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India budget update: top points for multinationals

In an effort to jump-start a weak economy, the Indian government’s Union Budget adopts several new measures while taking a balanced approach. These are the government’s key areas of focus...more

Department of State Releases August 2014 Visa Bulletin

The bulletin shows minor advancement in the EB-2 category for applicants chargeable to India and China as well as significant advancement in the EB-3 category for applicants chargeable to China and the Philippines, minor...more

Additional Movement for EB-2 India Released in Department of State's August 2014 Visa Bulletin

The August 2014 Visa Bulletin was recently released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). As outlined in our June 10, 2014, legal update on this issue, the EB-2 category for foreign nationals from India pursuing the...more

Significant Movement for EB-2 India in Department of State's July Visa Bulletin

The July 2014 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), and as reported by Charles Oppenheim of the State Department's Visa Office, the EB-2 category for foreign nationals from India pursuing the...more

Delhi High Court upholds Centrica ruling: employee secondment may trigger permanent establishment

Multinationals with operations in India should take note of the Delhi High Court’s recently decision in Centrica India Offshore Pvt Ltd., in which it upheld a ruling of the Authority for Advance Rulings that an employee...more

Global Immigration Bulletin - Practice and Regulation Changes

INDIA - Several years ago, the Indian government began outsourcing some of its consular work to private companies in certain locations around the world. These "outsourcing partners" are generally charged with receiving...more

Restrictive Covenants and the Cross-Border Employer

In most U.S. states employers are free to bind employees with restrictive covenants – which commonly take the form of post-employment restrictions on soliciting clients or employees – as a condition of employment. The wide...more

Embassy of India Changes Service Providers

The Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. has named Cox & Kings Global Services Pvt. Ltd. (“CKGS”) as the new service provider for Indian Visas, Overseas Citizenship of India (“OCI”), Person of Indian Origin (“PIO”),...more

May Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released its May 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals are...more

India Agrees “In Substance” to Model 1 FATCA IGA

The U.S. Treasury announced that on April 11, 2014, India agreed “in substance” to sign a Model 1 FATCA IGA with the US. The IGA would therefore require Indian financial institutions to report information on U.S. account...more

Cross-Border Update on Investing and Doing Business in the United States

In this Issue: - Indian FDI into the United States - Indian Imports into the United States - Formation of US Subsidiaries - Ownership - Liability of Equity Holders - Management...more

Cross-Border Update on Investing and Doing Business in the United States [Video]

As companies continue to look to invest in the United States from India, this webinar will focus on the creation of U.S. subsidiaries. Pepper partners James D. Rosener, chair of the firm’s International Practice, and Valérie...more

Department of State Releases May 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows minor forward movement in the EB-2 China category and the EB-3 India category, with no movement in the EB-2 India category or the EB-3 China category. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its...more

Corruption Continues To Eat Away At India

At first glance, India is a country of incredible economic opportunity. India’s GDP is slated to continue to grow five (5) percent each year. It has the third biggest economy in the world, below the US and China....more

India’s Aviation Safety Rating Downgrade Could Have Cascading Effects

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded India’s aviation safety rating to Category 2 under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program – a program designed to...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - March 2014

Italy: Opportunities for DTT frequencies in the Italian market - The Italian Ministry for Economic Development has started a competitive bid for three national DTT frequencies. Australia: Senate scrutinises state of...more

Indian / Canadian co-production agreement signed

India and Canada have signed an audio-visual co-production agreement following talks which commenced in 2010. The new arrangements will enable filmmakers to access government subsidies and tax incentives in both...more

Retrogression for EB-2 Petitions from India

Many foreign nationals from India were disheartened to learn that the priority cut-off date for the EB-2 work visa recently retrogressed by nearly four years, further delaying the approval process....more

The Pepper Five: On U.S. – India Issues [Video]

This is a podcast series where we ask Pepper attorneys five key questions on topics that are top of mind for our clients. In this session, we sit down with Valérie Demont, chair of Pepper’s U.S.-India practice. Ms. Demont and...more

United States Challenges India's Domestic Content Requirements

NSM Limitations Pose Danger to U.S. Solar Product Exports - Today, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the United States has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations with...more

Reforms to the insurance sector in India: The wait continues

The winter session of the India parliament concluded on 20 December 2013. Against the backdrop of the slowing growth rate and demands from the investment community for economic reforms, one critical piece of legislation that...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: India

1. What role does the government of India play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Historically, India has been a regulated economy since its independence. The government of India (GOI) launched a...more

Discussion Paper on E-Commerce in India

Introduction: E-commerce in recent times has been growing rapidly across the world. According to Report of Digital–Commerce, IAMAI-IMRB (2013), e-commerce industry in India has witnessed a growth of US$ 3.8 billion in...more

US-India Relationship is Rocky Over Handling of Alleged Visa Fraud

The arrest, strip-search and brief incarceration of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade last month sparked international outrage, including widespread protests in India, and created tension between U.S.-India relations. A...more

Reforms to the insurance sector in India: the wait continues

The winter session of the India parliament concluded on December 20,2013. Against the backdrop of the slowing growth rate and demands from the investment community for economic reforms, one critical piece of legislation that...more

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