Banking on Boom Times in India

August 6, 2009
Connecticut Law Tribune, July 20, 2009, Vol. 35, No. 29

With five offices within about 200 miles of each other, Wiggin and Dana took a fairly drastic step in an expansion announced last week.  It's entered a legal market halfway around the world. 
 
The New Haven-based firm hired lateral partner Niket J. Rele to its newly formed India Practice Group.  Rele, based in New York, joins New Haven partner Mark W. Heaphy, who has been doing work for Indian clients for three years.
 
Wiggin and Dana is among many law firms -- including some of the world's largest -- that are looking to tap into a market that has 1.1 billion people and, in the view of some, unlimited possibilities.  Wiggin and Dana appears to be the only Connecticut-based law firm with a formal India Practice Group.
 
"India is a really exciting economy right now," Heaphy said.  "It's attractive because it's English-speaking.  Since 2004, there's been explosive growth."

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