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Reserve Bank of India liberalizes ECB policy

On 19 September 2018, the Reserve Bank of India liberalized certain aspects of the external commercial borrowings (ECB) policy through A P (DIR Series) Circular No. 9 of 2018. The circular amended the 2016...

Reserve Bank of India releases new banking guidelines

On 22 February the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the Guidelines for Licensing of New Banks in the Private Sector, paving the way for new private sector banks to obtain licences. The guidelines...

Options trading in India and the changes made by the Reserve Bank of India

The Reserve Bank of India must review its position on put options or risk driving foreign investors away Umakanth Varottil explains Put options provide a customary and useful exit mechanism to foreign financial investors such as...

Reserve Bank of India eases ECB requirements

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 20 April issued two circulars amending external commercial borrowing (ECB) norms. Circular 112 amends norms relating to the refinancing and rescheduling of ECBs, while circular 111 liberalizes...

Reserve Bank of India tweaks borrowing norms

The Reserve Bank of India has revised its average maturity guidelines for external commercial borrowing (ECB) in the real estate, industrial and infrastructure sectors under the automatic route, after raising the ECB limit for...
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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,...
M&A

Regaining momentum: Outlook for Indian M&A in UK, Europe

By Ravi Shah and Rishabh Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
While geopolitical events are slowing deal activity, the country remains an attractive and growing economy with strong long-term prospects The year 2018 witnessed a steady flow of significant, strategic deals and PE investments, with deal...
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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...
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Relative priority rule in Indian insolvency law

By Pratik Datta and Varun Marwah, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Act, 2019 has moved towards recognizing the absolute priority rule (APR). This rule suggests that in an insolvency resolution, the claims of a class of creditors must be...
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Data privacy in India

By Shahana Chatterji and Sohini Chatterjee, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
India is working quickly to establish its foundation law on data protection The present legal framework on data privacy in India is limited in nature. It consists of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act)...
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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...
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Why it’s easier doing business in India

By Ravi Singhania and Rudra Srivastava, Singhania & Partners
India has been one of the fastest growing economies for decades and has been a favoured business destination for large multinational corporations. Many of these, even after having set up their businesses in India,...
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Gruh Finance to merge with Bandhan Bank

Bandhan Bank announced the merger of low-cost housing finance company Gruh Finance into the Kolkata-based lender. The merger will help Bandhan Bank achieve product and geographic diversification while improving penetration in its core customer...

Sigh of relief for bankers on international insolvencies

By Soumyajit Mitra, SNG & Partners
The banking and finance sector was struggling due to the lack of a clear framework in India with regards to cross-border insolvency despite the recent Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. In order to address...

The A-List: India’s Top 100 Lawyers 2018

Based on an extensive survey of in-house counsel from India and around the world as well as India-focused lawyers at international firms, here are India Business Journal’s top 100 Indian private practice lawyers of 2018. Names are...
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The state of India’s legal market

Undercutting of legal fees is set to continue, as opposing forces of fragmentation and consolidation battle to shape the legal industry in India. Gautam Kagalwala reports To coincide with the publication of the 2018-19...

Acquisitions of non-banking finance companies in India

By Ravi Singhania and Arjun Anand, Singhania & Partners
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the finance sector are controlled and regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The RBI has over a period of time laid down the law by the virtue...
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Chinese investments in SEZ in India

By Ravi Singhania and Dipak Rao, Singhania & Partners
Chinese companies have shown significant interest to invest in the special economic zones (SEZs) in India in a wide range of sectors. Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed between Indian state government agencies and Chinese investors such...
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Due diligence instructions for foreign investors in India

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) issued instructions in relation to carrying out necessary due diligence and reporting for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) through a circular dated 21 March. The circular was...
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Commercial implications of steps to prevent bank fraud

By Manoj Kumar, Hammurabi & Solomon
In one of a slew of steps to prevent bank fraud in India, the government has proposed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018, to deal with the menace of fugitive economic offenders who have...