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To Compel or not to Compel: Extension of Arbitration Agreements to Non-Signatories

[Kushagra Jain and Vasundhara Sharan are 4th-year law students at Symbiosis Law School, Noida] The rapid globalization and growing institutionalization of international commercial disputes has led to a plethora of international and national laws, rules, and commentary. Reference to arbitration originates from the contours of the arbitration agreement and maintains privity of contract, consent by...

Analysing the Oppression Remedy in India: Is it “Just and Equitable”?

[Devika Bansal and Naina Bora are third-year law students at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar] Spanning over a four-year period, the dispute in Tata Consultancy Services Limited v. Cyrus Investments Pvt. Ltd. recently came to an end with the Indian Supreme Court (“SC”) dismissing allegations of oppression and mismanagement. This SC judgement has highlighted...

The Continued Influence of Foss v. Harbottle in India

[On 6 March 2021, the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) organised a JGLS Virtual Discourse titled “Action by Minority Shareholders and the Rules in Foss v. Harbottle (1843) 2 Hare 461”. It was structured as a comparative discussion, with James d’Apice discussing the Australian position and me the Indian position. In this post, I summarise the key points I made during the session. My thanks go to...

UKSC on Parent’s Liability for Environmental Violations of Foreign Subsidiaries

[Raghav Harini N is a final year student at ILS Law College, Pune] In a recent landmark decision in Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the Supreme Court of United Kingdom (UK) has permitted a jurisdiction appeal against a UK-domiciled parent company for the environmental violations of its Nigerian subsidiary. This judgment makes a significant contribution to the fields of human rights, environmental...

Flip Structure Transactions: Regulatory Implications in India

[Divyansh Nayar is a 5th Year B.A.LL.B student and Arth Singhal a 4th Year B.A.LL.B student, both at National Law University Odisha] Over the last decade, the concept of a “flip” has gained popularity in the venture capital circles, especially amongst Indian startups seeking support from foreign investors. A “flip” transaction is one where an Indian company incorporates a company in a favourable...

UKSC Decision in Sevilleja: Reflective Loss, Creditors and Implications for India

[Rohan Deshpande practices as a Counsel at the Bombay High Court, and Karan Kamath is a 2020 B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) graduate from Symbiosis Law School, Pune. The authors would like to thank Mihir Naniwadekar for his comments on a draft version] The UK Supreme Court in its decision dated July 15, 2020 in Sevilleja v. Marex Financial Ltd. had to determine whether the rule against ‘reflective loss’...

Tug of War between Nominee and Legal Heir: The Debate Continues

[Abolee Vilas Vaidya is a Legal Analyst at Landryt and Priyanka Pillai an Associate at IC Universal Legal, Mumbai] The tussle between nominees and legal heirs in respect of shares of a company has always been a cause of sizeable confusion. The solution may seem to be a simple determination of whether the rights of the nominee under section 72 of the Companies Act, 2013 can override the rights of...

Paper on Shareholder Remedies: Oppression, Prejudice and Mismanagement

Under company law, shareholders (particularly the minority) can resort to various remedies prescribed thereunder, such as oppression, prejudice and mismanagement. While Indian company law has incorporated versions of shareholder remedies since the mid-20th century, the design of the remedies as they currently operate finds place in sections 241 and 242 of the Companies Act, 2013 (the “2013 Act”)...

Foray into Global Capital Markets: Is India Inc. Ready for It?

[Eshvar Girish is a 5th year BBA LLB student at Christ University] Recently, the Union Cabinet approved a proposal to allow the listing of Indian companies overseas directly, without being listed on the domestic stock exchanges. India Inc. has perceived this approval as a much-needed move. Keeping this in mind, this post aims to analyze the implications of direct listing of Indian companies...

Decriminalization of Minor Economic Offences: A Step in the Right Direction?

[Pratik Sahai and Manjri Singh are IV year students at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad] Amidst the economic slowdown as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an intention on the part of the Government to bring about much-awaited reforms to the corporate regulatory regime. The Ministry of Finance released a proposal on decriminalization of minor economic offences on 8 June 2020, and...

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