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Policing the internet

The new ethics code for social networks and digital news companies raises questions of overreach, prompting legal challenges across high courts

Spiking the debt balloon

Can the government’s plans for a ‘bad bank’ balance the ledgers and deflate the bubble of non-performing assets plaguing India’s troubled financial sector?

New to the crew? Here’s what to do

Dibyajyoti Das of London Stock Exchange Group points to the critical first steps that in-house counsel should take in a new job

Eyes on the spies

Meant to protect companies, anti-counterfeit services agencies can create their own fair share of problems, so watch them closely

Businesses behaving badly

With a rise in corporate misdeeds, the courts and the parliament are responding by necessity to the definition and treatment of executive liability in India, writes Vikramaditya Khanna

Better days in sight?

Key considerations and issues of litigation financing in India

By Gunjan Shah and Karun Prakash, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.

New foreign investment limits for digital news media

By Shinoj Koshy and Purvi Khanna, L&L Partners

Non-personal data and antitrust: Much ado about nothing?

By Karan S Chandhiok and Lagna Panda, Chandhiok & Mahajan

UPI transaction caps set for third party app providers

By Shilpa Mankar Ahluwalia and Himanshu Malhotra, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

The stakes are raised in online gaming

By Puja Sondhi and Aayush Kapoor, Aakanksha Dalal, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Trustees to be watchdogs in the debt market

By Aditya Vikram Dua and Aniket Sawant, SNG & Partners

Politics and economics spark discord in discom privatization

By Abhishek Nath Tripathi and Anura Gupta, Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors

SEBI’s awkward two-step on recent changes

By Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava,Phoenix Legal

Toys are marching towards autonomy and growth

By Manisha Singh and Neha Manoria, LexOrbis

Use or lose your trademark, your choice

By Manisha Singh and Simran Bhullar, LexOrbis

No tax on foreign companies if no core activity

By Shahid Khan, Kochhar & Co

Increased integrity diligence needed in joint ventures

By Sunando Mukherjee and Shruti Sundararajan, HSA Advocates

Specific performance demands that equity be done

By Karthik Somasundram and Sneha Jaisingh, Bharucha & Partners

CCI on cartels: Object outweighs the effect

By Avinash Amarnath and Shruthi Rao, Chandhiok & Mahajan

Billions on the line

Vodafone has won a crucial arbitration award on huge tax demands, but can the government afford to let this dispute go?

All rise

Advocates and court administrators are navigating the technology and direction of virtual courts like never before, but is enough being done to make these forums smooth and accessible?

Decree holders not financial creditors under IBC

By Anush Raajan and Swastika Chakravarti, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Truly securing social security for gig workers

By William Vivian John and Rishabh Shah,L&L Partners

A metamorphosis

The disruptive effects of the pandemic have prompted in-house counsel to evolve or be rendered irrelevant

Destination disinvestment?

Selling off public sector enterprises could be the key to strengthening a sluggish economy. Will a new privatization drive succeed where earlier attempts have failed?

Assigning NRRAs and claims during liquidation

By Satish Anand Sharma and Aniket Sawant, SNG & Partners

No rewards for challenging awards in post-hearing stage

By Shweta Bharti and Shantanu Malik, Hammurabi & Solomon

Electric vehicles charged up by policy intervention

By Abhishek Tripathi and Anura Gupta, Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors

No online favourites in most favoured nation clauses

By Karan Chandhiok and Salman Qureshi, Chandhiok & Mahajan

SC brings consistency to electronic evidence

By Karthik Somasundram and Shreya Gupta,Bharucha & Partners

Guarantors may be vulnerable to pandemic default risks

By Anush Raajan and Swastika Chakravarti, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

The courts fight back

In a very short span of time India’s courts have adapted to working during the pandemic, and the lessons learned during this time will be used to increase efficiency and productivity of the judicial system

Not so bitter medicine for covid blues

By Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, Phoenix Legal

Cometh the hour, cometh the fast-track merger

By Rudra Kumar Pandey and Vishal Nijhawan, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Impact of covid-19 on project finance, banking transactions

By Amit Ronald Charan and Anshita Kaur, HSA Advocates

The epidemic of fake branded masks

By Manisha Singh and Simran Bhullar, LexOrbis

FDI relaxations in insurance may not get desired response

By Vivek Pareek and Maathangi Hariharan, L&L Partners

Covid-19 impacts exit of PE and VC investors

By Ekta Bahl and Sanjana Shrivastava, Samvad Partners

Domestic award set aside for patent illegality

By Karthik Somasundram and Sneha Jaisingh, Bharucha & Partners

Ordinary course of business is not guaranteed

By Devyani Dhawan and Aditya Vikram Dua, SNG & Partners

Enforcements add a new dimension to M&A

Acquisitions through enforcement of pledged shares have become a feasible route, with courts playing a supportive role

New era for justice delivery

Despite the flaws, the advantages of virtual courts mean they should continue even after the pandemic has abated

Greener pastures

What is the best way for a law firm to manage the exit of a star partner? Six senior lawyers share their views

Just virtually

The pandemic has pushed courts to undergo a technological evolution, but is it working?

Pulling the plug

In the aftermath of the TikTok ban Mishi Choudhary, the founder of Software Freedom Law Centre (India), says the government must enact pro-privacy legislation that protects private data from tech companies, regardless of their origin

E-courts to aid Japanese companies with disputes

By Manish Dembla and Pradyuman Singh Sewar, Kochhar & Co

Legal issues affecting PPP projects after lockdown

By Soumya Kanti De Mallik and Prithviraj Chauhan, HSA Advocates

Facilitating exits in a post-covid-19 world

By Nivedita Tiwari and Nandini Seth, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Standing down the guard and increasing FDI in defence

By Damini Bhalla and Akshay Jain, L&L Partners

No copyright protection implied for film sequels

By Manisha Singh and Gautam Kumar, LexOrbis

Fighting piracy: A usual day at work for software giants

By Manisha Singh and Simran Bhullar, LexOrbis

Creative synergy

High-quality protection of intellectual property (IP) is a crucial factor for companies to succeed in today’s competitive world. An effective IP strategy built together can aid the organization to manage its IP portfolio and attain a significant portion of the earnings

Keeping competitors at bay

It is well-settled law that a non-compete obligation in an employment contract in India is unenforceable after termination of the employment. However, an acquirer in an M&A transaction can require a promoter to not compete with the business that he is selling

Existential wobbles

Recovering confidence is key

Awkward regulatory tango over COVID-19 relief

By Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, Phoenix Legal

Protection of founder interests in VC transactions

By Nisha Mallik and Neha Mirajgaoker, Samvad Partners

Electricity Bill lights path but sparks controversy

By Abhishek Tripathi and Narayan Gupta, Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors

Beneficiaries of public welfare schemes are consumers

By Karthik Somasundram and Shreya Gupta, Bharucha & Partners

COVID-19, IBC suspension and operational creditors

By Shweta Bharti and Sukrit Kapoor,Hammurabi & Solomon

COVID-19 moratorium package: An RBI safe haven

By Nishtha Arora and Anjuli Hora, SNG & Partners

Recommended drafting practises for FFL disclosure

By Piyush Sharma and Joginder Singh, LexOrbis

Amending use claims in trademark cases

By Omesh Puri and Ruchi Sarin, LexOrbis

New rules to socially distance non-resident investors

By Snigdhaneel Satpathy and Sanchita Kumari, L&L Partners

Analysing financing models for infrastructure projects

By Sharmil Bhushan and Jyoti Punjabi, HSA Advocates

How to implement pre-packaged insolvency

By Charanya Lakshmikumaran and Puneeth Ganapathy, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Labour market collusion: New frontier for antitrust?

By Lagna Panda and Ruchi Khanna, Chandhiok & Mahajan

Are you being watched?

Governments adopting trace-and-track apps to prevent the spread of the pandemic have raised questions about the ‘right balance’ between pandemic response and privacy considerations

Managing outsourcing contracts

Outsourcing companies face severe operational challenges under the pandemic and understanding the impact of the force majeure clause and the doctrine of frustration is important in determining recourse for parties.

Moving past the pandemic

The pandemic has thrown up challenges for maintaining productivity, honouring contracts and keeping workers employed

Keeping in step with the times

Patent offices and courts have introduced proactive measures in response to the COVID-19 lockdown

Head to head: A comparison of Indian and Chinese trademark law

A comparison of trademark law in China and India

IP red flags

Multinationals fear crackdown via antitrust law