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Linklaters claimed first spot, whereas Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith Freehills were tied for second. Baker & McKenzie was the only US law firm to feature in the top five at fourth spot with Clifford Chance in fifth place. In the bottom half of the top ten, five slots were taken by US law firms, according to RSG release.
RSG asked 514 “major legal purchasers” in India and 26 Indian law firms which foreign firms had the best reputations in the country. RSG gave the firms scores based on the number of mentions by clients and Indian law firms for best reputation and instructions; points were also awarded on the basis of the total value and volume of deals on which they advised. “Compared to the 2013 ranking, where the top 10 was mostly dominated by U.K. firms and the top five places were held by U.K. firms, this suggests the U.S. firms are increasing their presence in the Indian market,” RSG said.
Linklaters was overwhelmingly the firm most recommended by clients for having the ‘best reputation’ in India. Davis Polk & Wardwell shot ten places up from the 2013 rankings, receiving the top deals score of all ranked firms.
Also among the top 10 US law firms with the strongest India practice were DLA Piper, Skadden Arps, Sullivan & Cromwell, Latham & Watkins and Weil Gotshal & Manges.
Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and Baker & McKenzie received the most mentions from Indian firms. Linklaters, Freshfields, Jones Day and Slaughter & May received slightly fewer mentions than the above three. White & Case was the only firm in the top 10 to receive no mentions from Indian firm managing partners though it features 6th in the overall rankings, as per the RSG release.