Baker McKenzie has welcomed the announcement from India's Bar Council to allow foreign law firms and lawyers to practice international law on the ground in India for the first time in decades.

Ashok Lalwani, Chair, Global India Group, Baker McKenzie, said the Firm had long been an advocate of a greater international legal presence in India, both from the Firm's own strategic perspective, but also in terms of supporting economic development and foreign direct investment into India.

Baker McKenzie has around 300 lawyers in more than 40 countries outside of India working on India-related matters, including supporting Indian multinationals as they expand, finance and diversify their businesses overseas, and also international companies looking to invest in the fast growing and dynamic country.

Mr Lalwani, who is Singapore-based, said: "With our long history of working on India-related matters and the scale of our India-focused team today, the possibilities that this announcement opens up are hugely exciting. We now need to review the Bar Council's announcement in detail and consider its implications for our Firm, and the industry more broadly".

Baker McKenzie has regularly been named as one of the leading international law firms for India work, and counts several of the country's largest multinationals as clients.
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