Our India Desk is a full-service legal offering for ultra-high net worth Indian entities, corporations and private clients.
The team comprises lawyers from our key practice areas to support clients with their cross-border activities. The team is led by Jayesh Jethwa and Meera Malde, who respectively have over a decade of experience in advising prominent private clients and successful businesses emanating from India.
Within the team, we have Indian and Indian-origin specialists who are fluent in multiple Indian languages and familiar with how Indian organisations operate.
OUR INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
We are powerfully networked and retain a superb international contact list of lawyers, accountants, bankers and other professionals with whom we work regularly in jurisdictions globally.
We do not regard ourselves as mere functionaries and pride ourselves on proactively creating connections and business for our clients and associates.
We are well-versed in understanding the considerations that drive business and commerce in India and our on-the-ground experience ensures that we are aware of any critical jurisdictional-based challenges for our clients.
Corporate & Commercial
The corporate and commercial department works with a diverse range of businesses in various sectors and sizes, including technology, real estate, finance, hospitality, retail and luxury brands, and the health and beauty sectors.
We provide legal advice spanning the entire life cycle of a company, including:
- securing investment and funding;
- setting up company structures;
- company secretarial; and
- completing mergers and acquisitions.
We also deal with all forms of commercial contracts ranging from terms of business and e-commerce terms to bespoke agreements relating to a range of subject matters, including new technology and intellectual property.
Our Indian Desk stands out for its global perspective and local insight.We are committed to providing unparalleled corporate and commercial legal services that address the unique challenges and opportunities in the Indian business market, collaborating seamlessly with our clients preferred local professionals.
With a focus on luxury brands and hospitality, Our Indian Desk has cultivated strong relationships within these industries, providing clients with a competitive edge and invaluable insights. We offer an elevated legal experience tailored to the unique commercial requirements of each client.
Our employment department understands the unique challenges for Indian companies setting up UK businesses that comply with mandatory employment law requirements and HR best practices. The considerable legislation covering workers’ rights can make it daunting for employers moving to the UK to know what is necessary and how to carry out fair management of staff.
We are experienced in supporting Indian businesses looking to expand to the UK, and our experts in implementing all the necessary employment documentation, processes, training and practises to ensure effective management of legal risk to reduce the risk of legal employment claims.
We are an integrated team with a global reach advising domestic and foreign entities, including prominent individuals and families in the UK-India space.
Our lawyers provide the legal architecture required to enable market entry to and from the UK. We are responsible for launching highly innovative and technology-orientated businesses in the UK as well as providing a strong offering within the luxury retail, hospitality and food and beverage industries.
Our relationships with important trade functions such as UKIBC have enabled us to provide advice to some of India’s most promising and successful businesses. We are focused on providing the legal strategy to enable smooth market entry between the UK and India.
Our team possesses a wealth of knowledge within our practice area whilst also understanding the customs and culture of business in India. Our team of UK-India specialist lawyers have been curated to provide you with seamless advice to secure your presence in the United Kingdom.
Our Experience Includes
- Launching a luxury fashion store with a 1.6bn market capitalisation. Providing strategic advice to market entry and utilising our trusted network of lawyers and experts to make the process seamless.
- Advising a VC-backed Pharma-tech entity based in India with the UK market entry. Our advice included the acquisition of a sponsor licence and the hiring of the entities C-suite staff and senior employees.
- Advising a healthcare university in India as to their presence in the United Kingdom. Our advice included advising on creating a funnel of highly skilled healthcare workers and nurses to support the NHS on a national scale.
- Representing prominent innovators who have launched companies in the UK, including AI, blockchain, NFT and NLP.
- Advising Indian nationals under the Global Talent visa via TechNation and the Arts Council UK. We have advised individuals in the Arts and Culture sector, including Actors, Actresses and award-winning recording Artists.
Residential Real Estate
Our Residential Real Estate team is led by and supervised by two partners with a wealth of experience and who are familiar with complex issues and potential pitfalls.
The team has expansive knowledge of all types of property transactions, including high-value sales and purchases, transfers of equity, de-enveloping and lease extensions. Clarity and efficiency are both key in dealing with property related matters. We provide straightforward, practical advice to ensure that our clients have the best possible outcomes in their transactions.
We provide a personalised service and take the time to get to know our clients’ businesses. Our foremost commitment lies in ensuring value for money and securely delivering quality results for our clients.
Commercial Real Estate
Our Commercial Real Estate team deals with all aspects of property transactions, including sales and purchases, business tenancies, development and construction, property finance, and asset management.
The team is recognised by the Legal 500 as one of the UK’s leading commercial real estate firms. We act for a variety of clients, such as landlords and tenants, developers, institutional investors, property funds, corporate occupiers, lenders and luxury retailers.
We have successfully advised many Indian property investors purchasing in the UK and have extensive experience over all types of residential and commercial real estate.
Our Private Client team are specialists in advising high net worth individuals and families, both in the UK and overseas, on all aspects of tax, trusts and succession planning matters.
We have particular experience in dealing with complex structures for multinational families, including many Indian families, balancing both technical legal issues and the emotional and cultural components of any family.
- Cross-border tax planning
- Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney
- UK tax treatment of real estate, companies, cryptoassets
- and other asset classes
- Tax residence and domicile advice including pre- arrival tax planning
- Advising on the creation and taxation of trusts and
- other estate planning methods
- Sharia compliant estate planning
International Dispute Resolution
Our experienced lawyers possess a keen understanding of the intricacies of international dispute resolution, allowing them to anticipate potential issues and devise proactive strategies that minimise risk and maximise results for our clients. Our team is adept at handling high-stakes and sensitive disputes across a diverse range of industries.
We combine exceptional expertise, industry knowledge, and a commitment to innovation and strategic acumen to navigate the complexities of cross-border disputes effectively.
At Quastels, we possess a well-established network of managing and handling international arbitrations.
As a leading law firm, recognised by the Legal 500 with an impetus on its international client base, we are trusted advisors and experts in the sectors our clients operate in.
Our India desk was designed to provide you with a team of lawyers who truly understand the nuances in the India market whilst possessing the legal acumen to provide you with the confidence to grow and expand your entity globally.
Our team of lawyers possess strong experience and sector specific knowledge in the UK-India space.
Our team are calibrated to act for clients in a cross-border capacity in both contentious and non-contentious matters.
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