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Viswanathan & Co.

Viswanathan & Co. is a high quality law firm, comprised of lawyers called to the Bar in the United States, India and England which exclusively represents Fortune 500 companies doing business in India. The firm’s team of lawyers, who practised law for numerous years on Wall Street and in London, complement the wealth of local experience of its lawyers who have practised extensively in India. Its attorneys are multi-lingual and advise clients in four languages - French, Italian, Spanish and English. Because of this diversity of experience and capabilities, Viswanathan & Co. is able to provide its multinational clients with international quality legal services while ensuring that the advice is informed by the unique complexities and challenges of doing business in the post economic reform era in India. Viswanathan & Co. offers global companies an incisive understanding of the Indian legal and regulatory environment that enables them to avoid the difficulties encountered by many multinationals during the 1990s in India and to position themselves securely in India for decades to come. We, moreover, structure transactions and tailor advice in a manner designed to avoid litigation or arbitration. We hold dear our commitment to excellence in the practice of law and our reputation as counsel of confidence to major corporations doing business in India.

As counselors

As counselors to multinational companies, we represent a diverse group of Fortune 500 companies doing business in India, including the world’s leading companies in the automobile industry, thermal and renewable energy sectors, offshore oil drilling, transportation, defence, banking and international finance, EPC and information technology and communications sectors. We assist our clients with a wide range of infrastructure related and industrial projects, inter alia, development of thermal and renewable energy power projects, construction of petroleum storage and bottling facilities, hydrocarbon exploration, high value engineering services, development of intelligent transport systems for cities across India, provision of equipment and technology/services to the Mumbai metro and Bangalore metro and the sale of world famous products from helicopters to pharmaceuticals and tyres (see representative list of clients, infra).

The firm offers

The firm offers a wide range of legal services in fourteen different practice areas in the style of a full service international law firm. The firm’s expertise covers a wide spectrum of sophisticated legal practice from negotiation of joint venture agreements on behalf of major manufacturing companies, assistance in complex corporate acquisitions of both private and public sector Indian companies from due diligence to financial closure, business transfers, preparation of power purchase agreements and fuel supply agreements, analysis of double taxation treaties and taxation of payments to foreign collaborators, resolution of disputes involving infringement of global trademark, products liability cases and handling environmental litigation filed by public interest groups as discussed in detail below.