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Legal Capsule: Angel Tax by Economic Laws Practice

DPIIT issues notification to revise exemptions for start-ups under Section 56(2)(viib)
Given its direct impact on availability of capital, taxation of start-ups on account of issuance of shares at a premium above the fair market value under Section 56(2)(viib) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (“IT Act”) – also referred to as Angel Tax – has been an issue of concern for the start-up sector for some time now. To alleviate these concerns, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (“DPIIT”) has issued a Notification dated 19-02-2019 (“Notification”) in supersession of earlier notifications dated 11-04-2018 as modified by another notification dated 16-01-2019.
At its core, there are three key aspects of this Notification: definition of start-ups (as per DPIIT); eligibility for claiming deduction under Section 80-IAC of the IT Act; and exemption under Section 56(2)(viib) of the IT Act. A few important aspects pertaining to these are set out below:
Definition of start-up expanded
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Jiometrics: A graphical narrative of Reliance’s telecom, media and e-commerce machine - The Ken

A Ken article titled Jiometrics: A graphical narrative of Reliance’s telecom, media and e-commerce machine(behind paywall), quotes Venture Intelligence data on select investments and acquisitions by Reliance Industries. Piqued to know about the Reliance Industries' other investments in retail, fashion, etc? Log into Venture Intelligence's M&A Deal Database.
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JP Morgan tops League Table for Transaction Advisors to M&A deals in 2018

Barclays, Goldman Sachs claim the No.2 & No.3 slots; EY claims top spot including other advisory services
JP Morgan topped the Venture Intelligence League Table for Transaction Advisor to M&A Transactionsin 2018. JP Morgan advised M&A deals worth $21.8 Billion (across 5 qualifying deals) during the period. Barclays ($21.1 Billion across 4 deals) and Goldman Sachs ($16.8 Billion across 2 deals) took the second and third spot. DSP Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley which advised the $14.6 Billion merger between Indus Towers and Bharti Infratel took the fourth spot. Alvarez & Marsal($9.6 Billion across 6 deals) came in fifth. The top three transaction advisors had advised the $16 Billion acquisition of Flipkart by Walmart.
The Venture Intelligence League Tables, the first such initiative exclusively tracking transactions involving India-based companies, are based on value of PE and M&A transactions advised by Transaction and Legal Advisory firms.
Apart from the Walmart-Fl…

EY tops League Table for Transaction Advisors to Private Equity deals in 2018

Avendus, JP Morgan claim the No.2 & No.3 slots; PwC claims top spot including other advisory services
EY topped the Venture Intelligence League Table for Transaction Advisor to Private Equity Transactionsin 2018. EY advised PE deals worth $4.9 Billion (across 17 qualifying deals) during the period. Avendus ($2.9 Billion across 18 deals) and JP Morgan ($2.2 Billion across 2 deals) took the second and third spot. Barclays ($2 Billion across 3 deals) and KPMG ($1.7 Billion across 7 deals) completed the top five in 2018.
The Venture Intelligence League Tables, the first such initiative exclusively tracking transactions involving India-based companies, are based on value of PE and M&A transactions advised by Transaction and Legal Advisory firms.
EY advised deals during the year include Macquarie's $1.5 Billion investment in NHAI Toll-Operate-Transfer (TOT) Bundle and Blackstone's investment in Indiabulls' commercial assets in Mumbai. Avendus advised deals include the Nasp…

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas tops League Table for M&A deals in 2018

AZB & Partners, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas claim the No.2 & No.3 slots; AZB & Partners claims top spot by deal volume
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) topped the Venture Intelligence League Table for Legal Advisor to M&A Transactionsin 2018. SAM advised M&A deals worth $59.3 Billion (across 69 qualifying deals) in 2018. AZB & Partners ($42.6 Billion across 73 deals) and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM, $34.2 Billion across 48 deals) took the second and third spot. Khaitan & Co. ($26.5 Billion across 67 deals) and Trilegal ($22.2 Billion across 18 deals) completed the top five in 2018.
The Venture Intelligence League Tables, the first such initiative exclusively tracking transactions involving India-based companies, are based on value of PE and M&A transactions advised by Transaction and Legal Advisory firms.
SAM advised deals include Walmart's $16 Billion acquisition of Flipkart and the $14.6 Billion merger between Indus Towers and Bharti Infratel. AZB…

Flipkart Exit Deal Propels Khaitan & Co. to Top of League Table for Private Equity deals in 2018

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Trilegal claim the No.2 & No.3 slots; AZB & Partners claims top spot by deal volume
Khaitan & Co. topped the Venture Intelligence League Table for Legal Advisor to Private Equity Transactionsin 2018. Khaitan advised PE deals worth $16.5 Billion (across 55 qualifying deals) during the period. Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) ($16 Billion across 56 deals) and Trilegal ($14.8 Billion across 26 deals) took the second and third spot. AZB & Partners ($12.8 Billion across 92 deals) and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) ($10.4 Billion across 82 deals) completed the top five in 2018.
The top three legal advisors had advised investors and promoters in the $12 Billion exit from Flipkart.
The Venture Intelligence League Tables, the first such initiative exclusively tracking transactions involving India-based companies, are based on value of PE and M&A transactions advised by Transaction and Legal Advisory firms.
Apart from the Flipkart exit, Khaitan &am…

Legal Capsule: Data Privacy & Protection: Analysing Srikrishna Committee Report against India’s WTO Obligations by Economic Laws Practice

Coinciding with the widespread global debate on data protection laws and citizens' privacy rights, a report titled "A Free and Fair Digital Economy: Protecting Privacy, Empowering Indians" ("Report") authored by a Committee of Experts under the chairmanship of Justice B.N. Srikrishna, and the Personal Data Protection Bill of 2018 ("Draft Bill") were submitted to the Government of India ("GOI") on 27 July 2018. The Draft Bill is quite comprehensive in its scope and places stringent obligations on businesses. In particular, it provides for measures relating to protecting the personal information of Indian citizens, the role and duties of data fiduciaries and data processors, rights of individuals, and penalties for violation of these data protection measures. 
This note does not touch upon the general impact of the data protection under the Draft Bill on cross-border data flow and thereby impact on international trade and e-commerce. Rather, th…