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As the Modi government comes back to power, Lawyers tell Gautam Kagalwala about their expectations for the new term The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the elections resolutely...
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Unintended consequences

Fighting online counterfeiting may come at the cost of business Taking action against counterfeiters is a worthy endeavour. Yet the chances of total victory may be slim, not least because the enemy in question has...

Parliament in numbers

Continuing our regular coverage of India’s parliamentary sessions, Mandira Kala assesses the performance of the Lok Sabha in the past five years compared with the two previous terms The 2019 budget session of India's parliament...

Online aggregators need legal, regulatory clarity

By Vishruta Kaul and Amit Khansaheb, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Regulation of e-commerce in India, specifically the permissibility of foreign investment in the sector has been dominated by, and has evolved into, a discussion on what constitutes a marketplace. While the foreign direct investment...
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Parliament: the monsoon session

Continuing our regular coverage of India’s parliamentary sessions, Mandira Kala and Roopal Suhag assess key commercial bills that were debated and passed during the recent session The monsoon session of parliament in 2018 marked the...

Parliament: The winter session

Continuing our regular coverage of India’s parliamentary sessions, Mandira Kala and Gayatri Mann assess key commercial bills that were debated and passed during the recent session Last year witnessed the introduction and passage of key...
India in 2018

India in 2018

In-house counsel foretell the key issues and developments that will shape the country’s business and legal environment in the year ahead  DIBYOJYOTI MAINAK  India’s ‘start-up boom’ has seen a considerable decline over the last year especially...
Indian parliament: The monsoon session

Parliament: The monsoon session

In the first of our planned regular coverage of India's parliamentary sessions, Mandira Kala provides a roundup of important commercial bills that were debated and passed during the recent session, and an assessment of...

Passage of four bills moves GST a step closer to reality

By L Badri Narayanan and Shweta Walecha, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
The proposed goods and services tax (GST) moved one step closer to becoming a reality on 27 March when the Lok Sabha (lower house of the parliament) approved the four bills which are intended...

Celebrity endorsement in the Consumer Protection Bill

By Aniruddh Singh, LexOrbis
People admire celebrities and if those celebrities say that they like a product then the admirer will like that particular product, too. The concept of celebrity endorsement is simple and widely used as a...

Much needed progress seen in debt recovery laws

By Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, Phoenix Legal
While the passage of the goods and sales tax (GST) bill has stolen the limelight, much was achieved by lawmakers in a productive monsoon session of the Indian parliament. An unheralded achievement is the...

Laying down laws

Mandira Kala, Aravind Gayam and Vatsal Khullar analyse the key bills pending in India’s parliament that would impact domestic and international businesses The recently concluded session of the Indian parliament was highly productive. In addition to debating the budget and...

New hope for creditors

Can the latest legislative attempt to improve India’s abysmal debt recovery rates succeed where others have failed? Rebecca Abraham reportsWinding up an ailing company in India is not for the faint-hearted. It can take more...

Digital dreams

The evolution of paperless courts offers benefits such as increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of searches and facilitating collaboration, writes Allison Stanfield Today, a large proportion of evidence is created electronically and many documents are...

Goods and services tax: Barriers on the road ahead

By Ranjeet Mahtani, Rajat Chhabra and Ketan Tadsare, Economic Laws Practice
Victor Hugo once said “no one can resist an idea whose time has come”. Introducing GST in India was mooted way back in 2000 but it was only last month (on 6 May) that...

Canadian oil sector may be a good bet as prices ‘bleed’

By Raj Sahni, Bennett Jones LLP
As Baron Rothschild once noted, “the time to buy is when there’s blood in the streets”. Could the recent decline of crude oil prices to six-year lows represent just such an opportunity for Indian...

Budget and private equity: A missed opportunity?

By Bijal Ajinkya and Rohit Jayaraman, Khaitan & Co
India’s recent general elections gave the country its first single party government in 30 years with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) obtaining a simple majority in the Lok Sabha. The overwhelming mandate coupled with...

Modi’s landslide

What now for the laws of business and the business of law? Fourteen members of the legal community discuss what to expect from India’s new governmentNarendra Modi is a “wildcard”, an “unknown quantity” to...

Companies Act 2013: new rules now in place

The Companies Bill, 2012, was passed by the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) on 18 December 2012 and by the Rajya Sabha (upper house) on 8 August 2013. Following presidential assent on 29...
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Is India at a tipping point?

Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny ...Powerful oratory from India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, in a speech made on the eve of India’s independence, when he famously said India was...