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The historic ties between India and the United Kingdom (UK) have connected both countries for many years and in recent times we have seen relations between both countries further strengthen. With the British government laying the groundwork for a new post-Brexit economy, the partnership between the UK and India has been noticeably highlighted by the British Prime Minister Theresa May, coming to India in 2016 to showcase their synergies.

UK and India are at an exciting phase in their economic relationship. India has introduced new initiatives to attract investments from businesses globally by enabling companies to conduct business with ease and has instilled confidence by updating and creating new laws such as the Insolvency Laws, Companies Act, Competition and Anti-Trust Law, etc. UK has acknowledged that India is a key player in the World Economic Forum and wants positive trade agreements in place allowing Indian companies to expand and grow in the UK.


Our team of Lawyers offer a full-range of legal services including but not limited to:

  • Merger & Acquisition
  • Setting up Business Operations
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Company Incorporation
  • Cross-Border Transactions
  • Banking & Finance
  • Dispute Resolution & Arbitration
  • Employment Laws
  • Raising Capital
  • Regulatory Approvals and obtaining required registrations
  • Secretarial and Corporate Compliance
  • Due Diligence
  • Real Estate Support
  • Intellectual Property
  • Contracts & Agreements
  • Executive Compensation


Our firm specialises in advising and supporting large and medium scale international corporations with business interests in India. Due to our speciality in this field majority of our clientele consists of international corporations. Our firm currently represents clients from over 20 jurisdictions.
Our firm has the experience of advising companies across various sectors including but not limited to healthcare, education, insurance, technology, real estate investment, charities, food and agribusiness, farming and private wealth, etc. Some of the important transactions that our firm has recently advised on are:

  • A technology-based company based in UK had been wrongly advised about their India entry structuring, we have identified the issues and resolved the matter, worth USD 150 Million, to provide the most cost effective and legally compliant solutions. We continue to provide day to day advisory solutions to the Company as well as ensure up to date legal compliance.
  • Devised an Indian Entry strategy for an UK based company. The transaction was worth USD 45 million. Also, undertook the necessary compliances required for reporting the transaction with the government authority i.e. Reserve Bank of India.
  • Assisted an UK subsidiary in drafting the requisite inter-company agreements in order to avoid being hit by the transfer pricing guidelines pertaining to related party transactions. Also assist them in obtaining the relevant licenses for operating in India.
  • Assisting set up of the UK based subsidiary in India in providing financial services through technology-based platforms.
  • Assisted a private limited manufacturing company, with all labour related issues, including but not limited to compliances, employment manuals and contracts, intercompany agreements, drafting of lease agreements, procurement of the necessary factory licenses for their facilities.
  • In matter involved USD 6 million, the Firm has been instrumental in setting up the client’s office in India. The firm has taken relevant government approvals and registrations. The Firm has negotiated various contracts and agreements for lease, tenders, AMC, etc


The team at Ahlawat & Associates has more than 100 years of collective experience in India and UK (through our partners). Our team is fluent in both Eastern and Western business customs, and this helps us seamlessly navigate between different cultures in pursuit of their goals.

Our partners have been involved in various programs to help UK companies such as the ‘Access India Programme’, launched by the Indian High Commission in the UK. Our partners have also been working closely with the ‘UK India Business Council (UKIBC)’, and Department of International Trade (previously known as UKTI) in New Delhi on a regular basis. Apart from the above, our UK Practise head has worked closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership within the UK and with London & Partners, a government agency to enhance FDI into London.

Our team of lawyers understand the importance of responsive, in-person communication and relationships with our clients, and we endeavour to have open lines of contact and frequent visits at our clients’ places of business whenever possible.

Furthermore, our Firm also has a close and established working relationships with various business & trade associations such as CII, ASSOCHAM, NASSCOM and FICCI.

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