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Mayer Brown supports clients undertaking business in India and acts for Indian diversified family conglomerates, corporations, Indian State and private banks and institutions with their legal requirements outside of India.

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Mayer Brown's India group offers a thorough understanding of the Indian legal market that we leverage to support our clients around the world who face legal challenges when undertaking business involving India.

Our group has significant relations with the leading Indian diversified family conglomerates, many of India's other leading corporations and the leading law firms in India. The members of our team have deep ties to the country and recognize the importance of regularly visiting India to meet with clients and local law firms.

We are familiar with the family business culture in India, and we work with the in-house legal team and the family members to ensure, in the context of the ownership and control of the family businesses, that the corporate structures and tax and related matters are appropriate for the business venture being contemplated outside of India.

Our group actively tracks the business and legal developments that might affect Indian corporations as they expand abroad and international enterprises with respect to their India-related activities. Additionally, our lawyers regularly present at seminars and conferences on matters of interest to Indian and international clients alike, such as India's emerging competition law, compliance with securities laws in relation to fund raising activities, transaction structuring, international arbitration alternatives and developments in Indian tax laws that may impact investment structures.

Despite progress in the liberalization of its economy, India's rapidly changing business, legal and regulatory environment remains complex and presents unique challenges for market participants, particularly foreign investors. These challenges include market access barriers, limitations on the repatriation of invested capital, restrictions on offshore lending and hard-to-navigate investment regulations. In order for businesses to succeed in this market, they will need to have a well-developed business strategy that takes into account the complex business, legal and regulatory environment and the diverse cultural nuances at play. Our decades of experience with the Indian marketplace means we are not learning the basics on your matters and can efficiently focus on the particular points that require addressing.

Mayer Brown is committed to pro bono and community service efforts. Noting the similar commitment by Indian corporations to corporate social responsibility, Mayer Brown supports those CSR programs with pro bono legal support both in India, when our experience is relevant, and outside of India through our extensive network of offices.

"This is an acquisition that has required not only transactional skills from many countries and many different areas of law but also multicultural understanding all of which have been professionally and commercially well handled by the many Mayer Brown team members that have been involved."

Richard Hoare, General Counsel, Gulf Oil Corporation Ltd., the India-based lubricants division of the international conglomerate the Hinduja Group, on its purchase of US industrial fluids manufacturer Houghton International Inc. for $1.045 billion.
December 2012.

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