FEMA Regulations  Foreign Investments

FEMA Regulations Foreign Investments


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About The Event

In the light of economic reforms and the liberalised business scenario in the country, the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) was introduced in India in 1999 which emerged as an investor friendly legislation. This act relaxed foreign exchange restrictions resulting in significant flow of investments into India over the years making it one of the most lucrative FDI destinations in the world. On the other hand Indian businesses have also been very aggressive in making investments overseas. Such rising inbound and outbound investments make it crucial to understand those regulations that govern such capital inflows and outflows. All transactions involving foreign exchange fall under preview of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) read with FDI policy. The new consolidated FDI Policy of 2014 has introduced certain significant changes and is expected to bring in more FDI equity inflows into India.

Astrazure’s full day workshop on FEMA Regulations and Foreign Investments will identify and throw light on various issues related to FEMA compliances and investments into and from India.

Agenda of the Workshop:

Module I: Introduction to FEMA and Inbound Investments

Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999

An Introduction to FEMA Legislation
FEMA Structure
Types of Transaction
Residential Status
Recent Amendments

Inbound Investments: LO/BO/PO

Who can set up
Permissible Activities
Bank Accounts and Repatriation of Profits
Criteria of considering Permission by RBI
Documents to file
Expansion/Additional Activity
Case Studies

Module II: Outbound Investment and Compounding of Contraventions

Outbound Investments

ODI regulations- Investment Routes
Eligible Investors and General Prohibition
Direct Investments Abroad by
    - Corporates & Registered Partnership Firms
    - Individuals
ODI by Trust and Societies

Funding Mechanism
Valuation and Compliances
Restructuring of Investments
Liberalized Remittance Scheme
Case Study 

Module III: FDI and Indirect Foreign Investments

Foreign Direct Investments 

Entry Routes and eligible entities
Sectoral analysis (Restricted, Prohibited & Permitted)
Eligible Investors and prohibitions
Eligible Instruments for Investment and pricing
Reporting and Remittance
Enforceability of Share Transfer Restrictions
      - Regulatory Background and Past challenges
      - Recent Developments
      - Issues from FDI Perspective
Recent Key Changes from Consolidated FDI Policy 2015

Indirect Foreign Investments

Downstream Investments
Transfer of Shares
Round Tripping

Case Study Analysis

Module IV: External Commercial Borrowings

Routes of availing ECBs
Eligible Borrowers and Lenders
Permitted and Prohibited End Use
Repayment and Refinancing
Parking of ECB Proceeds Overseas
Conversion of ECB into Equity
Procedure and Compliance
Structured Obligation
Other Instruments that require Compliance with ECB norms




  1. Vaibhav Parikh – Partner & Head Fund Investment Practice, Nishith Desai Associates
  2. Sriram Ramaswamy - Partner (Mergers & Acquisitions - Tax & Regulatory Services), PwC India
  3. Seema Sukumar - Partner, J. Sagar Associates

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For more details, please contact Biplab SenGupta on +91 - 8130826342 or write to us at trainings@astrazure.com





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