Reporting John Ostapkovich
By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – India is a huge and largely untapped market for American firms, and a Center City law firm hosted a session yesterday on the ins and outs of investing there.
One of the speakers was Anand Mehta, of Mumbai-based Khaitan and Company, who says India, as a stable democracy with rule of law, is open for business.
“Unlike China, which is an export market, here’s a huge consumer market. If the US corporations can penetrate, they can really rise. Secondly, the returns are phenomenal. You could expect about 12 – 18 percent in some industries.”
Valerie Demont, a partner in corporate law at host Pepper Hamilton, says take a breath.
“Temper their expectations. India is a long-term proposition, that you will do very well in Indian if you come in with your eyes wide open and temper your business model and build it for long-term prospects.”
Mehta says producing in India for India beats bringing goods in from elsewhere.