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PPP model for railways – the viable future option?

By Geeta Saha, Mrinal Vashishtha and Shivam Jatadhari, HSA Advocates
Indian Railways, state-owned by the Ministry of Railways, has been the backbone of India’s mass public transportation network for decades. The Indian railway network is among the world’s largest and with constantly increasing and...

SC Amrapali judgment: A warning for lenders

By Soumyajit Mitra and Mohit Yadav, SNG & Partners
The landmark judgment of the Supreme Court in favour of over 42,000 homebuyers in the projects being constructed by the Amrapali group of companies in Noida and Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh was a huge...

A Legal legacy

The man who has steadied the legal tiller of the good ship ADB is leaving after seven years. He talks to John Church about the bank’s activities in India, its plans for governance reform...

Pressing issue

As the government pushes through with the International arbitration act, Experts believe ‘under-regulation’ is key to making India a global dispute resolution hub. M Rochan reports The government aims to put India on the global...
Shilpa Mankar Ahluwalia, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Is government’s plan to ban cryptocurrency warranted?

By Shilpa Mankar Ahluwalia, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
An inter-ministerial committee (IMC) chaired by Subhash Garg (former secretary of department of economic affairs), which examined issues related to virtual currencies recently, recommended a complete ban on cryptocurrency. The IMC, also submitted a...
Lagna Panda, Chandhiok & Mahajan

RBI’s localization mandate: Cure without a problem?

By Lagna Panda, Chandhiok & Mahajan
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), recently, issued clarifications to its 6 April 2018 directive on localization of payment data. The directive mandated payment system operators (PSO) to store their entire data relating to...

Sandbox helps businesses and regulators innovate

By Archana Tewary and Arjun David Alexander, J. Sagar Associates
A regulatory sandbox is an enabling interface or infrastructure constructed by a regulator, to conduct live tests on new financial innovations and technology, in which, the regulator may permit certain regulatory relaxations for testing....
Abhishek Tripathi and Anura Gupta, Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors

Ideas for government to reform ailing power sector

By Abhishek Tripathi and Anura Gupta, Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors
The Narendra Modi government’s ambition to make India a US$5 trillion economy by the financial year 2024-25 will require many pieces to come together and the revival of the power sector will be central...

Enter sandbox

Dear Editor, In an article on the regulatory sandbox proposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Shilpa Mankar Ahluwalia gave a comprehensive overview on the guidelines. While she raised concerns such as restrictive eligibility...
Fintech startups

Making sense of regulatory sandbox for Fintech startups

By Nivedita Nivargi and Vishnu Kale, Samvad Partners
Over the past few years India has seen rapid development in the financial technology sector and it has the second highest number of Fintech startups in the world. According to certain estimates, India’s Fintech...

SEBI limits exemption from open offer on debt conversion

By Ambarish and Mihir Roy, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) no longer considers entities that are not scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) or all India financial institutions (AIFIs) as “lenders” for exemption from a mandatory open offer...
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Leaders of the pack

India Business Law Journal reveals the top international law firms for India-related matters. Vandana Chatlani reports. Five years ago, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi first came to power he was described by former CNN New...

RBI issues new framework for stressed asset resolution

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a revised framework for resolution of stressed assets after the Supreme Court struck down its 12 February 2018 circular. The Framework for Resolution of Stressed Accounts (FRESA)...

RBI’s vision 2021 puts focus on customer experience

By Shilpa Mankar Ahluwalia and Akshita Agrawal, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
The digital payments ecosystem has made substantial progress over the last few years. The country has witnessed a shift from paper to electronic payment methods with the introduction of innovative payment products such as...

Views on RBI’s new stressed asset resolution framework

By Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, Phoenix Legal
The Supreme Court, in Dharani Sugars and Chemicals Ltd v Union of India, quashed the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) directions of 12 February 2018 on resolution of stressed assets on certain grounds such...
modi government

Wish list

As the Modi government comes back to power, Lawyers tell Gautam Kagalwala about their expectations for the new term The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the elections resolutely...
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Historic mandate

Challenges abound as India’s new government takes charge Applause for the efficient running of the recent elections has been loud and long. With 900 million potential voters, 12 million polling workers and a million polling...
fintech regulations

Regulations as speed bumps

Dear Editor, The evolution of FinTech is changing the world of finance rapidly. Peer to peer (P2P) lending, a part of the alternate credit bandwagon, takes advantage of the various limitations of traditional banks and...
regulatory sandbox

Closer look at Reserve Bank’s proposed regulatory sandbox

By Shilpa Mankar Ahluwalia, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), last month, released a draft of the “Enabling Framework for Regulatory Sandbox”. A sandbox is a framework that allows regulation to evolve and keep pace with innovation in...

Courts play prudent role in IBC’s logical evolution

By Karthik Somasundram and Shreya Gupta, Bharucha & Partners
The bankruptcy process in India before the enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (code), was fragmented with the rights of creditors and debtors decided by different judicial forums with sometimes conflicting decisions...