ArchiveNovember 2017

Inconsistency between FDI policy and FCRA in the Media Sector

[Aditya Singh Rajput and Nelson Chaudhuri are researchers at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi. The authors thank Radhika Pandey and Sumant Prashant from NIPFP for their valuable inputs] The post highlights an inconsistency which exists in the current Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy and the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA) with respect...

The Ability of Promoters to Bid for their Own Companies in Insolvency

[Anupam Choudhary is an Associate at Agram Legal Consultants, a law firm based in Mumbai. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the view of his firm nor do they constitute legal opinion] Recently, there has considerable debate over whether promoters of insolvent companies can submit bids in the bidding process for their own companies. Recently, the Essar...

SARFAESI Amendment: The “Qualified Buyers” Confusion Remains

[Akhileshwari Anand Raj is a 3rd year B.Com LL.B (Hons.) student at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar] The amendments last year to the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI Act) were long overdue. They sought to ensure that the various banking and recovery laws were in consonance with each other, and they also...

One Year On: The Effect of Demonetization on the Companies Act, 2013

[Shikha Rawal is an Associate at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.] “Demonetization” is a topic that has evoked considerable interest and strong opinions across the board since it was announced a year ago, i.e. on November 8, 2016. The goal of demonetization was to eliminate the unaccounted cash transactions, and thereby strengthen the economy. Differences of opinion abound on whether...

Reviewing Arbitrability at the Interim Relief Stage

[Agnish Aditya is a 4th Year B.B.A LL.B student at NLU Odisha] In a judgment rendered last month, the Madras High Court considered the impact of non-arbitrability on granting an interim relief. In Lifestyle Equities Cv v. QDSeatoman Designs Pvt. Ltd (“Lifestyle”), the Court was called upon to decide the arbitrability of certain disputes pertaining to intellectual property rights in an application...

Scope of Exemptions from Open Offer in case of Foreign Merger Transactions

[Supreme Waskar & Sumit Agrawal are lawyers from Suvan Law Advisors. Views are personal.] The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) in its recent informal guidance dated October 30, 2017 in the matter of Linde India Limited (“LIL”) has held that ‘review of merger process’ by ‘competent authorities’ will not exempt the proposed merger from the obligation to make an open offer under...

The ITAT Ruling in the NDTV Case: Some Final Thoughts

[Post by Shreya Rao. The earlier posts in this series can be found here and here]   A quick recap This is the third in a three-part series of posts about the ruling of the Delhi ITAT in the NDTV case. As readers may recall, part 1 commented on how the NDTV tax case paints a poor picture of all actors: The facts as described by the tribunal portray NDTV in a poor light (note that NDTV disputes...

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