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Chirag Rao

Chirag Rao:

Senior Associate

Chirag is a Senior Associate in the Development and Projects Team and co-heads the India Group at Howard Kennedy. Chirag advises clients on a wide range of matters including hotels, investment, development (including development finance), corporate support, acquisitions and disposals, retail and leisure (focusing on hotels and restaurants) and general business occupation and landlord and tenant work. Chirag acts for a number of established and upcoming entrepreneurial developer and investor clients.  

As joint head of the firm's India Group and with strong connections to the sub-continent, he is focusing on strengthening ties with India and advising Indian businesses on inward investment into the UK as well as acting for Indian diaspora clients within the UK.

Chirag is an aspiring polyglot and speaks French, Spanish, Hindi, Marathi and Konkani

Recent work

  • Acting on a number of acquisitions of hotels (including a number of branded ones) across the UK.
  • Acting for developer clients on complex acquisitions for development purposes.
  • Advising a leading challenger bank on various development finance transactions.
  • Acting on a number of large M&A and other corporate transactions.
  • Advising various retailers and restaurants on a number of acquisitions including working on a large store roll-out.

Random fact

Chirag loves travelling and his recent adventures saw him travelling across four Latin American countries in a month (which included walking on the Patagonian glacier!) and coming face to face with mountain gorillas in a Ugandan rainforest! Chirag is also an avid cricket fan!