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Vivek Pareek,Maathangi Hariharan,L&L Partners, FDI

FDI relaxations in insurance may not get desired response

By Vivek Pareek and Maathangi Hariharan, L&L Partners
In a timely move intended to attract foreign direct investment (FDI), the government has allowed 100% FDI under the automatic route in insurance intermediaries. Industry stakeholders had long requested a relaxation in investment caps...
FDI restrictions Ayushi Mishra,Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co,Inbox,FDI

Defining ‘beneficial owner’ and FDI restrictions

To restrict opportunistic takeovers/acquisitions of Indian companies due to low valuations in light of covid-19, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) via Press Note 3 of 2020 (PN3) revised the...
Ekta Bahl,Sanjana Shrivastava, Samvad Partners, Investors

Covid-19 impacts exit of PE and VC investors

By Ekta Bahl and Sanjana Shrivastava, Samvad Partners
In the wake of the covid-19 pandemic and its economic consequences, the private equity and venture capital industry has seen a major downturn. The pandemic has also increased the focus on exit options available...
Nisha Mallik and Niranjana Menon, Samvad Partners FDI Japan foreign direct investment

Japan’s rising interest in the Indian startup scene

By Nisha Mallik and Niranjana Menon, Samvad Partners
A look at investment trends over the past few years clearly shows that Japanese investors have made huge inroads into Indian private equity and venture capital markets. They are currently some of the biggest...
indian manufacturing lawyer

Expanding Indian manufacturing in EU, US

By Gautam Khurana, India Law Offices
Exponential growth in the manufacturing sector that had been promised for more than a decade may soon be achieved. Post-1991 reforms that liberalized the economy led to substantial but gradual growth. The current government...
Post covid-19

Facilitating exits in a post-covid-19 world

By Nivedita Tiwari and Nandini Seth, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
The economic reforms of 1991 gave India a high growth trajectory making it the fifth largest economy in the world. While complete capital account convertibility is still not permitted, significant steps have been taken...
FDI

Standing down the guard and increasing FDI in defence

By Damini Bhalla and Akshay Jain, L&L Partners
In one of most significant moves in modern times concerning the defence sector, the finance minister recently announced that the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the defence sector under the automatic route would...
protection

Protection of founder interests in VC transactions

By Nisha Mallik and Neha Mirajgaoker, Samvad Partners
Before the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, startups and the founders had a healthy infusion of funds, with multiple investors ready to assist them to achieve their revenue and customer acquisition targets. The chain from...
real estate

Foreign entities acquiring real estate in India

By Alok Tewari and Simrat Grover, Kochhar & Co
Every non-Indian entity (foreign entity) setting up operations inevitably becomes involved in the acquisition of real estate whether by lease, licence or sale. While Japanese entrepreneurs have long been doing business in India, their...
investors

New rules to socially distance non-resident investors

By Snigdhaneel Satpathy and Sanchita Kumari, L&L Partners
“The times they are a-changin”, Bob Dylan sang in his famous song, which seems as apt for the current regulatory regime of foreign exchange laws as it did for the turbulent times in which...

Moving past the pandemic

The pandemic has thrown up challenges for maintaining productivity, honouring contracts and keeping workers employed. Mansha Shukla writes about the key considerations for in-house counsel COVID-19 is preying on thousands of lives and has battered...
JIO

Jio-Facebook deal: Competition in jeopardy?

On 23 April, the Indian market saw one of its biggest deals go off. Facebook bought a 9.9% stake in Jio Platforms for a whopping US$5.7 billion. With Jio attracting the largest FDI deal...
relief

Slowing the free fall

Taking stock of the relief measures deployed by regulators to soften the impact of the lockdown. Gautam Kagalwala reports With the COVID-19 outbreak, the government has been fighting on two fronts. It has introduced a...
payment

Online payment players are now under the RBI

By Juhi Mehta and Manali Kakatkar, Samvad Partners
After first raising its intention to bring payment aggregators (PA) and payment gateways (PG) under its regulatory purview in its discussion paper of September 2019, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 17 March...
VC

Virtual currency trade sees challenges with FDI

By Arjun Rajgopal and Akshaya Iyer, L&L Partners
On 4 March 2020, the Supreme Court (court) quashed the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) circular of 6 April 2018 prohibiting entities regulated by the RBI from dealing in virtual currencies (VC) or providing...
M&A

What’s in store for M&As in a post COVID-19 economy

By Raghubir Menon and Aditya Parolia, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
The economy has come to a halt in the current unprecedented situation. Apart from medical and essential service providers, labour and capital have been idle during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, and the world economy seems...
demergers

A chaotic situation in cross-border demergers

By Nisha Mallik and Roshni Menon, Samvad Partners
In December 2019, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in the matter of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries held that the Companies Act, 2013 (act), read with the Foreign Exchange Management (Cross Border Merger) Regulations, 2018...
foreign direct investment

Budget gives foreign direct investment its rightful place

By Navin Syiem and Nitin Gera, L&L Partners
Despite weak macroeconomic trends due to various internal and external factors, India witnessed a sharp increase of 16% in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2019. Structural reforms undertaken by the government, including a reduction...
Legal and financial plans

Legal and financial plans beyond COVID-19

By Gautam Khurana, India Law Offices
COVID-19 has presented challenges that nobody could have envisaged three months ago. Each day existing as well as future challenges become larger. We need to fight the current difficulties and keep ourselves safe from...
digital media

FDI in digital media – easing of norms or restriction?

By Vivek Pareek and Shreshth Bhartia, L&L Partners
Last year the government, in order to boost the flagging economy, announced policy changes to foreign direct investment (FDI) under which investment norms were relaxed in certain sectors. The announcement was followed up by...