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08 September 2010

vodafone-by-SudhamshuThe Bombay High Court has held that the Indian tax authorities were correct in assessing Vodafone for its Indian tax liability in the $11bn acquisition of Hutchison Essar.

06 September 2010

amarchand-Nageswar_Rao Amarchand Mangaldas has hired dual-qualified chartered accountant and lawyer DD Nageswar Rao as a partner in Delhi. Rao’s was formerly the India country head of tax at Siemens, with his over 20-year career also including similar roles at the Coca Cola India and Colgate.

20 July 2010

four-lions-indiaFriday's Mumbai Income Appellate Tax Tribunal (ITAT) ruling against Linklaters makes potentially all overseas professional services and law firms subject to income tax in India for the last six years or more if their staff visit India for 90 days in aggregate per year. The repercussions could be serious, according to Indian tax lawyers.

07 April 2010
The Authority for Advance Ruling (AAR) has reiterated that sharing of profits and not income would be the determining factor in finding the existence of an Association of Persons (AOR) for the purpose of taxation, while holding that a consortium cannot be treated as an AOR.
26 February 2010

four-lions-indiaToday's 2010-11 Union Budget has not directly affected law firms although it could have knock-on effects in several practice areas and save individual junior lawyers almost 30 per cent of tax.

25 February 2010

rupees"They say it's going to be a best-selling political thriller with hero called Recovery and a villain called Deficit" read a Times of India caricature about the ongoing Budget session. Meanwhile, indirect and direct tax practitioners have their eyes firmly on service tax, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Direct Tax Code (DTC) as issues that will concern the legal community.

02 February 2010

Bangalore-vidhana-soudhaVaish Associates has opened up a Bangalore office, hiring an ex-Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer and lawyer to help it grow to 24 lawyers within a year in the city.

01 December 2009

Grays-Inn_Nikhil-MehtaCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton tax partner Nikhil Mehta has resigned and entered into a retainer agreement with Amarchand Mangaldas that could see him spend up to 40 per cent of his time doing non-Indian tax advice for the firm.

08 August 2009

mail_at_triIndian law firms are famously enamoured with the letters of the alphabet. But is it rubbing off on the Indian tax office?

05 August 2009

governmentIndia_thThe Income Tax Department raided the Mumbai offices of ALMT Legal and AZB & Partners late last week looking for information related to clients and offshore transactions. The raids were not related to either of the law firms' own tax positions.

06 July 2009

gavel_thToday's Budget has introduced measures to give greater certainty to advance tax rulings to avoid litigation, which has been cautiously welcomed by Indian tax lawyers as appealing particularly to foreign investors.

06 July 2009

governmentIndia_thThis year's Union Budget has paved the way for law firm partnerships to convert to limited liability partnerships (LLPs).

01 July 2009

Amarchand_Shardul-ShroffAmarchand Mangaldas is planning to convert to a limited liability partnership (LLP) once the structure is finalised and has been sanctioned by the Bar Council of India.

04 June 2009

Khaitan-Sanjay-Sanghvi_thumbKhaitan & Co has made up a former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) chartered accountant-cum-lawyer to partner.

Sanjay Sanghvi (pictured) only qualified as a lawyer after joining Khaitan in January 2008 from PwC. He is the third new member to the law firm's partnership in as many months.

He said that working in a law firm was very satisfying: "In accountancy firms you typically do compliance work and you don't go deeper into the law and interpretation.