Exploring Business Opportunities in India: Insights from Foley & Lardner’s General Counsel Series

Authors: Louis Lehot, David Simon

Louis Lehot
2 min readMar 14, 2024

In today’s globalized world, understanding international markets is crucial for businesses aiming to expand their footprint and capitalize on emerging opportunities. As part of Foley & Lardner’s ongoing series of General Counsel focused initiatives, we recently had the pleasure of hosting a dinner with our featured guest, Sherbir Panag founder and managing partner of leading Indian law firm Panag & Babu, shedding light on the intricacies of working in India.

Key Takeaways

Massive Market Potential: With a burgeoning middle-class population that itself exceeds the size of many large national economies and promising growth, India presents vast business opportunities across various sectors. The country’s consumer market continues to evolve, offering a fertile ground for innovative products and services.

Ease of Doing Business: Contrary to past perceptions, navigating the Indian business landscape has become increasingly streamlined, thanks to technological advancements and improvements in bureaucratic infrastructure. While challenges persist, the overall environment is far more conducive to foreign investment and entrepreneurship than in previous years.

The Power of English: The widespread use of the English language is a significant advantage for international businesses operating in India. This linguistic common ground facilitates smoother communication and fosters stronger business relationships, eliminating potential barriers that may arise from language differences.

Strategic Alignment with the US: India is a natural ally to the United States, fostering a favorable climate for bilateral trade and investment. American companies exploring opportunities in India can expect a receptive reception from the government and the populace.

Adherence to Ethical Practices: While India offers immense potential, businesses must approach operations with diligence and integrity. Panag emphasized the importance of conducting business ethically, cautioning against shortcuts or unethical practices. His message: if you do business in India the way you do business in California, you will be fine. By adhering to legal and ethical standards, companies can mitigate risks and foster sustainable growth in the Indian market.

In conclusion, India’s evolving business landscape presents a variety of opportunities for forward-thinking companies looking to expand their global reach. By leveraging insights shared by industry experts like Sherbir Panag and adopting a prudent approach, businesses can navigate the complexities of the Indian market and unlock its vast potential. Foley and Lardner continues its commitment to empowering General Counsel professionals with valuable knowledge and resources.

Originally published at https://foleyignite.com.



Louis Lehot

Louis Lehot is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Follow on Twitter @lehotlouis