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India Group

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

Our track record of advising clients on high profile and significant cross-border transactions, projects, disputes and debt and equity financings, has earned us a reputation for being a market-leading India practice. We are regularly the firm of choice for both international clients and Indian corporates in relation to their most important matters in India as well as overseas.

This gives us an excellent balance of perspective, allowing us also to understand the perspective of the Indian business and the cultural and practical challenges and to share clear insights as to the best actions to take and tactics to adopt to overcome the legal and practical hurdles in order to deliver matters to execution.

Our practice is based across our London, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong offices and operates seamlessly as one adaptable team that can be tailored as required.

Due to Indian regulation, we are precluded from having offices on the ground in India and practising Indian law. However we have strong relationships with top Indian law firms with whom we work to deliver a seamless service.

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

Insights and updates

10th August 2023
The eighth edition of the Herbert Smith Freehills-NLU Delhi International Negotiation Competition will be held...
2nd August 2023
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10th February 2023
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22nd November 2022
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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

Yinson Renewables

Advised on the acquisition of 37.5% stake in Rising Sun Energy’s two 70MW solar power assets at the Bhadla Solar Park located in Rajasthan, India, one of the world’s largest solar parks. 


Advising on the US$1 billion investment in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India.


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.



"General counsel and law firms alike agree that Herbert Smith Freehills is an undisputed leader on the India circuit.”


The best thing about the team is that they are able to tailor their legal advice in practical and business terms.

“Client centric with a deep focus on business partnering.”


"Herbert Smith Freehills’ commitment to India is unshakeable."


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