Monday 7 September 2015, 12.30 – 1.30pm BST

With the Modi Government well into its second year, we review the economic, political and legal environment for foreign direct investment (FDI) into India. With some still calling for ‘big bang’ reforms to transform the investment landscape, others are hailing perceived incremental changes of policy and practice by a government apparatus still trying to shape itself to majority rule after decades of coalition and compromise.

Meanwhile, the larger Indian economy has continued to grow at more than 7% a year, making India the fastest-growing big economy in the world.

In this webinar, we are joined by Dr Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow in the Asia Programme at the independent policy institute Chatham House based in London. Dr Price will consider the progress of economic reform in India and what it means for ongoing and future FDI.

He will be joined by Alan Montgomery, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions in the India Practice at Herbert Smith Freehills who will reflect on his ‘on the ground’ experiences of handling investment into India. Also speaking will be Nicholas Peacock, Head of the India International Arbitration Practice at Herbert Smith Freehills who will provide an update on enforcement and rule of law issues for inbound investors, including the challenges of negotiating the Indian court system, international arbitration, and the use of investment treaty protection.

The session will be moderated by Chris Parsons, the Chairman of Herbert Smith Freehills’ India Practice.

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Dr Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London

Alan Montgomery, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, India Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills, London

Nicholas Peacock, Head of India International Arbitration Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills, London


Chris Parsons, Chairman of India Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills, London

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