ArchiveMarch 2016

Delaware Court on the Question of “Control”

We have been debating on this Blog (here, here and here) the concept of “control” in a company in the light of the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI’s) consultation process that is currently underway. In this context, it would be useful to consider developments from elsewhere that may be instructive. This post considers a recent decision of the Delaware Chancery Court that called...

FDI Reforms in E-Commerce: What Do They Entail?

In a post on this Blog earlier this month, Satyajit Gupta and Saurabh Sharma elaborately discussed the background to the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy in the e-commerce sector. Ambiguities in the policy have not only given rise to uncertainties to players in the sector, but have also resulted in multiple rounds of litigation. As they demonstrate, the dominant e-tailers have gravitated...

SEBI’s Interim Order in the Sharepro Case

Last week, SEBI issued an ex-parte ad-interim order in a case involving Sharepro Services (I) Private Limited, which is a registrar and transfer agent (RTA) for a number of companies. Based on certain complaints, SEBI began investigating into the affairs of Sharepro and found a number of irregularities. For example, dividends which were to be transferred into the Investor Education and Protection...

Equity-Based Crowdfunding as an Early-Stage Financing Alternative: Critique of the Regulatory Proposals in India

[The following guest post is contributed by Shwetha Chandrashekar, who is a Senior Associate in Bangalore, India at GameChanger Law Advisors. She can be contacted on shwetha@gamechangerlaw.com.] With over 4200 start-ups, India is the fastest growing start-up ecosystem worldwide. It has the third-largest number of start-ups...

Analysis of the options proposed by SEBI for ascertaining “control”

[The following guest post is contributed by Amitabh Robin Singh, who is an Associate at DSK Legal. In this, he highlights the benefits and also offers a critique of SEBI’s recent proposals to define “control”] Recently, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) released a discussion paper to lay down a bright line test for the acquisition of “control” under the SEBI (Substantial...

Choosing between a blurred line and a bright line: SEBI proposes an objective test for “control”

[The following post is contributed by Vinod Kothari of Vinod Kothari & Co. The subject matter of this post is current given that SEBI is in the process of engaging in a public consultation based on its proposals. We are likely to carry a series of posts on this issue so as to capture a varied set of views and approaches.] If the ruling of the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) in...

Companies (Amendment) Bill 2016: An Analysis

[The following post is contributed by Vinod Kothari of Vinod Kothari & Co.] The Government placed a Bill to amend the Companies Act, 2013 (the “2013 Act”), passed less than 3 years ago, proposing nearly 100 amendments, purported to be for the ease of doing business. Most of the amendments proposed in the Bill are to implement the recommendations of the Company Law Committee, which was...

Update: Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2016

[The following post is contributed by Bhushan Shah and Labdhi Shah from Mansukhlal Hiralal & Company. The views expressed herein are personal] Parliament of India has passed the much awaited Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2016 (Regulation) in the ongoing Budget Session. The Regulation has been enacted with the intention of protecting buyers, bringing transparency and...

Brightline Test for Acquisition of Control

[The following guest post is contributed by Supreme Waskar, who is a corporate lawyer] In the backdrop of ambiguity and concerns in relation to acquisition of ‘control’ of a listed target company, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has initiated a consultation process by way of its discussion paper dated March 14, 2016 (“Discussion Paper”). Existing scenario The term control...

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