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Securities

Solving The Problem of Information Asymmetry in Social Impact Investments: Analysing SEBI’S Proposed Social Stock Exchange

By Anurag Shah Introduction The Securities and Exchange Board of India on June 1st, 2020 released the working paper for the introduction of a ‘Social Stock Exchange’ (Hereinafter referred to as SSE).[1] As the working paper accurately states, this idea was introduced by our Finance Minister and has been under consideration since the last financial […]

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Antitrust

E-Commerce and Vertical Agreements: Is The Latter’s Scope Under the Competition Act Limited?

By Shagun Singhal and Khushbu Turki Introduction The Competition Act, 2002 (‘the Act’) sets out the prohibition against anti-competitive agreements under Section 3(1) of the Act.[1] Even though the Act does not explicitly use terms like horizontal or vertical agreements, it prohibits these under Section 3(3) and 3(4), respectively.[2] The Act provides for five types […]

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Insolvency

Bad Banks: Is it the Wonder Drug to India’s NPA Crisis?

By Vaishnavi Vyas and Priyanshu Agrawal Introduction The outcome of the Global Financial Crisis, in the mid-2000s, caused the first wave of the Indian Banking catastrophe in the form of the Twin Balance Sheet crisis. The infrastructure projects began to go sour, affecting companies’ capacity to repay loans and thereby deteriorating the balance sheet of […]

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Securities

SEBI’s Working Group Report on Related Party Transactions: Strengthening Regulatory Norms

By Palash Moolchandani Introduction The infamous fallout between the promoters of Indigo Airlines in 2019 brought to light a number of lapses in corporate governance within the organization.[1] The uncovering of these problematic circumstances started the dialogue on related party transactions and regulatory framework in India, which went on to become the heart of the […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal

The Death Penalty in India: Revisited

By Atreya Chakraborty Since time immemorial, the subject-matter of death penalty has been at the centre of sustained legal discourse and deliberation all over the world. Even though the nature of arguments, both advancing and assailing the retention of such form of punishment, has not undergone a substantial amount of change, a fresh consideration of […]

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Environment

Vizag Gas Leakage: Tragedy or Negligence?

By Md Tasnimul Hassan Synopsis of the Leakage A toxic chemical styrene leaked from the LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam during the early hours of May 7, resulting in the deaths of 11 individuals and hospitalizing more than 250.[1] Styrene is a colourless liquid used to make polymers such as plastic and rubber. Chronic exposure […]

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Banking Coronavirus

COVID Pandemic, Bank Guarantees, and Special Equity: Desperate Measures For Troubled Times

By Shivanakar Sukul and Mudit Burad  The recent Covid-19 pandemic has tremendously altered the dynamics in which commercial contracts operate. In such desperate times when the business machinery of the nation has been brought to a grinding halt, several parties are not able to honour their end of the contract. Consequently, the creditors or the beneficiaries seek […]

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Antitrust

Inclusion of Privacy as a Non-Price Competition Parameter

By Vishal Pathania In a digital economy or data-driven economy, data occupies the central position in new data-driven businesses. Collecting, storing, analysing, and working with data play an important role in the data-centred markets. In fact, data has become a significant source of market power.[1] This is the reason why many data-driven companies such as […]

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Banking Securities

Internet and Mobile Association of India v RBI: Renaissance of India’s Cryptocurrency Market

By Laghavi Pahwa The Reserve Bank of India [“RBI”] in April 2018 issued a Circular[1] banning entities including banks from dealing with individuals or companies that trade in cryptocurrencies which eventually resulted in the virtual currency market in India coming to a standstill. However, it did not per se ban holding or trading in cryptocurrency […]

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Coronavirus Securities

Loot a house when it is on fire? : The fear of Chinese Hostile Takeovers during COVID 19

By Shreya Shrivastava The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound economic impact across the globe. The entire industrial sector has come to a halt and unemployment claims are soaring high with an all-time low demand, courtesy of government-mandated restrictions. It is quite obvious that this resulting market will likely bring a rise in instances of […]