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Proposed Amendments to the E-Commerce Rules: Going a Step Too Far?

[Rohan Mitra is a 4th Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Jindal Global Law School] The Department of Consumer Affairs on June 21, 2021, proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020. The proposals have been released to the public and comments and suggestions have been invited, with the deadline being extended until late July. The rules have unsettled many online...

FDI Limit Hiked to 74%: An Impetus for the Insurance Sector

[Ekta Janghu is an Associate at Wadia Ghandy & Co., Mumbai and Riya Gupta is an Associate at Algo Legal, Mumbai] On February 1, 2021, the Finance Minister announced a host of reforms vide its first paperless budget. Amongst these, was the proposal to increase the threshold for foreign investment in the Indian insurance sector to 74% from the erstwhile threshold of 49%. The announcement was...

India’s FDI Policy Distances Itself from Neighbours: Can China bring an MFN Claim?

[Smriti Kalra is a IV year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore] On 17 April 2020, the Indian government issued a press note which makes foreign direct investment (FDI) from “an entity of a country, which shares land border with India or where the beneficial owner of an investment into India is situated in or is a citizen of any such country ”...

Revised FDI Policy for Neighbouring Countries

[Divya Rau is a fourth year law student in Jindal Global Law School] The Department for Promotion of Industry and International Trade (DPIIT) released Press Note 3 (2020 series) on 17 April 2020. The Press Note alters para 3.1.1 of the Consolidated FDI Policy, 2017. The Press Note provides that any non-resident entity in a country sharing a land border with India can invest in India only by...

Key Impact of the Proposed Reforms to the FDI Policy

[Rishabh Sharma is a IV Year BA.LLB. (Hons.) student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad] On 28 August 2019, the Union Cabinet approved the proposed changes in foreign direct investment (FDI) norms in four sectors, namely, coal mining, digital media, single brand retail trading (SBRT), and contract manufacturing. The approved reforms in the FDI policy are anticipated to make India an...

Anti-trust and E-commerce: Impact of the 2018 FDI Policy Review

[Anand Nandakumar is a final year BA LLB (Hons.) student at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi] On May 31 2019, the US President signed the Presidential Proclamation that would terminate India from the list of beneficiary developing countries to the US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).  The Proclamation states that the termination was a result of India’s failure to...

Food Combos: Whether Single-Brand or Multi-Brand Retailing?

[Akhil Kumar is a fourth year BA LLB (Hons.) student and Ayushi Singh a third year BA LLB (Hons.) student at NUALS, Kochi] Single and Multi-Brand Retail Trading According to paragraph 5.2.1. of the Foreign Direct Investment Policy (“Policy”), foreign direct investment (“FDI”) in the manufacturing sector is permitted in India under the automatic route. Further, a manufacturer is permitted to sell...

DIPP’s Revised FDI Policy for E-commerce: Changing the Rules of the Game

[Baibhav Panda is a recent law graduate from KLE Law College, Bengaluru and is presently a legal trainee at Nucleus Software Limited] On 26 December 2018 the Department of Industry and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued Press Note 2 (2018 series) introducing changes to the conditions that would be applicable to the e-commerce entities. The press note now amends para 5.2.15...

New Measures to Spur FDI in the Indian Defence Sector

[Bhavin Gada is a Partner and Soumya Shanker a Senior Associate at M/s Economic Laws Practice, Advocates and Solicitors. The views of the authors are personal] Timeline of Liberalisation of FDI Regime From 2000 to 2016, foreign investment in the Indian defence sector has been approximately USD 5.12 million. Looking at the total foreign investment inflows to India, one could say that this...

“Single-brand” Retail Trading Remains an Ambiguity in the Indian FDI Policy

[Dhanush Dinesh is a III Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.) student at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore] Introduction Press Note 1 of 2018, amending the 2018 Indian FDI Policy, has been the cause for much celebration amongst foreign-owned entities engaging in single-brand retail trading (“SBRT”). With this press note, the entry route for foreign investment in SBRT has been simplified...

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