Taylor Wessing has maintained a dedicated India group for five years, but has a long history of doing work across all sectors in the country. Today the group focuses on six key sectors: technology, communications and brands; life sciences and health care; real estate, hotels and infrastructure; energy and environment; automotive; and financial institutions and services.
James Robertson is head of the firm’s corporate and commercial group as well as helping to oversee the India desk alongside Munich’s Christian Frank, who is known for his work in international M&A deals and technology matters involving Indian clients. Rajan Menon is one of the founding members of RHT Law, with which the firm operates a partnership in Singapore, and is known for his work structuring inbound investments into India, and handling disputes with an Indian component.
The group’s IPO specialists acted on the AIM listing of Great Eastern Energy Corporation, the first proposed listing of an Indian company on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, as well as the $300 million IPO of Infrastructure India. The group has also been active on the M&A front this year, with partners advising engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro on its UK acquisition of Thalest Limited: a provider of integrated platform management systems for naval warships.
Recent clients include Tata Consultancy Services, Global Wind Power, State Bank of India, Jindal Stainless, Ranbaxy Laboratories, Cipla and Jet Airways. The firm is representing Jet in High Court patent and design right infringement proceedings brought against it by Virgin Atlantic Airways in respect of business class lie-flat seating systems. The disputes team also acts for Intas in respect of patent litigation matters in the UK.