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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...
company

The risk-reward conundrum

A GC’s ability to play a lawyer-guardian type role in a company is critical, writes Neeta Sanghavi The purpose of corporate governance is to facilitate effective entrepreneurial and prudent management that can deliver the long-term...
Korean

Perspectives on Korean investment in India

By Rajat Prakash and Siddharth Mahajan, Athena Legal
India has gradually liberalized its norms for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). South Korea has emerged as one of the largest contributors to FDI. More than 500 South Korean companies, including Samsung, LG, Hyundai,...
FDI

India in 2020: Easing restrictions on foreign investment

This article is one of four in an annual Vantage Point series where in-house counsel identify key risks and opportunities in the year ahead Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a major monetary source for India’s economic...
insolvency

NBFCs brought under purview of insolvency code

By Anisha Shroff and Sharanya Kundu, Samvad Partners
With the introduction of a codified law on insolvency and bankruptcy processes, restructuring jurisprudence entered a new era. While the new law focused on rehabilitating and restructuring stressed companies, restructuring processes involving financial service...
foreign

Amendments bring clarity for foreign-owned retailers

By Anshuman Mozumdar and Anirudh Gotety, L&L Partners
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) released Press Note 4 of 2019 on 18 September 2019 introducing, among other matters, changes to the policy for foreign direct investment (FDI) in...
company

Perils of company buyback in venture capital financing

By Siddharth Seshan and Tushar Gogoi, Samvad Partners
You just have raised a new round of financing for your company at a rich valuation. It has been a particularly hard and well-fought negotiation with your investors. Before the celebrations can begin, however,...
Investment

Open for business

The government recent relaxed foreign investment requirements in areas such as single brand retail and contract manufacturing to outside players. Dipti Lavya Swain assesses the move The Indian government recently announced several measures intended to...