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Rationalization and Liberalization of ECB Policy by the Reserve Bank of India

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after receiving suggestions from the corporates and other entities on relaxing the existing External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) framework has decided, in consultation with the Government of India, to further rationalize and liberalize the ECB guidelines. The following amendments have been made with effect from 27th April, 2018: (i) Rationalization […]

Supreme Court Says Foreign Law Firms Cannot Practice Full-Time In India

The Supreme Court today ruled that foreign law firms cannot practice in India, but allowed international lawyers to “fly in and fly out” to provide legal advice to their clients in India. The Apex Court also held that the foreign lawyers can appear in International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) subject to relevant institutional framework and rules. […]

Cabinet Approves The Arbitration And Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018

In an attempt to make the Indian arbitration stronger and more regularized, the Cabinet has approved the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018 for introduction in the Parliament. The Bill proposes to make the arbitration process user-friendly, cost-effective and to expedite speedy disposal. One of the main objectives of the Bill is to facilitate speedy […]

Supreme Court Directs to Constitute Expert Committee Against Defaulting Accounting Firms

The Supreme Court of India has recently observed that Multi-National Accounting Firms (MAFs) are engaging in fraudulent ways while conducting business, totally against the prescribed code of conduct of accounting standards. In order to stop such prima facie violations of law, the center has been directed by the Supreme Court to constitute an Expert Committee […]

New definitions under the Companies Amendment Act, 2017

With the rising concerns over misuse of black money in financing illegal activities and with an objective to tackle the issue of benami properties, the recently enacted Companies Amendment Act, 2017 (Amendment Act) has introduced new definitions of terms beneficial interest, significant beneficial owner and significant influence. The definition of Beneficial Interest has been inserted […]

Cabinet approves 100% FDI in single brand retail via automatic route

The Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to allow 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) through automatic route in single brand retail. Currently, FDI up to 49 per cent is permitted under automatic route in single brand retail but beyond that limit, government’s approval is required. This move will envisage a more investor friendly environment […]

Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2017 passed by the Government

The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (“the Bill”) has been passed by both the houses to become the law of the land. The amendments proposed in the Bill are broadly aimed at addressing difficulties faced by stakeholders in implementing of the Companies Act, 2013 (“the Act”). The Bill intends to strengthen corporate governance standards, initiate strict […]

Bombay High Court upholds constitutional validity of RERA

The Bombay High Court has upheld the constitutional validity of the recently enacted Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016 (“RERA/Act”). Several builders had challenged the legal validity of the Act and its various provisions in the High Courts of Bombay, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Jabalpur. Subsequently, the Government of India filed a transfer petition in […]

FDI equity inflows in India grows by 17 percent

In the wake of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) recent rating of the Indian economy, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (“DIPP”) noted a 17 percent surge in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) equity during April-September this fiscal. As per the DIPP’s ‘Make in India’ twitter handle, India’s FDI equity was reported to be USD 25.35 […]

Maharashtra brings clarity in RERA

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (“Act”) is a beneficial legislation enacted to balance the interest of all the stakeholders in the real estate sector. Under the Act, state governments have been mandated to frame rules for their respective states to regulate the real estate sector. A number of underlying complications with regard […]

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