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public-private road projects

Potholes discovered in public-private road projects

By Akshay Jaitly,Dinesh Pardasani and Mrinal Ojha,Trilegal
While the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is aiming for better road infrastructure in India through the public-private partnership (PPP) route, the process for the appointment of private partners has recently developed potholes. In...

Back to school

India’s US$40 billion education market is experiencing a surge in investment. Capital, both local and international, and innovative legal structures are changing the face of this once-staid sector By Seema Jhingan and Dimpy Mohanty The liberalization of India’s...
Raising the bar for M&A

Raising the bar for M&A

2008 is proving a landmark year for competition legislation. India, China and others are introducing new regulatory constraints on local and international M&A deals Alfred Romann reports from Hong Kong When Coca-Cola announced in early September its...

Linklaters ties up with former CCI chairman

Leading competition and antitrust lawyer Vinod Dhall has tied up with Linklaters in a bid by the UK firm to boost its services to international companies dealing with India’s new competition regime. Linklaters has entered...
India Business Law Journal

Getting one’s act together

From capital-raising to outsourcing, the nation’s leading lawyers and top international India practice groups are honing their skills to meet new business challenges and stay ahead of the pack The harsh winds of economic obsolescence...
Business Law Journal, letter to the editor

‘Blended’ legal solutions

Dear Sir, Your recent article Jewels in the crown (IBLJ volume 2, issue 1) on the best foreign law firms for India-related work was both interesting and informative. Thank you for listing Berwin Leighton Paisner...
Priti Suri,Safeena Mendiratta,PSA

Towards affirmative boardrooms

By Priti Suri and Safeena Mendiratta,PSA
Accountability, fairness, transparency and independence are the cardinal principles of corporate governance, which has become the buzzword because of the inflow of foreign investments into India. To alleviate the concerns of foreign investors about efficient...

The changing face of M&A

The international liquidity crisis and the growing financial muscle of Indian corporations have changed the nature of mergers and acquisitions Alfred Romann explains Holcim purchased a controlling stake in Gujarat Ambuja Cement. Hindalco Industries, part of...
India education system

Redefining the learning curve

The Indian legal education system requires rigorous and rapid reform if lawyers are to acquire the relevant skills needed to respond to growing international demands VG Kulkarni explains Every summer a great Indian educational rat race...
Anand S Pathak,Partner,P&A Law Offices

India’s anti-trust regime requires clarity

By Anand S Pathak,P&A Law Offices
On 15-16 March, the International Bar Association, the Bar Association of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry, among others, held an International Conference on India’s New Merger Notification Regime. Leading competition law practitioners and...
Vinod Dhall Lalit Bhasin Society of Indian Law Firms

Competing interests

A recent conference brought together regulators, lawyers and international business leaders to debate the implementation of India’s new competition act. Raghavendra Verma was there to cover the action For evidence of the global concern surrounding the implementation...
Competition

Industry voices concern about merger control

By Anand S Pathak, P&A Law Offices
In January this year, the Competition Commission of India released drafts for comment of certain regulations to implement the provisions of the Competition Act, 2002. The commission’s intention to move forward on implementation of the...
FDI new heights

FDI cleared to climb to new heights

The latest reforms to India’s foreign investment regulations are significant because they tackle sensitive sectors that the government has previously been reluctant to liberalize. But concerns persist over the scope of the changes and...
FDI

The best is yet to come

India has made huge strides in reforming its economy. Serious challenges persist but there is also great cause for optimism, writes Vijaya Sampath, group general counsel at Bharti Enterprises After decades of the “Hindu”...
India Business Law Journal

A monumental challenge

Infrastructure is finally taking its place in the sun. And for good reason: the task ahead is urgent Simply to maintain the smooth running of today’s economy, India’s infrastructure requires a significant overhaul. To keep...
Anand S Pathak,Partner,P&A Law Offices

Competition Act could be ‘at war with itself’

By Anand S Pathak,P&A Law Offices
On 13 January 2003, the Competition Act, 2002, received Rresidential assent. The act establishes a Competition Commission to “prevent practices having adverse effect on competition, to promote and sustain competition in markets, to...
corporate framework

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. By Bijesh Thakker in Mumbai Since the Indian Companies Act was passed in 1956,...
Monopoly

Laws of competition

As India introduces a new anti-monopoly regime, valuable insights may be drawn from Australia’s experience Dave Poddar and Nicholas Lingard explain The Indian Competition (Amendment) Act, 2007, which was passed into law on 10 September, updated...
India economy

India in 2008

By Shardul Thacker, Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe
Shardul Thacker previews the regulatory changes that foreign and domestic businesses may witness during the coming year India’s fast-moving economy hinges, to a large degree, on timely legislative reform and regulatory development. Authorities must stay...
Baljit Singh Kalha,Jasman Boparai,Titus & Co

Compulsory notification of M&A deals

By Baljit Singh Kalha and Jasman Boparai,Titus & Co
The Competition Act, 2002, was enacted by parliament and received presidential assent in January 2003. However, the act has since been challenged in the Madras High Court and in the Supreme Court of India...

Legislative and regulatory update – October 2007

Banking Banks have to provide borrowers with a copy of any loan agreement, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on 22 August. According to the RBI, some banks were violating the Guidelines on Fair...
Sugal & Damani Loses Bid

Taking a gamble

Sugal & Damani in August lost its bid to take over operation of the third British National Lottery Licence, which will come into effect in February 2009 and run for 10 years. Instead, the current...
Legislative regulatory update July August 2007

Legislative and regulatory update – July/August 2007

Securities An Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) could be created in the near future after the Union Cabinet approved in May the passing of the AERA Bill, 2007. Under the bill, the authority would review...
Legal news in brief

A round-up of legislative and regulatory developments

thForeign institutional investors, mutual funds, and other institutions may be allowed to short sell their stocks under a March proposal by the capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Though...

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