Business Affairs & Commercial Transaction Services

An area where businesses across all sectors and industries require constant legal support is the negotiation, drafting and supervising of commercial transactions and business legal affairs on a day-to-day basis. This involves negotiating key deal terms in consonance with the clients’ requirements, drafting long-form final agreements based on the deal terms, and post-contract management. Providing such services for any industry requires considerable knowledge, skill, and training not only in the law or rules and regulations applicable to the transaction, but also in the intricacies of the industry customs and practices.

The Commercial Transaction Services / Business Affairs team of SmithDehn INDIA is by far your best choice for all your business affairs and commercial transaction needs. We stand apart from all other legal outsourcing companies, because we are the only provider experienced in high-value business affairs and commercial transaction services (drafting, reviewing, revising and negotiating deals) for some of the world’s biggest media houses, studios, networks, production companies, record labels, music publishers, and artists (cast, crew composers and writers), both in the U.S. and U.K. Our team has ably provided services as a full business affairs department for numerous film and television productions, supervising deals at all stages of exploitation of media and content (from creation to distribution) for our clients.

We are the only legal outsourcing company that also provides commercial transaction services to the U.S., U.K. and Canadian technology / IT industry on sophisticated transactions involving major IT giants in the world for the licensing, sale and distribution of software and other IT products and services.

In addition, we also handle general corporate-commercial transactions, such as investment, credit, loan, shareholder’s, share-purchase and asset-purchase agreements, for multinational engineering, real-estate, financing and IT corporations.

Meanwhile, all other significant players in the legal process outsourcing (LPO) industry have placed their emphasis on high-volume document coding.

Our team has the benefit of one of the best training programs in the legal world. Highly respected, expert attorneys and other legal professionals at SmithDehn LLP have spent hundreds of hours training our team in contract drafting, negotiation strategies and the day-to-day industry practices, including exercises on drafting skills and detailed analysis of specific clauses, issues, transactions and agreements. This learning is more structured and comprehensive than most Western attorneys are given, even after having worked at the top law firms and businesses.

As a result of our extensive training programs, combined with the high caliber of our team members and their extensive, hands-on experience in dealing directly with our clients and with counsels from the opposite side, SmithDehn INDIA’s legal professionals are functioning at the level of seasoned U.S., U.K. and Canadian lawyers (but at a small fraction of the cost, and at much greater speed), with minimal or no involvement of Western attorneys from SmithDehn LLP, unless required by law (for final review and/or signatures). Consequently, the India team has gained tremendous expertise in handling complex commercial transactions in various areas.

During negotiations, we know what is likely to be contentious, what is relevant practically, which areas to focus on, where to compromise and when to stand firm. While drafting and review, we follow a straightforward approach, keeping the terms simple and concise, even on complicated issues, such that our drafts are more “client-friendly.” We ensure that our clients know exactly what they are agreeing to by providing deal notes and summaries, and by clarifying in detail, questions on any issues. Usually, because of the time difference between India and U.S., U.K. and Canada, our turnaround for drafts and notes is overnight.

In short, the commercial transaction services that SmithDehn INDIA provides involve no sacrifice in quality. This is highlighted by the fact that not only has SmithDehn INDIA received screen credits in at least 30 film and television productions, with many more on the way, but some of the members of our team have been specifically credited by name for their outstanding contribution in managing all business affairs aspects related to the production. No other legal outsourcing company has received any such credits.