India & South Asia

From below the Himalayas through to the Indian Ocean, and across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, South Asia is one of the most populous regions in the world. Continuing to grow economically, the region is attracting increasing foreign investment to serve a growing consumer base and meet basic infrastructure needs. With experience focused on major projects and PPPs, banking & finance and corporate / M&A, Gide is well placed to offer expert guidance on transactions and projects in the region.

Solid support

Acting for the Government, municipalities, international financial institutions (IFIs) and sponsors, Gide’s sector experience in the region ranges from power, mining and natural resources, transport, aviation, water, waste, urban services (such as lighting), agriculture and health. We have close relationships with other leading, independent law firms across this region, ensuring we can provide clients with coordinated and skilled support for all their needs.

Gide has long been a popular choice with French institutions, who continue to instruct it on projects around the world, but [it] also attracts many international clients … The group advised IFC and the government of Andhra Pradesh [India] on the PCPIR expressway PPP.

Chambers Europe 2012

Experience includes:

  • Bangladesh: advising the Government of Bangladesh on the structuring and tendering of an elevated expressway PPP project connecting the Dhaka airport to the city centre
  • India: advising an IFI and the government of Andhra Pradesh for the structuring and implementation of 2 pilot PPP projects in diagnostic services, each for several regional hospitals
  • India: advising a global energy group in connection with its offer for the design, procurement and construction of four nuclear power plants in India
  • India: advising an IFI and the Government of Andhra Pradesh for the structuring and implementation of a PPP transaction for a toll motorway
  • India: advised the Government of India on the further public offering of National Mineral Development Corporation Limited (NMDC), one of the largest iron ore producers in India
  • Maldives: advising an IFI and the Government of Maldives on the concession for the development, modernisation, expansion, operation and maintenance of Malé International Airport (BTO scheme)
  • Pakistan: advising a Japanese diesel equipment supplier and operator in connection with a diesel-fired plant in Lahore on numerous issues concerning the construction and the financing of the contract
  • Sri Lanka: advising the Ministry of Housing and Plantation Infrastructure, the Public Utilities Commission and the World Bank on legislation in the water supply and sanitation sector in Sri Lanka.

The group is particularly active in Eastern Europe and South-East Asia. It was counsel to IFC in relation to a EUR325 million international airport PPP in Maldives, the first major PPP transaction in the jurisdiction.

Chambers Global 2012