BLP lights up with Diwali celebration

Berwin Leighton Paisner demonstrated a commitment to India yesterday, with a reception to celebrate the festival of Diwali, which was attended by more than 100 high profile guests. 

Farokh Engineer, the flamboyant former Indian and Lancashire wicket-keeper and batsman, was the Guest of Honour at the new Mint Leaf Lounge in the City of London. The event was attended by leading figures from both the Indian and UK business communities.

The festival of Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Lamps (called diyas or kandils) are lit to thank God for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge and peace during the year. The lights also represent the time when the Hindu God Lord Rama came back from the forest and thousands lit lamps to guide him home.

BLP’s India Group is dedicated to providing a comprehensive service to the firm’s Indian clients and its international clients doing business in India. BLP’s client-focussed, highly recognised preferred firms strategy has also been immensely successful in India.  BLP has acted on a number of significant India-related deals for clients including Tata Consultancy Services, DQ Entertainment, Apeejay Surrendra, Air Deccan and Lavasa Corporation.

The firm’s India practice, which is currently managed from the BLP offices in London and Singapore, will be supplemented by the opening of a new office in Abu Dhabi in January 2009.

Jonathan Morris, Head of BLP’s India Group, said: “We are delighted to have hosted a reception to celebrate Diwali. The event emphasises our commitment to the Indian market and our leading India practice.”

As part of the firm’s commitment to supporting the UK Asian business community, earlier this month, BLP co-sponsored the prestigious Jewel Awards 2008 which recognise entrepreneurial achievement within that community.

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