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International Investment Arbitration in Asia: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

Global Tax News: India announces fundamental changes to the India-Mauritius double tax treaty

The Government of India announced in a press release dated May 10, 2016 that Mauritius and India have signed a protocol amending the agreement for avoidance of double taxation with Mauritius. The text of the protocol is...more

Quicker, easier and cheaper? New Rules for patent prosecution in India

Several notable amendments to India’s patent Rules came into effect on 16 May 2016, following the publication of draft Rules in November last year. The new Rules, which seek to fast track applications and introduce a number...more

Indian Regulator to Consider the Civil and Commercial Use of Drones

Last month, India’s civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), issued draft guidelines proposing a framework to regulate the civil and commercial use of unmanned aerial systems or drones...more

Investing in India? Take a Look at the Amended India-Mauritius Tax Treaty Before You Do

On May 10, 2016, India and Mauritius signed a protocol amending the India-Mauritius double income tax treaty that would, among other things, permit India to tax a Mauritian resident on capital gains arising from the sale of...more

Four Things You Need to Know About the Mauritius-India Protocol

International investors have frequently used Mauritius holding companies for their Indian investments, seeking to take advantage of the exemption under the India-Mauritius income tax treaty (the “Mauritius Treaty”) from...more

India-Mauritius Tax Treaty Amended

The amendments are a result of long-drawn negotiations between the two countries. India and Mauritius signed a Protocol on May 10 to amend the India-Mauritius double taxation avoidance treaty. The Protocol grants India...more

Recent Indian Tax Treaty Changes Affecting Nonresident Investments into India - Termination of Capital Gains Exemption under the...

India and Mauritius entered into a Protocol amending the double-tax treaty between India and Mauritius (the “2016 Protocol”) on May 10, 2016. Under the 2016 Protocol, following a grace period and subject to a grandfather...more

Department of State Releases June 2016 Visa Bulletin

The bulletin shows significant retrogression in EB-2 for China and India and EB-3 China. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its June 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date...more

India Moving Forward with Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations for Civil and Commercial Use

Last month, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (“DGCA”) published draft guidelines (“Guidelines”) as a basis for regulating the civil use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), more commonly called drones. The...more

Start Up India: Opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs

On 16 January this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the “Start-up India Action Plan” (“Action Plan”). The Action Plan is the latest in Modi’s moves to revive the Indian economy and generate employment, and follows...more

India Considers Coupling its Government Incentives with Innovative Financing Mechanisms to Achieve its Aggressive Renewable Energy...

India’s story for the last decade has been one of rapid industrialization and a growing thirst for energy, regardless of the carbon profile of the energy source. As the world moves towards carbon conscious energy generation,...more

PF Newsletter: The Global Oil Economy

With a sustained fall in crude oil prices since June 2014 — around US$40 per barrel at the time of writing (and as low as US$27 early in 2016) — our conventional understanding of the global oil economy continues to be...more

Biocon Announces Insulin Glargine Biosimilar Has Met Key Phase III Milestones, Is On Track for US and EU Regulatory Filings

Biocon recently announced that its global phase III clinical development program for biosimilar insulin glargine “has crossed key interim milestones,” putting Biocon “on track for regulatory filings in US and EU in FY...more

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Publishes Pre-announced Jurisdiction Buffer Decisions

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a list of jurisdiction specific pre-announced buffer decisions. In December, 2010, the Basel Committee published Basel III: a global regulatory framework for more...more

U.S. - India Newsletter Vol. 2016, Issue 2

Welcome to the second issue of our newsletter, which features news and articles of interest from Pepper’s U.S.-India Practice. In the first quarter of 2016, we saw a lot of activity in the international data privacy...more

Maritime greenhouse gas emissions – update on the outcome of MEPC 69

In our March alert on this subject, we looked ahead to the 69th meeting in London of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) (MEPC 69). MEPC 69 has now taken...more

Veterans Affairs to Permit Acquisition of Non-TAA-Compliant Drugs

In a significant policy reversal, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it will require all covered drugs under the Veterans Health Care Act (VHCA) to be offered on Federal Supply Schedule (FSS)...more

India Relaxes Rules on Foreign Direct Investment in E-Commerce

In Press Note No. 3 released on 29 March 2016 the Government of India (Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion) announced that foreign direct investment (“FDI”) of up to 100% would be...more

[Webinar] Recent Trends and Developments Affecting the IT Services and E-Commerce Sector Between the U.S. and India - April 18th,...

Leading law firms Pepper Hamilton and Khaitan & Co. will be joining together to discuss: • Start-Up India - India’s newly adopted regime for start-ups and what it means for foreign investors and IT and e-commerce providers...more

India Notifies New E-Waste Management Rules

India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has published a notification that the “E-Waste Management Rules, 2016,” will supersede the “E-Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2011.”...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - April 2016

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Agreement Released - On February 29, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce released the long-awaited text of the European Union (EU) – United States Privacy Shield, an...more

India Budget 2016: Key Proposals

On February 29, 2016, the Indian Finance Minister presented the Government of India’s budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2016. In this alert we summarize the key proposals relevant to international investors...more

India Supreme Court Rules that Private Bankers Operating in India Are “Public Servants,” Significantly Expanding Anti-Corruption...

The Supreme Court of India recently issued a landmark ruling that may significantly expand the risk companies face under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and similar anti-bribery statutes across the world. On...more

India Rejects Facebook’s Zero-Rating “Free Basics” Program on Net Neutrality Grounds

In 2015, Facebook announced with some fanfare the rollout of its “Free Basics” service in India. Partnering with the wireless telecom Reliance, customers that downloaded the Free Basics app onto their smartphones could use...more

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