Archer & Angel has always been known as a go-to firm for foreign companies looking to expand their operations in India. It has a strong reputation around the world for its franchise work and is also lauded for its expertise in IP and real estate matters. Four domestic offices allow the firm to offer clients pan-India support, while its close ties to the International Franchise Lawyers Association mean it benefits from the support of an international network of franchise specialists across the globe.
Srijoy Das is listed in the franchise edition of Who’s Who Legal and is described as a “national leader in the field” by respondents to our survey. His practice combines franchise expertise with IP, corporate, employment and technology acumen as well as work in the media and entertainment sector.
In recent years the firm’s franchise team has acted for multinationals from Asia, Europe and the Americas on setting up operations in India, including leading names in the computer hardware, retail, health-care, manufacturing, and managements services sectors. It has been active in a number of infringement and passing off cases, including work for the Intercontinental Hotels
Group, which it advised in relation to domain disputes regarding the group’s trademark. Nike has also been a client, along with Snap Fitness and Johnny Rockets. The latter instructed Archer & Angel for advice on a master franchise agreement and due diligence issues. Other clients include Apple – which the firm acted for on various commercial agreements, regulatory matters,
packaging and labelling and employment laws, and Swarovski, which instructed Archer & Angel for help on company law issues and property leasing arrangements. In the technology sphere, the firm has advised cloud systems operator Citrix in its acquisitions of mobile technology provider Bytemobile and virtual desktop software maker RingCube. It also acted for chipmaker
Integrated Device Technology in its purchase of rival PLX Technology, and for Emptoris, a company that creates systems to monitor sales, when it was bought by IBM.