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Freny Patel reports, Vodafone,Indian government

Billions on the line

Vodafone may have won the day after a favourable arbitration result cut off India's claim to massive back taxes, but will this crucial award remain unchallenged when so much more is at stake? Freny...
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CAM’s legal tech incubator returns for second year

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has announced the second edition of Prarambh, its mentoring programme for legal tech startups. The selected startups will enter a 10-week incubation programme and develop solutions that align with the...
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FDI limits in defence sector further liberalized

The government on 18 September issued Press Note 4 of 2020 to increase the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in India’s defence sector to 74% from 49% under the automatic route. The liberalized FDI...
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Battling On

When will we see the turn of the tide? Making an investment in India today, as in other jurisdictions around the world, is arguably all about taking a long view. Blackstone, which has about...
Reena-Asthana-Khair,-Kochhar-&-Co free trade agreements

Chinese imports held up by free trade agreements

By Reena Asthana Khair, Kochhar & Co
The balance of trade continues to be heavily tilted in favour of China. Remedies such as anti-dumping and countervailing duties have been used frequently to curtail the import of Chinese goods. To circumvent such...
Abhishek-Nath-Tripathi,-Anura-Gupta,-Sarthak-Advocates-&-Solicitors power plants

Coal fired power plants are still smoking

By Abhishek Nath Tripathi and Anura Gupta, Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors
Retiring old and inefficient coal fired power generation plants has been on the agenda of the government for some time. The Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy recently reaffirmed the commitment of...
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Changes to account opening – Help or hinderance?

By Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, Phoenix Legal
On 6 August 2020, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued directions to banks to regulate instances in which current accounts and cash credit (CC) or overdraft (OD) accounts may be opened. Previously, companies...
Ashwini-Vittalachar,-MV-Abhinaya,-Samvad-Partners investment

Press note 3: Restriction on investment from China

By Ashwini Vittalachar and MV Abhinaya, Samvad Partners
With the spread of the global pandemic coupled with an economic downturn, the government appears to have become concerned at foreign footprints in Indian industries. The growing global antagonism against China heightened concerns over...
Manoj-Kumar,-Shweta-Bharti,-Hammurabi-&-Solomon social security

A business guide to the Social Security Code

By Manoj Kumar and Shweta Bharti, Hammurabi & Solomon
The introduction of the Code on Social Security, 2020 (code), together with the Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions, 2020, and the Code on Industrial Relations, 2020, marks the completion of the...
Harshil-Shubham,-Anjuli-Hora---SNG-&-Partners resolution plan

A resolution framework for covid-19 related stress

By Harshil Shubham and Anjuli Hora, SNG & Partners
The covid-19 pandemic has led to an economic slowdown. This has resulted in substantial financial stress on borrowers with an impact on their ability to generate cash flows. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)...
Nitin Mittal, General counsel,Signify, pandemic

A metamorphosis

The disruptive effects of the pandemic have prompted in-house counsel to evolve or be rendered irrelevant, writes Nitin Mittal There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on...
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Fox Mandal hires international tax director

Fox Mandal & Associates has appointed Sandip Mukherjee as a director in its international tax practice. Mukherjee will be based in the firm’s Pune office and lead the practice in southern and western India. “My...
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Capstone joins hands with IWG

London-based Ingram Winter Green Solicitors and Capstone Legal have formed a strategic partnership to collaborate on cases and transactions involving both England and India. Core areas of partnership include arbitrations involving Indian entities in which...
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Argus assists in no-penalty cartel case

Argus Partners acted on behalf of Industrial Laminates (India), its director Saleh Najmuddin Mithiborwala and employee Virender Singh Negi before the Competition Commission of India (CCI) when the company was recently found to be...
Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, Disinvestment

Destination disinvestment?

Selling off public sector enterprises could be the key to strengthening a sluggish economy, writes Subir Bikas Mitra. Will a new privatization drive succeed where earlier attempts have failed? Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan (ANBA), which...
CCP Niti Richhariya, Competition compliance programme

Assessing benefits of the CCP

During the past decade, the competition compliance programme (CCP) has assumed a significant place in international competition law jurisprudence. The CCP is an important tool used by various competition authorities as a part of...
Abhishek Tripathi, Anura Gupta,Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors, Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles charged up by policy intervention

By Abhishek Tripathi and Anura Gupta, Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors
To encourage e-mobility, the government of Delhi has introduced the Electric Vehicle Policy, 2020. The policy proposes measures to boost the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) by providing long-term benefits for the purchase of...
Anush Raajan,Swastika Chakravarti,Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Guarantors may be vulnerable to pandemic default risks

By Anush Raajan and Swastika Chakravarti, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
The government recognised the economic impact of covid-19 on businesses by enacting the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. The ordinance, among other measures, inserted section 10A into the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code,...
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AZB, Khaitan assist major acquisition by Schneider and Temasek

AZB & Partners advised Schneider Electric, and Khaitan & Co advised MacRitchie Investments, an investment holding company of Temasek Holdings, when the two companies partnered to acquire Larsen & Toubro’s electrical and automation business...
Rudra Kumar Pandey,Vishal Nijhawan,Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co,Fast-track merger

Cometh the hour, cometh the fast-track merger

By Rudra Kumar Pandey and Vishal Nijhawan, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) is clogged with cases both under the Companies Act, 2013 (act), and the Insolvency and the Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (code). Pre-covid, each bench of the NCLT had some...