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Rising Stars 2019

India Business Law Journal presents its list of 50 up and coming law firms Jostling for position, arguably a useful skill when employed in moderation, has been elevated to a high art form in India,...
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FDI reforms give embattled economy a shot in the arm

By Vaibhav Kakkar and Sahil Arora, L&L Partners
Government data show that economic growth has slipped to 5% for the April-June 2019 quarter, a six-year low. With stock markets tumbling and automobile manufacturers grumbling, the government has gone on a reform spree....
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Committee to look into NPD governance

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has constituted a committee, headed by former Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan, to explore the governance of non-personal data (NPD). MeitY emphasizes the need to recognize the economic...

Understanding changing e-commerce landscape

By Gautam Khurana, India Law Offices
Indian government’s decision to allow 100% FDI in e-commerce through the automated route in 2016 was a breath of fresh air for a large number of startups in India. It was a welcome move...
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Long and short of e-commerce foreign investment rules

By Kanchan Sinha and Sanya Parmar, L&L Partners
E-commerce in India has grown at a phenomenal pace, successfully changing the way people transact. The Digital India initiative by the government has helped expand the e-commerce sector in India across services ranging from...
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Draft e-commerce policy puts intermediaries in a fix

By Ashwini Vittalachar and Sanjana Mathur, Samvad Partners
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade released the draft national e-commerce policy for India on 23 February 2019. Given that “data is the new oil”, the principal focus of the draft...
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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...
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Weak links

As regulation races to keep up with the digital evolution, the rapid pace of change can create its own weaknesses in the chain of protection and enforcement. Gautam Kagalwala reports on how India's draft...

India Inc slow to embrace IIoT, finds survey

Indian businesses seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach towards the adoption of industrial internet of things (IIoT), according to a recent report by Osborne Clarke. The report surveyed 40 senior executives in manufacturing,...
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Draft e-commerce policy – the devil is in the details

By Arun Prabhu and Samraat Basu, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) issued a revised draft of the National E-commerce Policy (policy) on 23 February 2019 seeking feedback and comments from stakeholders. The policy seeks to...

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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E-commerce policy risks putting cart before horse

By Kalyani Singh, Chandhiok & Mahajan
On 24 February 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade published the draft National E-commerce Policy (ECP), which sets out a proposed framework for the sector. While the ECP states that...
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Deals of the Year 2018

India Business Law Journal reveals the most important deals and disputes of 2018 and the law firms behind them. Gautam Kagalwala reports Last year mingled pleasure with pain for debt-strapped India, and many of the...
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India in 2019

Three prominent in-house counsel foretell the risks and opportunities in the pharma, data privacy and e-commerce sectorsPharma: evolving priorities The year ahead will see pharma companies and their general counsel (GC) continue to grapple with...
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2018: The year that was

Aman Abbas and Anant Ghuge review the major legal issues and policy developments that made headlines in India’s mainstream media The pages, websites and studios of  the mainstream media were buzzing with  matters before India’s...
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The grinch that stole Christmas for e-tailers

By Vaibhav Kakkar and Keshav Pareek, L&L Partners
The day after Christmas, the government issued a press note clarifying its stance on foreign direct investment (FDI) norms for e-commerce marketplaces, in a bid to mollify trade associations that were protesting against the...

Clarity needed on contract or job worker manufacturing

By Sourav Kanti De Biswas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Manufacturers in India are permitted to sell their products through wholesale and/or retail (including through e-commerce) without seeking prior approval of the government. A long-time provision in the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy permits...

FDI policy: What is needed to draw more investment?

By Deepak THM and Vivek Pareek, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
Start-up India, Make in India and other ambitious government initiatives, coupled with a liberalized policy and legislative improvements in areas such as insolvency and taxation, have resulted in India rising to 100th on the...

Repelling the web pirates

In the second part of a special series on technology in the legal sector, Leo Long looks at how governments across Asia are updating cybersecurity and data protection laws in anticipation of the next cyber-attack. Law...

FDI Policy, 2017: Decoding ambiguities

By Dipti Lavya Swain and Srabanee Ghosh, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
One of the prime targets in policy making has always been attracting greater foreign investment into India. Accordingly, the country’s foreign direct investment (FDI) policy has been frequently amended, as and when required. On...