Nixon Peabody has opened a new 23-lawyer South Asia practice, the firm announced today.
The practice will advise the firm's South Asian clients on a number of issues, including banking and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, intellectual property, and labor and employment.
Anjali Chaturvedi, a partner in the firm's government investigations and white collar defense practice, will lead the group from the firm's Washington office.
"American lawyers can't practice law in India right now because Indian law does not allow for it. But a number of people in our firm believe that South Asia has booming opportunities for Nixon Peabody, and we don't want to wait for the market to open up," Chaturvedi says. "We want to start building relationships now."
Chaturvedi says the group also includes a number of people of South Asian ancestry, which gives the firm a unique advantage in terms of language and cultural sensitivities to the region and also allows the group to build upon existing social and familial networks in the region. She adds that the new practice is part of the firm's effort to expand its international footprint.
"The firm realizes that the market is a global one," Chaturvedi says.