The US is fertile ground for Indian companies hungry to sow new seeds of investment. But without adequate knowledge, preparation and legal guidance, they could rake in more regrets than rewards

The US is a familiar destination for Indian corporate investment. The statistics speak for themselves. Indian companies invested US$870 million in the US from April 2011 to 28 February 2012, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). This made the US the No. 3 choice, after Mauritius and Singapore.

Companies of Indian origin have a presence across 40 states, in sectors such as manufacturing, IT, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, education, energy and hospitality. These companies expect to create 3,400 US jobs in 2012, the Confederation of Indian Industry says in a report on its second annual survey, titled Indian Roots, Amercian Soil, published in April.

For the most part, Indian investment has been welcomed with open arms. Many large Indian companies currently operate in the US, including Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Infosys, Infotech, Larsen & Toubro, Ranbaxy, Wipro and Wockhardt.

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