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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...

FDI in the Aviation Sector

Jae Woon Lee and I have a working paper titled “Skies Half Open: Foreign Investment in India’s Airline Industry”, the abstract of which is as follows: The foreign investment regime governing the airline industry has been the subject matter of considerable debate. Our goal in this paper is to supplement the literature by embarking on an analysis of the foreign investment regime in India and...

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...

The Hubtown Case: Supreme Court on the FDI Policy

[The following guest post is contributed by Tanavi Mohanty, who is a corporate lawyer practising in Mumbai] The decision of the Bombay High Court in the summary suit of IDBI Trusteeship Services Limited (ITSL) v. Hubtown Limited (Hubtown), better known as the Hubtown case has received a lot of attention for being the Bombay High Court’s pioneering judgment which unearthed a colourable structure...

Foreign Investments in Category III Alternative Investment Funds

[The following guest post is contributed by Kemi Gupta, who is a 5th year B.A., LL.B (Hons.) student at NALSAR University of Law] In a matter of only a few years,[1] India’s alternative investment industry has grown to Rs. 20,700 crore in size,[2] and is yet claimed to be in its early stages.  Alternative investment funds (“AIFs”) constitute any privately pooled investment...

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...

Easy-commerce?

[The following guest post is contributed by Arup Pereira, who is a Principal Associate at J. Sagar Associates, Mumbai] The Government’s foreign direct investment (“FDI”) policy on retail trading in India encourages foreign companies and Indian companies with foreign investment to “Make in India”. At present, FDI is not permitted in an Indian company engaging in business to consumer (“B2C”) e...

Some Ambiguities in the Rules on Downstream Investments

[The following guest post is contributed by Ajay G. Prasad, who is a Senior Associate with Kochhar & Co, Bangalore. Views expressed in this post are personal and do not reflect the views of the firm.] Exchange control rules on downstream investment form an important aspect to consider in M&A transactions. As per the foreign direct investment policy (“FDI Policy”) of the Department of...

Press Note 3 of 2016: ‘Old wine in a new bottle’?

Press Note 3 of 2016 issued by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has had a mixed reception – e-commerce companies have largely remained silent, while some ‘brick and mortar’ retailers have welcomed the prohibition on influencing the price of goods amongst others. We believe that pending litigation and consultations with stakeholders have led the Government to issue the...

FDI Reforms in E-Commerce: What Do They Entail?

In a post on this Blog earlier this month, Satyajit Gupta and Saurabh Sharma elaborately discussed the background to the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy in the e-commerce sector. Ambiguities in the policy have not only given rise to uncertainties to players in the sector, but have also resulted in multiple rounds of litigation. As they demonstrate, the dominant e-tailers have gravitated...

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