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VC Series | Part II – The Term Sheet!

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Initial discussions between founders and VC funds are usually centred around the business and valuations. When commercial discussions materialise, the first step towards the investment is execution of a term sheet. But when the VC fund offers a term sheet to the founders, it comes with certain legal terms and conditions – what are those terms and conditions? In Part II of the VC Series we discuss the approach to negotiate a term sheet – the need to understand the implications of the legal terms used in the term sheet and the market standards in India

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VC Series | Part I – The First Institutional Investor!

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Over the last few decades while India went through radical changes, so did the world of venture capital (VC) financing for start-ups. While seasoned institutional investors are well versed with the legalities of VC financing, first-time founders are often struggling to find their feet in the journey. Likewise, first-time investors in India also grapple at times with adopting some of the market standards that have been established in the Indian market. This series is an endeavor to offer guidance to first-time founders and investors in India. What should they do? How should they do it? What are the accepted VC practices in India? We have tried to answer these and other questions.

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Considering Litigation in India | Part VII – Always keep your options open!

Corporate Disputes

A recurring point that we have emphasized in each discussion around commercial litigation is to always keep the end commercial objective in mind. Litigation should always be a means to achieve the desired end objective. In an Indian context, the end objective for most commercial disputes should be to achieve a favorable settlement.

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EdTech: Digital Era of Education

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The conventional idea of schooling has undergone a drastic change over the last century. Schooling has evolved with the integration of technology that has enhanced both learning and teaching experiences. The prevailing Covid-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend by further embedding technology into the learning process. The result has been that tech savvy students now use engaging apps and attend online courses; seamlessly enhancing education despite the lockdown caused by the pandemic. This fast-emerging sector is better known as education technology (EdTech). The essential aim of EdTech is to make learning more fun by using interactive methods of teaching and in the bargain improving the standard and quality of education. This article analyses the regulatory regime that applies to the EdTech sector in India and the emerging opportunities in this space.

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Considering Litigation in India | Part VI – What happens outside court is just as important!

Corporate Disputes

This aspect of litigation is more critical than what a party may envisage it to be. While engaging in any kind of litigation one must be sensitive to the implication of events that occur outside court. One may not realize, but what transpires outside court could be used by either side to their advantage before

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COVID-19: Turning Point for Online Pharma

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With the rapid advancement of the internet and movement of businesses online, it was only time before the pharmaceutical retail industry also joined the bandwagon. The pharmaceutical retail industry which has long been popular among investors also started to venture into providing online services (Online Pharma). This was due to the increased demand and tech-savvy clientele who preferred to order from the comfort of their homes. So, it was only natural that the Online Pharma sector bloomed during the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown. Online Pharma is high in demand due to better discounts, convenience, greater anonymity, accessibility in remote locations, easy home delivery, etc. These features have made it the preferable option over community brick and mortar pharmacies during the pandemic. This article explores the current regulatory regime surrounding Online Pharma and the opportunities in India that it presents for investors.

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Charging Infrastructure: Final Building Block for Electric Mobility?

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Rapid economic development coupled with a never-ending surge to save travel time have resulted in widespread adoption of automobiles throughout the globe. While automobiles have helped human beings develop at an exponential rate, they have also adversely contributed to global warming. India, along with various other countries, has signed and ratified the Paris Agreement to limit global warming in the interest of climate change. This has led to the Indian Government effecting various methods to decrease India’s CO2 emissions. Some initiatives were by adopting stricter emission norms for combustion engines, promoting electric vehicles (EVs) by giving a host of incentives to manufacturers and end-customers etc. Initially, EVs were plagued with various issues such as less range, mediocre performance, lack of electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI) etc. With passage of time, while most of these issues were resolved to an extent so as to allow practical usage, EVCI was yet to catch up. In this article, we will discuss the emergence of startups developing EVCI and the applicable regulatory regime, which could enable them to grow at a rapid pace.

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Agritech Startups: Reimagining Agriculture with Data

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Agriculture can be referred to as one of the oldest and primary occupations in human history and is the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of India’s population. Even though most people in India depend upon agriculture sector, its contribution to the GDP of the country is not significant. In fact, its year-by-year contribution in the GDP of India since independence has gradually decreased. This could be attributed to various challenges faced by the sector such as dependency on monsoon for irrigation, lack of knowledge in relation to time of sowing and quality of seeds, soil erosion, outdated farming practices etc. Unlike other sectors, agriculture has been left behind when it comes to making use of the latest technologies. In this article, we will discuss the emergence of data-driven startups who are using artificial intelligence (AI) to script a change in this sector. Since these startups rely mostly on data, they need to be mindful of the relevant data regulations applicable to them.

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Fantasy Sports: Age of Digital Playgrounds

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Earlier, only a handful of cricket and football fans understood and participated in fantasy sports in India. In the past decade, the subscriber base, number of fantasy gaming companies and the investor base have all increased multifold. Now, credit to Dream11 bagging the title sponsorship of renowned Indian Premier League and their funny television commercials, fantasy sports are well known and are played in almost each Indian household. More so, fantasy gaming is not limited to cricket and football anymore; there are fantasy leagues for almost all sports, be it a franchisee league or an international league/tournament. The statistics clearly indicate that fantasy leagues are here to stay.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – ‘Drones’: Rise of the Unmanned Industry?

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Introduction Unmanned aerial vehicles also famously referred to as ‘drones’ took flight way back in the mid-19th Century, when they were exclusively used for military purposes. Their scope was predominantly limited to military operations till as recently as 2010. The technological advancements over the last 10 years or so have drastically transformed the drone industry

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