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Hush of the Whistleblower

[Guest post by Malek Shipchandler, who practices law with a firm in Mumbai. Views are personal and do not necessarily represent those of the firm.] The ongoing controversy at one of India’s most celebrated companies, built on high standards of corporate governance, raises some interesting issues for consideration from a whistleblower perspective. It was earlier reported that the Indian...

Legal Rights and the Vicissitudes of a “Comma”

“For want of a comma, we have this case”: thus began a judgment of the United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit rendered earlier this week in O’Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy. The punctuation mark in question was more specifically the “Oxford comma”, which has been referred to as “an optional comma before the word ‘and’ at the end of a list”. This case involved a law enacted in...

Shareholder Primacy in India: So Near and Yet So Far!

[The following guest post is contributed by Professor Bala N. Balasubramanian, who is an Adjunct Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.][1] The scholarly debate on primacy among the shareholders, boards and the executive in corporate governance is intellectually as challenging as it is yet inconclusive, although more recent trends around the world would seem to suggest at...

Survey of Corporate Governance in Asia

The OECD has just published its OECD Survey of Corporate Governance Frameworks in Asia. Covering 14 different economies in Asia, the Survey covers various aspects of corporate governance from ownership structures, regulatory issues, board matters, shareholder rights, and the like that are prominent in relation to corporate governance of companies in those countries. The key is that in most of...

Delaware Supreme Court on Board Independence

Issues of board independence, and particularly the position and role of independent directors, have resurfaced to the fore in India in recent months. Given this scenario, it may be useful to consider developments relating to board independence occurring elsewhere. Here, a ruling last month from the Delaware Supreme Court on the determination of board independence would be of interest. In Thomas...

US Supreme Court Clarifies Tippee Liability in Insider Trading

The law on insider trading has received considerable attention in the United States (US) in recent years. At the same time, the law in the US is quite narrow compared to most other jurisdictions because liability for insider trading arises only if the person trading owes a fiduciary duty to the company and its shareholders, which has subsequently been extended to a duty owed to the source of the...

The Need for Cyber Security Due Diligence in M&A Transactions

[The following post is contributed by Prajoy Dutta, a third year B.A.,LL.B (Hons.) student at Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad and Srinivas Raman, a fourth year B.A.,LL.B (Business Law Hons.) student at National Law University, Jodhpur] Introduction In the rapidly expanding mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) environment, companies often overlook the finer aspects of due diligence...

A Tricky Game: The Legality of Fantasy Trading in India

[In this post, Sumit Agrawal, Partner and Surbhi Purohit, Associate from Suvan Law Advisors write about the increasing trend of stock market virtual games, apps and websites and how regulators may look at it. They can be reached at info@suvanlaw.com.] Background In recent times, the online stock trading apps and games have...

Paper on Directors’ Duties and Stakeholder Interests

Mihir Naniwadekar and I have a working paper on SSRN titled “The Stakeholder Approach Towards Directors’ Duties Under Indian Company Law: A Comparative Analysis”, the abstract of which is as follows: Recognizing that common law does not cast any general duty upon directors towards non-shareholder constituencies, legislatures have sought to formulate a tolerable solution to what they perceive as a...

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