Overview

THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

India’s corporate and commercial regulatory landscape is governed by a combination of statutes, rules, and regulatory authorities. Key among these is the Companies Act, which sets out the framework for company formation, governance, and compliance. Additionally, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime revolutionized the tax structure, streamlining the process for businesses.

Regulatory bodies like the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) oversee financial markets and protect investor interests, while the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regulates banking and monetary policy.

India’s corporate and commercial regulatory landscape is governed by a combination of statutes, rules, and regulatory authorities. Key among these is the Companies Act, which sets out the framework for company formation, governance, and compliance. Additionally, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime revolutionized the tax structure, streamlining the process for businesses.

Regulatory bodies like the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) oversee financial markets and protect investor interests, while the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regulates banking and monetary policy.

The environment is characterized by ongoing reforms aimed at ease of doing business, including digitalization of compliance processes and efforts to attract foreign investment.

HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?

We specialize in advising on diverse corporate transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, demergers, joint ventures, and more. Our services encompass due diligence, document drafting, regulatory compliance, structuring advice, and post-closing support. With expertise in FDI, SEBI regulations, stamping provisions, and DTAAs, we provide swift and effective solutions crucial in corporate transactions. Clients value our multidimensional knowledge, accessibility, and deep partner involvement.Through innovative structures and effective risk mitigation strategies, we consistently strive to achieve successful outcomes for our clients.

Services

Strategy & Structuring Advice

We assist with structuring of the transaction in line with applicable RBI guidelines, FDI regulations, Income Tax provisions, SEBI regulations, DTAAs and stamp duty implications. Our Corporate & Commercial team works closely with our strong tax, regulatory and competition practices enabling us to strengthen every deal structure and provide solutions to the most complex issues. This also helps us to provide a quick turnaround, which is vital in any M&A transaction. ELP has also successfully structured capital flows such as dividend, royalty, fees for technical services, etc. 

Transaction Support

Assistance in reviewing, drafting, negotiating and execution of the transaction documents including  term-sheets, business purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, voting rights agreements, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, escrow agreements, schemes of arrangement, stock swap agreements, employment agreements and transition agreements. 

Regulatory Audit Support

Assistance in drafting, filing and coordinating regulatory approvals and consent processes. This includes securing approvals from regulatory bodies such as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), Competition Commission of India (CCI), and other local permits and consents.   

Our team specializes in providing expert Tax Optimization Assistance to target companies, aiming to maximize savings and deliver tangible benefits to our valued clients. 

Post-Closing Support

We offer comprehensive post-closing support to our clients. Our expertise lies in integration planning, risk mitigation, and ensuring seamless compliance with restructuring boards and listing agreements. With a dedicated team experienced in corporate financing, structured financing, and securitization, we provide detailed guidance to help our clients navigate the complexities of the post-closing phase. 

General Corporate & Commercial Laws Advisory

Advisory to company across a range of diverse sectors on day-to-day operational corporate commercial matters, including issues relating to employment law, lease arrangements and company law. 

Support for PE & VC Investments

Assistance to key stakeholders in private funds, including investment managers, sponsors and seed investors, lead investors, funds of funds, placement agents and co-investors. Our team possesses deep experience in advising funds and portfolio companies on transactions and understanding concerns from all perspectives. 

Thought Leadership

Alerts & Updates 4th Jul 2024

M&A Push Through Delisting | Easing of Disclosure Norms & Ease of Doing Business Measures Proposed By SEBI

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News & Media 29th Jun 2024

New delisting norms may spur M&A activity

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News & Media 21st Jun 2024

Informal advisories: Is SEBI walking on the right side of law?

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News & Media 20th Jun 2024

SEBI directs Religare’s board, Saluja to seek approvals for Burman open offer

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News & Media 30th May 2024

Mint Explainer: Why India’s Net FDI is at its lowest level since 2007

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Newsletter/Booklets 29th May 2024

ELP Knowledge Series India Update Part 1 of 2024

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Alerts & Updates 24th May 2024

SEBI issues a flurry of changes to tackle material price movement due to market rumours and to ensure a level playing field

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News & Media 24th May 2024

MC Investigation: Employees, vendors of brokers, MIIs allegedly profit from sale of client data to illegal advisories, PMS firms

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Recent Matters

Corporate & Commercial

Represented National Stock Exchange of India Limited along with a consortium of 5 other companies to set up India’s first...
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Represented National Stock Exchange of India Limited along with a consortium of 5 other companies to set up India’s first bullion exchange in GIFT City.
Corporate & Commercial

Advised Bharat Forge on its acquisition of JS Auto Cast Foundry India Private Limited.

Advised Bharat Forge on its acquisition of JS Auto Cast Foundry India Private Limited.
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Assisted India International Bullion Holding IFSC Limited in its purchase of 100% stake in CDSL IFSC Limited from Central Depository...
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Assisted India International Bullion Holding IFSC Limited in its purchase of 100% stake in CDSL IFSC Limited from Central Depository Services (India) Limited.
Corporate & Commercial

Advised APM Terminal Mauritius Limited in the creeping acquisition of Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd.

Advised APM Terminal Mauritius Limited in the creeping acquisition of Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd.
Corporate & Commercial

Advised Johnson Controls in relation to its global air conditioning business joint venture with Hitachi Appliances, Inc. and Hitachi Limited.

Advised Johnson Controls in relation to its global air conditioning business joint venture with Hitachi Appliances, Inc. and Hitachi Limited.
Corporate & Commercial

Advised Ispat Industries Limited in relation to substantial acquisition by JSW Steel Limited.

Advised Ispat Industries Limited in relation to substantial acquisition by JSW Steel Limited.
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People

Recognitions

What People Say

Great team, very approachable and practical in advising. Good at closing the deal quickly.

AsiaLaw

ELP are able to work on tight schedules. They know the business and take the time to study my business domain.

Chambers Asia Pacific

They are always available, responsive and very accommodating on scheduling calls. ELP provide practical, reasonable advice and synthesise complex issues.

Chambers Asia Pacific

Great team, very approachable and practical in advising. Good at closing the deal quickly.

AsiaLaw

The team is accessible and understands our business needs. Turnaround time is very good, and they have good commercial as well as legal understanding.

Chambers Asia Pacific

solution-focused’ advice paired with a ‘commercial understanding and an innovative approach

Legal 500 Asia Pacific