The ability to undertake corporate restructuring and M&A through private or statutory arrangements has served as a touchstone in deal making globally. Statutory arrangements, at times, offer several advantages over contractual/ private arrangements. There are, however, several commercial, legal and tax considerations that have to be considered before opting between a statutory and private arrangement. The speed and ease with which a business can undertake an arrangement also plays an important part in such decision-making. In India, private arrangement is more popular than statutory arrangement for undertaking M&A as the latter is contingent on receipt of regulatory authorisation. Statutory arrangements in India were initially permitted only by way of National Company Law Tribunal (“NCLT”) approval.Continue Reading Mergers on a Fast-Track
Senior Associate in the General Corporate Practice at the Ahmedabad office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Devanshi has graduated from Gujarat National Law University, in 2018 and specializes in general corporate advisory, inbound and outbound investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and business transfers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
In our previous post we had provided a synopsis of the legal framework relating to aircraft leasing in India and Indian IFSCs. In this piece, we will provide an overview of the tax incentives offered to the aircraft leasing activities undertaken from IFSCs located in India to achieve the dream of developing the GIFT IFSC into a global aircraft leasing hub. We have provided a few more thoughts to ponder upon as India fuels its engines to realise its objective of ‘letting the common citizen of the country fly’ (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik).Continue Reading Part III (B): Aircraft Leasing in IFSC – Let’s kick the tires and light the fires!
The Government of India (“GOI”) has, in the recent years, realised the importance of aircraft leasing activities in the global market and has made its intentions clear to promote aircraft leasing and financing activities in India’s first International Financial Services Centre (“IFSC”) situated in GIFT City, Gandhinagar. The aim is to bring the aircraft leasing business, currently being carried out in countries that have established themselves in this sector such as Ireland, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc, to the Indian shores. Leasing aircraft from abroad leads to incurring substantial liabilities payable in foreign currencies. Hedging currency fluctuations also becomes an additional cost for Indian airline operating companies. The above reasons highlight cost-inefficiencies and put into perspective how crucial it is to begin aircraft leasing and financing activities in India.Continue Reading Part III (A): Aircraft Leasing in IFSC – Let’s kick the tires and light the fires!
Gujarat has been the flag bearer of India’s pharmaceutical industry since the establishment of the country’s second oldest drug company, the Alembic Chemical Works Company Limited in Vadodara in 1907. Gujarat’s strategic location on the western coast, coupled with dynamic entrepreneurial talent and favourable policies from the State Government has led it to become one of the premiere industrial hubs for investors looking to invest in India.
Gujarat currently has 33 percent of the aggregate share of the pharmaceutical industry in India and the State also accounts for at least 28 percent of the pharmaceutical exports from India. Moreover, with the advent of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) coupled with the upcoming expiry of tax holidays granted by some northern states of India, the pharmaceutical industry is witnessing a jurisdictional shift, with some of the largest pharmaceutical companies looking to relocate or establish their manufacturing plants in Gujarat.
Continue Reading Gujarat – A Re-emerging Pharma Destination?