By Scott Sobel, President, Media & Communications Strategies (MAC Strategies)
This is big!
The two events have been months in the planning but now the first two India National Bar Association Conferences are ready to go in DC and NYC this coming week. Twenty Indian legal, business and government VIPs have arrived in Washington before leaving for New York City Wednesday. Major law firms are either participating in panel discussions or will be in the audience. Interested parties are eager to meet the India delegation here, at arguably the most powerful cities on earth, to discuss the impending opening-up of the world’s second most populous nation for foreign law firms and related businesses. At least one congress member (U.S. Rep. George Holding R-NC) is on the agenda and iconic Indian attorney, former Law Minister and Member or Parliament, 90-plus-year-old Ram Jethmalani is also part of the delegation, while there are plans to meet current Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a personal event in NYC on Wednesday night. Minister Jaitley is comparable in status to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
There will be many side-meetings, including a private session with the American Bar Association.
MAC Strategies is the INBA agency-of-record in the U.S. and has been working very closely with the INBA in India and around the world, along with the U.S. Indian Business Council and the law firms of Covington Burling, Hodgson Russ, Crowell & Moring, Dentons and Pepper Hamilton, among others.
The India delegation will be joined by a dozen other U.S. based India VIP’s who also will be representing legal a business interests. General Council from several U.S. businesses will be interacting and speaking at the two conferences and receptions.
The legal and business world is hanging on all of the possibilities involving this conference and the far-ranging implications for formally opening up India’s legal doors, expected now in the coming year. The word is that those doors will be opened by degrees, first allowing transactional legal work.
The jockeying is ramping up to establish relationships so forward thinking law firms and businesses are positioned well when the floodgates really spring open. Even both countries’ law schools are closely watching the news.
FYI, MAC Strategies is establishing a partnership with law firm business and leadership consultant and former major law firm manager and former law firm CEO Michael Blanchard. We will be facilitating cross border firm tie-ups and LPO arraignments. There is growing interest from a growing number of Indian and U.S. corporations, GC’s and other interests.
So, the conferences this week are really the beginning of what promises to be a very exciting ride into the legal future both countries.
– Scott Sobel
Indian National Bar Association Delegation to Visit Washington D.C. and New York
Talks to focus on legal opportunities between U.S. & India
WASHINGTON, DC — May 29, 2015 – A delegation of high-ranking members of the Indian National Bar Association (INBA) will travel to Washington, D.C. on June 16, 2015 and New York City on June 18, 2015 to foster new business opportunities and mutually beneficial relationships that encourage increased commerce between India and the United States.
WHO: India National Bar Association Delegation conferences.
WHAT: Exchange of information with U.S. law firms and government officials.
WASHINGTON DC EVENT DETAILS: Host: Offices of Covington & Burling LLP Date and Time: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (ET) on June 16 Address: One City Center, 850 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001 DC Presentation Agenda: http://www.macstrategies.com/INBAEventAgendaDC2015.pdf
* 5:00-7:00pm – Reception (by invitation only) Casa Luca 1099 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
NEW YORK CITY EVENT DETAILS: Host: Offices of Hodgson Russ LLP Date and Time: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (ET) on June 18 Address: 1540 Broadway, 24th Floor New York City, NY 10036 NY Presentation Agenda: http://www.macstrategies.com/INBANYCAgenda2015.pdf
* 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Reception (by invitation only) Pepper Hamilton (The New York Times Building, 620 Eighth Avenue, 37th Floor, New York, NY 10018-1405)
Prominent Indian government officials plan to attend, including: Senior Advocate, Member of Parliament, Ex- Cabinet Minister, Shri Ram Jethmalani; Executive Vice President, Group General Counsel, Escorts Ltd., S.Ramaswamy; Secretary General of Organization of Pharmaceutical Producing of India, Tabrez Ahmad; Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information & Technology, Government of India, Aruna Sundararajan; INBA Secretary and member of the Trustman law firm, Kaviraj Singh, along with representatives of some of the most notable Indian law firms, associations and members of the U.S. Congress.
Topics discussed by the panels will include a wide range of pressing international business and trade issues that affect both countries. Keynote speakers will offer commentary about the India-U.S. business climate.
“The INBA delegation coming to the United States in cooperation with the USIBC demonstrates a very strong and growing commitment to new ideas, and legal and business cooperation between the U.S. and India,” said INBA Secretary General, Kaviraj Singh.
“USIBC is pleased to be hosting INBA for a series of productive discussions on substantive legal issues, as well as discuss the topic of legal services liberalization,” said USIBC Director and Legal Policy Counsel, Amy Hariani. “Our lawyers in the U.S. and India are great friends and we hope that these interactions will deepen their knowledge and understanding of each other’s legal systems for years to come.”
As part of the delegation’s visit, panel discussion will be held at Covington’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and Hodgson Russ in New York City. Crowell & Moring lawyers will also attend. Dentons and Pepper Hamilton are co-sponsors of the event and will interact with the INBA delegation.
“We are delighted to host the INBA delegation in Washington,” said Ralph Voltmer, Chair of Covington’s India practice. “Increased trade between India and the U.S. deepens ties between the two countries and creates a win-win opportunity for Indian and U.S. companies. Our time together with the INBA delegation begins to lay the foundation for the next decade.”
“Hodgson Russ is looking forward to hosting the INBA delegation in New York. I am confident that our firm’s deep cross-border experience and ties to India will provide useful insights to the delegation and foster an ongoing dialogue concerning legal and business challenges facing us all,” said Joseph Goldberg, partner, Hodgson Russ.
The Indian National Bar Association (INBA) is incorporated as a non-profit, non-political, non- Governmental Association with global reach and membership endeavoring to act as premier body representing the interest of Indian Legal Community and to strive to provide several economic and social benefits that should accrue to them; reform the Indian Legal Systems leading to effective and quick justice for everyone; reform the Indian Governmental bureaucratic rules and regulations and the Legal Systems, leading to nation’s economic and business growth.
About U.S.-India Business Council
Formed in 1975 at the request of the U.S. and Indian governments, the U.S.-India Business Council is the premier business advocacy organization, comprised of more than 300 top-tier U.S. and Indian companies advancing U.S.-India commercial ties. USIBC is the largest bilateral trade association in the United States, with liaison presence in New York, Silicon Valley, and New Delhi.
Media interested in covering the INBA delegation during its visit in Washington, D.C. or New York City or other parties interested in: attending the events or related India legal business exchange questions can contact: Scott Sobel, Media & Communications Strategies, Inc. – INBA Agency-of-Record in the U.S. – firstname.lastname@example.org – (301) 793-1480.