Focus on: Doing business in India

Focus on: Doing business in India

This month we focus on doing business in India.

The following is an extract from a guide to doing business in India. It covers the business environment, and key employment laws.

Click here to read the full guide, which also includes :

  • Information on forming a company
  • Financing a company, opening a bank account
  • Utilising office space
  • Immigration controls
  • Contracting with third parties
  • Regulatory compliance
  • An overview of taxation
  • How to protect key assets and employees.

Produced in partnership with LVV Iyer and Lakshmi Visweswaran of LVV Iyer & Associates


India, the world’s largest democracy with a population of over 1.2 billion, has seen a robust growth trajectory since it opened its doors to the global market in 1991. With a stable political environment, an independent judiciary, liberal investment policies, cost competitiveness and a large pool of skilled workforce fluent in English, India today is a preferred investment destination for many global players and business houses.

The 2012 AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index has ranked India as the second most attractive destination for foreign direct investment. As per the World Bank report Doing Business 2013, India also ranks amongst the top 50 improvers and also the top improver in its region since 2005, which India achieved by focusing on simplifying and reducing the cost of regulatory processes in such areas as starting a business, paying taxes and trading across borders.

There are various options available to a foreign company to start a business in India. This guide highlights some of the key areas that a new business will need to address before it begins to operate in India. This guide is not to be looked upon as an authoritative treatise and it is imperative that specific Indian legal advice be sought before setting up and running a business in India.

In India, businesses are subjected to two types of laws—laws enacted by the Parliament, which are applicable across the country, and laws enacted by individual states, which are applicable only within the

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