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OTT Platforms | The Future is Now Streaming

General Corporate

In today’s fast paced lifestyle, it is difficult to catch shows at their scheduled timings on cable television. But over the top video (OTT) platforms have drastically changed the way we consume content. An OTT platform essentially provides direct media streaming services over the internet, skirting traditional cable providers. All you need is a stable internet connection and an electronic device – both easily accessible today. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the rate at which OTT platforms have been progressing. OTT platforms are giving a tough competition to other mediums of entertainment like, traditional television and the cinemas. With the increase in internet accessibility, cricket-frenzied masses can now catch their heroes batting a six, on their mobile phones via OTT platforms. What’s interesting is that users from all age groups are now “binging shows” on streaming platforms, and that too in various local languages. This article analyses the regulatory regime that applies to OTT platforms in India and its impact for investors in the sector.

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Preferential Transactions | Insolvency Code

Corporate Disputes

The Indian market has witnessed a surge in the number of distressed companies being dragged into insolvency. This is on account of past debts or other liabilities owed by the distressed company to its creditors, sureties and/or guarantors (Creditors). The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code) provides the statutory regime for dealing with such insolvent businesses. While dealing with the entire process of insolvency, it also regulates certain types of transactions which could undermine the value of the assets available to Creditors. These transactions are known as ‘avoidable transactions’ i.e., preferential transactions, undervalued transactions, transactions defrauding creditors and extortionate credit transactions. In this article, we will be dealing specifically with ‘Preferential Transactions’.

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Veyrah Law advises Kenko Health on raising USD 12 Million from Sequoia Capital & other investors

Announcement

Kenko Health, a start-up based on a health subscription model, has raised USD 12 Million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital, Beenext Emerging, Orios Venture, Waveform Ventures, 9Unicorns Accelerator Fund-I and certain Angel Investors.

Veyrah Law advised Kenko Health, led by partner Ajay Joseph; principal associate Arun Mohanty; senior associate Anshul Pandey, and associate Pooja Agarwal. The Veyrah Law team assisted Redkenko with structuring, drafting/negotiating the term sheet, drafting/negotiating and signing the transaction documents and closing.

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VC Series | Part IV – The Investment Process!

M&A, Venture Capital and Private Equity

Once the term sheet has been negotiated and signed by the parties, the transaction moves to the process of subscription. The investment process commences with the VC fund initiating their due diligence and proceeds further with negotiation and signing of the detailed transaction documents. Once the conditionalities are fulfilled by the founders and startup, the VC fund wires the investment amount to the startup; and closes the funding round. What processes are followed from signing of term sheet to closure of funding round? How do the founders and startup negotiate and navigate through the conditionalities imposed by the VC fund? How should the founders and VC fund deal with the issues highlighted by the due diligence teams? And what is a win-win situation for all parties involved? We have touched upon these aspects in this Part IV of the VC Series.

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VC Series: Part III | The Term Sheet Decoded!

General Corporate

When founders are offered a term sheet by a VC fund, they are in a rush to close the deal as soon as possible and start using the funds. So, should they go ahead and sign the term sheet? Of course, yes. But they should first understand the terminology used in the term sheet and how it impacts the startup, its founders and the VC fund. We have tried to explain the meaning of some important jargons stated in the term sheet, their importance and legal implications. Founders would do well to read through the term sheet carefully, understand the legal implications and negotiate to achieve a balanced position.

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Veyrah Law advises Redkenko on its pre-Series A round

Announcement

Redkenko Health Tech Private Limited, a Mumbai-based health insurtech startup, has raised funds in pre-Series A round from Beenext, Orios Venture Partners, Waveform Ventures, 9Unicorns and certain Angel Investors.

Veyrah Law advised Redkenko, led by partner Ajay Joseph; principal associate Arun Mohanty; senior associate Anshul Pandey and associate Pooja Agarwal. Veyrah Law team assisted Redkenko with the structuring of their group entities; and drafting and negotiating the transaction documents.

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Towards an Indian ‘Military-Industrial Complex’?

General Corporate

As of 2021, India has the second largest armed forces and the third largest defence budget in the world. However, historically, the defence sector in India has been a monopoly for public sector companies. In 2001, the defence sector was unlocked for domestic private businesses subject to certain licensing requirements. This was also the same time foreign investors were permitted to invest in the defence sector. Initially, foreign direct investment (FDI) was permitted up to a maximum of 26%. Over the years, the FDI cap has been substantially increased and currently stands at 100%, subject to certain conditions. More recently, due to external aggression from neighbouring states, the Government has been keen to further develop the Indian defence manufacturing sector. The thrust has been to encourage the development of indigenous solutions for its defence requirements and reduce its external dependency. In this article, we will discuss the opportunities for foreign and domestic investors in the Indian defence industry.

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VC Series | Part II – The Term Sheet!

General Corporate

Initial discussions between founders and VC funds are usually centred around the business and valuations. When commercial discussions materialise, the first step towards the investment is execution of a term sheet. But when the VC fund offers a term sheet to the founders, it comes with certain legal terms and conditions – what are those terms and conditions? In Part II of the VC Series we discuss the approach to negotiate a term sheet – the need to understand the implications of the legal terms used in the term sheet and the market standards in India

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VC Series | Part I – The First Institutional Investor!

General Corporate

Over the last few decades while India went through radical changes, so did the world of venture capital (VC) financing for start-ups. While seasoned institutional investors are well versed with the legalities of VC financing, first-time founders are often struggling to find their feet in the journey. Likewise, first-time investors in India also grapple at times with adopting some of the market standards that have been established in the Indian market. This series is an endeavor to offer guidance to first-time founders and investors in India. What should they do? How should they do it? What are the accepted VC practices in India? We have tried to answer these and other questions.

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Considering Litigation in India | Part VII – Always keep your options open!

Corporate Disputes

A recurring point that we have emphasized in each discussion around commercial litigation is to always keep the end commercial objective in mind. Litigation should always be a means to achieve the desired end objective. In an Indian context, the end objective for most commercial disputes should be to achieve a favorable settlement.

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