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Rupee reboot

With the central bank poised to begin the process of adopting an official digital currency, veteran finance adviser Shivanand Pandit assesses the checks and balances needed to safeguard the process

Gender in justice

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

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

Tax takeaways

The 2021-22 budget was a restrained exercise that prioritised tidying up tax administration, and while the tweaks may not have grabbed headlines, they are sure to have an impact

Crypto crossroads

A jump in value of bitcoin has sparked renewed interest among investors. How will Indian regulators respond?

Will it work?

The government is working to implement newly codified labour laws, but how will they fare in a transformed working environment? Ragini Rastogi reports

Protection in paralysis

With India’s legal enforcement machinery neutralised by lockdown, infringement activity has climbed to an all-time high. What can IP owners do to stay afloat?

Evolving doors

A reluctance to opt for litigation during the pandemic has seen new opportunities for arbitrators and other alternative dispute resolution practitioners

The power of persuasion

A critical part of a lawyer’s job is being a good negotiator. It requires people skills, well-ordered priorities and a positive approach to doing business

What’s blocking the chain?

Blockchain can be a disruptive technology for the administration of smart contracts in the financial sector if some regulatory hurdles are cleared

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

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

Home and safe?

With COVID-19 forcing companies to implement work-from-home policies, Jim Fitzsimmons helps us understand the cybersecurity risks posed by a remote workforce

Shining a light on unsafe practices

Inadequate enforcement of Indian standards has encouraged spurious manufacturers to put unsafe products on the market

Bridges not barriers

Membership of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership would allow India to overcome its stunted trading relationship with its neighbours

Juggling act

How conflicting interests shaped the data protection bill

In the hot seat

Baker McKenzie’s first Asian global chair discusses India, trade war and the firm’s future

A fine balance

Merging the wants of employers and employees is no easy task

The AIs have it

AI's rise demands regulatory reboot

Watch your step

Steering clear of conflicts of interest in private equity

Taking stock

Assessing the impact of GDPR a year since introduction

Running in circles

New advertising laws: A move away from self-regulation

Inside out

Complying wtih India's amended insider trading regulations

Risky business

Akhil Prasad: How to implement sound risk management practices

A burning issue

Fire safety laws: More than a tick-box exercise

2018: The year that was

A look back at the major legal developments that dominated headlines

Weighed down

Looking beyond the law to ensure gender parity

Deciphering data privacy

Forging a new path for data localization

Lending a hand

Gauging the role of social responsibility in law firms

A touch of disruption

The legal sector must prepare for the growing commercialization of AI and blockchain technology

One head, many hats

A modern-day general counsel’s role goes much beyond a lawyer on a payroll

Seeking simpatico

Personal rapport is key for external counsel to have the ear of their clients, writes Smita Priyadarshini, senior managing legal director at Dell

Finding satisfaction at work

Alternatives should be available for lawyers who cannot or do not want to work long hours

Tech savvy

What are the must-have legal software products for in-house counsel?

Safeguarding secrets

How to prevent former employees from misusing confidential information

Management in motion

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

Road of Risk and Reward

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

Getting inventive

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

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 competition lawyer’s handbook

Antitrust regulator releases timely guidance for achieving company best practice

Payback time?

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

Shaping a concrete destiny

What to expect from China's ambitious Belt and Road initiative, and what it means for India

The future is fintech

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

Bustling market

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

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

In the interest of fairness

Cherie Blair talks trade, equality and cooperation

Fresh start

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

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

Falling out of favour

Boardroom drama at Tata tests corporate governance

In-house beat

In conversation with Tech Mahindra’s group general counsel

Asian ambition

In conversation with UNCITRAL's João Ribeiro

In limbo

What companies should do before Brexit

Unity in Asia?

Singapore's Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon on the road to business law convergence

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

Laying down laws

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

Commercial shields

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

Paradise lost

What are the implications of India regaining taxation rights on investments made through Mauritius?

Too hot to handle?

Why masala bonds may be too spicy for some investors

Funds in flux

Regulatory hurdles may be less daunting

Globetrotting

IP warrior

Tech talk

Lawyers grapple with practice management

Balancing act?

Weighing up the controversies and confusion surrounding the applicability of minimum alternate tax to foreign institutional investors

Prescriptions for protection

Patent pulse with Natco and Cipla

Embracing biodiversity

Regulations to protect biodiversity need clarification to ensure compliance and maintain the pace of research

Riding the boom

Bangalore’s evolving legal market

Processing improvements in India’s legal system

Should domestic companies embrace LPO?

Real estate riddles

Corporate counsel’s most pressing real estate concerns in India

Poorly protected assets

Who’s to blame for India’s trademark troubles?

The lost generation of litigators

Poor remuneration, competition from law firms and nepotism are starving India’s courts of good litigators

Building on common values

Shared legal heritage and a partnership in natural resources are driving trade and investment between Canada and India

Choosing your battlefield

Location is a critical factor in the success of dispute resolution proceedings

Singh swings it

What does the election result really mean for the business of law and the law of business in India?

Rebuilding corporate India

Law firms are retooling to cash in on a wave of restructuring and refinancing work

Survival of the fittest

Indian Business Law Journal investigates how Indian law firms are faring in the downturn

Picking up the pieces

Insolvency procedures are complex and offer no guarantee that secured creditors will recoup their funds

Private equity returns

Following a battering in the financial storm, private equity is showing new signs of life. Lawyers will play a key role in its recovery

Making an entrance

If India opens its legal market, what entry strategies will foreign law firms pursue?

On with the show

The financial crisis has not brought the curtain down on the entertainment sector

Occupational hazards

How safe is India?

The desperate search for liquidity

How can cash-strapped corporations restructure their domestic and international debt portfolios?

Consumer products companies in India resort to comparative advertising

India's courts have taken a dim view of companies that denigrate their competitors in advertisements

Opening the vault

India's banking sector is on the verge of a second wave of liberalization. Will foreign banks have sufficient liquidity to join the action?

Hard labour

Money laundering laws in a spin

Widely welcomed measures to tackle the clandestine transfer of funds have been undermined

The dawn of Islamic finance

Simple regulatory changes could transform India into a regional hub for shariah-compliant finance

Paradise lost

Buying land in India: From concept to completion

Sumes Dewan: how innovative structures may overcome hurdles for acquiring land

The road to REITs and REMFs

Collective investment comes to property in India

Defying the laws of economics

Indian real estate continues to boom. Can it last?

Redrawing the corporate framework

Proposed amendments to India’s companies law would do away with much bureaucracy and bring India a step closer to modern international practices

Piracy in another domain

Cybersquatting is a growing menace to companies the world over. India has its own mechanism to address the problem but serious challenges remain

Family matters

Drug wars

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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

Delays and inconsistent treatment reduce RERA’s effectiveness, Amaresh Kumar Singh, HSA Advocates

Delays and inconsistent treatment reduce RERA’s effectiveness

By Amaresh Kumar Singh, HSA Advocates
The challenges ahead for LIBOR transition, Soumyajit Mitra and Nishtha Arora, SNG & Partners

The challenges ahead for Libor transition

By Soumyajit Mitra and Nishtha Arora, SNG & Partners
Key issues in mergers and acquisitions, Arvind Sharma, Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Key issues in mergers and acquisitions

By Arvind Sharma, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Features

Rupee reboot

Rupee reboot

With the central bank poised to begin the process of adopting an official digital currency, veteran finance adviser Shivanand Pandit assesses the checks and balances needed to safeguard the process

No place to hide

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

Top Foreign Firms 2021 - Mapping global expertise

Mapping global expertise

As a wave of dealmaking showcases legal prowess around the world, we reveal the top foreign law firms for India work

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

SPACs- why PIPE investments play a key role, Lynwood Reinhardt and Brooke Dorris, Reed Smith

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

The-rebuild: IP matters

The rebuild

The IP division at Delhi High Court may be a harbinger of a new era, but India would do well to look further afield for examples of best-practice IP dispute resolution, argues KS Kardam, former senior joint controller of patents and designs at the Indian Patent Office