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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...

Why the FDI Policy’s Price Influence Restrictions on E-Commerce Marketplaces Have Failed

[Mark Papang and Sanchit Varma, 4th year students at NALSAR University of Law] Introduction The FDI Policy of India contains a number of provisions to ensure that the employment of foreign capital does not militate against healthy competition in the e-commerce sector. However in practice, many of these provisions have not had a significant impact on the manner in which e-commerce entities operate...

Press Note 1 of 2018: Revision of the FDI Regime

[Amitabh Robin Singh is a corporate lawyer practising in Mumbai] The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has issued Press Note 1 of 2018 dated January 23, 2018 (“PN 1”), which liberalizes the foreign direct investment (“FDI”) regime across various sectors. However, I would like to open this post by not discussing a particular sector, but with the language that concludes PN 1. There has...

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...

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