ArchiveJuly 2016

Supreme Court on Applicability of the Regime on Collective Investment Schemes

The Supreme Court of India earlier this month ruled on the applicability of the regulatory regime relating to collective investment schemes (“CIS”). In Securities and Exchange Board of India v. Gaurav Varshney, the legal question was rather straightforward. On 25 January 1995, section 12(1B) was inserted into the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (the “SEBI Act”). It provided that...

Bonus Debentures: A New Perspective on Certain Issues and Concerns

[The following post is contributed by Priya Garg, who is a student at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WB-NUJS). An earlier post on this Blog discussing the features and implications of bonus debentures is available here.] Bonus debentures are those debentures which a company issues to its shareholders by using its reserves’ balance. Their issue does not require cash...

Risk Management and Corporate Governance

The current edition of the NSE Quarterly Briefing is on “Risk Management and the Board of Directors in Indian Firms” and is drafted by Professor Afra Afsharipour. The executive summary is as follows: – Enterprise Risk Management (“ERM”) is a systematic and holistic approach for firms to address all their risks, whether operational, strategic or financial. – Although not involved in...

India-Mauritius DTAA Protocol: Analyzing the Impact

[The following guest post is contributed by Aarush Bhatia, who is a 5th year B.A.LL.B (Hons.) student at CNLU, Patna] Introduction The protocol[i] dated 10 May 2016 amending the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Mauritius is arguably the most significant changerelating to direct taxes in India in recent years, considering that approximately a third of all foreign...

Paper on Crowdfunding

Arjya Majumdar and I have a paper titled “Regulating Equity Crowdfunding in India: Walking a Tightrope” that is available on SSRN. The abstract is as follows: Start-up companies face difficulties in raising finances, and the situation has exacerbated since the global financial crisis in 2008. As a result, crowdfunding has made its appearance as an attractive alternative capital-raising mechanism...

Guest Post: Public Policy of India and the Arbitral Award: Fighting the Unending Battle

(The following guest post is contributed by Amrit Mahal, a fourth-year student at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata) The Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (hereinafter, “Act”) was enacted with a view to bring the Indian arbitration regime in line with international practice. Providing for a limited judicial review of arbitral awards, Section 34(2)(b) and Section...

2nd GNLU Moot on Securities and Investment Law 2016

[The following announcement is posted on behalf of the Organising Committee of the GNLUMSIL] [Sep 09-11]: Register by July 20 (Revised schedule) ABOUT After successfully hosting the inaugural edition of the GNLU Moot on Securities and Investment Law (GNLUMSIL) in 2015, we would like to invite participation for the 2nd edition of GNLUMSIL, 2016. The moot is scheduled to be held from 9 – 11...

An Update on the FDI Reforms

[The following guest post is contributed by Bhushan Shah and Neha Lakshman of Mansukhlal Hiralal & Company. The views expressed are personal.] After significant changes in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy in November 2015, the Union Government through Press Note No. 5 (2016 Series) issued on 24 June 2016[1] announced further important changes to the FDI Policy. Changes introduced in...

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