Chaired by Chris Parsons and headed by Nimi Patel, HSF’s India group comprises a staggering 70 partners across the firm’s international network, offering coverage in a wide range of practice areas.
Herbert Smith’s merger with Freehills in October 2012 provided the India group with additional resources in Australia; key Australian partners in the India practice include mining and infrastructure specialist Jay Leary, finance and restructuring lawyer John Nestel and TMT expert Keith Robinson. Nicola Yeomans provides “outstanding” M&A and capital markets support in the firm’s Singapore office, alongside Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan, who was recently promoted to partner level and is leading the firm’s Indian ECM practice.
Active in the country since 1994, HSF has built up strong relationships with Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank, Axis Bank, DBS, ANZ, Citibank, Tata, Essar, Bharti and United Breweries and spends the majority of its time on outbound investment from Indian companies. The firm acted as counsel to ANZ, SCB, RBS and DBS Bank Limited as arrangers and managers in respect of Tata Communication’s 4.25 per cent senior notes issues; assisted in Asian Development Bank’s investment into solar projects located in India; advised joint bookrunners and lead managers on the S$350 million fixed rate bond offering by TML Holdings, the Singapore-incorporated wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors and the holding company of Jaguar Land Rover; represented Strides Arcolab Limited on the disposal of Agila to Mylan Inc for up to $1.85 billion; and assisted United Breweries on the £1.28 billion investment by global drinks giant Diageo.