International Senior Lawyers Committee

Law and Business: View from India

As of October, 2020, about 408,000 new registered companies in India belonged to the business services sector.

As of October, 2020, about 408,000 new registered companies in India belonged to the business services sector.

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Description & Speakers

The US and India have many things in common: they are the world’s two largest democracies, English is the lingua franca in both countries, both are common-law jurisdictions, and the two countries have the largest numbers of lawyers – actually, India has more lawyers than the U.S.

US and other international companies continue to look at India for various reasons such as cost-cutting, a large market, educated and skilled manpower, outsourcing, off-shoring, and now even manufacturing. The pandemic may have accelerated decisions to become leaner, have alternative sourcing and manufacturing locations, and becoming truly sustainable for the long run.

Among other things, this program will identity and discuss the key legal mistakes to avoid while investing in and/or doing business in or with India. The webinar will focus on mistakes relating to joint ventures, wholly owned subsidiaries, investing in and/or acquiring an Indian company. Several issues emanate from Indian exchange management laws, company laws, intellectual property laws and tax laws—these and other aspects will be discussed.


Vishal Gandhi is a leading business lawyer based in Mumbai, India. He has in-depth experience of cross-border transactions including venture capital, private equity, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.

Gandhi has represented several Fortune 100 and 500 companies with their India entry strategy, acquisitions, joint-ventures, licensing, franchising, outsourcing and off-shoring, tax planning, arbitration and litigation. He is often quoted in the press and is also seen on television providing his views on new and emerging areas of laws. He has been recognized as a leading and recommended lawyer on several occasions by the Legal 500 and by Chambers and Partners.

Gandhi is a first-generation lawyer and set-up Gandhi & Associates in 2003.


Aaron Schildhaus, Co-Chair, International Senior Lawyers Committee

Aaron has decades of experience specializing in cross-border transactional and corporate work involving the US.  He represents US and foreign clients, helping them bridge the international business differences involving language, culture and legal systems.


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