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Related Professionals: Niket Rele Douglas J. Wood

July 16, 2015 – Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Niket Rele as a partner in its Corporate & Transactional Advisory Group in New York.

Rele was formerly a partner in the Corporate Department and Information Technology and Outsourcing Group and Chair of the India Practice at Wiggins and Dana. Prior to Wiggin, Rele was with a corporate boutique firm which he co-founded in New York City. Prior to that Rele was an attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and White and Case. He also practiced at Crawford Bayley & Co in Mumbai, India.

Earning an L.L.M. from American University in 1995, and an LL.B. from Bombay University in 1992, Rele represents companies in mergers and acquisitions, cross border India-US transactions, corporate finance, strategic alliances and joint ventures, technology, pharmaceutical and biotech licensing transactions, and general corporate counseling matters. He also assists clients in structuring and negotiating complex global outsourcing contracts, including representing service providers and customers in sole-sourced and competitively-bid business-process outsourcing and information technology outsourcing arrangements software licensing and technology transaction matters.

“Niket’s outsourcing knowledge and practice experience will be of tremendous value to many of our clients in key industries, such as financial services and pharmaceuticals,” said John Martini, Practice Group Leader of the Corporate & Transactional Advisory Group. “His India experience will also fit exceptionally well with that of our India Team and be of great value to our clients in the United States and internationally as we continue to grow our presence in that incredibly dynamic and important global market.”

Rele’s experience extends to advising public and private companies in India and Asia with respect to their U.S. acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures and financing transactions across diverse sectors and industries. In addition, he assists U.S. and other international corporations structure their India entry strategies, investments and acquisitions in India.

“Reed Smith’s global platform and its established and active India Team will provide me with a broad array of opportunities to grow my practice and better service my clients,” said Rele. “In addition the firm’s team approach to client service makes Reed Smith a good cultural fit for me.”

“Niket is an excellent overall addition to our team in New York and will expand the bench of our very busy transactional attorneys,” said Douglas Wood, New York Office Managing Partner. “India is a continuing focus of interest for many global corporations, and he brings a deep knowledge of its culture and business climate that will be of tremendous value to our clients and other lawyers here.”

Rele is the third recent addition to the firm’s Corporate & Transactional Advisory Group; Sahra Dalfen joined CTAG in New York from Crowell & Moring and George Pavlenishvili joined in Washington, D.C. from Stoel Rives.

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