Our Indian Sub-Continent practice of more than 40 lawyers and consultants has extensive experience in the Indian/South Asian Sub-Continent, which includes the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Our experience also extends to Mauritius, a SAARC observer country, because of its special business links with the SAARC countries.

Other than English, a number of our lawyers, consultants and staff interested in these countries also speak Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. Firmwide our lawyers, consultants and staff speak more than 40 languages.


India’s extraordinary economic growth in recent years has seen a surge in both inward and outward investments in India and an increased focus on the SAARC countries. McGuireWoods has a long history serving clients in the Indian/South Asian Sub-Continent, advising across a wide variety of practice areas. Over the years, our lawyers have developed the requisite detailed knowledge of cultural nuances that facilitate collaboration with local counsel in this region. We have fostered excellent working relationships with local law firms, especially in India where local laws do not permit McGuireWoods to have an office or advise on Indian law.

McGuireWoods has advised and assisted global corporations, institutional investors, financial institutions and SMEs from this region investing in, or expanding into, the US, UK and Europe. Our lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with various types of inward and outward transactions, in a variety of areas including M&A, capital markets, financing, joint ventures, corporate structuring, intellectual property, employment, litigation and arbitration. This experience coupled with our lawyers’ language skills, cultural knowledge of the region and strong non-exclusive local counsel relationships, enables us to manage inward and outward transactions between the US, UK, Europe and the Sub-Continent.

Our strengths in certain key sectors such as corporate, banking and financial services, private equity, clean technology, energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, mining, outsourcing, media and technology, and real estate enable us to cater for a wide variety of businesses.

Through McGuireWoods Consulting, our full service public affairs subsidiary, we can provide companies in the Indian Sub-Continent with assistance on government relations matters in the US, and also help them have a voice in shaping US legislation affecting their business and industries. McGuireWoods Consulting has offices in the US and Europe.

Our lawyers and consultants maintain relationships with the UK Trade and Industry representatives in the region, the UK India Business Council and local professional firms.



    UK medical transcription services company

    Advised a UK medical transcription services company on its acquisition of IPR from companies based in Bangalore, India and Mauritius.


    Ministry of Communications of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

    Represented the Ministry of Communications of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in its negotiations with the two wireless voice and data service providers, Afghan Wireless Communication Company and Roshan, currently licensed by the Ministry to provide service in Afghanistan.



    Advised “borrowers”/“purchasers” in a series of Morobaha funded wholesale purchase of diamonds for Indian diamond manufacturers in the first reported Morobaha case before the English Commercial Court (the court decided that the transaction was a loan).


    Founders of an Afghan mobile telephone company

    Acted in a $400 million dispute between the founders of an Afghan mobile telephone company, which includes allegations of fraud and conspiracy. The dispute concerned ownership of an equity stake in the first mobile phone company established in Afghanistan.


    Indian multi-unit farmers cooperative society

    Representation of an Indian multi-unit farmers cooperative society in a shareholder dispute relating to its $30 million investment in an American public company with phosphate mining interests in Australia.

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