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The “Masala” in Rupee Denominated Bonds

[Anirudh Singh is a 4th year B.A LL.B (Hons.) student at NALSAR University, Hyderabad] Background Rupee Denominated Bonds (RDBs),more commonly known as “Masala Bonds”, are debt securities denominated in Indian rupees issued by Indian entities to overseas investors but settled in foreign currency. In other words, they are rupee denominated bonds issued to overseas buyers. Though these bonds are...

The Walmart-Flipkart Deal: A New Era For The Indian E-Commerce Industry

[Hitakshi Mahendru is a 5th Year Law Student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune] Introduction In its order dated 8 August 2018, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the 77% acquisition of outstanding shares of Flipkart Private Limited (Flipkart) by Walmart International Holdings Inc (Walmart) and stated that it is not likely to have an appreciable adverse effect on competition in India...

Direct Listing of Indian Companies on Foreign Exchanges and Vice Versa: A New Era for Fundraising

[Tanaya Desai is a 5th-year student at ILS Law College, Pune] Introduction In its press release dated June 12, 2018, the Securities Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) expressed its intention to consider facilitating unlisted companies incorporated in India to directly list their equity share capital on foreign exchanges and, concurrently, of foreign firms on Indian exchanges. In furtherance of the...

SEBI Informal Guidance on Foreign Portfolio Investments in Unlisted Non-Convertible Debentures

[Kosha Thaker is a corporate lawyer with a law firm in Mumbai] Background Earlier, registered foreign portfolio investors (“FPIs”) were permitted to invest only in listed non-convertible debentures (“NCDs”) or to-be listed non-convertible debentures (i.e. if the NCDs were listed within a period of 15 days from such investment). There was, however, a special carve out for FPIs investing in...

Cross Border Mergers in India: RBI Notification and Some Implications

[Roshni Menon is a 5th year B.A., LL.B (Hons.) student at School of Law, Christ University in Bangalore] Upon tracing the history of cross border mergers in India, one finds that the erstwhile Companies Act, (“1956 Act”) did contain provisions relating to the subject, however limited in its application. This law permitted a merger between a foreign company and an Indian company where the...

Analysis of “Externalisation” under Indian Law

[Deepansh Guwalani is a 4th Year Student at ILS Law College, Pune] Introduction “Externalisation” is a strategy of incorporating holding companies in offshore jurisdictions to enjoy certain benefits which the home country does not offer. The strategy is employed by companies to move their corporate structures away from the Indian tax and regulatory regimes. How it is done The process of...

“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...

Amendments to the Regulatory Framework for REITs And InvITs: An Analysis

[Jubair Bhati and Anjali Choudhary are 5th year B.B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) students at School of Law, Raffles University, Neemrana (Rajasthan)] The regulatory framework for real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and infrastructure investment trusts (“InvITs”) was first introduced by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) in 2014.  However, these structures did not experience a great...

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