Does the thought of being involved in complex (and often headline-grabbing) deals excite you?
Do you want to work on corporate transactions in a law firm or an in-house legal team?
Do you want to argue before SAT or NCLT or other fora as a corporate litigator?
Do you want to be a lawyer with formidable knowledge of company law, SEBI regulations and corporate governance?
Then you have come to the right place!
Whether you wish to be a transaction lawyer designing intricate deals, or whether you wish to be a corporate litigator arguing fluently before a tribunal, you need to master both the theory and practical knowledge. It is one thing to learn the sections and case laws, but totally another thing to be able to structure a deal or strategize litigation. How do you structure a transaction navigating through the maze of Companies Act and SEBI norms and ensure that your client is fully compliant? How do you create a strategy to defend your client when he is sued at NCLT by a co-shareholder or an investor? How do you create a good corporate governance system?
Corporate transactions, company law, corporate governance as well as SEBI regulations represents a very specialized area of law that has diverse applications in various legal jobs and all industries. From corporate lawyers to directors of companies, many people need to have a grip on company law, corporate governance as well as SEBI regulations in case of listed companies.
As companies have become the primary vehicles of wealth creation and organization of economic activities in our society, the complex body of law that governs these entities is a critical factor in the success of our country and welfare of the people. The experts on this law serve a very important role in corporate governance, dispute resolution and efficient management of the economic value generation in the world. In case of public and listed companies, this is even more critical and there is a very large body of regulations to comply with.
Whether you work in the general corporate team in a law firm, or work as a compliance specialist, working in commercial litigation, arbitration or even working for a company in the in-house legal team, knowledge of company law and SEBI regulations is appreciated and useful everywhere.
The Companies Act, 2013 is a huge act, and SEBI has many different regulations, and it is indeed difficult to wrap your head around these laws and regulations. Even associates in top law firms stumble from time to time when it comes to company law and SEBI regulations simply due to the sheer volume of these laws. The books are fat and intimidating.
By learning the sections of the Companies Act, 2013, or barely reading various regulations you learn precisely little about the actual work you have to do eventually. For example, can you do a basic task like drafting board resolutions? Do you know what exact steps to take after board resolutions are approved in order to comply with the laws and various regulations that apply? Do you know what are the challenges faced by the legal teamin the run up to an IPO or a qualified institutional placement?
Let’s say your company’s managing director wants to take a loan from the company. Do you know what to do when you get such a mandate? How to handle related party transactions and the exact steps involved? Do you need to disclose this in the stock exchange filings?
We researched long and hard to understand the most common applications of the company law, principles of corporate governance as well as SEBI regulations, the ins and outs of different types of corporate transactions, and what one needs to do in day to day work as far as company law is concerned, and created a comprehensive course. Read on to understand how this 3 month course can make a big difference to your career.
What has not worked?
Study of the bare act/regulations
This is not the way to do it. You might read it section by section, but you will not be able to retain it beyond a few days. Unless you “use” it, you “lose” it. While a study of bare sections is essential, it is only if you use it as a reference to deal with something and not as the main reading material. A much better way to do it would be to keep on checking the news or case laws and read the sections involved in those. That will clarify the applicability of the sections and you will be able to retain this for a bit longer. But this method is also not foolproof. What if you need to grapple with matters not dealt with by case laws you can easily find?
Taking up professional courses like company secretaryship just to understand one subject
Sure, you will be dealing with company law and securities laws in-depth in the company secretaryship course. But are you looking to deal with other subjects in that course also, just for the purpose of learning these? The course is spread over a period of three years. Are you willing to give that time for a limited purpose? Again, just reading the study materials for that course will not yield much as we noted above - you will not be able to retain it beyond a few days.
Asking seniors / securing training with company law professionals
This can work, but only to the extent that the senior person is willing to make it work. You will learn what they train you on, but not everything that you want to learn. You can’t even find professionals who are handling any and all matters in company law or securities laws. Even if they are, it is not necessary that they get to deal with those matters in the duration that you are training with them. It isn’t a foolproof method because it is incredibly dependent upon someone else.
Some myths about Company law….
It is very complicated.
Not really. There are some basic fundamentals you need to understand. Once you are clear with these, your innate sense will tell you that there must be a provision to a particular effect, even if you do not know where. Company law deals with systems with which companies operate and many of your clients or your employers are, well, companies. Once you get the hang of the system, it’s smooth sailing.
It is boring.
Really? Didn’t you read with interest the Tata Vs Cyrus Mistry saga or about the SBI Cards IPO? Didn’t reading about the handsome gains that the Flipkart employees made for their ESOPs, upon investment by Walmart seem interesting? There’s enough drama in company law if you get into it and get interested.
Company law deals with compliance
To an extent, yes. However, there are many strategic matters you can get to deal with in company law and require very specific structuring such as inter-corporate transactions, setting up subsidiaries, private placements etc. The structuring and drafting involved in these transactions aren’t exactly compliance and can be quite intellectually stimulating.
You need to understand this….
Company law is not like software. It’s more like an operating system, supporting the software. Even if you are star performers in areas like intellectual property or dispute resolution, if you don’t know how your client operates as a company, the execution is likely to suffer. For instance, how do you know your IP assignment agreement is properly signed on behalf of a company? Is a board resolution enough and is nothing more required? Can someone challenge your contract simply on the basis that the person signing it was not properly authorised?
If you aren’t versed with these questions, you will have to reach out to someone who is. And that’s precisely where company law professionals can get work. Some of the following can be really good sources of revenue if you are through with company law and securities laws:
Many startup entrepreneurs are struggling with this decision: to incorporate or not to incorporate. While a lot depends upon the scale at which they are operating and their willingness to undertake greater compliance and disclosure, aspects like the possibility of a requirement for funding in the near future need also to be looked at. If you can strategise for them when and how to incorporate, what benefits they can take and what pitfalls they need to look out for, you can become their best friend.
Incorporation decisions can hit not only the high growth of for-profit startups but also social entrepreneurs with their non-profit ventures. Should they go ahead and establish trust? Or should they simply incorporate a non-profit company? These are some places where your advice could come in as truly valuable. And if you enter at this stage, you’re their consultants for life.
Generating funds requires a lot of strategic decisions - how much, from whom, through what. Founders need to know which investors to reach out to and how to pitch. Should they get the funds from the existing angels? Should they approach external PE investors? Should they rather go to the public at large? What is the instrument they should use? Does equity work better or debt instruments? These are all decisions that need to be thought put into them and most founders neither have the time nor the energy to research the options.
Plus, any funding event can come with a host of compliance requirements. Transaction documents are required to be drafted, forms need to be filed, registers and records need to be updated.
Amalgamations / mergers / acquisitions
These are matters which crop up in any type of economic conditions. Where there are recessionary trends, acquirers are out seeking distress sale targets that they consider to be profitable for the future. Group structures fold together and entities are merged to reduce expenses consequent to the existence of additional (possibly loss-making) entities. Struggling business groups combine and put their strengths together to see if they can operate better as a combination. All of these result in amalgamations/mergers/acquisitions. These transactions again involve a healthy combination of strategic decisions and structuring and compliance requirements - both of which spell bread and butter for lawyers.
Responding to show cause notices
Show a regulated entity that you’re adept at dealing with regulators and they can be willing to roll the red carpet for you. Show cause notices spell possible penalties and that is why they can induce panic. If you are well versed with how the regulator operates and how to deal with these notices, you can pitch your services to multiple issuers and intermediaries very easily.
There is a good deal of transactions where businesses need strategising, and therefore, structuring. Some examples can be inter-corporate transactions, setting up of subsidiary structures, JV arrangements and setting up JV entities, investments, buybacks etc. - not to mention closing down entities. Winding up and liquidation of companies is not a cakewalk - it needs planning and a significant number of processes and procedures to be followed. Transaction advisory services generate a good deal of revenue for accounting firms. No reason why it can’t do that for law firms.
This course will provide first-hand knowledge of all of the above, which can translate into income for you.
Who should take this course?
- Litigators and in-house counsels who want to handle corporate matters;
- In-house counsels;
- Lawyers who want to appear before NCLT and SAT;
- Law firm lawyers who want to build a corporate practice;
- Law students who want to develop expertise in corporate law, companies act, SEBI regulations and corporate governance;
- Company Secretaries and Company Secretary students;
- Entrepreneurs and directors who want to gain strategic advantage through functional knowledge of companies law and corporate governance strategies;
- Commerce graduates interested in corporate jobs;
- Anyone who wants to win the boardroom battles.
What is the career potential after doing this course?
- Are you interested in working with companies as a lawyer or compliance specialist? You will deal with company law, SEBI regulations and corporate governance on a daily basis.
- Do you want to work as a corporate lawyer? Do you want to work in a law firm in M&A, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Capital Markets, General Corporate or Banking and Finance transactions teams? If yes, then company law is something that you are going to deal with day in and day out.
- SEBI is known as one of India’s most efficient, powerful and formidable regulators in charge of regulating the securities markets. It does a great job. SEBI issues dozens of regulations aimed at regulating various aspects of the securities market, and it is very critical to learn these to succeed as a company lawyer, securities lawyer or as an in-house counsel.
- The Companies Act, 2013 has introduced massive changes to corporate governance in India. It has impacted all the big companies and has also increased compliance thresholds. , As a result, the work for lawyers has increased.
- Knowledge and skills around company law never goes out of fashion. Industries and practice areas rise and fall in eminence, but they will all need company law experts.
- If you have good knowledge of company law, you can impress any corporate lawyer or a corporate litigator in any interview. Good knowledge of SEBI regulations is rarer. If asked about what is your favourite area of law, you can say it is company law or securities law and then answer the barrage of technical questions that will follow, you will make the cut in any good law firm.
- In every transaction, and almost in every commercial litigation, your knowledge of company law will come handy. Whenever listed companies are involved, you will need knowledge of the SEBI regulations.
- As a lot of businesses in India are moving from informal to formal sectors, this is an area whose demand is steadily increasing. Similarly, as more IPOs take place and more companies go public, the work related to SEBI regulations will dramatically increase.
- Company law and SEBI regulations are very technical subjects that are also often found boring because it is taught in a very antediluvian way by law schools through textbooks. Most law colleges do not teach this subject and the ones that do restrict it to the basic principles without going into detail about the procedures. This is also a reason why most lawyers don’t go beyond the surface and are unable to develop significant expertise in company law. Whereas, actually, it is very interesting and enjoyable.
- Reading the Companies Act, 2013 is a good start, but you need to go deeper. And more than anything, you need to understand how corporate transactions work, and how the law is applied in practical situations. Expertise in company law and corporate governance will require skills which are more varied than merely knowing the provisions of the statute.
Check out the learning objectives to understand what you will exactly learn.
- In-house legal teams in any business
- Law firms
- Corporate litigators
- Compliance teams in corporations
- Large conglomerates
- Potential employers
- Investment companies or advisors
What is unique about this course?
- The course trains you on different kinds of real life work associated with company law and SEBI regulations that is required to be performed by lawyers and other professionals
- The course is not limited to a provision-by-provision study of the statute and associated case laws alone - it provides the procedure as well as the logic behind various transactions which a company undertakes, such as a buyback or a private placement. And, most importantly, it takes you through the workings of transactions, where you can learn to apply all the knowledge you have acquired!
- Best practices are also sought to be taught, which can improve governance processes.
- The course provides a grip on this area from the perspective of work of a commercial lawyer (and not merely secretarial work).
- Case studies, drafting documents and preparation of action plans and strategies are included to provide an in-industry knowledge which makes you industry ready.
- The course will provide a ‘why to’ and a ‘how to’ kind of guidance. For those matters which are governed as much by best practices as by law, it will also provide a ‘what is the best way to’ kind of guidance (you will find these three types of chapters in all modules).
- From incorporation to dissolution, it will cover the entire lifecycle of a company with details as to how to go about each stage.
- This course will tell you the issues which you may face during a ‘How to’ procedure on things - something that you wouldn't know until you have actually gone and made your hands dirty at a transaction.
- This course will also tell you about how corporate governance mechanisms are useful to identify and solve problems that companies struggle to identify and solve until they get outside expert help.
- The course is tough and intensive, you will not be awarded the certificate unless you complete all the exercises. You have to spend 8-10 hours per week on this course.
- You will get personal attention and coaching from the trainers, and get individual feedback on the quality of work you produce.
- Our trainers are highly experienced individuals with many years of industry experience.
- You will be writing an article every month and with our guidance publish the same either on iPleaders blog or various other industry publications.
- We will provide you a free course on professional networking, CV writing and interview skills so that you can easily find jobs.
- Those who perform well in class will be recommended to top law firms for internships and jobs. If you do not need such help, let us know in what other way we can help you.
- You will find knowledge acquired in this course very valuable with respect to most teams at law firms, as an in-house counsel or even if you pursue corporate litigation.
If you take this course, follow it diligently for a month, do all the exercises but still do not find value in it, or not able to understand or follow it or not find it good for any reason, we will refund the entire course fee to you. It is a 100% money-back guarantee with only one condition, you must pursue it properly for a month. If you don’t find it valuable after that, get your entire money back.
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What will you learn?
- After completing the course, you will be able to do company law and SEBI regulations related compliance work, provide strategic inputs with respect to company law and be at ease with company law aspects of various transactions as well as litigation.
- You will learn how to develop corporate governance strategy for any organization.
- The objective is for you to stand out in the way you deal with company law, corporate governance and SEBI regulation work and bring in real, intelligent and customised inputs rather than just being able to tick off checkboxes.
- Practically, all transactions which can happen in the life cycle of the company are covered with the objective of providing exposure on practical problems.
- Specialised learning such as governance of subsidiaries of multinational entities or details to be included in a shareholders agreement is provided with the objective to train students in areas not commonly provided in other company law courses
- Enough checklists have been provided with the objective that no critical actions are missed out.
- Sample documents are provided for you to practice on and use them in real life situations.
Specific Learning Objectives
- Understand how different kinds of corporate transactions work;
Understand how to handle several types of corporate deals, including structuring, drafting agreements and preparing ancillary documents;
Understand how to strategise and prepare the paperwork for corporate litigation and argue at tribunals
- Learn how to draft clauses of constitution documents like Memorandum and Articles to incorporate the company;
- Learn how to advise a client on what is the best non-profit structure for him and how to use a Section 8 company to the maximum advantage;
- Learn how to appoint or remove a director in a company and to advise a client on the managerial remuneration to be paid to the directors;
- Learn how to advise on resources for appointment of independent directors and affixing roles and responsibilities for such independent directors;
- Learn how to draft a board meeting notice and agenda and terms of reference for a specific operational committee;
- Learn how to identify the right type of securities for achieving specific objectives from the point of view of founders and investors;
- Learn how to advise the Chairman on managing the proceedings at Annual General Meetings and how to ensure minimal disruptions by shareholders. In addition, also learn how to draft an application to the NCLT for the directions to convene an AGM where it is not being held by a company;
- Learn how to frame internal company policies and set up reporting and escalation mechanisms at a group and individual entity levels;
- Learn how to draft a shareholders agreement, resolutions and other documents for a private placement transaction;
- Learn how contract management and litigation management systems in a company can help in minimising legal risk;
- Learn how to develop induction processes for directors and advise them on their liabilities and responsibilities;
- Learn how to draft CXO employment agreements, including severance payments and clawback provisions;
- Learn how to draft comprehensive employee stock option plans and letters for grant of options;
- Learn how to draft a letter of offer for a rights issue and redline the amendments to the Articles of Association after a private placement;
- Learn how to strategize, plan and carry out buybacks in unlisted entities;
- Learn how to draft share subscription agreements and share purchase agreements and execute a transfer of shares;
- Learn how to advise a client on the suitability of debenture issuance and draft debenture trust deeds
- Learn how to advise a client on compliance with respect to charges including penalty for delayed filing and draft clauses of a corporate guarantee;
- Learn how to advise clients on the perfect acquisition transaction for their business, whether a slump sale, asset sale or share acquisition;
- Learn how to draft schemes of arrangement for amalgamations, mergers and demerger transactions;
- Learn how to structure related party transactions, the compliance required for such transactions and consequences of non-compliance;
- Learn how to advise a client on setting up a subsidiary entity and structure transactions between holding and subsidiary companies;
- Learn how to advise a client on the applicability of accounting standards, draft a resolution for approval of accounts by the board of a listed company;
- Learn how to advise management on requirements applicable to accounts and accounting systems in the company and how to manage the relationship with auditors;
- Learn how to draft a CSR policy and terms of reference for a CSR committee;
- Learn how to draft specific sections of Directors' report;
- Learn how to verify the information received about listed and unlisted entities during due diligence by using the website of the MCA and stock exchanges;
- Learn how to draft applications/petitions/appeals for mergers, demergers, revival and restoration of companies to the register, oppression and mismanagement, reduction of capital, the rectification of register of members and how to file these with the National Company Law Tribunal;
- Learn how to advise a client on capital reduction and draft specific clauses of a scheme of arrangement; and a petition to be filed before NCLT for approval of a scheme of arrangement;
- Learn how to draft applications to be filed before NCLT for seeking convening and dispensation of the meetings of shareholders/creditors;
- Learn how to draft a legal opinion on the best method to close down a company in given circumstances;
- Learn how to carry out a voluntary strike-off for a company and give a legal opinion on liabilities of directors in the case of voluntary strike-off;
- Learn how to draft an application for initiation of insolvency proceedings by a corporate debtor;
- Learn how to draft a reply to a strike-off notice;
- Learn how and when you can list your company, the performance criteria for listing a company, all about issue size, minimum public shareholding, pricing, and securities that can be issued;
- Learn how to draft an appeal for restoration of a company to the register;
- Learn how to advise a client on matters relating to oppression and mismanagement and the eligibility for filing a petition;
- Learn how to advise a client on how qualified institutional placements can be carried out;
- Learn how to advise a client on whether a public announcement is required under the Takeover Code, 2011
- Learn how to draft a legal opinion to advise the management of a target company under a hostile takeover in relation to voluntary and competing offers under the Takeover Code, 2011
- Learn how to advise the management in case someone launches a hostile bid for your company and how to manage competitive offers
- Learn how to take a company private by delisting offers and how to manage the delisting process
- Learn how to draft an application to be filed with SEBI requesting exemption from making a public announcement for an open offer
- Learn how to advise a client on an insider trading matter and to draft an insider trading code for your client;
- Learn how to reply to show cause notice (SCN) received from SEBI;
- Learn how to file an application for settlement with SEBI and to calculate the indicative amount (IA);
- Learn how to file an appeal before the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT).
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We are the only organisation in India with such a comprehensive and exercise-based training methodology for courses. Many employers, law firms and companies are happy to recruit our high performing students. If you do well in your exercises and classes, we can help you to get jobs, internships and assessment internships in good law firms, with renowned lawyers as well as in various companies.
List of Weekly Exercises
We believe in ensuring that our students learn at least two skills every week. Our exercises are geared towards this, and are completely practical and application-based, because we want you to exercise your little grey cells. Here’s are a few sample exercises that will give you an idea:
- Mr. Arancio is a famous Italian fashion designer based out of Milan, and now wants to expand his business and launch his luxury formal designer wear brand in India. Please give legal advice to Mr. Arancio on which entity would be the most suitable for him for his business in India.
- Mr. Natwarlal is the owner of Khali Limited, a listed Indian company and often does business with his brother’s company, De Nada SARL incorporated in France. The products of Khali are sold to De Nada at only 20% the price. As the counsel for an investor planning to invest in Khali Limited, prepare the risk matrix for your client?
- Ms. Bijli Gira wants to sell her entire shareholding in her father’s real estate company Thunderstorm Private Limited, amounting to 40% of the total shares to an AIF called Radi Investments. Structure the investment and draft a Share Purchase Agreement accordingly.
- Since Mobius Limited was unable to repay its loans, its largest creditor filed an insolvency application with the NCLT and Mobius Limited is under the corporate insolvency resolution process now. However, the Committee of Creditors does not want to continue with the CIRP anymore. Prepare a checklist for them on the required actions and draft the necessary application to be submitted in the NCLT.
- Advise on the benefits and risks of incorporating a company against a specific objective;
- Draft clauses of Memorandum and Articles of Association for incorporation with a given co-founders agreement, for an investment transaction as a lawyer to an investor and on the conversion of a company from private to public;
- Advice on whether a certain person can be appointed as a director and on how to remove a director in specific cases;
- Advice on resources for appointment of an independent director and affixing roles and responsibilities for such independent director;
- Draft a legal opinion on the amount of managerial remuneration to be paid to directors and severance compensation which can be paid to an outgoing director;
- Draft clauses of a CXO employment agreement;
- Draft clauses of an ESOP scheme and a letter for grant of options;
- Draft a Board Meeting notice and agenda, terms of reference for a specific operational committee;
- Draft an internal policy and set up a reporting mechanism for a department for entities of various sizes;
- Identify the right type of securities for achieving specific objectives from the point of view of founders and investors;
- Draft clauses of shareholders agreements and resolution and explanatory statement for private placement;
- Draft the letter of offer for a rights issue and redline the amendments to the Articles of Association after a private placement;
- Draft a legal opinion to advise a client on whether the company can secure external commercial borrowing and to what extent as well as the compliance required;
- Advise a client on suitability of debenture issuance and draft clauses of a debenture trust deed;
- Advise a client or compliance with respect to charges including penalty for delayed filing and draft clauses of a corporate guarantee;
- Draft a legal opinion on whether a transaction amounts to a related party transaction and the compliance required and consequences of non-compliance;
- Advise a client on applicability and compliance with provisions related to inter-corporate transactions;
- Advise a client on setting up a subsidiary entity and proposed transactions between holding and subsidiary companies;
- Advise a client on the applicability of accounting standards, draft a resolution for approval of accounts by the board of a listed company;
- Advise a client on restatement of accounts approved by the members;
- Advise a client on the appointment and removal of the auditors;
- Advise a client on the applicability of CSR provisions and taxation on CSR activities;
- Draft a CSR policy and terms of reference of a CSR Committee;
- Draft specific sections of a Directors’ Report
- Advise a client on legal requirements in relation to convening Annual General Meetings, matters to be included in the notice etc.
- Secure specific information for a company from the website of the MCA and BSE;
- Draft a legal opinion to advise a client on which method of acquisition will suit for a specific business and specific purpose;
- Draft specific clauses of a scheme of arrangement;
- Draft an application to be filed before the NCLT for dispensing with the meetings of the members and creditors;
- Draft a petition for approval of a scheme of arrangement by the NCLT;
- Draft a legal opinion on the best method to close down a company in given circumstances
- Draft a legal opinion on liabilities of directors in the case of voluntary strike-off
- Draft an application for voluntary strike-off of a company;
- Draft an application for initiation of insolvency proceedings by a corporate debtor;
- Draft a legal opinion on whether a client should undertake insolvency proceedings or go for voluntary winding up;
- Draft a reply to notice for strike-off STK-1;
- Draft an appeal for restoration of a company to the register;
- Draft a legal opinion to advise a client as to whether certain actions amount to oppression and mismanagement and his eligibility for filing a petition;
- Advise a client on capital reduction and composite scheme of arrangement;
- Draft an application under Section 59 of the Companies Act, 2013 for rectification of register of members;
- Draft an application to the NCLT for directions to convene an AGM;
- Draft a legal opinion to advise a client on whether the entity meets eligibility criteria for an IPO, the documents required to be filed and how qualified institutional placements can be used;
- Advise a client on an insider trading matter;
- Advise a client on drafting an insider trading policy for a company;
- Advise a client on whether the public announcement is required under the Sebi (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011;
- Draft a legal opinion to advise the management of a target company under a hostile takeover in relation to voluntary and competing offers under the Sebi (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011
- Draft specific clauses of a letter of offer;
- Draft an application to be filed with SEBI requesting exemption from making a public announcement for an open offer;
- Draft a legal opinion on advising a client as to whether the entity can be voluntarily delisted and the process of delisting;
- Draft a reply to an SCN issued by the AO/SEBI;
- Draft a consent application for settlement to be filed with SEBI;
- Draft an appeal to be filed before the SAT;
Article writing and publishing exercises
A career building and networking exercises
This course at LawSikho triggers learning in two ways i.e. it pushes one to start asking basic questions and also works on sound topics. Weekly exercises make me aware of many aspects of Company law which, otherwise, I would not have become aware of.
I believe there is no specific group of people alone who can benefit from the course i.e. people from all streams who are interested in this subject can benefit from this course especially those from corporate affairs, commerce, and legal. The best thing about the course is that I get to learn aspects that no textbook can give.
I believe there is no specific group of people alone who can benefit from the course i.e. people from all streams who are interested in this subject can benefit from this course especially those from corporate affairs, commerce, and legal. The best thing about the course is that I get to learn aspects that no textbook can give.
The exercises from LawSikho are practical that we deal with in our day-to-day work. I have been working abroad for few years but this course has taught be about Indian laws and regulations again. It is useful for both college students and working professionals to get exposure to transactions and SEBI related work.
I have taken up this course with a purpose. I see myself as a person who sits on boards of various companies in the future hence I wanted to learn about the various aspects of it. The knowledge I gained from this course helped me guide a friend who was trying to raise loans in his company. Weekly exercises also create a pattern of effective learning.
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What do top legal experts and practitioners say about this course?
Katalyst Advisors LLP
This course lays down the building blocks for understanding the maze of Companies Act, 2013 (and its related rules) in a very methodical manner. It seeks to captures the essence of not only the plethora of concepts but also the procedures and best practices in the arena of corporate law. This course would be useful to the students of corporate law, to students who contemplate to take up the practice of corporate law or to practitioners themselves.
Supreme Court of India (formerly at Clifford Chance LLP, London)
I personally know the founders of the Lawsikho team. They are doing this for a long time now and are really committed to make a difference to the careers of law students by delivering practical education.
(Former Associate at Dua, Archer and Angel and Clasis Law)
I have seen the design and syllabus of Lawsikho courses at close quarters, and they teach practical skills relevant for day to day work performed by corporate lawyers. These skills are not taught in law school and will be highly beneficial while working in law firms. If there was something like this available back when I was in law school, I would have definitely taken it up. This diploma course is very comprehensive and will benefit anyone who intends to build a practice in corporate law or work in a law firm.
Gujarat High Court
This is an excellent way to impart practical learning. The samples and checklists will be very relevant, and the exercise-based method will give you an opportunity to apply course learning by yourself and gain confidence.
Lawsikho team is doing a great job with making practical legal education accessible. Their courses deliver on what's expected of lawyers and managers today and very insightful.
Jerome Merchant & Partners
Lawsikho is doing a good job at identifying what needs to be taught to make students industry-ready. We have had several law students who have pursued an iPleaders or Lawsikho courses and who then interned or worked with us, and they have consistently been better than what we see typically of law students
Strategic vs. Financial Investments
Financial investments and corporate compliance
- FEMA and FDI Policy (including filings)
- Companies Act filings
- SEBI-related and sectoral filings
Convertible note issuance
Founder-investor conflicts: Lessons from Snapdeal
Private investment in public equity transactions
Investor exit methods
How to structure investments
How an investment transaction works
Types of debts
Types of lenders and how to choose
Foreign loans (External Commercial Borrowings)
Secured and Unsecured Debenture issuance
Managing charges and corporate guarantees
How to structure loans
Documents required for a loan
How loan transactions work
How to find out directors and the registered office
How to find out other directorships of directors
How to extract MOA and AOA
How to extract special resolutions
How to extract return of share allotment post investment
Charge-related filings and their relevance
Annual financial statements
How to convert XBRL statements into readable form
Annual reports and annual financial statements
Information to stock exchange under the listing agreement
Information about promoter pledges
Information about non-disposal undertakings
Securities that can be issued
Treatment of outstanding convertibles and warrants before issue
Open Offer Thresholds
Legal work around the takeover Code
What does a LawSikho Certificate look like?
What does a LawSikho Certificate look like?
We recommend that you should have completed your Higher Secondary / Class XII from a recognized Board / University. In the case of foreign nationals, you should have completed the equivalent of Higher Secondary in India in your respective country. You should also be comfortable with the English language and using a computer. However, we have no formal pre-qualification requirements because we are not a University or college. Anyone who wants to learn is welcome to join our courses.
Students of LawSikho will be provided hard copy materials, we will dispatch it within 45 days of your course commencement date.
However, online classes, videos, regulatory updates and periodic upgrades to the courses cannot be included in the hard copies. We will provide you with hard copy material for all important chapters. We keep adding many new chapters from time to time and there are restrictions on page numbers so all online material cannot be available in hard copy. We would keep adding new material online from time to time, so please do not expect all such material to be made available in the hard copy also. You can use the hard copy materials for your reference, however, we recommend that you do not exclusively rely on hard copies for cracking the assessment test and the exercises. Please refer to the online library of materials from time to time.
Note: We will send hard copy material through our service partners. We have three service partners.
1. Indian Speed Post (Provides delivery ‘anywhere in India’ under contractual service)
3. Trackon Couriers Pvt Limited
If our service partners do not have a presence in your area and want to get the hard copy, you can send us a specific request.
LawSikho will not be responsible if the speed post bounces back or hard copy material is not delivered. We will levy the courier charge on you in such a scenario.
Please visit the respective course page to learn more about the hard copy study material policy of that course.