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Doing business in India

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in India.


The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers.

Doing Business with India
Millar, Roderick (Global Market Briefings, 2006)
This guide is an appraisal of the economic and investment climate, including an examination of the legal structure and business regulation, information on accounting and auditing, the financial sector and best practice on all aspects of trading with and investing in India.

Passport India: Your Pocket Guide to Indian Business, Customs & Etiquette
Joshi, Manoj (World Trade Press, 2008)

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Useful links

Ease of Doing Business in India
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.


Exporting to India
Regularly updated guide produced by UK Trade and Investment for companies looking to do business in this country. Sections include:

  • challenges
  • growth potential
  • opportunities
  • start-up considerations
  • legal considerations
  • tax and customs considerations
  • entry requirements.

Overseas Business Risk - India
Report from UK Trade & Investment and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, international relations, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

Country guide: India
Guide on doing business created by HSBC in association with PwC in 2012. Sections cover:

  • conducting business
  • taxation
  • audit and accountancy
  • employment law
  • trade
  • banking.

Doing Business Guide: India
Booklet produced by accountancy firm SC Vasudeva & Co. The guide gives an overview of background information relevant to starting a business, including:

  • banking and finance
  • institutions providing assistance to enterprises
  • legal structures of business organisations
  • foreign direct investment
  • labour and personnel
  • taxation system.

Doing Business in India
Country guide from Baker Tilly International providing an overview of rules and regulations covering business entities and accounting, finance and investment, employment regulations and tax. Published in March 2011.

Doing Business in India 2009
Report published by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation that focuses on local regulations: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, and closing a business.

Doing Business in India
A guide from PKF International which provides an overview of the country, types of business entities, accounting, taxation and other useful information.

Law and regulation

Doing Business Law Library: India
Links to business laws and regulations collated by the World Bank. Topics include:

  • banking and credit laws
  • bankruptcy and collateral laws
  • commercial and company laws
  • labour laws
  • land and building laws
  • securities laws
  • tax laws
  • trade laws.

The float guide: How to float a company in India
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association in 2012 describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

Intellectual property rights in India
Guidance from the Intellectual Property Office on protecting and enforcing IP rights when trading in India.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on:

  • the amicable phase
  • legal procedures
  • enforcement
  • insolvency proceedings
  • arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India
A forum for business people to network and encourage best practice, trade and investment.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Federation of regional chambers of commerce.

The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Premier Chamber of business and industry in Eastern and North-Eastern India.

UK-India Business Council
UK's organisation providing support to promote free trade, business and investment between the two countries.

Embassies and consulates


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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in India
This report contains information enabling foreign businesses and their professional advisors to determine the best methods of conducting business operations in India from both the tax and general legal points of view.

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