Sectors

Aerospace & Defence

India’s defence sector is being opened up to the private sector and FDI. However, given the strategic nature of this sector, private sector organizations looking at doing business must comply with additional rules related to offset, transfer of technology and indigenisation etc.

Aerospace companies are beginning to find India attractive due to the projected demand for civilian and military aircraft, as also for the scope to develop India into a regional MRO hub. Some state governments are offering incentives to attract aerospace companies into their jurisdictions. But the right location depends on much more than just tax sops.

We can help you understand the regulations and their implications on your strategies. >>

Automotive

A maturing automotive market in India means more choice for customers. To succeed in the face of greater competitive intensity, the entire ecosystem, comprising automotive manufacturers, their suppliers, dealers and service centres will all need to focus on delivering higher levels of discernible value to customers.

To reduce cost, foreign automakers may ask their overseas OEM manufacturers to set up operations in India. Regulators will come down more heavily on actions that are seen to be against fair trade or aimed at creating unfair marketplace advantage. Customers will be more willing to file cases against automakers. All this can have a bearing on the company’s policies, supply chain agreements, IPR protection strategies, financing programs, strategic alliances etc. >>

Banking, Financial Services & Insurance

Regulators in India too are tightening the rules under which Banks, NBFCs, Capital Market companies, Insurers and Pension funds are permitted to operate. There are separate regulations- and regulators- for banks/NBFCs, insurers, capital market players and pension funds. The balance between the need to more rigorously assess customer risk and the need to keep private data secure will alter the way banks, NBFCs and insurers do business. For pension funds, the potential opportunity to invest in higher-yielding (but correspondingly riskier) assets will drive new thinking about risk and its mitigation. New capital adequacy norms will need to be met; business strategies and operating models may need to be tweaked; customer level agreements and covenants may need to be revised. >>

Consumer Products and Retail

Urbanization, rising disposable incomes, rapid internet penetration across the country and the convenience of shopping via E-commerce sites is transforming the way manufacturers of consumer products engage and transact with customers. Brands must be adequately protected from spurious lookalikes. Various players will need to enter into complex supply chain agreements that cover various payment options, last-mile delivery and reverse logistics to support “returns”. Disputes may arise over product specifications, service, unauthorized credit card usage or even online purchases by minors. There could also be issues around taxes. Brick-and-mortar retailers too will need to effectively mitigate the typical risks associated with buying or leasing real estate in India as they expand. >>

Education

All sustainable development- whether social or economic- is underpinned by education. As India seeks to reap its demographic dividends over the next couple of decades, it is critical that the country’s educational system improves in terms of reach and access, standards and pedagogical processes. Without a doubt, both formal education and vocational training represent huge opportunities in India. However, the sector is highly regulated- and though some opening up has started to happen, many regulatory challenges remain.

The subject of Education is on the concurrent list, which gives both the central government and individual state governments the authority to legislate. This results in state-to-state differences in laws. >>

Energy

Quite literally, the energy sector powers the world’s development. As energy-guzzling economies around the world continue to use fossil fuels, there is growing acknowledgement that the entire world is paying the price by way of expanding carbon footprint, continued damage to the ozone layer, global warming etc. Nuclear energy is cleaner, but there are other risks. That is why in India and many other countries, solar energy, wind energy and other forms of renewable energy are gaining popularity.

Whether you are a producer, distributor, consumer or regulator of energy, our extensive experience in this sector will be of benefit. >>

Healthcare & Life Sciences

In recent times, few sectors have changed as much as perhaps healthcare has. Growth of corporatized hospitals and chains, emergence of PE firm-backed primary care providing “family physicians”, use of information technology to automate various hospital processes and protocols, use of technology to improve quality of care etc. are all examples of this transformation.

We can assist hospitals, diagnostic centers, pathology laboratories etc. on various corporate and commercial matters as well as litigation.

Life Sciences companies (including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies) may also be viewed as part of the larger “health and wellness” ecosystem. >>

Infrastructure & Transportation

India’s growth can be sustained only by development of world-class infrastructure such as roads, railways, airports, ports, water supply and sanitation, electricity, telecom etc.

Given the capital intensive nature of infrastructure projects, many of them will likely be in the PPP (Public Private Partnership) mode. This will need private participants (consultants, designers, EPC companies etc.) to collaborate with each other in ways that insulates them from various risks. On the other hand, government agencies responsible for commissioning of these projects must ensure that the agreements drawn up are practical, sensible and commercially viable with regard to concession agreements, user charges etc. >>

Manufacturing

The Indian government’s conscious strategies to improve the standard of manufacturing in the country will give a fillip to both domestic and overseas companies in this space. We can advise you on the New Manufacturing Policy as well as guide you on incentives offered by individual states (some states have specific policies to attract manufacturing into aerospace, textiles, chemicals etc.) and help you obtain the necessary land and approvals so that you can base your facility at the best possible location.

If you are a 3rd party manufacturer or export your products, our commercial experts can assist you in drawing up agreements that safeguard your interests.

Typically, industrial relations/labour disputes tend to be more common in manufacturing plants. >>

Mining

India’s mining sector is key to the nation’s economy not just as a means of earning foreign exchange, but also because a high-growth economy needs easy access to various metals such as iron, aluminium, steel etc.

For years, both the public sector and private sector have co-existed in this capital intensive business that requires large amounts of water and power. In a world that is becoming more conscious of ecological costs and risks, the impact on companies in the mining sector has been especially severe. Already a highly regulated sector (e.g. The Mines Act, 1952; The Mines Rules, 1955; Coal Mines Regulations, 1957; The Minor Mineral Concession Rules, 1960; The Oil Mines Regulations, 1984; Mines Rescue Rules, 1985 etc. >>

Services

Depending on the specifics of the service(s) provided, different challenges may arise, including data security, negligence, deficiency of service etc. Being a full-service law firm, we can assist you in setting up your business, providing business-as-usual compliance support as well as advice on special situations such as M&A, funding, outsourcing contracts, IPR matters etc. >>

Sports

Professional sports are becoming popular in India, as evidenced by the success of the IPL (cricket), IHL (hockey), kabaddi etc. European football clubs have a large and growing fan base in India, and sale of club merchandise is a rising source of revenue. Foreign players are willing to play in India (e.g. IPL, IHL etc.).

The transformation of professional sports into commercial ventures inevitably means that the various stakeholders (e.g. sports persons and their agents; franchise owners; media companies and broadcasters; sports associations; regulators (WADA, NADA); and various governments must collaborate to address various corporate and commercial matters. >>

Technology, Media & Telecom

Continuing convergence between technology, media and telecom has resulted in the three sectors being spoken of in one breath. Admittedly, there are common aspects. But yet, differences remain in how these services are consumed and the identity of service providers. The terms are also very broad. “Technology” for instance, could include hardware, software products, networks etc. It could also, in a loose sense, include IT services related to developing and maintaining software applications. “Media” could include print media (and their digital counterparts) as also purely electronic media (e.g. television or radio). >>

Aerospace & Defence

India’s defence sector is being opened up to the private sector and FDI. However, given the strategic nature of this sector, private sector organizations looking at doing business must comply with additional rules related to offset, transfer of technology and indigenisation etc.

Aerospace companies are beginning to find India attractive due to the projected demand for civilian and mi... >>

Automotive

A maturing automotive market in India means more choice for customers. To succeed in the face of greater competitive intensity, the entire ecosystem, comprising automotive manufacturers, their suppliers, dealers and service centres will all need to focus on delivering higher levels of discernible value to customers.

To reduce cost, foreign automakers may ask their overseas OEM manuf... >>

Banking, Financial Services & Insurance

Regulators in India too are tightening the rules under which Banks, NBFCs, Capital Market companies, Insurers and Pension funds are permitted to operate. There are separate regulations- and regulators- for banks/NBFCs, insurers, capital market players and pension funds. The balance between the need to more rigorously assess customer risk and the need to keep private data secure will alter th... >>

Consumer Products and Retail

Urbanization, rising disposable incomes, rapid internet penetration across the country and the convenience of shopping via E-commerce sites is transforming the way manufacturers of consumer products engage and transact with customers. Brands must be adequately protected from spurious lookalikes. Various players will need to enter into complex supply chain agreements that cover various paymen... >>

Education

All sustainable development- whether social or economic- is underpinned by education. As India seeks to reap its demographic dividends over the next couple of decades, it is critical that the country’s educational system improves in terms of reach and access, standards and pedagogical processes. Without a doubt, both formal education and vocational training represent huge opportunities in In... >>

Energy

Quite literally, the energy sector powers the world’s development. As energy-guzzling economies around the world continue to use fossil fuels, there is growing acknowledgement that the entire world is paying the price by way of expanding carbon footprint, continued damage to the ozone layer, global warming etc. Nuclear energy is cleaner, but there are other risks. That is why in India and ma... >>

Healthcare & Life Sciences

In recent times, few sectors have changed as much as perhaps healthcare has. Growth of corporatized hospitals and chains, emergence of PE firm-backed primary care providing “family physicians”, use of information technology to automate various hospital processes and protocols, use of technology to improve quality of care etc. are all examples of this transformation.

We can assist hos... >>

Infrastructure & Transportation

India’s growth can be sustained only by development of world-class infrastructure such as roads, railways, airports, ports, water supply and sanitation, electricity, telecom etc.

Given the capital intensive nature of infrastructure projects, many of them will likely be in the PPP (Public Private Partnership) mode. This will need private participants (consultants, designers, EPC comp... >>

Manufacturing

The Indian government’s conscious strategies to improve the standard of manufacturing in the country will give a fillip to both domestic and overseas companies in this space. We can advise you on the New Manufacturing Policy as well as guide you on incentives offered by individual states (some states have specific policies to attract manufacturing into aerospace, textiles, chemicals etc.) an... >>

Mining

India’s mining sector is key to the nation’s economy not just as a means of earning foreign exchange, but also because a high-growth economy needs easy access to various metals such as iron, aluminium, steel etc.

For years, both the public sector and private sector have co-existed in this capital intensive business that requires large amounts of water and power. In a world that is be... >>

Services

Depending on the specifics of the service(s) provided, different challenges may arise, including data security, negligence, deficiency of service etc. Being a full-service law firm, we can assist you in setting up your business, providing business-as-usual compliance support as well as advice on special situations such as M&A, funding, outsourcing contracts, IPR matters etc.

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Sports

Professional sports are becoming popular in India, as evidenced by the success of the IPL (cricket), IHL (hockey), kabaddi etc. European football clubs have a large and growing fan base in India, and sale of club merchandise is a rising source of revenue. Foreign players are willing to play in India (e.g. IPL, IHL etc.).

The transformation of professional sports into commercial vent... >>

Technology, Media & Telecom

Continuing convergence between technology, media and telecom has resulted in the three sectors being spoken of in one breath. Admittedly, there are common aspects. But yet, differences remain in how these services are consumed and the identity of service providers. The terms are also very broad. “Technology” for instance, could include hardware, software products, networks etc. It could also... >>

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