Active in the subcontinent for more than 50 years, Baker & McKenzie’s India desk has developed a reputation as “one of the most experienced foreign law firms” in the marketplace among sources. The firm further demonstrated its commitment to Indian work in 2013 when it promoted five members of its India group to the partnership. Today the group boasts more than 300 members spanning more than 70 offices in more than 40 countries.
Ashok Lalwani heads the firm’s Asia Pacific capital markets group and the US securities group in the Asia Pacific region, as well as acting as global head of the India practice. He is “a very fine lawyer” according to peers, who recognise his work in cross-border securities and high yield matters as “first rate”. He recently acted for Dish TV India on its sale of an 11 per cent stake to US-based asset management company Apollo Management through the issuance of $100 million global depository receipts, and led the firm in acting for India’s Zee Learn on its GDR issue. A member of the Swiss Indian Chamber of Commerce, Zurich’s Philippe Reich is a member of the global steering committee for the firm’s India focus group and forms the Indian desk in Switzerland. Chicago’s Michael Mensik is also a prominent member of the group, and is one of the lead lawyers in the firm’s IT, outsourcing and privacy group.
In December, Baker & McKenzie’s China outbound team advised Chongqing Sanfeng Environmental Industry Group on the development of its international waste management business, involving the over $70 million regional municipal waste management facility project in India.