Two attorneys from Atlanta law firm Morris, Manning & Martin LLP are heading to India Feb. 10 for a two-week trip aimed at building business with Indian technology firms.  

John Yates, head of the firm’s technology group, and Jason D’Cruz, who leads the firm’s India efforts, will speak at business and legal conferences in the cities of Delhi and Bangalore. 

They will also build the firm’s Indo-American relationships and seek potential partners and capital sources for U.S. technology ventures and entrepreneurs. 

Morris Manning wants to help the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce achieve its goal of making Atlanta the “U.S. gateway” for the Indian technology companies, according to a news release.

“We want to forge U.S.-Indian business and technology alliances that will help both our clients and our region’s economy as a whole,” Mr. Yates said in the release.

Mr. D’Cruz heads the firm’s Indus Group, which focuses on doing business in India.  He said Morris Manning lawyers regularly visit India to keep up with business trends there.

On Feb. 17, Mr. Yates and Mr. D’Cruz will give a presentation at the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in Bangalore on the legal and business issues firms would face in the U.S. 

Mr. D’Cruz will discuss current trends in the global technology workforce in Delhi on Feb. 19.

Bangalore is a hub for India’s technology industry.  It is the headquarters city for the Wipro Technologies conglomerate, which said in 2007 it would put a software center in Atlanta, creating hundreds of jobs.

That center is now on hold.  Company officials have cited the downturn in the global economy and a slowdown in IT spending.

Follow video updates from Mr. Yates and Mr. D’Cruz on TechDrawl, an interactive blog that boosts awareness about technology in the South and matches new ventures with capital.


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