International legal business DWF has secured a place on the international M&A panel for the National Mining and Development Corporation, operated by NMDC Limited, a Government of India enterprise.
NMDC is a high-profile mineral producer owned by the Government of India, with administrative control by the Ministry of Steel, and is India's largest producer of iron ore. Its vision is to become a world-class mining and metal enterprise and has a focus on enhancing its proposition through diversification and growth in order to become a global player in the industry. With a substantial part of this growth to be achieved through merger and acquisition activity, NMDC looked to consider external advisors who could provide the necessary expertise.
DWF has a strong corporate M&A practice, with its well-established domestic practice being bolstered by the firm's increasingly international footprint and growing expertise in cross-border transactions. As the firm has continued to launch new office locations across Europe and the Middle East, it has been able to deepen relationships into key global markets including North America, South East Asia and the African continent. DWF's French practice in particular has been key to introducing links into these markets, with its Paris-based lawyers introducing a deep sector expertise in areas including mining and minerals, which is increasingly key to securing international appointments such as being empanelled by NMDC. The empanelment recognises the experience of DWF’s India Desk in advising on India-related transactions and its continued investment in the growth of its capabilities and business relationships with leading Indian organisations.
Manmohan Singh, DWF Corporate Director and Head of India Desk, said: "This appointment reflects not only the strength of our corporate practice, but demonstrates the real value that our international presence offers our clients, giving us the ability to bring in sector experts from across the globe to deliver practical insight into our clients' industries. In this case, our enhanced sector focus in the minerals and mining industry and cross-border expertise was key to securing the appointment, and we look forward to working closely with the team at NMDC to help them achieve their ambitious growth objectives."