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‘Huge opportunity’: SN Gupta opens in Doha with 3-lawyer office, one year after Singapore expansion [UPDATE-1]

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Mumbai and Delhi-based firm SNG & Partners, which opened an office in Singapore one year ago and specialises in advising financial services sector clients, has opened a second overseas office in Qatar.

SNG incorporated an entity with the name of International Law Chambers (ILC) in Doha, renting offices at the Qatar Financial Centre.

Managing partner Rajesh Narain Gupta said in a press release: “We already had started practice in financial services in the Middle East and have been advising some banks and business houses in Qatar. We see a huge opportunity in the country which has one of the best promising economy in the world.”

“There is also a growing India interest in Qatar. Recent visit by Qatar ruler to India signals enhancing bilateral business ties between the two countries. The robust economy, inflow of funds and investment in infrastructure owed to overall development, coupled with participation of India’s leading corporate houses has thrown up greater opportunity for Indian law firms.”

He was not reachable for further comment.

Update: Delhi-based partner Amit Aggarwal commented: "As of the moment, we have two persons on ground Rahul Kumar and Aditya Vikram Dua. Presently I am partner in-charge and responsible for delivery of work from Doha office.

"I am spending time between Delhi, Singapore and Doha. We are in process of identifying a person who shall take over this responsibility from me to be partner in charge for Doha Office. Such person could be shortlisted within the firm or may be taken on board from outside."

According to the release:

SNG has launched operations in Doha with a three-member team of lawyers and have set up infrastructure to handle work related to Indian laws, Sharia laws and local rules and regulations.

Two lawyers from Delhi office have already moved to Qatar. The company is also in the process of appointing a lawyer qualified to opine on English laws. In addition to the lawyers, as per local requirements, an Anti-Money Laundering Officer has also been appointed to be part of the firm.

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