Company law and legal advisory

The Companies Act 2013 has substantially altered the corporate regulatory framework by bringing in changes with far-reaching implications. Our legal advisory experts in India are on hand to help ensure your business is fully compliant.

We provide compliance and advisory services for company law matters, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) matters and other corporate laws (including representation before the Registrar of Companies and other authorities) and various types of commercial and legal documentation.

Broadly our business legal support services include:


How we can help

Compliance services:

  • Incorporation of new companies / limited liability partnerships, both in India and abroad
  • Conversion of existing companies / partnership firms into limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and vice versa
  • E-filing of various documents and returns with regulatory authorities
  • Secretarial compliance services
  • Review of secretarial records and updating thereof
  • Appearance before central government, Company Law Board and other authorities
  • Convening and conducting different meetings such as board of directors and shareholders meetings
  • Winding up / dissolution of companies and LLPs


Commercial law advisory services:

  • Carry out impact analysis under the Companies Act 2013
  • Business law advisory services in respect of corporate laws, SEBI, Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), labour laws and other allied laws
  • Providing assistance for mergers, amalgamations, joint ventures, absorption and external reconstruction schemes
  • Assisting in designing a legal compliance framework for companies and conducting compliance audits
  • Drafting and reviewing commercial agreements and other documents related with corporate matters such as joint ventures, foreign collaborations, shareholders’ agreements, property acquisition and disposal
  • Legal due diligence
  • Legal regulatory advisory services on intellectual property rights (IPRs) including registration and renewal of trademarks, royalty agreements, enforcement of IPRs, etc.
  • Drafting of code of conduct for employees, HR policies, employment contracts


Why choose RSM for company law and legal advisory services?

  • Experienced: Our company legal support team boasts wide exposure across sectors, regulations and jurisdictions and has overseen many complex legal and secretarial issues
  • Specialist: You’ll benefit from a dedicated company law and legal advisory team of highly qualified and trained professionals including company secretaries, chartered accountants, law graduates and management graduates
  • International: We offer global servicing capabilities and consulting perspectives through the wider RSM network – the world’s seventh largest network of audit, tax and consulting firms and consistently one of India’s leading accounting and consulting groups
  • Collaborative: Our integrated business legal support team will share skills, insights and resources to provide you with the best possible results

For more information on how RSM can assist you with legal advisory services, contact us today.



Infrastructure Sector in India - Certain Tax and Regulatory Aspects

8 January 2022
We are pleased to release our publication on the “Infrastructure Sector in India – Certain Tax and Regulatory Aspects”. The Publication provides an overview of the relevant regulatory and tax aspects for the infrastructure sector in India.  

Newsflash - CBDT Notifies Compliance Procedures for Non-Profit Entities

17 May 2021
The Finance Act of 2020 had made significant changes to the governance framework for the charitable entities which revamped the procedure for obtaining registration / re-registration for Charitable entities registered u/s 12AA and 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (‘IT Act’).

Newsflash - Amendments in Rule 10DA (Master File) and Rule 10DB (CbCR) of Income-tax Rules, 1962

17 May 2021
On 5 April 2021, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) made an amendment through Notification No. 31/2021 [F.No.370142/19/2019-TPL] in Rule 10DA and Rule 10DB of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 for laying down the guidelines for maintaining and furnishing of transfer pricing documentation in the Master File and Country-by-Country report (‘CbCR’).

Newsflash - MCA issues Amendments to Schedule III to Companies Act, 2013 and notified Companies (Accounts) Amendment Rules, 2021

17 May 2021
On 24 March 2021, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs notified amendments to Schedule III to the Companies Act, 2013.

Publication - New Labour Codes in India

20 March 2021
The Indian Government has been working on a complete overhauling of the archaic labour regulations with the objective of bringing them in sync with the 21st  century business landscape and promoting investments.

Newsflash- Cabinet Approves PLI Scheme for Certain Sectors

19 March 2021
In the enclosed newsflash, we are pleased to share the details of the PLI schemes approved by the Indian Union Cabinet for the below sectors in its recent meetings:

Newsflash: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - The Revised Regime

19 March 2021
The MCA has notified the Companies (CSR Policy) Amendment Rules, 2021 on 22 January 2021. Along with the Amendment Rules, the amendments in section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, that were bought in by the Companies Amendment Act, 2019 as well as Companies Amendment Act,2020, have also been notified.

Newsflash - Record of Cash Transactions in Gems & Jewellery over and above Rs. 10 lakhs mandatory under PMLA

19 March 2021
The Government has recently amended the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) in order to provide for mandatory record- keeping of Cash Transactions in Gems & Jewellery over and above Rs. 10 lakhs. We herewith provide our Newsflash on the same for your ready perusal.

Newsflash - Overview of the New Labour Codes

2 October 2020
The long awaited three Labour Codes were introduced in the Parliament during the monsoon session as anticipated.

Newsflash on Overview of Companies Amendment Bill, 2020

27 September 2020
Continuing our endeavor to keep you updated with the regulatory changes on a near real-time basis, we are  now pleased to share our newsflash on the  ‘Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020.’

Infrastructure Sector in India - Certain Tax and Regulatory Aspects

21 August 2020
With the current sluggishness in the economy, a lot of thrust would be required especially in the infrastructure sector to revive the growth momentum. This is particularly true, considering the fact that recently IMF’s World Economic Outlook Update revised India’s 2020 growth forecast to 5.8% from the earlier projection of 6.7%.

Newsflash on Covid19 Fiscal and Tax Benefits Control Tracker - Version 2

7 July 2020
In view of the on-going economic crisis caused by Covid19 pandemic, the Government and the authorities of India has been announcing fiscal and tax reliefs to businesses and individuals on regular basis.

Newsflash on Aatmanirbhar Bharat - Reliefs for Businesses including MSMEs and Labour - Part-I and II

20 May 2020
In view of the on-going economic crisis caused by Covid19 pandemic, on 12 May 2020, the Hon’ble Prime Minister announced a Rs 20-lakh-crore stimulus package (including the package earlier announced), equivalent to about 10% of India’s GDP, aimed at making the country self-reliant (Aatmanirbhar Bharat) and reviving the stalled economy.

White Paper - Legal, Taxation and FInancial Reporting Aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

12 May 2020
With CSR becoming mandatory for Companies under the Companies Act, 2013, and also with various clarifications announced by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for doing CSR in wake of Covid-19, we have in the attached white paper, tried to cover the regulatory, taxation and financial reporting aspects, pertaining to CSR so that corporates can align their charitable w

Newsflash on Covid-19 Advisory - Operational Guidelines Post Lockdown

29 April 2020
Despite most organisations hoping to resume business from April 15, 2020, i.e. after 21 days of nationwide lockdown, considering the ongoing mayhem caused by the Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19), it was not surprising that the Central Government has decided to extend the lockdown till May 3, 2020.

Newsflash on Revised FDI policy for restricting investment by neighboring countries due to covid-19

22 April 2020
The government has recently issued a press note, whereby investment from neighboring countries with which India shares a border has been restricted and any future investment is permissible only through the government route. This measure has been taken by the government  due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Note on Force Majeure in Times of Covid-19

15 April 2020
In present circumstances, given the various disruptions in the business and economic infrastructure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, where contractual obligations of parties to an agreement may be disrupted, delayed, or even outright terminated (as may be provided in the respective agreements), it is essential to have a look at the ‘Force Majeure’ clause.

Newsflash on Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance 2020

15 April 2020
In order to give effect to the announcements made by the Union Finance Minister vide Press Release dated 24.03.2020, regarding several relief measures relating to statutory and regulatory compliance matters across sectors in view of COVID-19 outbreak, the government has brought in an Ordinance on 31.03.2020 called “The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of

Research Paper: Key Financial Reporting Implications of COVID-19 and Possible Approaches

14 April 2020
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been rightly described as an unprecedented Human, Economic and Financial Crisis facing the world. This pandemic has resulted in widespread economic uncertainty and disruption of businesses. COVID-19 has and will have far reaching implications on financial reporting.

Newsflash on Statutory and Regulatory Compliances -Relief Measures on account of COVID-19

27 March 2020
The Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Niramla Sitharaman announced several important relief measures taken by the Government of India in view of COVID-19 outbreak, especially on statutory and regulatory compliance matters related to several sectors.

Lok Sabha passes the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019

15 December 2019
The Lok Sabha has passed the Companies Amendment Bill,2019 on 25 July,2019. While the Amendment Bill has 44 sections in all, 32 sections of the same are already in force with effect from 2 November,2018, by way of an Ordinance promulgated earlier.

Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme 2019

15 December 2019
As a move towards expeditious disposal of cases under erstwhile indirect tax laws, a dispute resolution cum amnesty scheme called “Sabka Vishwas Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2019” has been introduced. The proposed Scheme shall cover past disputes of taxes which have got subsumed in GST namely Central Excise, Service Tax and Cesses etc.

Companies Significant Beneficial Owners Amendment Rules, 2019

14 December 2019
The recent changes to Section 90 of the Companies Act, 2013, pertaining to Beneficial Owners, is to determine the identity of the person behind the curtain having a significant ownership of the company and is essentially controlling the management and daily affairs of the company; with a view to promote corporate transparency and prevent misuse of corporate vehicle

New External Commercial Borrowings Regulations / Framework - Consolidation and Liberalisation

14 December 2019
As a part of on-going effort, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has consolidated and liberalized the regulatory provisions dealing with borrowing and lending in foreign exchange as well as Indian Rupees (INR).

OVERHAULING THE COMPANIES ACT Incorporating Key Changes - Companies Amendment Act, 2017

26 April 2018
The Companies Act, 2013 has substituted the Companies Act, 1956 with most provisions becoming effective as on 1 April 2014.

Newsflash - Restriction on number of layers of subsidiaries for certain classes of holding companies

4 October 2017
Section 2(87) of the Companies Act, 2013 (Act) defines a subsidiary company as under: Subsidiary company or subsidiary, in relation to any other company (that is to say the holding company), means a company in which the holding company- i. controls the composition of the Board of Directors; or

White Paper - Exemption to Private Companies under Companies Act, 2013

31 August 2017
The Companies Act, 2013, which was introduced in a phased manner, with effect from 12 September 2013, resulted in severe hardships to private limited companies. There were various provisions which were made applicable to such private companies just like listed public companies.

Newsflash - Companies Amendment Bill 2017

11 August 2017
The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016, (Old Bill) was introduced in Lok Sabha on 16 March, 2016. It was then referred to the Standing Committee on Finance on 12 April 2016.

Newsflash: Companies Act, 2013 - Rotation of auditors for Private Companies

24 June 2017
Kindly find herewith our newsflash on the amendment to the Rule 5 of the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014 which specifies the companies to which provisions of section 139(2) of the Companies Act, 2013 (Rotation of Auditors) apply.

Limited Liability Partnerships in India - The NewAge Business Vehicle

29 August 2016
The dynamic business environment we live in today calls for constant change and upgradation. In order to remain relevant, there is need for a business structure that appeals to business and service sectors alike with lesser restrictions and government intervention.

Companies Act 2013 – Summary Note on Borrowings by Private Companies

9 February 2016
The objective of this summary note is to give an indicative list of persons / entities whom a private limited company generally approaches to raise funds by way of borrowings and the terms and restrictions on making such borrowings as prescribed under the Companies Act, 2013.

Newsflash – Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 - FAQs on Corporate Social Responsibility

1 February 2016
Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, Schedule VII of the Act and Companies CSR Policy Rules, 2014 read with General Circular dated 18 June 2014    issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), provide the broad contour within which eligible Companies are required to formulate their CSR policies  including activities to be undertaken and implement the same i

NF-Employees PF and Miscellaneous Prov. Act,-Removal of grace period of 5 days for payment of contribution by employers

18 January 2016
Vide its Circular dated 8 January 2016 EPF Authorities have removed the grace period of 5 (five) days for payment of PF contribution by Employers. Hence, the employer is now required to pay the contribution within 15 days of close of every month without any grace period.   

Newsflash - Significant Changes effected under the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2015

6 January 2016
The Government of India has notified the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act,2015 on 31 December,2015, which provides for the annual payment of bonus to employees of factories with 10 or more persons and  establishments employing 20 or more persons and such other establishments that may be notified by the appropriate government.

India - US Cross Border Business - A Guide to Indian Tax & Regulatory Aspects

23 November 2015
India is considered to be the fastest growing economy in the world, with an estimated growth rate of 7.3% for the current financial year 2015-16 inspite of uncertain global outlook.

News flash: Certain Recent changes - proposals in Labour Laws.

10 November 2015
In India, the Employees Provident Fund is a very important and secured form of Social Security Tool for an Industrial Workers/employee.

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