South Asia



We provide Indian companies and investors with strategic counsel on doing business in the U.S. and around the world. And working with strategic partners, we help guide our U.S., Chinese and European clients in their operations and investments in the accelerating South Asian market.

Our approach

The South Asian region includes countries with some of the fastest growing economies in the world.

The significant growth of the Indian economy in the past decade alone has brought a new dimension to the region and holds promise for other countries in the region.

We work with clients to meet the challenges of doing business in the vibrant South Asian economy. Our team includes senior lawyers who understand the region, culture, language and needs of both our South Asian clients and our U.S. clients with interests in South Asia.

Members of our team have origins in South Asia, have worked with Indian companies and are fluent in several local Indian languages and other South Asian languages used to conduct business.

To give our clients the best local information about the markets in South Asia, we maintain close working relationships with law firms and businesses in India, Singapore and other South Asian countries. We keep up with changing laws and markets through our legal and business contacts, local media and participation in South Asian professional programs in the USA.

Deal Watch: Private equity hits new heights

The American Lawyer | November 22, 2021

This article on the surge in private equity deals includes NP for advising the owners of skin care brand Obagi in its $1.2 billion business combination agreement with Waldencast Acquisition Corp. and the spinoff of Obagi’s operations in China.

The NP team was led by David Cheng, chair and managing partner of the firm's China and Asia-Pacific practice, and New York City Corporate partners Michael Smith and Richard Langan. The team that advised Obagi also included Chicago Corporate partner David Brown, Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk, Washington, DC Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Antitrust team leader Gordon Lang, and Washington, DC Corporate senior counsel Kenneth Silverberg. Other members of the team included Boston Corporate associate Anthony Bova and Chinese legal consultant Kelly Xiang.

Four firms lead three-way SPAC to create new beauty platform

Bloomberg Law | November 18, 2021

This article covering a roughly $1.2 billion merger of skin care and beauty brands with a special purpose acquisition company mentions NP for advising the owners of skin care brand Obagi in its business combination agreement with Waldencast Acquisition Corp. and the spinoff of Obagi's operations in China.

The NP team was led by David Cheng, chair and managing partner of the firm's China and Asia-Pacific practice, and New York City Corporate partners Michael Smith and Richard Langan. The team that advised Obagi also included Chicago Corporate partner David Brown, Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk, Washington, DC Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Antitrust team leader Gordon Lang, and Washington, DC Corporate senior counsel Kenneth Silverberg. Other members of the team included Boston Corporate associate Anthony Bova and Chinese legal consultant Kelly Xiang.

After the turbulent Trump years ,what will it take for the U.S. and China to reset their relationship?

San Francisco Business Times | February 26, 2021

This article covers a recent “Bridge from China“ event, sponsored by NP, that included discussion of how the pandemic has affected cross-border business, geopolitical tensions of recent years, and what the administration change could mean for U.S. businesses wanting to do business in China. David Cheng, chair and managing partner of NP’s China & Asia Pacific practice, served as a panelist and David Kaufman, director of Global Strategies, co-moderated the panel discussion.

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