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India Group

Being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India presents vast opportunities and challenges.

We have worked with our clients on some of the most high-profile and significant cross-border deals and disputes in Indian history from Indian businesses seeking global expansion to international organisations building an operational presence in India.

Our versatile practice comprises over 40 partners across our global network and has been ranked by Chambers Global and Legal 500 in the top tier for India-related work. We have also been named as the India International Law Firm of the Year 2016/17 by Chambers.

No other international firm has more band 1 rankings or more ranked lawyers than us for India-related work.

Ranked Tier 1 for 13 consecutive years by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (India, Foreign Firms)

Ranked top international law firm for India-related matters for 12 consecutive years by India Business Law Journal (IBLJ)

Herbert Smith Freehills’ commitment to India is unshakeable.” India Business Law Journal, 2019

Our "wider commitment to India" includes work with law schools and local charities and sets us apart from other firms.

Insights and updates

9th December 2021
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9th December 2021
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24th November 2021
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24th November 2021
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Recent Experience

Our expert teams across sectors and practice areas provide a diverse range of legal knowledge to our clients in the region


Advising India’s pioneering digital transformation company, Happiest Minds Technologies Limited, on its significantly oversubscribed IPO India’s Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE).

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Bharti Airtel

Advising on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of Zain Africa BV, a wholly-owned Dutch subsidiary of Kuwaiti listed company Mobile Telecommunications Company KSC. Zain's African businesses comprise operations in Burkina Faso, Chad, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Niger, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Reliance Communications

Advising on its US$1.6 billion sale of its tower business to Brookfield Infrastructure.


Advising on the acquisition of interests in the Darling Group's artificial hair production and distribution businesses that operates in 14 countries across Africa.

Strides Shasun

Advising an Indian pharmaceutical company, on disposal of Agila Specialities its generic specialty injectable business to Mylan Inc. for up to US$1.85 billion.

Vedanta Resources PLC

Advising on public international law actions arising from a retrospective tax assessment of US$3.3 billion from the Indian tax authorities.

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