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Half empty or half full?

How are law firms viewing the changing times? Our survey taps their sentiments and outlook for the future

No place to hide

After years of freewheeling on light taxes, a global effort is closing in on big tech to extract a pound of flesh

Gender in justice

Prominent women lawyers in Asia share their experiences of finding success and overcoming gender barriers on the way

Challenging tabooze

A conversation with Anand Vijay Jha, about taking on the challenging task of changing the negative social perception of alcohol among policymakers in India’s 28 states and convincing them to tax beer at a lower rate than hard liquor

Vaccinating your staff?

The government has allowed the private sector to step in and vaccinate staff. Pharma legal expert Shantanu Mukherjee and co-author Sampreetha Kumar explain how to navigate setting up a vaccination facility for your employees

Panacea or problem?

SPACS have generated tremendous interest in India, but are these re-emerging investment tools really a practical alternative to IPOs and a panacea for reviving capital markets? And just how tightly should they be regulated?

Tread carefully with TM

By Shreekanth Katti and Harry Jose, Syngene International
Companies need to be cautious about using trademark symbols, as improper use can lead to legal hardship

Call to action

Axed!

IP practitioners warn of dire consequences as Intellectual Property Appellate Board gets the chop

International A-List 2021

The top 100 foreign lawyers for India-related matters

Insurance in bloom

Foreign insurers are cautiously optimistic over the decision to allow 74% FDI in the sector

Future legal leaders

50 up-and-coming lawyers who are making a name for themselves in the profession

Not happy

Amazon isn’t smiling about the Reliance-Future deal, arguing that it will call into question the enforcement of contracts

Profit v losses

As an elusive covid-19 vaccine draws closer, big pharma is licking its lips at the monetary potential of what could be a virtually limitless ongoing global demand. But governments may use compulsory licensing regulation to tilt the scale towards affordability as the death toll escalates

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?

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?

Just virtually

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

Surviving a ‘new normal’

India Business Law Journal teamed up with prominent arbitrator Ashok Sharma and a stellar panel of GCs to debate how in-house legal teams should rise to the unprecedented challenges facing Indian companies in a post-lockdown environment

Slowing the free fall

With the COVID-19 outbreak, the government has introduced a lockdown to limit the spread of the virus among the population, while introducing a raft of measures to protect businesses

A new dawn

As employers wake up to the reality of COVID-19, how can they minimize risks for employees and ensure business continuity?

India unplugged

As the country grapples with the dual realities of Digital India and being the ‘internet shutdown capital of the world’, it analyses a recent Supreme Court judgment challenging blackout actions in Kashmir

Securing the family silver

Why many wealthy Indians are shifting capital overseas

Courting mediation

The Singapore Convention brings hope to businesses looking for a faster route to dispute resolution

Framing a future

Succession planning at India's iconic law firms

Under attack

In-house counsel snaps back at US IP report's rebuke of India

Wish list

What lawyers want from the new government

Grounded

Why did Jet Airways' creditors stall on initiating bankruptcy proceedings?

Weak links

Anti-counterfeiting measures in draft e-commerce policy risk slowing down online trade in India

The International A-List 2019

World's top 100 India-focused legal experts revealed

Trolls and trash talk

What to do when staff badmouth your company on social media

In sickness & health

ACC's Rajiv Choubey writes on how IBC ties the fate of companies and stakeholders

Blowing the whistle

How HR and legal departments should work together to resolve harassment complaints

A call to arms

#MeToo movement reignites debate on sexual harassment in the workplace

Law firm billing rates survey 2018

Hourly fees are up, but clients still call the shots

The A-List 2018

India's top 100 lawyers revealed

Fighting for control

Two regulators tussle over jurisdiction

Lending a hand

Gauging the role of social responsibility in law firms

Parliament: the monsoon session

New legislation from parliament’s monsoon session

Immoral compass?

When the patent office acts as India’s conscience

The state of India’s legal market

An assessment of the prevailing trends in the legal profession

Open market for fake goods

The current system does not create a sufficient deterrence to counterfeiters

Hitting the mark

With managing partners being primary rainmakers, are revenue targets useful for lawyers?

Caught in the firing line

How law firms and in-house teams avoid conflicts of interest

Skipping justice

What an English court's decision means for tycoons on the run

High fliers

Top foreign law firms for India-related work

Stress test

Vodafone case a gauge for how the courts exercise powers in treaty disputes

Trademark toolkit

Smart strategies to protect your marks inside and outside the courts

Re-setting the bar

Are law firms and companies doing enough to remove hurdles faced by women lawyers in the workplace?

Pinpointing the problem

Why some national law firms struggle to survive in Hyderabad

Management in motion

In-house counsel can make use of their feet to meet and discuss challenges with stakeholders

Locked out!

What now for foreign law firms?

True colours

Do corporate counsel associations meet the expectations of their members?

Road of Risk and Reward

Is China's Belt and Road initiative a road worth taking for India?

Laws in conflict

Bharat Vasani explores the clash between foreign arbitral awards and domestic regulations

A time for prudence

Tushar Chawla of Jones Lang LaSalle explains how the insolvency code was used in the real estate sector

Getting inventive

Nishant Sharma of Dolby Laboratories assesses the government’s efforts to build an intellectual property eco-system that works for all

Bull run?

A suitable regulatory environment and positive investor sentiment allowed IPOs to flourish this year

Turf wars

Star India's Mihir Rale writes on the dispute between the antitrust and telecom regulators

Repelling the web pirates

A look at how governments across Asia are updating their cybersecurity laws ahead of the next cyber-attack

The A-List 2017: India’s top 100 lawyers

Get to know whether you have India's top private practice lawyers on your side ... or better yet, if you're one of them

Law firm billing rates survey 2017

Hourly rates have fallen across the board due to fierce competition and alternative fee structures

The competition lawyer’s handbook

Antitrust regulator releases timely guidance for achieving company best practice

An eye for a deal

When pursuing mergers and acquisitions, comprehensive due diligence is vital for understanding the target company and identifying potential snags

Patent pace

The Indian Patent Office has taken a number of steps to speed up the patent approval process

Parliament: The monsoon session

The first in our regular series on parliamentary sessions looks at key bills that were debated and passed

Payback time?

A look at the insolvency code, one of the key instruments to tackle India's stressed assets

Taxing times

The GST rollout was expected to be bumpy and that expectation was accurate

India: Open for business?

An assessment of the prevailing sentiments among the legal community about the regulatory environment

A work in progress

As the spotlight shines once again on India's infrastructure sector, we analyse what has changed

The future is fintech

A look at how Indian and other Asian companies are incorporating this critical technology to remain relevant

10 years

Memorable moments from a decade documenting business law developments in India

Bustling market

Liberalization and reforms fuel record-breaking levels of merger and acquisition activity

Global stars

Revealed: The leading international law firms for India

Crime in cyberspace

Remedies and recourse for victims of cyber-attacks

Managing mergers

By Alka Bharucha and Justin Bharucha, Bharucha & Partners

The right formula

Rohit Kumar, UPL’s general counsel, talks about the risks and rewards of managing 7,000+ trademarks

Eyeing Africa

African and Indian law firms should explore collaborations to profit from growing trade relations

Talking trade

India is pinning a lot of hope on the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

Think big

In the first of a new special series of the Belt and Road, we look at the germination of the Belt and Road initiative and trace its growth so far

Dissecting delay

Who is to blame for the inefficiencies and delays at Delhi High Court?

Big, bold and bullish

Private equity investors get hungry for control

Competing interests

Will India ever permit the arbitration of competition law matters?

In the interest of fairness

Cherie Blair talks trade, equality and cooperation

Banking on secrecy

Customer confidentiality and privacy in the banking sector

Partners for life?

Clearing hurdles for mergers between insurance companies

Healthy business opportunities

By Vandana Pai Bharucha and Aakanksha Pagnis, Bharucha & Partners

Dynamism endures

By Iqbal Khan and Natasha Shroff, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Her place in justice

What factors affect the rise of women in India's judiciary?

New connections

Is Beijing Digital Telecom's acquisition of a stake in Spice Online a harbinger of more Sino-Indian action to come?

Fresh start

Sourish Mohan Mitra asks whether institutional arbitration will finally make an impact on India

Privacy matters

Khushboo Baxi and Siddhartha Sarangal explain why digital businesses would profit from a multilateral data protection framework

Money matters

What the budget means for your business

A push for procedural certainty

The perils of delegated legislation

Banking on Asia

In conversation with AIIB general counsel Gerard Sanders

Of carrots and sticks

How to build a defence against corrupt practices

Halting harassment

The realities of legally protecting women in the workplace

On the cards

Rudra Kumar Pandey and Bani Brar forecast emerging regulatory trends and opportunities for in-house counsel to be business leaders

What’s on the IP agenda for 2017?

DPS Parmar and Aniruddh Singh of LexOrbis discuss the pros and cons of ongoing sectoral reform

Choose your battles wisely

Pankaj Soni provides some smart tips for patent enforcement in 2017

Bombay Stock Exchange faces legal and regulatory hurdles

Regulatory hurdles stand tall as India's stock exchanges prepare to list

Falling out of favour

Boardroom drama at Tata tests corporate governance

In-house beat

In conversation with Tech Mahindra’s group general counsel

The A-List : India’s top 100 lawyers

India Business Law Journal reveals the country's top 100 lawyers

Asian ambition

In conversation with UNCITRAL's João Ribeiro

In limbo

What companies should do before Brexit

Getting to grips with GST

The challenges facing companies as India's new tax regime nears

Rattled by rent

Obsolete rent control laws are holding back real estate markets in urban India

Fake in India

What in-house counsel can do to combat counterfeiting

India’s patent predicament

The battle between innovators, multinationals and the public

A view from the inside (2016 IBLJ Directory)

Analysis of the state of play in India's legal market

Marks in trouble

Protecting trademarks is tricky across the border in nepal, for a variety of reasons, write Roma Arora and Harsh Aggarwal

Laying down laws

The key bills pending in India's parliament that will impact domestic and international businesses

Partnership

What it means and why it may matter to clients

Commercial shields

Corporate buyers are warming to the idea of M&A insurance

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International A-List 2021

The top 100 foreign lawyers for India-related matters

India law firms- deals of the year 2020

Deals of the Year

A turbulent year did not deter deal makers and their legal advisers from closing cutting-edge transactions

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Secrets to success

The top 10 performance-enabling habits of India’s elite lawyers

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The A-List 2020

India Business Law Journal reveals the country’s top lawyers and legal icons in 2020

Correspondents

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KAL Radio out of tune on copyright

By Manisha Singh and Simran Bhullar, LexOrbis.

Digital intermediary rules leave open door for misuse

By Saurya Bhattacharya and Aseem Sahni, HSA Advocates
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Consolidation of debt listing regulations a questionable endeavour

By Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, Phoenix Legal

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Half empty or half full?

How are law firms viewing the changing times? Our survey taps their sentiments and outlook for the future

Practitioner’s perspectives

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Uniformity needed for IP disputes

By Manisha Singh and Varun Sharma, LexOrbis
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Better days for IP disputes

By Essenese Obhan, Obhan & Associates

Delhi High Court’s new division is a step up for adjudication in this sector, writes IP expert Essenese Obhan

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SPACs: Why PIPE investments play a key role

By Lynwood Reinhardt and Brooke Dorris, Reed Smith

Lynwood Reinhardt and Brooke Dorris examine the impact of private investment in public equity on de-SPAC transactions

Vantage point

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Game not over

A spate of high-stakes legal victories means the fantasy sports format is here to stay, but there is still much to be done to stabilise the industry, writes Amol Apte at Dream11