Having ended its “best friends” alliance with Trilegal at the end of 2012, Allen & Overy spent 2013 working alongside a variety of Indian firms in high-profile matters.
With more than 100 members, A&O’s India group is among the largest in the world, drawing on the expertise of lawyers from across its network, particularly Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Singapore and New York, who have a long track record of working on India-related matters. London’s Jonathan Brayne is chairman of the India group and enjoys a “great” reputation for his work in energy and infrastructure projects. His expertise includes power, pipeline, petrochemicals, telecommunications, industrial plant, airport, road, satellite, aircraft, rail and shipping matters. Hong Kong’s Andrew Harrow, meanwhile, is known for his debt, equity and equity-related issues including Rule 144A offerings and structured products. Further to these areas, the group is able to offer comprehensive litigation, arbitration and employment coverage. In June 2013, A&O promoted Hong Kong-based Matthew Gearing to co-head of the firm’s international arbitration group. A member of the India group, and a council member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, he has headed the firm’s Asia arbitration practice since 2011.
In the past year the team has represented Barclays, BNP Paribas, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, JP Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank as joint book runners and lead managers in Union Bank of India’s issue of $350 million 3.625 per cent notes, due in 2018; acted alongside Wadia Ghandy & Co on behalf of Baring Private Equity Asia in its acquisition of a minority stake in Lafarge India; represented Indian IT company CSS Corp alongside IndusLaw during Switzerland’s Partners Group’s acquisition of a majority stake in CSS; and advised America’s Colfax Corporation in its acquisition of Solyvent Fläkt (India) from ventilation company Fläkt Woods.