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Kachwaha grows its partnership

Ankit Khushu, a senior associate at Kachwaha & Partners, has been elevated to the firm’s partnership with effect from 1 April. With Khushu’s promotion the firm now has four partners. “Our firm believes in organic...
Vishwanath Pratap Singh and Srabanee Ghosh, L&L Partners

Single brand retail: Poised for gains or lost in ambiguity?

By Vishwanath Pratap Singh and Srabanee Ghosh, L&L Partners
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the single brand retail trading (SBRT) sector was expected to gain traction owing to a comparatively relaxed framework introduced last year. The revised regime permitted 100% FDI under the...
Alternative Investment Funds follow guidelines by SEBI

SEBI issues circular for alternative investment funds

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 26 November 2018 issued a circular outlining the operating guidelines for alternative investment funds (AIFs) in the international financial services centre (IFSC). SEBI had issued...
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Deals of the Year 2018

India Business Law Journal reveals the most important deals and disputes of 2018 and the law firms behind them. Gautam Kagalwala reports Last year mingled pleasure with pain for debt-strapped India, and many of the...
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India in 2019

Three prominent in-house counsel foretell the risks and opportunities in the pharma, data privacy and e-commerce sectorsPharma: evolving priorities The year ahead will see pharma companies and their general counsel (GC) continue to grapple with...
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Current regulatory trends bode well for joint ventures

By Bhumika Batra and Sachita Shetty, Crawford Bayley & Co
The “Make in India” initiative launched by Prime Minister Modi on 25 September 2014 offered several incentives, enabling foreign businesses in various sectors to collaborate with domestic players. It provided an impetus to the...
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The grinch that stole Christmas for e-tailers

By Vaibhav Kakkar and Keshav Pareek, L&L Partners
The day after Christmas, the government issued a press note clarifying its stance on foreign direct investment (FDI) norms for e-commerce marketplaces, in a bid to mollify trade associations that were protesting against the...

DailyNinja scores new round of funding

DailyNinja Delivery Services’ new round of funding involved drafting of a deed of adherence (DOA) to help the company, which has many angel investors, raise capital faster in the future, said a lawyer involved...

Forex rules hinder foreign participation in debt unwind

By Apurva Jayant and Amritha Kumar, L&L Partners
“It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson.) Whether or not universally true, this quotation...

Media ownership rules in the age of internet

By Bharat Vasani, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
The rapid consolidation in the Indian media industry has again caused a debate on the regulation of cross-media ownership. While the number of channels for entertainment and information have increased, control of these channels...

Financial services firms hit by minimum capitalization

By Shinoj Koshy, L&L Partners
A press release from the Ministry of Finance dated 16 April has modified the 2017 foreign direct investment (FDI) policy by reintroducing the concept of minimum capitalization norms for the financial services sector. The...
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News in brief

PROMOTIONS AT F&M, KOLKATA Fox & Mandal, Kolkata (F&M) promoted seven of its principal associates to partner on 29 August. The promotions bring the total number of partners to 12 across the firm’s four offices. The new...

Bahrain bank funds Navi Mumbai township project

Solomon & Co, which advised Khaleeji Commercial Bank in its funding of a ₹500 billion (US$7 billion) township project, had to work within the Shariah law framework to meet the bank’s requirements. The Bahraini bank...

Ease of doing business: Uneasy reporting of FDI

By Vaibhav Kakkar and Snigdhaneel Satpathy, L&L Partners
The past couple of years have seen substantial reforms to further liberalize foreign direct investment (FDI) rules in India, in a bid to attract more foreign investment. While some sectors continue to have restrictions...

Convertible notes: A viable option for Indian startups?

By Aparna Ravi, Samvad Partners
Overseas investors looking to invest in Indian companies through the foreign direct investment (FDI) regime have traditionally had to do so either through equity shares or through instruments that are compulsorily convertible into equity...

Clarity needed on contract or job worker manufacturing

By Sourav Kanti De Biswas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Manufacturers in India are permitted to sell their products through wholesale and/or retail (including through e-commerce) without seeking prior approval of the government. A long-time provision in the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy permits...

Upswing in M&A activity expected to gather steam

By Rupinder Malik and Revathy Muralidharan, J. Sagar Associates
The infrastructure sector – largely comprising power, roads and highways, urban built-up infrastructure, townships and construction development activities – is an integral factor in the rapid growth of India’s economy. The country has witnessed...

Foreign funds pouring into affordable housing projects

By Vishwanath Pratap Singh and Srabanee Ghosh, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
The launch of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – a government scheme targeting housing for all by 2022 – has led to a shift of focus from the luxury segment to affordable housing. Other factors...

Ministry’s move mystifies financial services sector

By Devyani Dhawan and Mohit Yadav, SNG & Partners
India’s financial services sector has attracted significant interest, both from lawmakers and foreign investors. Liberalization of the sector can be traced back to the early 1990s.Before October 2016, foreign direct investment (FDI) in the...
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Minimum capital norms introduced for FDI entities

The Ministry of Finance in a press release dated 16 April introduced minimum capital norms for foreign investment in entities (unregistered or exempted) involved in other financial services, which are unregulated by financial sector...