Emilie R. Ninan, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr’s Wilmington office and an attorney noted for her work on public finance projects, was part of a delegation from Delaware that traveled to India earlier this month on a trade mission led by Governor Jack Markell. The group, which included Delaware Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt and University of Delaware President Patrick Harker, recently returned from the trip.

“As Indian companies continue to expand their operations in the United States, we want them to understand the advantages to doing business in Delaware,” said Ms. Ninan, the current president of the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA). “Our message that Delaware has a skilled work force, a convenient geographic location, and a reasonable cost of living was well received.”

The trade mission focused on cultivating relationships with key executives in India’s IT and biotech industries. The delegation’s itinerary included a meeting with Wipro General Counsel and former NASABA President Inderpreet Sawhney, and attending the annual Leadership Forum of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), India’s premier IT industry association. In addition, the Confederation of Indian Industry, a leading industry association across India, assisted the delegation in arranging meetings in Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai with manufacturers and health sciences companies.

The number of Americans employed at Indian IT companies has increased by more than 80 percent since 2006, according to a report published by NASSCOM in 2012. These jobs have positive ripple effects elsewhere in the economy through local suppliers, re-spending, and tax payments. 

At Ballard Spahr, Ms. Ninan represents governmental, quasi-governmental, and private entities, including nonprofit organizations. She serves as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, borrower's counsel, issuer's counsel, or trustee's counsel on a variety of municipal bond financings, including general obligation, revenue, conduit, utility system, health care, industrial development, single-family and multifamily housing, and educational facility bond transactions.

In addition to her public finance practice, Ms. Ninan advises clients on other commercial transactions and delivers formal legal opinions on Delaware law issues.

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