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December - 2014 - Special issue > Top 25 Legal Consultants of the Year - 2014

Gandhi & Associates: Go Global Being Legally Sound

Pankaj Kundwani
Friday, December 12, 2014
Pankaj Kundwani
'Go Global' is the mantra that many business organizations bank on these days. While the walls dividing countries are disappearing and giving businesses around the world ample spaces to play, law works both as a facilitator and a barrier in the progression. The awareness surrounding cross border legalities among businesses is very limited, and they need able legal assistance to help them function in foreign lands with ease. There are many legal firms and experts who flood enterprises with a lot of bookish knowledge. But what businesses truly need is somebody who understands their needs and help in resolving issues with a business focused approach. Sensing the same, Gandhi & Associates (G&A) came into existence in 2003. Ranked by Asia Legal 500 as one of the top law firms in India and ranked by Chambers & Partners as having one of best business lawyers in India, the firm operates in practice areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital and Private Equity Fund Investments, Capital Markets, Technology Media & Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Arbitration and Litigation, and certain others.

Serving leading companies all over the world including in the U.S., UK, Japan, Singapore, China, Israel and many others, the Mumbai based firm has made its mark helping globally recognized brands such as Cisco Systems, Qualcomm, US Polo, Versace, Avis Budget, Irdeto, amongst many others. The reason why this firm secures a position on the top of the ladder is the knowledge and expertise that Vishal Gandhi, the founder of Gandhi & Associates, brings in. Recognized as a highly-acclaimed legal expert in the Asia-Pacific region, Vishal is a U.K. qualified lawyer who is also licensed to practice Indian laws. He completed his LL.B (with honours) from the University of London and worked with leading Indian law firms specializing in cross border transactions. He has beenfocusing on Corporate and Securities Laws, Foreign Inward and Outward Investment Laws and has been consistently ranked by Chambers and Partners as one of the leading business lawyers. Recently, Vishal has been personally appearing for arbitration and litigation matters, which gives him an edge over other corporate lawyers who are usually only in chamber practice and do not have the experience of seeing how the agreements are finally tested in a court or law. His success rate has been 100 percent thus far in all matters that he has appeared for.

Committed to providing high quality legal services to its clients, G&A assists international clients with their India entry strategy, drafting and negotiating complex deals including due diligence. Since inception, G&A has been helping foreign entities to acquire Indian private, public and/or public listed companies and also form joint ventures and strategic alliances with such Indian companies. The team at G&A is well versed with the minutest of details and advisesits clients effectively on key elements involved in drafting charter documents for newly set up or joint venture companies and also on veto rights and protection of minority shareholders. The firm also aids Indian entities with their overseas ventures such as setting up of subsidiaries or joint ventures, raising funds overseas, external commercial borrowings and with their international commercial contracts.

Other than the corporate affairs, G&A advises organizations on all aspects of protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRs). It covers all aspects relating to Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Designs and Patents, including the international treaties that India is a signatory to."A lot of cases are won or lost on the basis of the expertise of your counsel and how well they are prepared. We have an in-house team of lawyers who do not ignore even the minutest of details. We don't look outside for able lawyers, whenever there is an arbitration or litigation, our lawyers can appear in the court for arbitration," says Vishal Gandhi, Founder, Gandhi & Associates.

Going forward with a motto to provide legal services keeping quality as the greatest value, G&A strives not to be empty vessels making noise and impress clients with result oriented actions to help them reach their goals. In the days to come, G&A envisions to emerge as a global law firm advising on Indian laws. It aims to set-up offices in major cities in India, and in the U.S., UK, and Singapore.

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