N.V., a global power company with power plants in five countries, for a consideration in excess of US$1 billion.

AIG Global Real Estate, 2014
We represented AIG Global Real Estate in the sale of its various Indian real estate assets to Brookfield Asset Management.

Kotak Mahindra/Edelweiss Capital, 2010
We acted for Kotak Mahindra and Edelweiss Capital, as international counsel, in Hindustan Media Ventures Limited's initial public offering.

NDTV, 2009
We represented NDTV on the sale of a 26 percent stake in NDTV Networks to NBC Universal for US$150 million. This transaction was named "India M&A Deal of the Year" by Asian Legal Business.

China Development Bank, 2009
We represented China Development Bank as lender in two US$350 Sinosure-backed senior secured term loans to the Aircel Group of India. This deal is the largest telecommunications project financing in India and was nominated for IFLR/Asialaw India Awards 2010's "Project Finance Deal of the Year" and was named Project Finance magazine's "Indian Telecoms Deal of the Year 2009."

DLF India, 2008
We represented DLF Ltd. in a US$2.25 billion initial public offering. This transaction was named "2007 IPO Deal of the Year" by India Business Law Journal 2008.

BNP Paribas
Representation of BNP Paribas, as structuring bank, and a syndicate of ten Indian lenders in the US$670 million financing of a chlor-alkali petrochemical facility in Port Said, Egypt developed by the Sanmar Group of India.

Yahoo Inc.
Representation of Yahoo! Inc. in its strategic investments in a number of Indian companies.

Petronet LNG
Representation of Petronet LNG Ltd., the project company in the development, construction and financing of a US$600 million LNG receiving, storage and regasification facility at Dahej in the state of Gujarat, India.

Deutsche Bank
Representation of Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Investec, J.P. Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank as underwriters in the high yield debt offering of US$550 million senior notes by Greenko Dutch B.V.

International lenders in financing of Reliance solar power facility
Representation of International lenders in the financing of Reliance Power's US$392 million 100 MW concentrating solar power generation facility in Rajasthan, India; lenders included Asian Development Bank, FMO, US Ex-Im Bank and Axis Bank.

Merck & Co.
Representation of Merck & Co., Inc. in its joint venture with Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., a listed Indian pharmaceutical company to develop and commercialize branded generics in emerging markets.

India
About

We are one of the most experienced international firms for India-related cross-border legal services. We represent multinational corporations, financial institutions and funds from around the world pursuing opportunities in India. We also advise Indian companies and financial institutions on their international transactions and disputes.

Our core India team is based in the three top markets that generate India-related cross-border matters: New York, Singapore and London. They work with our lawyers in offices around the world, bringing together different practice areas and legal knowledge to provide fully coordinated advice.

In India, we are at the forefront of M&A, private equity, capital markets, project development and financing, leveraged financing, fund formation, dispute resolution and general corporate advisory work. As with all international law firms, Indian regulations do not permit us to practice Indian law. We work closely with a number of law firms in India. We do not have an exclusive or special relationship with any single Indian firm as we want the freedom to choose local lawyers who have the experience to service our clients with the highest level of quality and responsiveness.

Strength across practice areas

Private equity & M&A
We represent clients investing in India through control acquisitions, minority investments and joint ventures. We also advise Indian companies in their investments and mergers and acquisitions activities outside India.

Capital markets
We represent issuers, underwriters, investors and other participants on their debt, equity and derivative offerings around the world, including Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings and registered offerings in all of the international markets from which Indian issuers raise capital.

Energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance
We regularly represent multilateral financial institutions, developers, international commercial and investment banks, Indian financial institutions and banks, export credit agencies and other participants in project development and financing in the power, oil and gas, transportation and other infrastructure sectors.

Bank finance and restructuring
We regularly represent lenders and borrowers in cross-border financing transactions. Our practitioners are steeped in knowledge of the latest local and international techniques across banking, insolvency, restructuring and litigation.

Dispute resolution
Our dispute resolution team handles arbitration proceedings (under the rules of all major international and regional arbitral institutions) and other modes of alternative dispute resolution. We advise clients from both common and civil law systems.

 

AWARDS

#1 US law firm for India-related transactions
Asia-Pacific The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2011 and 2012

Tier 1: International Firm Active in India
IFLR1000 2013

White & Case is highly ranked for India related transactions.
Nine White & Case lawyers were ranked as "Leading Lawyers," the highest ranking for individual lawyers.
The Legal 500 2014

Recognition for Nandan Nelivigi and George Cyriac as the leading practitioners for India-related work.
Chambers Global 2014

Experience

GMR Group,  2014 and 2010
We advised GMR Infrastructure Limited and its group companies on the sale of their 40 percent stake in Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen (ISG) International Airport, one of the fastest-growing airports in the world.

We advised GMR Infrastructure Limited in a joint venture with Megawide Corporation for the expansion and modernization of the Cebu-Mactan airport in Philippines.

We represented GMR Group initially in the acquisition and subsequently in the sale of a 50 percent stake in Intergen N.V., a global power company with power plants in five countries, for a consideration in excess of US$1 billion.

AIG Global Real Estate, 2014
We represented AIG Global Real Estate in the sale of its various Indian real estate assets to Brookfield Asset Management.

Kotak Mahindra/Edelweiss Capital, 2010
We acted for Kotak Mahindra and Edelweiss Capital, as international counsel, in Hindustan Media Ventures Limited's initial public offering.

NDTV, 2009
We represented NDTV on the sale of a 26 percent stake in NDTV Networks to NBC Universal for US$150 million. This transaction was named "India M&A Deal of the Year" by Asian Legal Business.

China Development Bank, 2009
We represented China Development Bank as lender in two US$350 Sinosure-backed senior secured term loans to the Aircel Group of India. This deal is the largest telecommunications project financing in India and was nominated for IFLR/Asialaw India Awards 2010's "Project Finance Deal of the Year" and was named Project Finance magazine's "Indian Telecoms Deal of the Year 2009."

DLF India, 2008
We represented DLF Ltd. in a US$2.25 billion initial public offering. This transaction was named "2007 IPO Deal of the Year" by India Business Law Journal 2008.

BNP Paribas
Representation of BNP Paribas, as structuring bank, and a syndicate of ten Indian lenders in the US$670 million financing of a chlor-alkali petrochemical facility in Port Said, Egypt developed by the Sanmar Group of India.

Yahoo Inc.
Representation of Yahoo! Inc. in its strategic investments in a number of Indian companies.

Petronet LNG
Representation of Petronet LNG Ltd., the project company in the development, construction and financing of a US$600 million LNG receiving, storage and regasification facility at Dahej in the state of Gujarat, India.

Deutsche Bank
Representation of Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Investec, J.P. Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank as underwriters in the high yield debt offering of US$550 million senior notes by Greenko Dutch B.V.

International lenders in financing of Reliance solar power facility
Representation of International lenders in the financing of Reliance Power's US$392 million 100 MW concentrating solar power generation facility in Rajasthan, India; lenders included Asian Development Bank, FMO, US Ex-Im Bank and Axis Bank.

Merck & Co.
Representation of Merck & Co., Inc. in its joint venture with Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., a listed Indian pharmaceutical company to develop and commercialize branded generics in emerging markets.