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Invitation – Webinar
India’s New Companies Law- Impact on M&A and Private Equity
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 6 PM TO 8:30 PM (IST)
The much awaited Companies Act, 2013, ("Act") which is set to replace the existing Companies Act, 1956, was passed by the upper house of the Parliament on August 8, 2013 and received the Presidential assent on August 29, 2013. Further in exercise of the powers conferred under the Act, the Central Government of India has notified 98 sections of the Act, which have come into effect from September 12, 2013. In an effort to keep the process rolling, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has also released the first set of draft rules pertaining to 16 chapters of the Act. These draft rules are currently placed on an e-platform for receiving suggestions and comments from stakeholders.
The Act proposes substantial changes to the existing companies law in India. We will be analysing the impact of the new law on various stakeholders involved in M&A and private equity investments in India and discuss the changes in the law relating to M&A, shareholders rights, duties of directors and corporate social responsibility.
Join us for an interactive Round Table + Webinar as we examine the “India’s New Companies Law- Impact on M&A and Private Equity
Focus Area
Private Equity
Transferability of Shares
Definition of "subsidiary"
Listed Companies
Voting Rights
  o Rights of Preference Shareholders
  o Differential Voting Rights
  o Entrenchment Provisions
  o Voting on Related Party Matters
Applicability of Preferential Allotment to Private Companies
Exit Options to Investors
Class Action Suits
Board and Governance Issues
  o Number of Directors
  o Independent Directors
Restriction on Multi-Layered Structure
Cross Border Mergers
Merger of Small Companies with their Parent
Reverse Mergers
Squeeze Outs
Corporate Social Responsibility
Vaibhav Parikh   Nishchal Joshipura
Partner, M&A & Fund Investment, Nishith Desai Associates   Partner, M&A & Fund Investment, Nishith Desai Associates
Vaibhav Parikh is a partner and heads the Bangalore office of Nishith Desai Associates. In addition to his management responsibilities, he heads the Fund Investment practice of the firm. He is also regarded as an expert in IT, Telecom and Media. He has been nominated by ‘Who's Who Legal’ as one of the world's leading practitioners for Regulatory Communications. He is a Charter Member of TiE, Bangalore Chapter and is also on the executive council of the Franchising Association of India   Nishchal Joshipura is a partner in the firm. He heads the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group at Nishith Desai Associates. He specializes in legal and tax structuring of cross-border transactions and assists clients on documentation and negotiation of mergers and acquisition (M&A) deals. He also handles private equity / venture capital transactions.
Simone Reis    
Co-Head - M&A,
Nishith Desai Associates
Simone Reis is Co-Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice and also a senior member of the Fund Investment practice of the firm. She focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions, competition law, private equity and venture capital investments, domestic and international, capital markets, general corporate laws and also advises a wide spectrum of clients.    
Flow of the session
  6:00 PM TO 6:30 PM (IST): Registration
  6:30 PM TO 7:45 PM (IST): Webinar
  7:45 PM TO 8:30 PM (IST): Q & A
Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA)
Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA) is the oldest, most influential and largest member-based national organization of its kind. It represents venture capital and private equity firms to promote the industry within India. It seeks to create a more favorable environment for equity investment and entrepreneurship. It is an influential forum representing the industry to governmental bodies and public authorities.
IVCA members include leading venture capital and private equity firms, institutional investors, banks, corporate advisers, accountants, lawyers and other service providers to the venture capital and private equity industry. These firms provide capital for seed ventures, early stage companies, later-stage expansion and growth finance for management buyouts/ buy-ins.
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Participants who cannot attend in person, may dial-in to the numbers below at 6:25 pm (IST)
Location (Country):
New York (USA):

Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 08:55:00 EDT UTC-4 hours

Silicon Valley (USA):

Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 05:55:00 PDT UTC-7 hours


Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 20:55:00 SGT UTC+8 hours

London (UK):

Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 13:55:00 BST UTC+1 hour

Tokyo (JAPAN):

Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 21:55:00 JST UTC+9 hours

Munich (GERMANY) :

Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 14:55:00 CEST UTC+2 hours

Dial–in Details

Primary Number: +91 22 6629 0347
Secondary Number: +91 22 3065 0347
For participants who can attend in-person,
please join us at the venue by 6:00 pm (IST)
Venue (in-person):
Nishith Desai Associates
2nd Floor, 3, North Avenue,
Maker Maxity, Bandra - Kurla Complex
MUMBAI- 400 051, India
Tel: +9122-6159 5000
Email :
There is no delegate fee for this program
Seats are limited.
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About Nishith Desai Associates
Nishith Desai Associates (NDA) is a research based international law firm with offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Mumbai-BKC, New Delhi and Munich. It specializes in strategic legal, regulatory and tax advice coupled with industry expertise in an integrated manner.
Core practice areas include Mergers & Acquisitions, Fund Investments, International Tax, International Tax Litigation, Fund Formation, International Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Securities Law, Capital Markets, Employment and HR, Intellectual Property, Competition Law, JVs & Restructuring, General Commercial Law and Succession and Estate Planning. Our specialized industry niches include financial services, IT and telecom, education, retail, pharma, life sciences, healthcare, media and entertainment, real estate and infrastructure.