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China’s Claim concerning App Ban Under International Investment and Trade Law – Part II

[Angeline Priety and Rohin Goyal are fourth-year law students at Gujarat National Law University] In Part I of this post, we explained the possible recourse that Chinese investors may have against India’s app ban under the Indo-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (“BIT”). In Part II, we shall first examine India’s possible defence against claims by Chinese investors under the Indo-China BIT and...

China’s Claim concerning App Ban Under International Investment and Trade Law – Part I

[Angeline Priety and Rohin Goyal are fourth-year law students at Gujarat National Law University] On September 2, 2020, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology released a press note banning 118 mobile applications of Chinese origin. This blocking order, the third such order in a span of two months, was prompted by concerns with respect to the sovereignty of India, particularly...

A Review of “Investment Funds in India – A Legal Handbook”

[Ganesh Rao is a partner at Trilegal] Alok Verma and Karan Trehan’s Investment Funds in India – A Legal Handbook focuses on the legal regime governing investment funds in India and, in doing so, is probably one of the first books to be published in this field. The Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (“SEBI”) SEBI (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012 (“AIF Regulations”) are...

CCI’s Market Study on Private Equity: Time to Clear the Air?

[Priya Maharishi is a 4th-year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat, Haryana] The issue of common ownership and its impact on the competition landscape has preoccupied the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for a long time. The concern has become pressing in the light of increase in private equity (PE) investments in India. To show some teeth in the game, the CCI...

Call for Submissions: Trade, Law and Development

[Announcement on behalf of Trade, Law and Development] The Board of Editors of Trade, Law and Development is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in the Winter ’20 Issue of the Journal (Vol. 12, No. 2) in the form of ‘Articles’, ‘Notes’, ‘Comments’ and ‘Book Reviews’. Manuscripts received by August 15, 2020, pertaining to any area within the purview of international...

Is India’s Latest FDI Regulation in Violation of WTO Law?

[Ashi Mehta and Parv Kaushik are IV year B.A L.L.B (Hons.) students at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru] On 17 April 2020, the Indian Ministry of Commerce & Industry issued a press note, which makes foreign direct investment (FDI) from an entity located in a land-bordering country subject to prior government approval. The stated aim of this amendment is to curb...

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...

Rationalization of Participatory Notes: SEBI’s Regulatory Conundrum

[Tushar Oberoy and Rishabh Sharma are 4th Year, BA.LL.B. (Hons.) students at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad] In 2017, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had released a circular which practically rendered participatory notes (P-Notes) futile as an instrument for investment in India. The circular stated that foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) could not issue overseas derivative...

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...

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