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M&A deal tally at $29 bn till Oct, up 23%

23 Nov 2014

A rebound in investor sentiment has pushed up M&A activity in India this year to USD 29 billion, up 22.58 per cent, says a Grant Thornton report.

Kotak-ING merger opens the door for more consolidation

21 Nov 2014

The marriage between Kotak Mahindra Bank and ING Vysya Bank has opened up the potential for more consolidation, especially of smaller banks in the private segment, which at present constitute a miniscule percentage in the banking sector.

Shell wins transfer-pricing tax dispute in Bombay HC

19 Nov 2014

The Bombay High Court ruled in favour of Shell in a transfer-pricing order that sought to tax the energy giant’s 2009 investment in its Indian subsidiary. The order will have an impact on other multinationals fighting the tax department on similar grounds.

Startups backed by Ratan Tata, Narayana Murthy and Azim Premji win easy publicity and credibility

19 Nov 2014

Online jewellery retailer Bluestone’s co-founder Gaurav Singh Kushwaha noticed a marked difference among potential employees when he interviewed a few aspirants recently.

Sebi tightens insider trading, listing rules

19 Nov 2014

The board of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Wednesday tightened the insider trading rules, eased delisting norms, cleared a new set of listing regulations and imposed restrictions on wilful defaulters, prohibiting them from accessing the capital market.

Do we really care for our women staff?

18 Nov 2014

An inexperienced HR manager asks on a legal networking site: Is my IT company a factory? A factory — a manufacturing entity having the specified number of workforce — has to provide a crèche facility for its women employees. She was concerned, as space for a crèche could not be carved out in the high-end office complex where the company was based. Distributing cupcakes on Women’s Day won’t bridge the gender gap. Concrete practical measures alone will help.

PE and foreign funds rush to agri-logistics

17 Nov 2014

Private equity players and foreign funds have been showing strong interest in the infrastructure and logistics space in the six months since the new government came to power.

Snapdeal, Amazon no match for Alibaba on sale day; Chinese e-commerce giant clocks $1 bn in 20 minutes

12 Nov 2014

Twenty minutes was all it took for Alibaba to clock its first $1 billion (Rs 6,100 crore) in sales during China’s biggest online shopping event, the ‘Singles Day Sale,’ on Tuesday.

The business of shutting shop gracefully | Ensuring smooth closure a big task

12 Nov 2014

Every business has a lifecycle. There are very few businesses that survive through generations. Ensuring a smooth closure is one of the biggest tasks that a firm needs to undertake, says Harish H.V.

Top private equity firms step up India investments

12 Nov 2014

Marquee private equity (PE) firms, which include Temasek Holdings Pvt. Ltd, Warburg Pincus India Pvt. Ltd and KKR and Co. Llp, have stepped up their pace of investments in India although they continue to lag non-traditional investors like SoftBank Corp. and Tiger Global Management Llc, which have been more active so far this year.