Morris Manning & Martin, LLP

Top Technology Attorneys Heading for India


John Yates, chair of the Technology Group at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, and Jason D’Cruz, head of the law firm’s Indus Group, have been invited to speak in India next month at major business and legal conferences in Delhi and Bangalore. In addition to the speaking engagements, the trip has three main goals:

  • To solidify the firm’s Indo-American relationships and contacts in the Indian technology community
  • To locate new sources of capital for U.S. entrepreneurs and potential partners for mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships
  • To assist the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in making Atlanta the “U.S. gateway” to Indian technology companies

“We want to forge U.S-Indian business and technology alliances that will help both our clients and our region’s economy as a whole,” Mr. Yates said.

“Our lawyers make regular visits to India to keep up with the dynamic and fast-growing Indian market,” added Mr. D’Cruz, who chairs the firm’s Indus Group, which focuses on doing business with India. “Our clients benefit greatly from MMM’s awareness of the cultural aspects of Indian businesses and entrepreneurs.”

“India is a critical market within the Chamber’s global commerce strategy,” said Hans Gant, senior vice president of economic development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Its growing economy continues to offer business opportunities for metro Atlanta companies, and its investment in the U.S. is growing faster than any other Asian country. Atlanta is perfectly positioned to become India’s gateway to not only the U.S., but the Western Hemisphere.”

On February 17, Messrs. Yates and D’Cruz will deliver a presentation on “Doing Business in the USA – Key Legal and Business Pointers” at the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in Bangalore. They will share their experience on more than a dozen topics including intellectual property, employment, insurance and tax issues, business financing, corporate finance and choosing strategic partners. Mr. D’Cruz will also speak at iTechLaw’s 5th International Asian Conference in Gurgaon-Delhi on February 19, providing the U.S. perspective on a panel, “The Global Technology Workforce Today - Stories from the Trenches.” Topics will include outsourcing, changing regulations, M&A workforce integration issues, and protection of employee data. In addition, Mr. Yates will participate in NASSCOM 2009, The India Leadership Forum.

Mr. Yates, who chairs the firm’s Technology Group, is a pioneer in the technology law field and has provided legal counsel to hundreds of tech companies. A member of the Board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, he also chairs MACPAC, its political action committee and is past chair of its Technology Marketing Council. In addition to chairing Morris, Manning & Martin’s Indus Group, Mr. D’Cruz is a partner in the firm’s Employment Law Group, representing public and private companies throughout the U.S. on employment and executive compensation issues. He and Mr. Yates are founding and charter members of the Atlanta chapter of TiE - The Indus Entrepreneurs, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization for entrepreneurs.

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