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Survey of law firm billing rates 2017

Hourly rates have fallen across the board due to fierce competition and alternative fee structures

The competition lawyer’s handbook

Antitrust regulator releases timely guidance for achieving company best practice

JSA mourns loss of much-loved partner Vishal Anand

RESOURCES

Asia Business Law Directory
A-List lawyers 2017
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FROM THE EDITOR

Weapons of choice

Are there any downsides to differentiating only on fees?

VANTAGE POINT

Spice management for restaurant partners

When a restaurant-franchise relationship becomes heated, ending an agreement must be a last resort, writes Vinod Mahboobani, the general counsel at KFC and Pizza Hut

General counsel: The silent force

GCs’ contributions can’t be measured in numbers but they enable a company to achieve its aims, writes Nitin Mittal, the head of legal and company secretary at Philips Lighting, India

Bumpy road to a green transport plan

The government’s push to adopt higher emission standards and later switch to electric vehicles creates practical challenges, writes Girish Gadgil of Mahindra & Mahindra

CORRESPONDENTS

FDI Policy, 2017: Decoding ambiguities

By Dipti Lavya Swain and Srabanee Ghosh, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

Directorship, employment and copyright ownership

By Dheeraj Kapoor, LexOrbis

Impact of moratorium on troubled project vehicles

By Sushmita Gandhi and Bhargav Kosuru, HSA Advocates

Information utility: A vital cog in the code

By Rahul Sud and Satish Anand Sharma, SNG & Partners

Interpretation of ‘supply’: An emerging legal battle

By L Badri Narayanan and Tushar Aggarwal, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Right to privacy case ruling reveals spectrum of opinion

By Sneha Jaisingh and Shreya Gupta, Bharucha & Partners

Business in India and insolvency laws

By Manoj Kumar and Shweta Bharti, Hammurabi & Solomon
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code: Two sides of the coin. Column by Alok Dhir, Dhir & Dhir Associates

Does moratorium apply to action for bounced cheque?

By Alok Dhir, Dhir & Dhir Associates

Will easier M&A for stressed companies cause any stress?

By Yogesh Chande, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Know your customer and Aadhaar: The way forward

By Shruti Rajan and Rohan Banerjee, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Corporate bond investment limits: Changes make sense

By Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, Phoenix Legal

PRACTITIONERS' PERSPECTIVES

Notes of caution on merger control

Anand Pathak sheds light on the regulatory pitfalls that remain for parties looking to enter into combinations

Dividing goods, services necessary under GST?

L Badri Narayanan discusses the need for more clarity and less superfluous tinkering with new system

Lessons for SEP holders

Pravin Anand and Abhilasha Nautiyal on trends, and do’s and don’ts, for standard essential patents litigation

FEATURES

An eye for a deal

When pursuing mergers and acquisitions, comprehensive due diligence is vital for understanding the target company and identifying potential snags

Patent pace

The Indian Patent Office has taken a number of steps to speed up the patent approval process

Parliament: The monsoon session

The first in our regular series on parliamentary sessions looks at key bills that were debated and passed

Payback time?

A look at the insolvency code, one of the key instruments to tackle India's stressed assets

Taxing times

The GST rollout was expected to be bumpy and that expectation was accurate

Shaping a concrete destiny

What to expect from China's ambitious Belt and Road initiative, and what it means for India

India: Open for business?

An assessment of the prevailing sentiments among the legal community about the regulatory environment

A work in progress

As the spotlight shines once again on India's infrastructure sector, we analyse what has changed

The future is fintech

A look at how Indian and other Asian companies are incorporating this critical technology to remain relevant