09 January 2019

Anglo-Indian partnership in paradigm shift

Firms revise relationship in response to shift in India's trade paradigms

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.

Paradigm shift

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.’ Established in 2004, Naik Naik & Company has two offices in Mumbai and has worked closely with Gowling WLG (UK) LLP and its India Group, jointly headed by corporate partner Sunil Kakkad, for several years.

Extending relationship

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. 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.’