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Investment by FPIs in Securitised Debt Instruments

[Anita Baid is a Senior Manager at Vinod Kothari Consultants P. Ltd] Investments by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) in unlisted debentures and securitised debt instruments (SDIs) issued by Indian companies was allowed pursuant to a notification dated 27 February, 2017 issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Earlier in November, 2016, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had...

Presenting a Critique of Green Financing in India

[Priya Garg is a 4th year student at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS)] The concept of “green banking” has two primary aspects – first, making banks and other financial institutions conduct their operations in an environment-friendly manner; second, their role of extending credit on favourable terms to eco-friendly projects. For the purpose of this post, I refer...

Legality of Cryptocurrency in India

[Sannat Chandna is a 5th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Amity Law School, Delhi] The year 2017 witnessed a tremendous growth in the stature and worth of cryptocurrencies. Such an increase has never earlier been witnessed in relation to trading in any currency or commodity of such a volatile nature. India’s finance minister, while presenting the budget 2018, expressly stated that the...

Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill: A Viable Project or a Doomed Battle?

[Malcolm Katrak is a Law Clerk to Justice (Retd.) S. N. Variava, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India] Recently, the Law Ministry affirmed the draft ‘Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2017’, which gives powers to the Government to confiscate property of economic offenders and defaulters. This Bill flows from the Finance Minister’s budget speech promising legislative changes to confiscate the...

The Status of MLM Companies in India

[Shubhi Goyal is a 4th Year Student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad] Multi-level Marketing Companies (“MLM Companies”) sell their products and services directly to consumers, instead of following the traditional distribution channel of Manufacturer – Distributor – Wholesaler – Retailer – Consumer. They rely for their business on a non-salaried workforce, which sells products to...

The Impact of Demonetization on the Corporate Sector

Professors Dhammika Dharmapala and Vikramaditya S. Khanna have posted a working paper titled “Stock Market Reactions to India’s 2016 Demonetization: Implications for Tax Evasion, Corruption, and Financial Constraints”, the abstract of which is as follows: On November 8, 2016, the Indian government made a surprise announcement that certain currency notes (representing 86% of the currency...

The Introduction of Interest Rate Options In India

[The following guest post is contributed by Niharika Choudhary, who is a 4th year student at the National Law University, Jodhpur] Introduction Trade in financial derivatives has led to an enormous growth of the Indian financial system. New instruments have proliferated and trading volume has exploded. The use of financial derivatives has transformed the way financial institutions deal with risk...

Protection of Financial Consumers under the Indian Financial Code

[The following guest post is contributed by Sharada Krishnamurthy, LLM student, National University of Singapore and Gokul Ashok Thampi, final year BSL LLB student, ILS Law College, Pune] Introduction Existing financial regulation in India has been amended multiple times resulting in inconsistencies, regulatory gaps and overlaps. There are several regulators with overlapping domains, thereby...

Margin Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared OTC Derivatives

[The following guest post is contributed by Rishi A., who is a 5th year law student at HNLU, Raipur] Introduction At the end of 2008, the world, especially the United States, witnessed one of the worst financial crises. The tipping point in this crisis was not the bad credit quality of the household mortgages that were losing their value because of a number of reasons including the growing...

How Independent Are Our Financial Regulators?

[The following guest post is contributed by Bhargavi Zaveri, who is at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi. Views are personal. An abbreviated version of this post appeared in the Business Standard] A sequence of recent incidents has rekindled the public discourse on the independence of our financial sector regulators from the Government. Critics of the draft...

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