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Whatever your sector or legal requirements, our India Group has the expertise to go beyond your expectations. With a decades-long record of satisfying major clients in our jurisdiction, you can be confident that we’ll help you overcome any challenge.

Our longstanding rating as a ‘Regional and Specialist Firm (Worldwide)’ by the Indian Business Law Journal complements our ranking in the Legal 500 directory for Emerging Markets.

As a TLT India Group client, you’ll benefit from the power of our strategic partnerships with fellow professionals, regulators and third-party intermediaries in a variety of fields and sectors. These are particularly beneficial in expediting multi-jurisdictional enforcement matters. And, as you might expect, the Indian portfolio regularly requires work across jurisdictions including Singapore, Hong Kong, the Middle East and US. To cater to this, we have a carefully curated network of preferred partners and strategic alliances in all key jurisdictions.

Our core India Group members regularly visit India – keeping abreast of the latest legal developments and business opportunities. They also contribute thought leadership input to key stakeholders (including leading full-service and boutique Indian law firms and various ministries of the Government of India) on issues of common interest, such as policy framework across a wide array of issues including banking, cross-border insolvency, data protection, clean energy and fintech. With fingers firmly on the pulse, we can look to the future and keep a keen eye on what comes next for your business. This aspect of our forward looking expertise is highlighted every year in our Priorities Report aimed at our international banking clients which focuses on what we think the major topics of conversation and opportunities are going to look like. 

Building on a strong historical foundation in financial services with Indian banks, our legal services now encompass several service lines. These include banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring, cross-border enforcement and dispute resolution, green finance, fintech, corporate, financial services regulation, data privacy, real estate, shipping finance and a private client tax practice.

With a hard-earned reputation for going above and beyond to deliver excellent results, diverse expertise and a broad network of contacts, we’re the trusted partner you need to navigate the Indian legal landscape, predict emerging opportunities and plot your path to success.

Recent highlights

  • Advising the UK Government on the future international data transfer between India and the UK post-Brexit. This is being done in collaboration with a leading Indian law firm.
  • Advising a major Indian bank in connection with a £200m syndicated development facility funding in relation to a mixed-use site in central Mayfair comprising of high-end residential flats and a Mandarin Oriental hotel.
  • Acting for a consortium of 13 Indian banks led by State Bank of India in successfully defeating a challenge brought by high-profile Indian businessman Dr Vijay Mallya against an order registering an Indian judgment (£1.145bn) with the English High Court and a supporting freezing injunction. Continuing to act for the banks in relation to bankruptcy proceedings against him and strategically advising the banks from time to time.
  • Providing advice to a large Indian private bank in reviewing its entire legacy book of LIBOR-based bilateral and syndicated loans as part of its project to transition away from LIBOR to a successor risk-free reference rate (RFR).
  • Acting for 2 Indian Banks in connection with the reorganisation of a London hotel group. The total bank debt across was c.£50m and, the wider reorganisation involved a total of 9 lenders across 10 hotels in central London with a global debt value across the lender group in excess of £200m.
  • Acting for IDBI Bank in relation to the enforcement of a US$200M loan facility for the construction of two oil rigs. Advice included liaising with Singaporean lawyers as to the bank’s rights and options given the liquidation of the borrowers. Proceedings issued in the English Courts against the Cypriot parent corporate guarantor were successful.
  • Advised a bank on international data transfer issues, including advising on the transfer of data from the UK to India to enable compliance with regulatory reporting requirements in India, advising on the transfer of data to India for the provision of back-up and related administration services, drafting model contracts and related services agreements to ensure compliance with data protection and Financial Conduct Authority requirements.
  • Advising Speciality Restaurants on its London debut on the site acquisition for a new flagship restaurant at marble Arch called ‘Chourangi’. The company has its registered office in Kolkata and head office in Mumbai with over 130 restaurants in 25 cities across five countries. Speciality Restaurants is listed on the BSE and NSE stock exchanges of India. TLT has advised on real estate and corporate structuring.

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