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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.

Key data

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.

Guides

India company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

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.

International Business Guide: India
Guide on doing business created by HSBC. Sections cover conducting business, tax system, labour, audit, trade, finance, infrastructure. Published in 2019.

Doing Business in Asia Pacific
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this region, covering India. It also provides useful information for those living and working in India either temporarily or permanently. Published in May 2018.

Doing Business in India
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. This publication is current at April 2019.

India: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi in 2017, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in India.

Doing Business in India
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this country. It also provides useful information for those living and working in India either temporarily or permanently. Published in March 2016.

Exporting

On our Exporting to India page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA)
A non-profit organisation, whose aim is to improve corporate governance and regulation in Asian countries. Information includes code and rules on company law, accounting standards, regulations and listing rules in India.

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Law and regulation

Intellectual property rights in India
Intellectual Property Office, July 2017
Guide produced by the UK IPO on how to protect and enforce your IP when trading with India. It covers IP rights; laws, treaties and reciprocal agreements; protecting your trademark; copyright; protecting inventions; protecting designs; trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements; and IP enforcement and dispute resolution.

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company in India
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association 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 and 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

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in India

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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