Gowling WLG strengthens referral agreement with Indian law firm Naik Naik & Company

07 January 2019

Gowling WLG and Indian law firm Naik Naik & Company have entered into a revised referral agreement with a commitment to further strengthen and deepen their existing relationship.

Established in 2004, Naik Naik & Company has two offices in Mumbai and strong capabilities in a wide range of sectors and services. The firm has worked closely with Gowling WLG (UK) LLP and its India Group, jointly headed by corporate partner Sunil Kakkad, for several years.

The revised referral agreement extends the relationship with Naik Naik & Company to include Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP in addition to Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. The agreement will enable Gowling WLG clients in need of legal advice in India - or those seeking to enter the Indian market – to access Naik Naik & Company's broad suite of legal services.

In turn, the agreement will also allow Naik Naik & Company to support its domestic clients looking to expand beyond India's borders through referrals to one or more of Gowling WLG's offices across Canada, the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm's clients will benefit from Gowling WLG's deep expertise in advising Indian businesses on a variety of corporate, dispute resolution and intellectual property matters across numerous key sectors, from automotive, energy and tech to life sciences, real estate and media.

Andrew Witts, chairman of Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, said: "This is a further step in an already important relationship and represents our commitment to Naik Naik & Company and India as a crucial jurisdiction for Gowling WLG and our clients."

Peter Lukasiewicz, chief executive officer of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, added: "More and more, our clients are looking for strategic legal advice on a wide range of business issues in India. Our referral agreement with Naik Naik & Company will facilitate the delivery of this advice - and help clients take full advantage of the commercial opportunities the country affords."

Commenting on the agreement, Ameet B. Naik, founder and managing partner of Naik Naik & Company, said: "The Indian economy is witnessing a notable shift in trade paradigms and the evolution of new and emerging markets. Our renewed agreement demonstrates our commitment to strengthening our ties and forging a deeper relationship with Gowling WLG and, more importantly, allow our clients to navigate the global marketplace with confidence alongside a law firm with an impressive international footprint and expertise that is known the world over."

Gowling WLG has offices in 18 cities across nine countries, including Canada, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and China. The firm has a long and successful track record in advising some of India's largest companies on their international business activities. This work also extends to assisting businesses in Europe, the Middle East and North America with their India-related matters and operations.

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