LEADERSHIP: Valérie Demont

India's rise as a global trading partner to the United States and as a center for technology, communications, manufacturing, retail, infrastructure, business services and other commercial enterprises creates tremendous opportunities for U.S. and Indian companies involved in cross-border business.

For many years, Pepper Hamilton has been devoted to serving U.S. clients investing and operating in India, and Indian clients investing or doing business in the United States. Our U.S.-India practice consists of a multidisciplinary team of attorneys with experience in a variety of practice areas, (including corporate, securities, M&A, financing, tax, intellectual property, funds, construction, enforcement and litigation) and various industries (including outsourcing, IT, banking and financial services, retail, infrastructure, automotive, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, mining and media). In 2012, Pepper acquired the investigative group run by Louis Freeh, former director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, allowing the combined firm to offer clients the outstanding capabilities of top consultants, forensic analysts, and former FBI and comparable resources worldwide.

Pepper Hamilton has been repeatedly recognized as a significant player for U.S.-India business by India Business Law Journal. The publication noted Pepper’s successes in a number of transactions in growth areas in India, such as entertainment and publishing.

When advising on U.S.-India matters, we work with a number of leading law firms in India to advise on all aspects of Indian law governing the matter. In particular, we advise clients about:

  • mergers, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and dispositions of assets or businesses
  • repatriation of earnings, currency transactions and related matters
  • tax and corporate structuring of investments into India or the U.S. sales of goods and services
  • technology and other intellectual property transfers involving India and Indian entities
  • establishment of business operations in India
  • investments in capital markets in India capital markets
  • transactions and securities offerings by Indian issuers in the U.S. and internationally
  • formation of funds dedicated to investments in India
  • litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution
  • FCPA and other enforcement issues
  • government regulation and regulatory approvals
  • labor relations and employee benefits work
  • other commercial needs.