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FDI relaxations in insurance may not get desired response

By Vivek Pareek and Maathangi Hariharan, L&L Partners
In a timely move intended to attract foreign direct investment (FDI), the government has allowed 100% FDI under the automatic route in insurance intermediaries. Industry stakeholders had long requested a relaxation in investment caps...
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Defining ‘beneficial owner’ and FDI restrictions

To restrict opportunistic takeovers/acquisitions of Indian companies due to low valuations in light of covid-19, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) via Press Note 3 of 2020 (PN3) revised the...

Standing down the guard and increasing FDI in defence

By Damini Bhalla and Akshay Jain, L&L Partners
In one of most significant moves in modern times concerning the defence sector, the finance minister recently announced that the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the defence sector under the automatic route would...

Structuring and financing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh economy continues to grow at an impressive scale, with a GDP growth rate of 8.1%, surpassing that of its neighbouring countries and making it one of Asia’s most remarkable success stories. The...

Virtual currency trade sees challenges with FDI

By Arjun Rajgopal and Akshaya Iyer, L&L Partners
On 4 March 2020, the Supreme Court (court) quashed the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) circular of 6 April 2018 prohibiting entities regulated by the RBI from dealing in virtual currencies (VC) or providing...
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FDI in digital media – easing of norms or restriction?

By Vivek Pareek and Shreshth Bhartia, L&L Partners
Last year the government, in order to boost the flagging economy, announced policy changes to foreign direct investment (FDI) under which investment norms were relaxed in certain sectors. The announcement was followed up by...

Total’s Adani stake a massive step in FDI

Total will acquire a 37.4% stake in Adani Gas for ₹61 billion (US$864 million). The acquisition forms the largest foreign direct investment in India’s city gas distribution sector to date. On the significant aspects of...

FDI reforms give embattled economy a shot in the arm

By Vaibhav Kakkar and Sahil Arora, L&L Partners
Government data show that economic growth has slipped to 5% for the April-June 2019 quarter, a six-year low. With stock markets tumbling and automobile manufacturers grumbling, the government has gone on a reform spree....

Searching for answers in new FDI proposal

By Vineetha MG and Srabonee Roy, Samvad Partners
On 28 August 2019 the government announced its new proposal on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). While the announcement has been made, the fine print of the proposed changes to the existing FDI policy has...
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Policy prescriptions to ignite FDI in defence production

By Alina Arora and Apurva Zutshi, L&L Partners
The foreign direct investment (FDI) policy allows foreign original equipment manufacturers (FOEM) in the defence sector to acquire up to a 49% stake in Indian joint ventures (JV) under the automatic route and up...
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Overcoming legal barriers to FDI in infrastructure

By Ronald Dime, DLDTE Law Office
PERHAPS THE SINGLE biggest challenge to developing infrastructure in the Philippines is the decision made long ago to carve foreign direct investment (FDI) restrictions into the provisions of the Constitution itself, rather than retaining flexibility...

Retail FDI in India: restrictions and solutions

By Ravi Singhania and Manish Kumar Sharma, Singhania & Partners
India’s policy on foreign direct investment permits such fund flows into the country under either the automatic or approval routes. Under the latter route prior approval from the Government of India is required for...

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...

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...

Legal framework and advice for FDI in Iran

By Wang Jihong & Sun Lifeng, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Foreign investors have polarized views on the investment environment in Iran. Some believe the country is so full of opportunities after the signing of the Joint Comprehensive plan of Action (JCPOA) that doing business...

Instruments and options available under FDI route

By Apurva Jayant and Vishakha Panchangam, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
The past two to three years have been an exciting time to practise private equity law in India with the government heightening its focus on creating a more navigable terrain for foreign investors. Various...

FDI policy: What is needed to draw more investment?

By Deepak THM and Vivek Pareek, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
Start-up India, Make in India and other ambitious government initiatives, coupled with a liberalized policy and legislative improvements in areas such as insolvency and taxation, have resulted in India rising to 100th on the...

India’s FDI climate good for China investment

India’s investment environment is friendly enough for Chinese investors with a little local knowledge and due diligence, a legal expert familiar the market said. Mumbai-based fintech start-up Kissht recently raised US$10 million in funding primarily from Fosun International, a Chinese...

FDI Policy, 2017: Decoding ambiguities

By Dipti Lavya Swain and Srabanee Ghosh, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
One of the prime targets in policy making has always been attracting greater foreign investment into India. Accordingly, the country’s foreign direct investment (FDI) policy has been frequently amended, as and when required. On...

Processing of FDI proposals: What will the new era hold?

By Kanchan Sinha and Sanya Parmar, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
The government of India, through a notification dated 5 June, approved the proposal for phasing out of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). Pursuant to the proposal, the task of granting approval for foreign...