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When law takes effect | Conversion of CSR benefits never so challenging: Rajib Kumar Debnath

28 Dec 2014

The challenges imposed on India Inc by the Companies Act, on the CSR component is not the spend. Rather, it is on how it has to be spent, as stakeholders concerned would now, not just see it as a benevolence, but also from the perspective of accountability.

Heady year for e-commerce

24 Dec 2014

There was plenty of media buzz with global investors and entrepreneurs such as Mayoshi Son, Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos and Ratan Tata investing and betting big on the Indian online market.

Insurance reforms to bring in foreign investment: Industry

24 Dec 2014

CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said higher FDI in insurance “will help attract much-needed long term capital for the sector and would have multiplier effect on the state of economy, especially in meeting the huge infrastructure financing requirements.

Private equities bring $11 bn to India in 2014

20 Dec 2014

This year, private equity (PE) funds pumped in $11 billion into Indian companies, 11 per cent more than last year, according to a report by Grant Thornton. While the overall merger & acquisition (M&A) volume in the country stands at $37 billion, the volume generated through qualified institutional placements and initial public offerings (IPOs) is $5 billion.

Cos Act Amendment Bill practical, easy to implement: Yogesh Sharma

17 Dec 2014

The bill is among the first major initiatives by the government to make changes in the country’s regulatory framework to improve its global ranking for ease of doing business, where India has been ranked very low at 142nd position in the latest World Bank report.

Housing.com Raises $90m from Japan’s SoftBank

17 Dec 2014

Real estate portal Housing.com has raised $90 million in a funding round led by Japan’s SoftBank, valuing the two-year-old company at about $250 million. New investors that participated in this round include Falcon Edge and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s DST Global.

Lok Sabha clears changes to Companies Act to improve business climate

17 Dec 2014

The amendments propose to relax the rules for related party transactions, drop the minimum capitalisation norms and prescribe a threshold for reporting fraud by auditors. They also prescribe penalty for companies raising deposits illegally.

Cabinet clears GST Bill, may be presented in Parl soon

17 Dec 2014

The Union Cabinet late on Wednesday cleared the Constitutional Amendment Bill for Goods and Service Tax (GST), paving the way for the Bill to be presented in the Parliament in the winter session itself that concludes on December 23. The Centre and the states reached a consensus on all contentious issues earlier this week.

M&A Buzz in Auditing as New Cos’ Act Makes Smaller Firms Takeover Targets

16 Dec 2014

There’s renewed M&A activity in the Indian auditing space, thanks to the new Companies Act, which, after it comes into force in three years, will make it mandatory for Indian companies to change their auditors every 10 years.

How should firms deal with a ban|Manage the crisis efficiently: Vishesh Chandiok

15 Dec 2014

Experts talk about the steps a leader should take when faced with a possible ban on their firm’s services or products.