Sunita Singh-Dalal, Counsel, Stephenson Harwood

Sunita Singh-Dalal has joined the India practice of Stephenson Harwood from Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota, Dubai, where she was a partner for four years.

Singh-Dalal told India Business Law Journal that Stephenson Harwood, which she joins as an of counsel in Dubai, was trying to differentiate itself “by having people with solid India experience as opposed to plug and play firangi solutions.

“The firm would like to have people who have got hardcore experience, are from India and have deep rooted experience with India,” she added. “It makes it easier to work across locations and have more relevant conversations.”

Singh-Dalal previously set up India desks at Lawrence Graham and Osborne Clarke.

“With different geographic locations and different departments, not everyone was on the same page on India. But Stephenson Harwood has a massive team spirit. They’re really friendly people! When I started I had partners from London and other offices mailing in welcoming me and asking ‘How can I be of help?’”

Singh-Dalal said the Dubai office allowed her to service the Indian market better. “What’s important to point out is that I don’t want to compete with Indian firms, but complement their offerings.”

Singh-Dalal brings experience of cross-border corporate, commercial, dispute resolution and private client issues. She advises Indian clients on market entry, fundraising and partnerships in the healthcare and hospitality sectors in Africa, the Middle East and South West Asia.

Kamal Shah, a partner and head of Stephenson Harwood’s India group said the firm was advising Indian clients from its London, Dubai and Singapore offices, and had witnessed growing interest in Indian cross-border investment opportunities.