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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

Policing the internet

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

Eyes on the spies

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

Cash-strapped

Lawyers are feeling the pinch as clients weighed down by the pandemic push for lower legal fees.

Moving targets

With IP infringers shifting pirated content to mirror websites following takedown orders, Delhi High Court has started allowing dynamic injunctions to block new means of broadcasting the material

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

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

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.

Pandemics unforeseen

How will the courts respond to an anticipated deluge of disputes relating to frustration of contracts in a post-COVID-19 world?

At a crossroads

Recognizing homebuyers as financial creditors in the event of insolvencies is a welcome move, but the RERA remains the preferred route for recovering funds

Out of harmony

Clarity from the Intellectual Property Appellate Board is required to lessen tensions between music labels and broadcasters

Deals of the Year 2019

Revealing the most significant deals and disputes, and the lawyers who guided them

Progress against harassment

How courts are dealing with prosecutions of sexual harassment in the workplace

Law firm billing rates survey 2019

Rising fees and falling margins

Dial M for merger

Competition law: Assessing global TMT mergers

Pressing issue

Why India’s arbitration ambitions are a hard sell

Skipping out

Spotlight on companies skipping out employee provident fund contributions

Tipping the balance

Is it time for India to embrace dual-class shares?

The Brexit puzzle

Managing challenges and opportunities of Brexit for Indian businesses

Rising to the occasion

Up close with IndiGo General Counsel Priya Mehra

Deals of the Year 2018

Top 50 deals and dispute resolution cases in 2018

Blowing the whistle

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

No prizes for second place

Tough going for students from lower-rung law schools

Fighting for control

Two regulators tussle over jurisdiction

Open market for fake goods

The current system does not create a sufficient deterrence to counterfeiters

Full steam ahead

Insolvency code: Investors continue to face daunting challenges

Dishing up the deal

How a merger overcame news of loan default and US$4.3b debt

Parliament: The winter session

Key commercial bills introduced in India's recent parliament session

Deals of the Year 2017

IBLJ recognizes the top deals of 2017 and the law firms behind them

Shot in the arm for ‘Bharat’

Bharat 22 ETF: A look at what the deal entailed for its legal advisors

An eye for a deal

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

Taxing times

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

Slow road takes its toll

Working through regulatory uncertainties was vital to pulling off the maiden issue by an infrastructure investment trust.

Crime in cyberspace

Remedies and recourse for victims of cyber-attacks

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

Partners for life?

Clearing hurdles for mergers between insurance companies

New mindset needed

PK Malhotra: Making the dispute resolution process more efficient

Deals of the year 2016

IBLJ celebrates the top deals, projects and disputes of 2016, and reveals which law firms made them happen

Double act

How to form a successful joint venture in India

One step forward, half a step back

Has India's amended arbitration law made a difference

Resolvable clash?

Dissecting the Tata-Docomo conflict

Marks in trouble

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

A cat among the pigeons

How a recent court ruling increased stamp duty on mergers

The tides turn

Will punitive damages deter IP infringement

The bitter end?

Shree Renuka Sugars subsidiary filed for bankruptcy protection in Brazil?

A win worth the wait

Pravin Anand, Dhruv Anand and Udita M Patro examine a landmark patent case

Landmark Vestas decision

Arbitral award significant for Indian legal jurisprudence, say Ranjit Prakash and Arun Mani at HSA Advocates

Deals of the Year 2015

Celebrating the top deals and disputes of 2015

Scant cover

Why PI insurance may be worthless

Shopping for justice

The rampant rise of forum shopping

A faceoff

How to handle buse of dominance in IP matters

Solving the global jigsaw

How to manage the risks linked to local merger control laws

Watchdog unleashed

India’s competition watchdog shows its teeth

A bit of bother

India needs to get to grips with the regulation of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin

Uncovering the real deal

Flaws exposed in due diligence practices

Trial and error

The risks of media meddling in trials

In search of synergy

What should clients expect from the merger of Singh & Singh and Lall & Sethi?

Tapping the London markets

Alasdair Steele, a partner at Nabarro, explores UK fundraising opportunities for Indian companies

Capital crunch

Will India Inc be forced to break its addiction to overseas debt markets?

How Tata tapped the debt markets

Capital raising requires gumption and out-of-the-box thinking

Deals of the Year 2014

India Business Law Journal celebrates the most significant deals and disputes of 2014 and reveals the law firms that guided them

Turf wars

India’s competition regulator is targeting abuse of dominance that stems from IP rights

Amplifying minority voices

What the introduction of entrenchment provisions means for minority shareholder rights

An eye on the ball

Why successful mergers depend on the focus of legal counsel

An uphill struggle?

Legal counsel go the extra mile as Financial Technologies offloads National Bulk Handling Corporation

A new era

Getting to grips with the new Companies Act

Giving back

Self-reporting and transparency promise to be the hallmarks of India’s new legal provisions on corporate social responsibility, but there are several grey areas that may hinder compliance

A well-structured alternative

The Securities and Exchange Board of India has taken positive steps to regulate the buy-back process

Tightening the reins

Foreign investors are hoisting stakes in their Indian arms in order to manage their operations more independently

Injecting competition

Rebecca Abraham gets under the skin of Mylan’s recent acquisition of Agila Specialties

Unlocking potential

India was touted as the promised land for private equity investors. Now it’s time to deliver the dream

Credit where credit’s due

India’s external commercial borrowing guidelines could do more to help borrowers obtain indirect financing from export credit agencies

How secure are your IT systems?

As law firms and in-house legal departments embrace technology in pursuit of greater efficiency, they must consider the security implications of their choices

Drilling into oil and gas contracts

Rajdeep Choudhury explains the legal ins and outs of hydrocarbon exploration and production in India

New lease of life

An inside look at the complex restructuring that saved Suzlon

London calling

Precedents set by English courts in banking and finance disputes are highly relevant to Indian investors and institutions

Entering restricted markets

Sidharth Bhasin, Denise Ho and Sriram Kilapakkam discuss tactics to overcome some of the operational challenges of Indian investments in the Asia Pacific region

Widening participation

Rahul Guptan comments on the nuances of the year-old offer for sale mechanism and the rationale behind its introduction by the Securities and Exchange Board of India

A silver lining?

Bharti Infratel’s recent IPO may point to a revival of India’s capital markets despite the dark clouds that hang over the telecom sector

Lighting up the bourses

The race to increase public shareholdings

Parental control

Foreign companies need to put at least one share of their Indian subsidiaries in other hands

The end of monogamy?

The end of the road for law firm marriages?

Finding a way in

Franchising with the help of a local partner may be a foreign investor’s key to unlocking India’s retail market

Playing by the rules

How compliance can protect companies from competition penalties

A new roadblock?

SEBI clamps down on consent orders

A blackened record

How serious are TCI’s allegations against Coal India and the government?

Smart safeguards

Indemnity is used as a shield from liability, but how useful is it?

Vodafone gets through

How will a pro-taxpayer ruling affect the taxability of a company?

Debating the right to be wrong

India’s rambunctious media industry is grappling with concerns over defamation and the inadequate legal protection of serious journalism

Deep-sea dilemmas

Have contracts used in the oil and gas sector enabled companies like Reliance Industries to siphon off more than their fair share?

Keeping up with the competition

A case study reveals how to ride the regulatory waves created by India’s new competition regime as well as similar laws in the UK, the US and the EU

Back on track?

How a German engineering company is trying to change its fate in India through a compliance programme aimed at combatting corruption

Crossed wires

India’s telecoms scam has shed light on policy manipulation and backroom deals at the highest levels of government

Trouble at the border?

A growing number of inbound investment deals are being subjected to rigorous and long-drawn-out national security reviews

Policing the puppet masters

Recent scandals have sparked debate over the need to regulate India’s unbridled corporate lobbyists

Riding solo

As Hero and Honda part company after 26 years, IBLJ discovers that dismantling an old deal can be as complex as putting together a new one

Playing by which rules?

The imminent introduction of India’s new takeover code presents an opportunity for regulatory arbitrage

A spoonful of sugar

How Abbott sweetened the Piramal deal

Firing up the markets

The complex preparations that were required and reveals the secrets behind Coal India’s success

Battle of wits

How a friendly outbound acquisition by Sun Pharmaceutical descended into a hostile takeover war

Caught in the net

International companies risk being entangled in India’s tax net, even if their investments have been structured offshore

Fuelling the deal

What goes on behind the scenes of a multimillion-dollar deal and how do you ensure there are no hidden legal landmines?

Cash trapped

Repatriating funds from India is a highly regulated process that continues to frustrate many foreign investors

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

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

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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

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Ignoring evidence renders an arbitral award perverse

By Karthik Somasundram, Bharucha & Partners
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Are states obligated to comply with GST Council recommendations?

By Raghavan Ramabadran, Rohan Muralidharan and Sahana Rajkumar, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Features

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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