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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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Foreign exchange management rules notified

The Foreign Exchange Management (Non-Debt Instruments) Rules, 2019 (NDI rules), notified by the central government on 17 October 2019, along with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Foreign Exchange Management (Debt Instrument) Regulations, 2019,...
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...

Acquisition of companies through share swaps

By Jay Gandhi and Abhishek Parekh, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Analysis of global trends shows that share swap structures have become integral elements in most M&A transactions. The acceptance of stocks as currency for such acquisitions is well established, as Disney’s US$71 billion acquisition...
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MSME policy and Korean investment in India

By Rajat Prakash and Siddharth Mahajan, Athena Legal
The micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector is the second-largest employer in India, coming in just behind the agrarian sector. The MSME sector plays a critical role in the Indian economy. The central...
FDI

Searching for answers in new FDI proposal

By Vineetha MG and Srabonee Roy, Samvad Partners
On 28 August 2019 the government announced its new proposal on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). While the announcement has been made, the fine print of the proposed changes to the existing FDI policy has...
PPA

Enforcing PPA: Guarding against unilateral change

By Abhishek Tripathi and Anura Gupta, Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors
Private sector participation in power generation has been at the core of power security in the last two decades, with independent power producers (IPP) currently owning 46% of the total installed generation capacity in...

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...
Kanchan Sinha and Sanya Parma, L&L Partners

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...
Infrastructure

Infrastructure investments to boost economic growth

By Upendra Nath Sharma and Pooja Thomas, J. Sagar Associates
Infrastructure is the backbone of any nation’s development and, therefore, the sector enjoys the government’s attention. In the interim budget for 2019-2020, around ₹4.56 trillion (US$63.20 billion) was allocated to the infrastructure sector, which comprises...
investors

Bitter pill to swallow for foreign investors in pharma

By Vikrant Kumar and Anina D’Cunha, L&L Partners
Partially in response to a number of high-visibility inbound acquisitions in the Indian pharmaceutical sector, the government of India decided to bring brownfield acquisitions completely under the government approval route in November 2011. Greenfield...
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Policy prescriptions to ignite FDI in defence production

By Alina Arora and Apurva Zutshi, L&L Partners
The foreign direct investment (FDI) policy allows foreign original equipment manufacturers (FOEM) in the defence sector to acquire up to a 49% stake in Indian joint ventures (JV) under the automatic route and up...

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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DPIIT provides clarity on defence manufacturing

By Kanishk and Divpriya Chawla, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
India’s foreign direct investment (FDI) policy sets out the restrictions applicable to investments in the defence sector and makes it applicable to the defence industry subject to industrial license under the Industries (Development &...
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Kachwaha grows its partnership

Ankit Khushu, a senior associate at Kachwaha & Partners, has been elevated to the firm’s partnership with effect from 1 April. With Khushu’s promotion the firm now has four partners. “Our firm believes in organic...
Vishwanath Pratap Singh and Srabanee Ghosh, L&L Partners

Single brand retail: Poised for gains or lost in ambiguity?

By Vishwanath Pratap Singh and Srabanee Ghosh, L&L Partners
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the single brand retail trading (SBRT) sector was expected to gain traction owing to a comparatively relaxed framework introduced last year. The revised regime permitted 100% FDI under the...
Alternative Investment Funds follow guidelines by SEBI

SEBI issues circular for alternative investment funds

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 26 November 2018 issued a circular outlining the operating guidelines for alternative investment funds (AIFs) in the international financial services centre (IFSC). SEBI had issued...
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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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Current regulatory trends bode well for joint ventures

By Bhumika Batra and Sachita Shetty, Crawford Bayley & Co
The “Make in India” initiative launched by Prime Minister Modi on 25 September 2014 offered several incentives, enabling foreign businesses in various sectors to collaborate with domestic players. It provided an impetus to the...