Advanced Certification in Investment Law and Institutional Finance

Four months' Certificate programme by NUJS Kolkata Scroll Down to Learn More

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About the Course

Total Fees: INR 8,000 5,000

Get immediate access on Web, Android and iOS on enrolment

Duration: 4 months

Can you advise a foreigner who wants to set up a business presence in India or invest in an Indian company?

Do you know how to perform due diligence?

Can you draft or negotiate a non-disclosure agreement?

What about shareholders agreements and joint venture agreements?

Do you know how to obtain a foreign loan?

Can you help a non-profit obtain a foreign donation?

Most clients will pay you a huge premium if you can help them with these issues.

Do you want to serve clients as a top investment and finance consultant?

Do you want to acquire highly-specialised skills in investment and corporate finance advisory and litigation?

NUJS introduce the Advanced Certification in Investment Law and Institutional Finance, which, for the first time brings practical insights from top corporate lawyers, successful businessmen and experienced investors.



  • How to choose an efficient and cost-effective capital structure for a business
  • Negotiate, draft agreements and provide key strategic insights on various financing transactions - term sheets, venture capital, private equity and strategic investments, joint ventures
  • How to perform due diligence, obtain approvals and compliance requirements in relation to financing transactions


How can you use these skill sets?

Lawyers, CAs, Company Secretaries and other professionals can add huge value to clients by:

  • Providing advisory and consultancy services, high-level strategic advice on financings,
  • Negotiating and drafting finance-related documentation,
  • Obtain FIPB, RBI and sectoral approvals, supervise or perform compliance and due diligence, FCRA-related compliances
  • Businessmen and entrepreneurs can use strategic insights for a competitive advantage against others, while employees can provide valuable insights to senior management.


Other features of the course:

  • Learn anytime and from any location - 24 x 7 access available on mobile and tablet devices (Android) and on the web.
  • Faculty includes experts from the most reputed corporate law firms. Get doubts cleared in 24 hours.
  • Learning materials comprise of video discussions with experts, animation, study materials, checklists. Access sample agreements and approval applications.
  • Get doubts cleared within 24 hours over a discussion forum
  • Those who complete the course successfully will receive certification from NUJS, Kolkata - certification will be based on performance in an online test.


Target Audience

Lawyers, chartered accountants, company secretaries, businessmen and IT entrepreneurs, consultants and self-employed professionals, law students, information technology professionals, MBA and BBA students, engineering students.

Course Contents

  1. Introduction to raising investment - types of investors, investor goals
  2. Financial investments, strategic investments and joint ventures - impact on documentation and business structure
  3. Stages in an investment transaction
  4. Non-disclosure agreements and what you should negotiate
  5. Due diligence
  6. Operational mechanics of a termsheet and shareholders agreement
  7. Legal and commercial implications of equity, debentures and hybrid securities
  8. Negotiating term-sheets and shareholders agreements, such as:
    1. Liquidation preference
    2. Governance provisions
    3. Founder restrictions and lock-ins
    4. Tag-Along, Drag Along, Pre-emption
    5. ROFOs and ROFRs
    6. Anti-dilution and ratchets
    7. Exit-related provisions such as buy-backs, put-options, IPOs
  9. Case studies

Sample documents

  1. Sample Non-Disclosure Agreement
  2. Sample Term Sheet
  3. Sample Shareholders Agreement
  4. Sample Share Purchase Agreement
  5. Sample due diligence checklist
  6. Sample due diligence report
    1. FDI restrictions on foreign investors
    2. FDI in different business structures Companies, Trust, LLP
    3. Sectoral regulations
    4. Entry-related issues - approval route, conditionalities and sectoral regulations
    5. Pricing restrictions
    6. Exit related issues
    7. Bank accounts for foreigners and handling foreign exchange
    8. Valuation, compliance and filing requirements
    9. Relaxations for foreign venture capital investors
    10. Negotiating exits with foreign investors
    11. How early stage start-ups can use convertible notes to raise FDI
    Sample documents

    1. Sample FIPB approval application
    2. Sample sectoral approval application
    3. Sample FIPB and sectoral approvals
      1. Types of credit facilities granted by banks
      2. Other sources of finance - non-banking finance companies, group companies
      3. Typical issues in loan agreements
      4. Regulation of foreign loans - External commercial borrowings
      5. Syndicated finance and loans
      6. Is it legal for banks to charge prepayment penalty
      Sample documents

      1. Sample loan agreement
      2. Sample syndicated loan agreement
      3. Sample security documents
        1. Dealing with multiple sets of investors
        2. Private equity investments in listed companies (PIPEs transactions)
        3. Strategic investments and joint ventures
        4. IPO and regulations related to listed companies
        5. Regulation of angel investors
        6. Special provisions for listing of SMEs and startups
        7. Fund-raising from global organizations and donors for non-profits
        8. Tax issues pertaining to investment transactions - an introduction
        9. Should a Corporate Guarantee be registered with ROC?
        Legal instruments

        Foreign Exchange Management Act and Regulations, Consolidated FDI Policy, Press Notes and Master Circulars

Industry Academia Panel

Abhyudaya Agarwal

COO and Co-founder, iPleaders

Jimit Shah

Proprietor at JPS Legal

Ketan Mukhija

General Counsel, SREI Group

Ramanuj Mukherjee

CEO and Co-founder, iPleaders

Sameer Jain

Partner at Pamasis Law Chambers

Shivi Agarwal

Partner, Amicus

Suhas Baliga

Principal, Impact Law Ventures

Sunil Agarwal

Senior Tax Partner, AZB Partners, Noida

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Success Stories

Imagine how it would be if you could navigate the usual legal and regulatory mess with ease, and make better decisions as you scale your business or career growth. Regulatory and legal difficulties is a huge hurdle to doing business in India, and very few people have mastery over it. We are inviting you to find out more about how we can add a touch of magic to your growth. Here are some amazing success stories of our students who have taken up our courses.

My purpose of joining the course is certainly fulfilled; it has given me the much needed practical knowledge of law. All modules in the course are designed with emphases on practical knowledge. The concepts are not explained theoretically but in a practical manner. I personally found the module on business structuring, institutional finance, and raising investment to be most beneficial for me. I am able to utilize this knowledge in my current job also.

Shivam Dubey

Associate, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

All that I learned from the course is very relevant to me and helps me every single day. I still refer the course notes. Once, we were working on a transaction which involved export-import compliance. It was something I had never done before and none of my team members had an experience with it. I had only the basic idea about it and that is when I realized that I have studied it in my diploma course. I referred the course material and handled the transaction totally based on the knowledge gained through the diploma course, it gave me the basic idea of what to check and how to check.

Ananya Banerjee

Managing Partner, Unico Legale

I can definitely say that this course has added value to my profile and facilitated my growth. The knowledge gained through this course has boosted my confidence and helped me get through many interviews. I found the modules on Arbitration, FDI, and Corporate Governance to be extremely informative. The module on drafting provided various templates that gave you a framework to build on. The webinars by various industry experts was an added advantage of this course. These were exceptionally outstanding, interactive and provided the much needed insights from a commercial point of view.

Mehak Gupta

Associate, Economic Laws Practice

I am a computer science engineer by education, but an entrepreneur by profession. Having had no formal education in running a business I was always led to a lot of "learning the hard way". When iPleaders launched the course for Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws, in an e-learning mode I took up the course with the objective to understand all legal nuances related to running a business. The course covered things like; understanding of ESOP, Sweat Equity, Company Policy, License agreements, IP related law, EULA and lots of other content which made sense for our business.

Atul Gupta

Managing Director of InSync Tech-Fin Solutions Ltd

I am a practicing Cyber lawyer in Mumbai for the past 3 years and have founded Cyberjure Legal Consulting. The course was a very good learning experience, and I am glad I did it. It helped me understand the nuances of many laws which we studied in college, but never went into practical applicability of the same. The stuff I learnt in the course helped me in my matters too, and in structuring e-commerce start-ups.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The course fee can be paid through our online payment gateway, Instamojo. You can pay using your credit card, debit card or net banking by clicking on enroll now.

Enrolment continues throughout the year. If the course fits your aspiration, we recommend you to enrol and start studying immediately.

Once you successfully make the payment and fill the enrolment form. You can access the course by logging to the learning management platform (LMS), using your Facebook login credentials (email address not mobile number).

No. These courses are completely online, and you will not need to travel to Kolkata for any requirement of this course.

All the study materials will be provided on the online learning management system and not in hard copy. No hard copy is required or recommended for these courses. For any hard copy provided by iPleaders for some parts of some of the courses which may be available with iPleaders, check with them by calling on the number provided in this website.

There are no discounts available. However course fee for long term courses (1 year or more) can be paid in instalments. To know about instalment options, call 011-331-38901

There are no minimum attendance requirements, as the course shall be taught online through a learning management system which allows you to pursue the course at your own pace and convenience.

The course is conducted through an online learning management system, which enables students to access study materials from anywhere in the world at their own time and convenience. All the study material which includes text, videos, drafting exercises, templates and regular tests will be available only within the LMS and can be accessed using your login id for the LMS. The course can also be accessed through state of the art mobile Apps, which makes learning convenient and accessible on a real time basis.
Live sessions are also conducted online – students who miss the session can watch recorded versions. There will also be some online doubt-clearing sessions between students and faculty.

The minimum eligibility for diploma and certificate courses is XII pass and students from any discipline can enrol in the course. For MA in Business Laws, graduation in any discipline will suffice. Therefore, students of B.Com., BMS, BBA, Science, Arts, Medicine or from any other discipline are eligible to enrol and many have already enroled. The course is targeted at entrepreneurs, managers, consultants and working professionals and will be relevant and useful irrespective of stream and industry. Those would like to start up their own company at some point of time, are interested in a career in management, want to have a grasp on business laws or differentiate themselves by adding a unique skill shall benefit from this course. Please visit our Success Stories page to read about what individuals from different disciplines have to say about the course.

As candidates will be enroling from across India and even abroad, the schedule of every candidate is likely to differ. To accommodate that, the periodic tests will be available on the online portal for a period of time so that you can take them at your convenience. Everyone will be given sufficient opportunity to take the tests.

The online MCQs are executed on the learning management system. You do not need to go to any special centres to take any test or exam. All tests can be taken by logging on to the online learning management system from your home.