ArchiveDecember 2014

Derivative Action for Patent Infringement Disallowed

Spicy IP has a post discussing a judgment of the Bombay High Court in Darius Rutton Kavasmaneck v. Gharda Chemicals Limited, which involves a derivative claim by a shareholder of a company that traverses issues of company law and patent law. In disallowing the claim, the Bombay High Court dealt with issues pertaining to derivative actions and clarified circumstances where they would be allowed to...

Insider Trading and Tippee Liability

In recent times, there has been a lot of discussion about how the regulators and the prosecution have been enormously successful in obtaining convictions in insider trading cases in the U.S. That momentum may have been somewhat restrained by a ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in United States v. Newman, et. al. In that case, analysts at several hedge funds...

Reverse Cross-Listings: Foreign Companies Accessing the Indian Capital Markets

Corporate and capital markets laws in India have allowed foreign companies to list in India in the form of Indian depository receipts (IDRs). While this facility was allowed with much fanfare, it has been accessed so far by only one company, i.e. Standard Chartered Bank. However, more companies might likely follow in the future. A new paper titled “Reverse Cross-Listings — The Coming Race...

Repeal of the “Swaps Push Out” Rule— An Evaluation

[The following post is contributed by Mandar Kagade, who is a Policy Analyst at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business] The United States Congress recently passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 that made headlines for reasons not at all related to appropriations; it was in the news rather for including provisions that repealed the so...

Winding-up Petitions and Arbitration Clauses

The relationship between the statutory remedies provided by the Companies Act and the Arbitration Act has proven to be controversial in recent times. The difficulty arises usually because the basis on which the statutory remedy is invoked (eg oppression, winding-up) is often an underlying commercial dispute which is the subject matter of an arbitration clause. The courts have given different...

Flexibility for Investments by Trusts

Trusts in India are governed by a colonial-era legislation, the Indian Trusts Act, 1882. This legislation severely restricts the investments that trustees may make out of trust funds. Section 20 of the Trusts Act provides a list of instruments into which the trustees could invest the trust funds. These include securities of the type that were issued in the colonial period, including “promissory...

Paper on Limited Liability Partnership Law in India

Professor Afra Afsharipour has a paper titled The Advent of the LLP in India, the abstract of which is follows: In 2008, India passed a ground-breaking law to introduce the Limited Liability Partnership form into Indian business law. The Indian LLP Act was the first major introduction of a new business form in India in over 50 years. While the partnership and corporate forms (i.e. companies under...

Revised FDI Norms for Construction Notified

Last month, we had carried a guest
post summarising and commenting upon the changes to the FDI norms in the
construction industry, which relaxed several conditions. Now the Department of
Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has made these changes effective in the
form of Press
Note No. 10 (2014 Series).

Proposed Amendments to the Companies Act, 2013

It has been just a year since certain provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 (the 2013 Act) were brought into force, and the Government has already yielded to pressure from industry to address some concerns within the legislation. The Union Cabinet has approved the introduction of the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2014 in Parliament. At the time of this writing, only a press release of the...

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