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Lalwani replaces Jacobs as Baker Macs India head

Ashok Lalwani
Ashok Lalwani

Baker & McKenzie’s global India practice will be headed by the firm’s Singapore partner of 10 years Ashok K Lalwani effective this month, after David Jacobs, who was the India practice head since 2005, retired as the firm’s partner. Lalwani was already heading the firm’s Asia Pacific and US securities practice.

Lalwani joined the international law firm’s Singapore member firm Baker & Mckenzie Wong & Leow as a partner in 2002. He has more than 23 years of experience advising leading financial institutions and corporates on international securities, mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate law, according to a press release from the firm.

He is a US-qualified lawyer with a J.D in law from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 when he was admitted to the Illinois state bar. He was admitted to the California state bar in 2001.

His US securities practice focuses on public and private international securities offerings and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including the representation of non-US based companies in transactions involving United States federal securities laws, and representation of issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings in the United States and abroad.

He has handled Indian inbound and outbound transactions for over 15 years.

“Ashok’s entrenched relationships with many of the Indian conglomerates and his strong cross-border transactional experience makes him a natural fit for this position,” said Eduardo Leite, chairman of the firm’s executive committee.

Lalwani said that India presents “the best growth opportunities” as Indian companies continue going global, in the press release.

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