Overwhelming deals, overdue diligence

21 May 2016  | Nitin Potdar

The Arbitration order directing former Ranbaxy shareholders to pay Daiichi Sankyo compensatory damages with retrospective effect has once again highlighted an obvious fact: that the process of due diligence itself calls for serious due diligence particularly in connection with any M&A transaction.  No wonder it is reduced to a perfunctory exercise (merely a financial audit in most cases) more lured by the enormity of the deal than guided by the criticality of the diligence.

Independent directors: Coping with regulation, waiting for resurrection

12 May 2016  | Nitin Potdar

There’s not an iota of doubt that the Companies Act, 2013 has sought to fortify the four walls of corporate governance by reinforcing the role of independent directors through explicit provisions. Thanks to the new act, board meetings have now attained a sense of purpose towards safeguarding the larger interests of shareholders.

The changing face of insolvency laws

06 May 2016  | Jayesh H

According to the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report, it takes more than four years on an average to resolve insolvency in India. A person on the ground would confirm that it takes much more time than that.

The proposed insolvency and bankruptcy law seeks to cut down the time to less than a year. Over the years, many concerns have been existing and/or raised amongst international investors on the regulatory and country risks while providing financing to and/or investing in India.

Ronnie Screwvala

Starting up is great but staying the course is key

22 Apr 2016  | Ronnie Screwvala

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? Ability to take risks, a great idea, passion…I believe it takes much more. But you don’t have to know all of that when you start or are a few years into your business. You need to learn, at every step, in a structured manner to make your entrepreneurial dream turn into reality. As individuals and professionals, we cannot stop learning even for a single day.

Is fintech here to stay?

07 Apr 2016  | Serguei Netessine

There are more than 5000 financial technology (fintech) startups in the world now. Many unicorns are emerging among them. There are now about 50 fintech-unicorns (tech firms valued at more than $1 billion) on the loose. Along with many established players becoming larger, new startups are launched monthly, if not weekly. This staggering growth is a reflection of the hype around fintech, where a plethora of start-ups are using technology to compete against or collaborate with established financial players.

Vaibhav Kakkar & Saurabh Tiwari

FDI norms in e-marketplace: Defining a genuine marketplace while protecting investors

05 Apr 2016  | Vaibhav Kakkar & Saurabh Tiwari

The government of India has, by Press Note 3 of 2016, finally clarified its foreign direct investment (FDI) policy on the e-commerce sector, especially on e-marketplaces, thereby ending a long period of regulatory silence and conjectures.

Poorvi Sanjanwala, Partner, Rajani Associates

FDI norms in e-marketplace: Time for inventory-based firms to reinvent themselves?

01 Apr 2016  | Poorvi Sanjanwala

The Indian government had thrown open the doors to 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) under automatic route for companies engaged in B2B e-commerce a few years back, but such companies were not permitted to engage in retail trading. Over a period of time, the marketplace concept evolved, with e-commerce companies providing an online platform to sellers and buyers to facilitate retail trading.

Rahul Matthan, Partner, Trilegal

FDI norms in e-marketplace: Chaos and confusion reign

31 Mar 2016  | Rahul Matthan

Including services within the ambit of e-commerce is one of the biggest flaws of the regulations.

Balagopal Vissa

How successful startup teams allocate roles

10 Mar 2016  | Balagopal Vissa

Founders should aim to have complementary competencies and experience.


Impact on alternative fund industry

02 Mar 2016  | Vikram Bohra & Devang Ambavi

It falls short of expectations.