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BIT India

Our BIT India suite of services have been specifically developed for British and European businesses either looking at India for the first time for business, investment or trade, or those who are looking to manage, expand or grow their presence in India. Our client centric services have been developed based on extensive client feedback and inputs.

Being one among the fastest growing economies and consumer markets in the world, India offers vast opportunities for businesses across the globe. With a population of 1.34 billion and federal form of government, India has a multitiered regulatory environment, which may at times overwhelm new businesses. Our services have been developed so as to offer businesses a quick, smooth and efficient transition into India and to assist them locally with all the on-ground support required. Whether it is setting up a company in India or managing an existing one, we can provide as much or as little support a business may need.

We have serviced clients across the spectrum across various sectors, including but not limited to Infrastructure, Education, Engineering, Automobile, Aerospace, Defence, Leisure, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Financial Services, Information Technology and Food & Beverages (F&B).

  • UK based India advisors available to you at UK business hours
  • On-the-ground support in India
  • India legal advice delivered from the UK
  • Can service clients all across the UK and Europe with meeting facilities available in almost every major city in India, the UK and Europe.

Corporate & Legal Advisory

Corporate Advisory is a very integral part of our core offerings. Having worked with global businesses in India for nearly a decade, our team can provide bespoke and full-fledged corporate advice and related services to help you with all aspects of managing your business and company. Our team of experienced professionals and lawyers, with the unique combination of regulatory knowledge and business expertise, can help with everything you need to set up, manage or grow your business.

Having worked with businesses across the globe for nearly a decade, our services have been tailored to help foreign businesses efficiently navigate India’s regulatory landscape whilst pursuing their commercial aspirations

Our Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Specialist Advisory team, is a part of our corporate advisory offering, and focuses specifically on cross border M&A work.

We can also help you with winding up and disposals/sales, with restructuring of your business and also plan exits. Be it in any stage of the business lifecycle, give us a call about your requirements and we would be happy to talk to you.

We can provide legal advice and support on all areas of corporate and commercial laws including:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Takeovers
  • Restructuring
  • Corporate Finance
  • Management Buy Outs
  • Start-up Advisory and support
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • General Corporate Advisory
  • Transactions Advisory
  • Joint Ventures
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI India)
  • FEMA,FIRC and RBI Compliances
  • Business Investments in India

Corporate Governance and Compliance

Corporate governance is an area which is constantly evolving in the UK, in India and across the globe and compliance is a key requirement for long term commercial success.

Our bespoke corporate governance services have been developed to help you manage your business in complete compliance with the regulatory requirements. Whether you are start-up, an SME, a family owned enterprise, a charitable organisation, a University, or a multinational business, we can help you have it all covered. Please get in touch to know more.

Our Governance and Compliance ready reckoners make it easy for your business to stay on top on all the corporate governance and compliance requirements, be it maintaining statutory books, running board and/or shareholder meetings or filing regulatory forms in complete compliance with the regulatory requirements.

We have corporate governance packages to suit your specific needs and budget, so do pick up the phone and speak to us if you would want to know more.

Commercial Services

India’s commercial landscape is complex, dynamic and constantly evolving. Having worked with both Indian businesses and global businesses in India for nearly a decade, our Commercial Services offering has been tailored to help you navigate India and optimise your business’s commercial requirements.

Our team of experts can advise your businesses on all forms of corporate and commercial arrangements. Be it straight-forward incorporations or complex mergers and acquisitions, tricky joint ventures or multifaceted commercial arrangements, our team of experts across varied sectors will help you navigate all challenges of running or growing your business. We can guide you through a broad range of employment advice and agreements and can also help you manage your intellectual property rights. Be it internal contracts or external commercial agreements, with us your side, you do not have to worry about cultural differences, local practices and regulatory requirements. We will take care of it all.

We have worked with clients across sectors, including but not limited to Infrastructure, Education, Engineering, Automobile, Aerospace, Defence, Leisure, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Financial Services, Information Technology and the Food and Beverages (F&B) industry. Our commercial advisory services include the following.

  • Joint Ventures
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Master Service Agreements
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Franchise Advice
  • Licensing
  • Technology Transfer agreements
  • Trans-border Collaboration
  • Information Technology Agreements
  • Supply chain and logistics Contracts
  • Employment agreement
  • Commercial Agreements

Specialist Transactions and Deal Advisory Team

Our transactions team has worked on multimillion pound deals in India, the UK and Europe. We have worked on M&A engagements valued at £100 million, transactional work for large international tenders valued at £415 million and joint ventures valued at £50 million over the last decade.

Transactions and Deal Advisory remains to be one among our specialist offerings. Having worked on small niche transactions and complex large deals, we have developed a unique operating model to assist clients in securing the best deal possible and swiftly.

With India qualified lawyers by your side available to you in the UK, at UK business hours and just a phone call away, you do not have to worry about not understanding local languages or business practices, or about giving instructions and navigating the regulatory and business landscape in India. Our teams can converse in a number of local Indian languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Punjabi, which can be leveraged during negotiations.

Our services, initially designed with Indian and European businesses in mind, have been sought-after not only by Indian businesses but by businesses across the globe. Our experts work with you as your India in-house lawyers, providing you optimum transaction support – be it handling the transaction in its entirety or assisting with specific aspects of it such as M&A, JVs, Restructuring, Target Mandate and Business Preparation.

Business Support Services – Business 360

The legal landscape in India is multifaceted, complex and evolving. Having worked with businesses for nearly a decade, our Business 360 Service can provide you with as much or as little support you need while doing business in India.

We take great pride in our business acumen and knowledge gained over several years of working with our clients and their businesses and hence we believe in working with you and for you. Our team of experts can act as a sounding board for your day-to-day business decisions as well as complex engagements.

We understand the various aspects of support that business needs, be it a start-up or an established multinational business. We can take care of minutes, resolutions, meeting notices, etc., keep you covered with regard to all company secretarial requirements and corporate regulatory requirements, so that you can focus on more important matters. Keeping this in mind, we have specifically developed a broad range of services including:

  • Company secretarial services
  • Setting up a Registered Office or a Company/Business
  • Director services
  • Payroll management services
  • Non-executive director services
  • Project management
  • Transaction advisory and management
  • Accounting and book keeping

Tax Advisory and accounting

We have a team of experts, who are well versed with both local and international tax. We also have experts who can help you with your business accounts, monthly, quarterly and annual management accounts. Our specific expertise is multi-jurisdictional tax, particularly double taxation treaties, with a special focus on India and UK.

  • Withholding tax issues in India
  • The new GST tax regime in India and compliances
  • Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and bilateral tax treaties
  • Structuring investments, businesses and trade

Transaction Support Services

With our in-depth knowledge of the commercial transactions lifecycle, particularly M&A, we have developed a unique transaction support services offering. We can work with you on the entire transaction, or help with certain aspects of it such as audits, legal and financial due diligence, etc. With a team of lawyers based in India and the UK, we are uniquely placed to offer top-notch support at competitive costs. Whether you are acquiring a business, forging new partnerships or getting on service providers (such as law firms or transaction advisors), we can provide bespoke support for all your transactional requirements. You are most welcome to give us a call if you would want further details.

  • Due diligence
  • Heads of terms/ Memorandum of Understanding
  • Jurisdiction specific dispute resolution clauses
  • Transaction management
  • Consortium Management
  • Negotiation

Jumpstart India

Having worked with small and large businesses for nearly a decade, we have developed this unique offering for clients looking at setting up in India for the first time. We do understand that businesses are at times overwhelmed with the regulatory landscape and business dynamics of India. Our team consists of India qualified lawyers working from the UK and India, with a matter lead in the UK, for all your India business needs, so that you can speak to them in English and of course at Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) instead of IST.

  • Free limited time consultation
  • Information of business structures in India
  • Incorporation in India
  • Setting up a registered office
  • Quick commercial documentation – both internal (employment) and external (consultancy) contracts
  • IPR management advice
  • Tax and accounting support

Our value added pro bono services such as connecting you with other business organisations, investment agencies, recruitment agencies and strategic partners, will ensure that you give your business the jumpstart that it deserves.

Employment

India has a very intricate employment law regime, with both federal and state laws in operation. Our experienced team of India qualified lawyers can assist you will all your India employment requirements. Be it internal employment contracts, service agreements or external consultancy agreements, we have it all covered.

Intellectual Property Rights

Our team of experts can work with you to identify your IPR exposure in India and also advise you on protecting your intellectual property rights in India. We provide comprehensive IPR services, be it advice, registration or commercialisation of IPRs.