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Straight Talk in South Asia and India 

Our work in South Asia is a dynamic cornerstone of our International practices in energy infrastructure, securitization and international trade disputes. Andrews Kurth Kenyon has unique strengths at linking global energy, environment, communications, infrastructure, manufacturing, equity, debt and technology clients to South Asian countries.  

Experience in South Asia

Andrews Kurth Kenyon has an extensive array of experience in India including winning the largest tax award case in Indian history at the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.

Additional representative matters on the Indian subcontinent include engagements and pioneering projects involving Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

As part of our transactional counsel, Andrews Kurth Kenyon lawyers undertake due diligence, consider tax implications, corporate structuring, partnerships, intellectual property protections and conflict prevention measures.

With our wide corporate capabilities in the U.S. and other leading global economies, we help domestic and international clients with their business concerns in South Asia including in:

Growing the Business of South Asia

From construction and development agreements and projects to public policy advocacy, dispute resolution and transactional guidance, Andrews Kurth Kenyon’s extensive experience spans the region and world.

Our insights and relationships benefit South Asian businesses and help corporate clients gain access to South Asia’s immense business opportunities. Our background includes counseling clients in:

South Asian companies have a growing presence in the United States, and our nationwide practice enables us to play a key role in their success. Our lawyers have represented more than 75 South Asian technology, financial services and manufacturing companies in the establishment of their U.S. operations.  

Often our representation involves industry-wide counsel.  For example, we advised ten Indian financial institutions on the tax and corporate structuring of their U.S. operations, contracts, financing and acquisitions.   

Representative Matters

Andrews Kurth Kenyon’s representative matters include managing numerous transactions and disputes for South Asian companies and U.S. multinationals involving:

Power Project Privatizations

Privatization is a major global trend in infrastructure construction, and attorneys have represented clients to accomplish a number of impressive firsts in South Asia, such as:

Chemicals

South Asia is a major center for the development of chemical manufacturing facilities. Our work for major U.S. companies has involved:

Telecommunications

An active center of global telecommunications, South Asia continues to attract the interests of our clients.  Our lawyers have represented major American and foreign developers and contractors in a variety of cellular and fixed-line projects. Our work on their behalf includes:

Industrial and Technology Projects 

Our construction and infrastructure project work in South Asia encompasses a variety of other industry sectors, from manufacturing and real estate development to health care centers.  Representative areas of our counsel include:  

Capital Markets and Corporate Law

Public Policy Advocacy

Andrews Kurth Kenyon has extensive experience working directly with several Prime Ministers, Presidents, Cabinet members and other senior government and business leaders throughout South Asia and in the U.S. on investment policies and infrastructure projects. 

One of our lawyers, based in our Washington D.C. office, has worked in South Asia for more than 25 years and lived in India for more than six years. He has served as a board member and general counsel to the U.S.-India Business Council and general counsel to the Indian American Republican Council, South Asia Regional Energy Coalition, U.S-Bangladesh Business Council, the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council and the U.S.-Sri Lanka Working Group. He also serves on the board of the statutorily-created U.S.-Indian Subcommission, and served as the chairman of the South Asia Energy Council for the International Private Energy Association.  Our public policy representative matters include:

Legal Achievement Highlights in India

Our lawyers have gained an international reputation for skillfully guiding clients through India’s vibrant economic changes.  Our experience ranges from managing rapidly changing regulatory matters to coordinating and navigating requirements of local business administrative agencies.

Among our litigation representative matters in India is Andrews Kurth Kenyon’s win in the largest tax award case in Indian history before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.  We also have considerable experience in a wide range of energy projects across the country. 

Andrews Kurth Kenyon lawyers are respected for our business sense and experience in the region.  We present seminars to international audiences on such topics as structuring tax-effective investments, water investments and securing public procurements in India.

Through our ongoing experience in India, we have developed a valuable handle on the nuances of conducting businesses throughout the nation’s widely varied and unique states.  We keep clients attuned to prevailing economic and political climates that influence their business decisions.

Energy Projects in India 

We are pleased to have played a role in our clients’ successes in India’s bustling economy, especially in renewable energy projects.  

We represented clients in the construction financing of the first biodiesel project ever closed in India, a $21 million total project cost, with all equity funding coming from a private equity company in Silicon Valley.  

Andrews Kurth Kenyon lawyers also closed a $180 million Ascent Private Equity Fund in Mauritius and a related trust in India, and then worked with a large Indian financial institution for a $10 million private equity investment out of the fund and into another Indian biodiesel manufacturing facility.

Representative projects include:  

 Litigation and Arbitration in India

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