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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...
FDI

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....
exchange

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,...

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...
Korean

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...
foreign direct investment

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...