M.A. in Business Laws with specialization in M&A, Investment and Institutional Finance



Twenty-four months fully online Masters Degree programme by NUJS, Kolkata Scroll Down to Learn More

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About the Course

Total Fees: INR 50,000 45,000

Also payable in two instalments of INR 25,000 and INR 25,000 respectively.

Duration: 24 months

Divided into four semesters of equal length.

One of our very popular courses, it is an all time favourite of finance professionals and corporate lawyers involved in transactional work. Venture capital and private equity has seen massive growth in recent decades as public markets has lost their sheen. The world of finance as well as corporate organization is facing new realities of technology and global uncertainities. At the same time, new industries and economies are rising at never heard of momentum. M&A Lawyers, deal makers, bankers and investment or loan consultants never had a better time.

In this course we will help you to acquire legal and regulatory knowledge and skills that will help you to take your place in the world of dealmaking.

As an M&A, investment and institutional finance expert, you will influence the world of dealmaking and play a role in big transactions that make headlines and have visible impact on industries, economy, and society. The responsibilities and rewards of such transactional advisors are huge, as are the risks to those who hire them. This is an extremely elitist and exclusive profession, and only those who have the right credentials and skills make the cut.

M&A, investment and institutional finance professionals operate at the highest levels, working with CEOs of large global companies on how best to position their companies for the future and raising capital for future growth. Unlike management consultants, who help companies determine and implement the best strategy without necessarily changing the company’s component parts, M&A and investment professionals drive strategy through structural change. They may acquire other companies, sell off part of operations or merge with another company. Often, these profesionals, as lawyers or bankers, have to raise money or arrange for massive loans for these transactions or even for organic growth.

There are major opportunites emerging in these areas as corporate india is maturing and the economy is consolidating in many areas. Opportunity for professionals is not limited to just India, the world is truly the playground here. If you have aspirations to make your mark in this area, this course offers access to some of the best M&A lawyers, bankers and advisors to ever teach in a course of this nature. Online access has enabled many busy professionals to access world class learning of business laws at a masters degree level.

Course Contents

  • - Indian legal system, federalism and constitutionalism
  • Legislation, Enforcement of laws and Adjudication
  • Judicial system in India and hierarchy of courts
  • Criminal and Civil legal and justice system
  • Concept of Jurisdiction
  • Regulatory tribunals and their functions
  • Principles of administrative law
  • Private dispute resolution mechanisms
  • International Law and its impact on business
    • Ingredients of a valid contract
    • Validity of standard form contracts
    • Electronic contracts - contracts by email, browsewrap, shrinkwrap and clickwrap contracts, digital signatures
    • Enforceability of electronic contracts
    • Relevance of procedural requirements for contractual validity and enforcement - Registration, stamping, attestation, notarization, apostillation
    • Remedies for breach of contract and practical considerations
    • Contract drafting and practical considerations
      • Essential clauses in any commercial agreement - definitions clause, obligations of parties, determination of milestones and timelines, payment modalities, waivers, assignment, applicable law, representations and warranties, covenants, indemnities, termination, events of default and material adverse change clauses, taxes, force majeure
      • Common drafting errors and efficient drafting techniques to minimize risk of disputes
    • Contract negotiation - Theories and practical case studies
  • Different forms of business structures - Sole proprietorship, partnership, LLP and companies
  • Co-founder arrangements
  • Structuring a partnership/ LLP - Partnership Deed, LLP Agreement, registration requirement and procedure, number of partners, designated partners, sharing of profits, dissolution of partnership, default rules under Partnership Act and LLP Act.
  • Structuring a company - Formation and incorporation: Reservation of Name, Director Identification Number and Digital Signature, Forms to be submitted to Registrar of companies for incorporation, Drafting Memorandum and Articles of Association, Types of Share Capital, Annual and periodic compliances.
  • One person company
  • Hybrid structures and their relevance
  • Non-profit businesses and hybrid models
    • Law related to formation of trusts and societies
    • Procedure and key issues for incorporation of a trust / society / non-profit company
    • Tax benefits for a non-profit
  • Considerations while choosing an optimal business structure
  • Taxation of different business structures
  • Joint ventures and association of persons
  • Accounting and the law
  • Corporate income tax, minimum alternate tax, tax on issuance of capital
  • Indirect taxes: GST, Excise duty, service tax and VAT - Applicability, how to obtain registration, computation of the tax, when to make payment

 

  • Introduction to corporate governance - Shareholders’ rights vis-à-vis managers
  • Appointment and removal of directors
  • Corporate communications and reporting systems
  • Procedures for corporate decision-making
  • Related party transactions and conflict of interest
  • Powers and responsibilities of the board of directors and key managerial personnel, delegation of functions by directors
  • Independent directors and committees of directors
  • Directors’ supervision of accounts and auditing, responsibilities for financial fraud
  • Governance mechanisms in private companies, public companies and listed companies
  • Repatriation of profit, regulation of managerial remuneration, divisible profits and dividend
  • Governance-related compliance requirements around key business transactions - raising investments, obtaining loans, exits, sale of business undertaking
  • Corporate governance of public sector undertakings
  • Corporate social responsibility - Voluntary instruments and the 2013 Companies Act and rules
  • Dispute resolution methods - litigation, arbitration, expert determination, mediation and conciliation
  • Types of business disputes and choice of appropriate dispute resolution method
  • Arbitration:
    • Arbitrator appointment strategy, institutional vs. ad hoc arbitration, how to demand suitable interim measures
    • Drafting efficient arbitration clauses
    • How to minimize delay in arbitration proceedings
    • International commercial arbitration
    • Enforcement strategies, grounds for challenge of arbitral awards,
    • Anti-suit injunctions
  • Mediation: Strategies and relevance in commercial disputes
  • Role of negotiation in dispute situations
  • Litigation Strategy for domestic and cross-border disputes
  • Regulatory Litigation - show cause notices and how to respond to them, remedies against adverse orders of adjudicating officers and tribunals, appellate tribunals, settlement with regulators
  • Relevance of information technology law for businessmen
  • Legal structure governing the Internet
  • Data protection under Indian law and privacy issues
  • Legal documents necessary for offering software or providing online services
    1. Cloud computing agreements
    2. End-User License Agreements (EULA)
    3. Payment gateway issues
    4. Terms of Service
    5. Privacy Policies
  • Process charts to detect online IP infringement
  • Steps for dealing with intellectual property infringements on the internet
    1. Introduction to intermediary responsibility
    2. Takedown notices and cease-and-desist notices
    3. Content censorship and blocking of websites
  • Introduction to raising equity investment - types of investors, investor goals
  • Financial investments, strategic investments and joint ventures - impact on documentation and business structure
  • Stages in an investment transaction
  • Non-disclosure agreements and negotiation pointers
  • Due diligence
  • Operational mechanics of a termsheet and shareholders agreement
  • Legal and commercial implications of equity and hybrid securities
  • Private equity investments
  • Negotiating term-sheets and shareholders agreements, such as:
  • Liquidation preference
  • Governance provisions
  • Founder restrictions and lock-ins
  • Tag-Along, Drag Along, Pre-emption
  • ROFOs and ROFRs
  • Anti-dilution and ratchets
  • Exit-related provisions such as buy-backs, put-options, IPOs
  • Case studies
  • Types of loans and facility arrangements with banks
  • Strategic reasons for obtaining debt from other sources – non-banking finance companies, group companies, issue of bonds
  • Clauses under loan agreements
  • Security requirements
  • Compliance requirements for obtaining loans
  • External Commercial Borrowings - Regulation of Foreign loans
  • Creation of security in favour of foreigners
  • Syndicated loans - documentation, negotiation and formats
  • FEMA, FDI Policy and regulations:
  • FDI in different business structures - Companies, Trust, LLP
  • Sectoral regulations
  • Entry-related issues - approval route, conditionalities and sectoral regulations
  • Pricing restrictions
  • Exit related issues
  • Determination of foreign ownership
  • FDI in large corporate houses and groups
  • Bank accounts for foreigners and handling foreign exchange
  • Valuation, compliance and filing requirements
  • Relaxations for foreign venture capital investors
  • Regulatory issues surrounding exits with foreign investors
  • SEBI and RBI regulations on listed company investments and exits
  • Sectoral and FIPB approval applications
  • Eligibility criteria for accessing public capital
  • Listing of equity instruments - Initial public offers (IPOs), follow-on public offers (FPOs), Rights issues, Qualified Institutions Placeman>
  • SME platform and relaxations for listing of small and medium enterprises
  • Listing of debt instruments
  • Listing on overseas exchanges - ADRs and GDRs, overseas subsidiary listing
  • Overseas issuance of debt - foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCBs) and foreign currency exchangeable bonds (FCEBs)
  • Legal risk management - identifying and minimizing risks
  • Building processes
  • Internal company policies, allocation of responsibility amongst officers, imposing contractual obligations, reporting structures
  • Recruitment policy, compensation policy, performance management policy, leave policy, medical policy, sexual harassment policy, data protection and confidentiality policy, grievance redressal policy, whistle-blower policy, emergency policies, media communications policy, social media and blogging policy
  • Insurance: Fire and Special Peril, Transportation, Keyman Insurance, Terrorism Insurance, Group Insurance, Public Liability Insurance, Professional Liability Insurance, Director’s and Officer’s (D&O) Insurance.

M&As

  • Methods of acquisition - share purchase, asset purchase, sale of undertaking
  • Stages in an M&A transaction
  • Payment mechanisms for M&As
  • Indemnities, representations and warranties and other key clauses of M&A transactions
  • Court approved mergers
  • Tax issues in M&A
  • Employment issues in M&A

Competition issues

  • Introduction to combinations
  • Competition Commission approvals
  • Exemption thresholds for mergers
  • How to respond to CCI notices and investigations
  • Appeals against adverse CCI orders

Industry Academia Panel

Murali Neelakantan

Ex-Global General Counsel, Cipla

V Umakanth

Associate Professor at NUS, Singapore

Vinod Kothari

Securitisation expert and author of several books on the subject

Jay Parikh

Founding Partner, Verus Associates

Ameet Dutta

Partner, Saikrishna & Associates IP law expert

Essenese Obhan

Managing Partner, Obhan & Associates

Robin David

Partner, Dua Associates

Pankaj Agarwal

Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Anuj Sah

Principal Associate at Khaitan & Co.

Somasekhar Sundaresan

Partner, J. Sagar Associates

Shinoj Koshy

Partner, Nishith Desai Associates

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.

Puneet Bhasin

Founder, Cyberjure Legal Consulting, Mumbai

I contacted the iPleaders team to understand more about the course and was fully satisfied with the way the benefits were explained to me. I was very impressed with the follow-up mechanism as well. So I decided to enroll for this diploma course. I found the course to be exceptional. This course helped me update my knowledge and exceeded the expectations I had from it. I did my LLB in 1999, so much has happened since then and this course gave me all the latest updates. The best part about this course is that the course material is concise and ready for consumption. It's to the point and contains no irrelevant materials.

M. Jagadeesh

Partner, Tapas Law

The added advantage of this course is the iPleaders Club; which is an independent skill development platform where you work towards taking your career / work/ business to the next level by performing activities, this is an extra advantage of the course as this service is provided free of cost by iPleaders to all its students. Another interesting feature about the course is that all are assigned mentors to help us during the course. This is really beneficial as most of us are not from a family of lawyers and have no one they can turn to for tips on mooting, career guidance etc. The fact that we have to submit an article every month has improved my writing skills tremendously. You not only learn to improve your style of writing but also learn the nuances of how to do good research which are important skill sets for a lawyer.

Tresa Ajay

B.A LLB, NUALS, Kochi

I joined the NUJS diploma in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws while I was working with the Calcutta Stock Exchange. I had already done my LLB and was looking for a course which would give me some practical insight. I came across the NUJS Diploma in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws while searching the internet. I was looking for some course for value addition to my profile and knowledge. I had already done my LLB and MBA but wanted some practical knowledge. This course appealed to me, as it was dealing with business laws and I was working with a corporate. So this course was very significant to me and covered things which were relevant to me.

Sumit Sengupta

CFA, LL.B, Legal Counsel, Calcutta Stock Exchange

All modules in this course are meticulously designed with the emphasis on practical knowledge and it's very difficult to say which module was more informational than the other. Still, I particularly found the modules on statutory compliances, due diligence, business structuring and institutional financing to be really beneficial for me because I wanted practical insight into these topics. Non-lawyers such as businessmen are usually afraid of legal jargons that are found in books; however, this course uses a very simple and easy to understand language and therefore I recommend this course to all those who wish to enhance their business law knowledge.

Harshal Joshi

Legal Head, Legal Dog, LL.C

All the modules in the course are designed with the emphasis on practical knowledge. The concepts are explained in a very easy to understand language without any legal jargons. A person like me who is not from a legal background can also follow it easily. Institutional Finance and Raising investment were two modules which I personally found very interesting. I am able to utilize this knowledge in my current job also. When I informed my company that I have cleared this diploma from NUJS, my company gave me recognition for the same. I have now been shifted to Compliance department because of my knowledge about business and corporate law gained through this course. In future, I want to work with different institutes and colleges as a guest lecturer and this course has helped me prepare for that as well. I have been applying to various institutes and got a positive response from many of them. This course would certainly help me in my future vision also as I've learnt how to explain complex matters in an easy to understand manner from this course.

Atanu Biswas

Manager, Compliance, Peerless Group

My purpose of joining the NUJS diploma in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws was to gain legal knowledge and breadth of the legal system specific to India. Being from a nonlaw background we deal with legal matters almost on a day to day basis, mostly in indirect and often unknown and subtle forms. As an entrepreneur juggling many hats, I had to be aware of the basic laws and legal systems so as to be aware at all times. This course has helped me understand different legal aspects from a technical perspective; of which I did not have the knowledge earlier. Content wise the course is excellent. It is designed in a manner that a person who is not from a legal background can also follow it easily. I have benefitted the most from the chapters related to Business Structuring and Drafting. The Module on drafting helped me understand how agreements are to be drafted and vetted, what are the precautions to be taken, how clauses can be negotiated etc. Down the line, I have drafted quite a few documents thanks to this course, and my lawyers are still wondering how I could manage it so well without their help! They used to be quite surprised when they found my draft quite 'legal' in order and form. This course has empowered me to an extent that it has added on to my persona. Nowadays I not only understand what my legal team is doing, but I also engage in discussions with them regarding different policies, clauses in agreements.. etc.

B D Thimmaiah

Executive Officer, Advanced Research and Development Corporation

I was in the final year at RMLNLU and was aware that if I fail to get a campus placement offer or a PPO, I would have to face lot of interviews. I had to be well versed in all aspects of law especially corporate and business law in order to crack the interviews. Even if I manged a PPO or a campus placement, I had to be aware of all basics of corporate law inorder to perform well in my job. I wanted a career in corporate law in a tier 1 law firm. All this was not possible with the knowledge gained through the law school curriculum only. I had to learn the business law basics in a practical manner and this diploma course was the perfect solution to it. This course provided an excellent curriculum around that. All the modules were very well planned with lot of emphasis on practical knowledge. The module I personally liked the most was the one related to the Companies Act and SEBI regulations. These were very informative and helpful. The webinars with Industry experts were another plus point of the course. These webinars exposed us to few of the best brains in the industry and their views and thoughts about different aspects of law.

Divye Bahadur

Associate, Trilegal

All the modules in the course were very well structured, but the module which personally benefited me the most is the module on Drafting. It has given me further insight into drafting and helped me appreciate the nuances which people generally tend to overlook in a contract. The content of the drafting module and the drafting exercises really helped me improve my skills. I came to know of various clauses which I had never thought of earlier and I strongly believe that this knowledge puts me in a better position to advise clients.

SVS Ravi Kiran

Deputy Manager Legal, Mylan Labs

This course has definitely helped me in setting up my health care startup; a primary health care centre in Hyderabad. I'm not from a legal background; if not for this course I wouldn't have known the difference between a Pvt Ltd, LLP and a partnership firm. This knowledge helped me in deciding to start my centre as a Pvt Ltd company, I was aware that this would be the best option for my centre. The knowledge gained from this course is still helping me. It helps me understand everything to do with taxation at my centre, although I have a very responsible and committed accountant working with us. Having the knowledge of taxation and basic laws prepares me for, what to expect and what not to. A module that I personally found extremely beneficial was the one on structuring a business. This module helped me decide on many factors while starting my center. The syllabus and study material is also structured in a way that it's very easy to find answers to specific questions, which often come in very handy.

Dr. Padmakumari Muthuswamy

MBBS, Founder Director, Winspire One Healthcare
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