ArchiveMay 2009

Squeezing Out Minority Shareholders: A Recent Judgment

The question of squeezing out minority shareholders (also known as freezeouts in some jurisdictions) is always a vexed question. This is because the law in certain circumstances allows minority shareholders to be forcibly bought out by the majority shareholders or the company such that they are forced out of the company. The controversy arises because this might amount to a deprivation of...

India and China: Foreign Investment and Venture Capital

RBI/2008-09/ RBI/2008-09/ The Asian Journal of Comparative Law has just published an interesting article that compares foreign direct investment (FDI) and venture capital investment in the two Asian economic giants. In Unraveling the Puzzle of Differing Rates of FDI and FVCI in India and China the authors Haitian Lu, Hong Huang and Swati Deva find that when it comes to FDI, China scores better...

Recent RBI Policies

RBI/2008-09/ The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced some policies last week. The salient features are as follows: 1. External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) Policy – Liberalisation By a Circular dated January 2, 2009, the RBI dispensed with the requirement of all-in-cost ceilings on ECBs under the approval route, until June 30, 2009. This relaxation has now been extended until December...

Indian Acquisitions Abroad

(In the following post, Rajvendra Sarswat, an Indian lawyer, examines the current trends in acquisition activity in India, with particular reference to overseas acquisitions by Indian companies) The news of an Indian company making any global acquisition or financing any project might have been surprising few years back, but not anymore. In the year 2006, for example, Indian companies announced...

Writing off Bad Debts and Tax Liability

The treatment of bad debts has been a constant source of disagreement between financial institutions and the Tax Department. Banks typically argued that some advances were so unlikely to be recovered that they may justifiably be regarded as “sticky” advances, and that interest on these advances should not be treated as income for the purposes of taxation. The Department’s response was that the...

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