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Indian Supreme Court ruling supports foreign arbitration proceedings

India - September 11 2012 Overturning a much criticized judicial precedent laid down by a Division Bench (consisting of three judges) of the Supreme Court of India ("Supreme Court") in the case of Bhatia International v.Overturning a much criticized judicial precedent laid down by a Division Bench (consisting of three judges) of the Supreme Court of India ("Supreme Court") in the case of Bhatia International v. Bulk Trading S.A. & Anr. in 2002 ("Bhatia International"), a Constitutional Bench (consisting of five judges) of the Supreme Court has effectively removed any interference by Indian courts in relation to arbitrations which have their 'seat' outside India.

Priya Mehra, Jai S. Pathak

Foreign venture capital investors permitted to participate in the secondary market

India - April 24 2012 The Reserve Bank of India recently issued a circular permitting foreign venture capital investors registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India to participate in secondary market transactions, with effect from March 19, 2012.

Priya Mehra, Jai S. Pathak

Revised policy on downstream investment by foreign-owned Indian banking companies

India - August 13 2012 The Government of India ("Government") has revised its policy in relation to downstream investments by banking companies incorporated in India that are owned and/or controlled by non-residents or non-resident entities ("Revised FDI Policy").

Priya Mehra, Jai S. Pathak

Compulsory license granted by the Indian Patent Office

India - March 20 2012 In an unprecedented move, the Controller of Patents in India ("Controller") issued the first compulsory license under the Indian patent regime, since the Patent Act, 1970 ("Act") was amended in 2005 to permit product patents in India.

Priya Mehra, Jai S. Pathak

Qualified Foreign Investors permitted to directly invest in equity shares of Indian listed companies

India - January 31 2012 The Government in India ("Government") has extended the reach of a Qualified Foreign Investor ("QFI") in India by permitting it to directly invest in equity shares of Indian companies listed on Indian stock exchanges.

Priya Mehra, Jai S. Pathak