ArchiveMarch 2017

Can trustees contract out of fiduciary liabilities?

[The following post is contributed by Shreya Rao and Vakasha Sachdev at Rao Law Chambers] Trust law in India has not kept up with the times. The last few years have seen an increase in the incidence of sophisticated trust structures, particularly in the private wealth and fund industries. However, changes to the law governing trusts have substantially been introduced in ad hoc form by tax...

Supreme Court on DRT’s Jurisdiction for Small Debts

[Guest post by Yudhvir Dalal, 5th Year B.A.LL.B. (Hons.), The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi.] The Supreme Court late last year in State Bank of Patiala v. Mukesh Jain[i] held that under section 17 of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (‘SARFAESI Act’) a Debt Recovery Tribunal (‘DRT’) is entitled...

Hush of the Whistleblower

[Guest post by Malek Shipchandler, who practices law with a firm in Mumbai. Views are personal and do not necessarily represent those of the firm.] The ongoing controversy at one of India’s most celebrated companies, built on high standards of corporate governance, raises some interesting issues for consideration from a whistleblower perspective. It was earlier reported that the Indian...

SAT on Interest Payment Obligations under the SEBI Act

Readers may recall that the securities law were amended in 2013 in order to confer significant enforcement powers on SEBI. This was done initially by the Securities Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013 that was promulgated with effect from 18 July 2013. The Ordinance had to be re-promulgated before the amendments finally took shape by way of the Securities Laws (Amendment) Act, 2014. Among the...

Shareholding Thresholds for Oppression and Class Actions

The Tata-Mistry episode has brought into focus the minimum shareholding threshold required for a minority shareholder to bring an action for oppression and mismanagement under sections 241 to 244 of the Companies Act, 2013. In a piece in Bloomberg Quint titled Minority Shareholder Protection as a Numbers Game, I examine the implications of such shareholding thresholds that operate as a filter...

Announcing the Socio-Legal Review Forum

[Announcement from the Editorial Board of the Socio-Legal Review] The Editorial Board of the Socio-Legal Review is proud to announce the launch of its online companion/blog, the Socio-Legal Review Forum. Since its inception in 2005, SLR has strived to further the discourse on the intersection of law and society. Over the past decade, it has provided both students and scholars...

Legal Rights and the Vicissitudes of a “Comma”

“For want of a comma, we have this case”: thus began a judgment of the United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit rendered earlier this week in O’Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy. The punctuation mark in question was more specifically the “Oxford comma”, which has been referred to as “an optional comma before the word ‘and’ at the end of a list”. This case involved a law enacted in...

The Potential for an Online Private Placement Platform in India

[Guest post by Rishi A, a 5th year at Hidayatullah National Law University, Chhattisgarh] The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has a program that it runs for small and medium scaled enterprises called the ELITE Programme. Providing services like professional advice from industry experts about value-creation and also assistance in issues relating to raising of funds, it requires the enterprises to (i)...

SEBI’s Interference in a Compliance Officer’s Decision under Insider Trading Regulations – A Recent Informal Guidance

[Guest post by Suvan Law Advisors, a law firm specializing in regulatory laws. They can be reached at info@suvanlaw.com. Disclosure: Partners of Suvan Law Advisors contributories to Justice Sodhi Committee Report on Insider Trading.] SEBI has issued a ‘path-breaking’ Informal Guidance dated February 3, 2017 to Kirloskar Chillers Private Limited...

Supreme Court’s decision on the Competition Act raises concerns

[Guest post by Varun Thakur, BA.LL.B fourth year student at National Law University, Jodhpur.] The Supreme Court of India (‘SC’ or ‘the Apex Court’) has for the first time ruled on the substantive provisions under the Competition Act, 2002 (‘Competition Act’ or ‘the Act’) in the case of Competition Commission of India (‘CCI’) v. Coordination Committee of Artists and Technicians of WB Film and...

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