ArchiveApril 2017

The Contents and Discontents of the National Civil Aviation Policy

[Guest post by Pratiek Sparsh Samantara, who is a 5th year BA, LLB (Hons) student at NALSAR Hyderabad] The National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) was released on 15 of June 2016 with a view to making travel by air more accessible, and the related infrastructure more efficient. This is the first time an integrated aviation policy has ever been released, and it was long overdue. It has been forecast...

Companies Act, 2013: Cross-Border Merger Provisions Notified

Under the previous Companies, Act, 1956 (sections 391-394) it was possible for a foreign company to merge with an Indian company, but an Indian company could not be merged with a foreign company. This was intended to ensure that the company that continues after the merger is an Indian company over which the Indian regulatory authorities continue to exercise control. This position was also...

The MCA’s Drive Against Non-Operative Companies

[Guest post by Dheeraj Kumar Sharma, who is an Associate at Vinod Kothari & Co.] Introduction The discussion on the existence of non-operative companies is garnering the attention of the corporate sector with special emphasis from various regulatory arms in addressing issues pertaining to such companies. The Government had clearly indicated that actions will be initiated against companies...

Calls for Socially Responsible Investing

The concept of socially responsible investing (SRI) suggests that investors would invest in companies that are acting in socially and environmentally responsible ways, and that such investors would exit from investments in businesses that do not comport with environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. Such investors maintain a balance between financial sustainability and social impact...

NCLT Ruling under Section 8 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016

[Guest post by Shayonee Dasgupta, who is a project finance lawyer with a leading law firm in India] As the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) is in the process of being implemented, the provisions relating to the initiation of insolvency resolution process by an operational creditor were recently examined by the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) by way of an order...

Stewardship Code for Insurance Companies

Historically, the passivity of institutional investors in India has led to less than significant monitoring of managements and controlling shareholders of companies. However, as I had noted in an earlier paper, the Indian markets began witnessing greater levels of shareholder activism in more recent years. Among the regulatory efforts that have engendered activism, one relates to a 2010 circular...

Delhi High Court on Put Options and Guarantees under FEMA

The issue of whether put options, exits at assured returns and guarantee arrangements between Indian and foreign parties are enforceable under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) has received much regulatory and judicial attention lately. The dispute between Tata Sons and NTT Docomo heard by the Delhi High Court was being watched very closely until the case was...

Supreme Court on Force Majeure Clauses in Power Purchase Agreements

[Other posts related to this topic are available here and here.] In 2013, we had discussed an order of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) in a matter involving Adani Power. The brief facts of the case, as discussed therein, are as follows: Adani Power had entered into separate PPAs with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited and two Haryana utilities under which Adani Power had agreed...

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