India desk

Bignon Lebray is one of the only French business law firms established in India. Our representative office based in New Delhi allows our teams to stay close to our clients and their business.

As founding members of the India desk, Jean-Marie Tocchio and Amair Farooqui have been developing since 2013 a practice dedicated to heightening business relations between France and India, while advising entities that aspire to set up ventures between India and France.

Thanks to India-based bilingual experts, its trusted local correspondents and the continuous coordination of our teams in India and France, Bignon Lebray’s India desk anticipates and provides solutions adapted to the specific needs of economic and public actors involved in cross-border transactions.

The India desk is at the service of a wide range of companies: from small and medium-sized enterprises to large French and Indian multinationals, in the aeronautics, automotive, health, IT and energy sectors.


Recent deals

  • Assisting a French company specialized in civil aviation and the production of military equipment for the Indian market. We advised a French company on these transactions in India (Bangalore), and in particular on the issue of offsets and the structuring of governance within this subsidiary by adding a shareholders’ agreement to the joint venture agreement.
  • Advising a French company in the automotive sector (subcontractor of a large group). This mission aimed at defining a setting up strategy in India (Chennai), through a local acquisition
  • Dispute resolution between French and Indian shareholders of a company specialized in medical equipment (Mumbai). In collaboration with our Indian colleagues, we defused a situation of disagreement between shareholders and led an exit plan to its conclusion over a short period of time

Good to know

  • Our team of bilingual experts has a perfect mastery of the corporate culture in both France and India.
  • We regularly advise the French Embassy in India, Business France, IFCCI, FICCI, and the Indian authorities. As such, we have a vast network of local and long-lasting relationships.
  • Since 2013, our teams have been working in partnership with an Indian business law firm to assist our clients in their French-Indian transactions. Our partner brings together a team of seven lawyers, a company secretary and a chartered accountant who work for Bignon Lebray’s India desk depending on the complexity of the case.