WilmerHale has significant experience working with US and European clients entering the Indian market, as well as Indian companies that are active in or wish to penetrate the US, European and other Asian markets.

India's rapidly expanding economy offers unique trade and investment opportunities. Most visibly, India is quickly developing into a global center of technology, with many other sectors also growing at an unprecedented pace. With these opportunities comes a particular set of legal, regulatory, governmental and cultural challenges for companies trying to do business in India. Similarly, Indian companies that are globalizing and expanding abroad face complex legal, regulatory and governmental challenges.

We have advised Indian entities on their outbound commercial and trade relations, particularly in obtaining regulatory approvals; on employment law; on the structuring of transactions; on defending against trade actions; and on both government and internal investigations, as well as litigation. We also advise companies considering entry into the Indian and South Asian markets on implementing investment strategies and structuring business transactions and sophisticated market access strategies.


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Novick, Robert T.

Robert T. Novick

Co-Managing Partner

+1 202 663 6140 (t)


Barshefsky, Charlene

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky

Chair, International Trade, Investment and Market Access Practice Group

+1 202 663 6130 (t)



In the corporate transactions arena, we draw on the combined experience of seasoned practitioners in Europe, the United States and Asia in all aspects of cross-border transactions. We focus on technology companies as well as M&A, foreign direct investment, banking and finance, and insurance.

In the area of regulatory law, trade, investment and market access, we draw on the experience of practitioners with extensive legal, policy and negotiating experience, including a former United States Trade Representative (USTR), two former USTR General Counsel, and several former high-level US and European government officials; a former Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'Affaires of the American Embassy in New Delhi; a former Assistant USTR for South and South West Asia; and lawyers with longstanding experience in complex international market access, investment (including CFIUS investment control), government relations, and other legal and regulatory issues across the globe.

In the area of intellectual property, we offer a unique combination of the deep legal and technical skills normally associated with boutique IP firms and the broad business and litigation capabilities of a major general practice firm. We offer both domestic and international IP law experience relevant to Indian inbound and outbound clients.

In the international arbitration and dispute resolution arena, we regularly represent clients in high-stakes disputes involving India and South Asia, particularly in the fields of energy, telecommunications, intellectual property, construction and engineering.

In the investigations and litigation area, we are one of the leading US firms representing Indian-based companies and with a presence in the US market in matters involving inquiries into immigration practices, tax questions, accounting and securities issues, and government contracting.

Publications & News


September 15, 2016

New Book by Gary Born: International Arbitration and Forum Selection Agreements: Drafting and Enforcing

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the publication of Gary Born's most recent work on international arbitration and dispute resolution. The revised fifth edition of International Arbitration and Forum Selection Agreements: Drafting and Enforcing is a concise, practical primer on the fundamentals of drafting and enforcing international arbitration agreements and other dispute resolution clauses.

January 14, 2016

Indian Parliament Enacts Revisions to the 1996 Arbitration Act 

On 11 December 2015, we provided a summary of revisions to the 1996 Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act  made by the President of India through the 2015 Arbitration and Conciliation Ordinance that came into effect on 23 October 2015 pending final approval by the Indian parliament.

December 11, 2015

India Revises the 1996 Arbitration Act

On 23 October 2015, the President of India enacted an Ordinance that significantly revises the 1996 Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act. The goal of the Ordinance is to improve the efficiency and reliability of arbitration as a private dispute-resolution mechanism in India.

December 11, 2015

International Travel Tips for Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals who plan to travel abroad during the upcoming holiday season should make sure that they have the requisite immigration documents and instructions before they depart and reenter the United States.

January 27, 2015

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2014 Developments and Predictions for 2015

The year 2014 witnessed several notable developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2014 Developments and Predictions for 2015, WilmerHale attorneys discuss notable trends and developments in 2014, and look ahead to possible trends in 2015.

February 5, 2008

WilmerHale Reflects on a Successful 2007

A Year of Significant Accomplishments