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The dawn of Islamic finance

Simple regulatory changes could transform India into a regional hub for shariah-compliant finance and clear the way for a  much-needed wave of investment into its infrastructure Ben Frumin explainsIndia need only look across the Bay of...

Setting up shop

Despite a restrictive regulatory regime and deep political sensitivities, now is the time for foreign retailers to establish a foothold in India Ben Frumin in New Delhi explainsAgainst the colossal backdrop of a Bollywood film poster...
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Financing gambling operations not easy

By Sanjay Asher and Bhumika Batra, Crawford Bayley & Co
F oreign direct investment (FDI) has been recognized as an important instrument for advancing India’s foreign exchange resources, its technological base and for globalizing the Indian economy. Gambling (gaming), lottery business and betting are...

Derivatives spark legal struggle

Banks in India are set for a long and bloody battle with their clients over the legality of the derivatives market. Hundreds of Indian companies bought into cross-currency options and structured products to protect themselves...

Foreign VC funds may wish to register with SEBI

By Priti Suri, PSA
The Indian media are flooded daily with explosive figures earned by venture capital investors. Increasingly, new domestic and offshore funds are being formed with a specific India and industry focus. One avenue open to...

A new era of securitization

By Sawant Singh and Ameya Khandge, Trilegal
The securitization market in India began evolving from the mid-1990s when originators such as ICICI and Citigroup took the lead in developing it at an institutional level.The issuance of securitization saw exponential growth from...

New trends herald India’s equity boom

By Arun Balasubramanian, Linklaters
The 2006-07 financial year was expected to be a year of unprecedented activity in the Indian equity capital markets following the extraordinary stock market gains of the preceding three years. The US$6 billion raised through...

ECBs: One step forward, one step back

By Sanjay Asher and Prerak Ved, Crawford Bayley & Co
Financing has two key components – long-term debt and short-term funds. In an ideal world, a person intending to raise debt finance would be able to raise it from any market that meets his...
Legal news in brief

A round-up of legislative and regulatory developments

Foreign institutional investors, mutual funds, and other institutions may be allowed to short sell their stocks under a March proposal by the capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Though...