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Foreign Direct Investment

The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) also known an investment in the form of a controlling ownership in a business in one country by an entity based in another country. The Foreign Direct Investment regulations are applicable to all individuals or companies that acquire property or set up business operation in India. The regulatory environment for foreign investment has consistently been eased to make it investor-friendly.

Ahlawat & Associates is known for quality advisory on Foreign Direct Investment matters in India, which through multiple options and methods ease doing business in India. In addition to providing level-headed consultancy services for FDI in India, A&A also spans the entire gamut of legal services for doing business in preferred economic sectors of India. We have investors, business corporations, industrialists, individual investors from many countries availing the benefits of our legal services for FDI. Our guidance and legal services for setting up a business in India ensure that all regulatory registrations, compliances and licenses as per the FDI policy in India are satisfied.

Our focus on cross-border legal and regulatory issues has given us an in-depth understanding of the various issues that arise when a company seeks to start a business in India, ranging from the conflicts between the corporate law requirements, the taxation issues that arise in connection with the returns that international investors get on their investments and other complex issues.

Our vast experience ranging from simple investments to large and complex deals have enabled us to add maximum value in the form of identification of legal risks, providing legal advice, undertaking documentations and negotiation.


Our firm’s expertise lies in:

  • Investment transaction structuring and the potential choice of equity instruments
  • Structuring off-shore and on-shore funds
  • Appropriate investment vehicles
  • Legal due diligence and identifying legal risks
  • Compliance checklists
  • Deal documentation, including term sheets, confidentiality agreements, share subscription agreements, share purchase agreements and shareholders agreements
  • Assistance on Foreign Direct Investment Act (FEMA) 1999.
  • Assistance and approvals from Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB)
  • Investment guidance and government approvals for branch, liaison, project and site offices, joint ventures.
  • Re-structuring, exit strategies, winding up and repatriation of proceeds
  • PIPE transactions
  • Drafting constitutional documents of a business/ company such as articles of association, memorandum of association.