Ashurst’s India Practice to be Based in Asia

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Posted on March 2, 2010 at 4:03 AM


Ashurst’s India group head, Richard Gubbins, is focusing on Asia – specifically the Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Hong Kong offices – to be the focal points for its Indian presence after the Bombay High Court ruled in December 2009 that the Reserve Bank of India should not have granted the firm a license to open a liaison office, causing the firm to close its new Delhi office.Gubbins said: “We never practiced law there, so it had served its purpose from our point of view. We’re turning our attention to Asia - there’s very much a shift to targeting India from there rather than London.”

Gubbins will be based in London, but the firm’s India strategy will focus on four sectors, which will be overseen from Asian offices.

Keith McGuire will lead the Indian corporate offering from ­Singapore, while Matthew Bubb, also in Singapore, looks after the firm’s infrastructure offering alongside Dubai partner Joss Dare. Abu Dhabi partner David Wadham will head the Indian energy business, while the finance side is ­covered by the Hong Kong and Singapore offices.


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