S&R Associates is an Indian law firm with offices in New Delhi and Mumbai providing legal services to Indian and international clients.
Our lawyers are admitted to practice in India and many have previously practiced law in other jurisdictions, including in the United States, the United Kingdom and Singapore. As a result, we offer our clients a unique combination of Indian law expertise coupled with international quality legal services.
We distinguish ourselves based on the quality of our services and legal advice and on the range of our experience. Our lawyers have advised on some of the most significant Indian transactions and matters in recent times. The quality of our legal advice and services has helped us become the law firm of choice for our clients and has also been recognised by various industry publications, surveys and rankings. Lawyers in each of our practice areas have routinely been recognised as leading lawyers in India by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR1000, Legal500 and RSG India Report.
EU Law: Is Your Industrial Data Yours Alone?
Since data-dependent markets have high levels of concentration and entry barriers, EU policymakers have been trying to enhance business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) data sharing since 2020. In addition, the EU hopes to ramp up data access through collaborative cloud infrastructures. Despite GDPR, many recent EU legislations have focused on removing barriers to the free flow of data. Although existing EU laws, such as those related to digital markets and services, include newer rules, the obligation to ensure compliance falls primarily on gatekeepers and large providers. Moreover, it does not create portability between cloud service providers (CSPs). Likewise, the EU’s Data Governance Act, which promotes voluntary data-sharing, does not apply to CSPs. It is in this context that the European draft Data Act (DDA) facilitates switching between CSPs and other data processing services. Further, the DDA puts in place safeguards against unlawful international data transfers by CSPs. In addition, it imposes obligations on data holders to make their information available without discriminating between comparable categories of data recipients, including in respect of partner or linked enterprises.
SEBI v. Abhijit Rajan: A Flawed Interpretation of the Insider Trading Regulations?
In September 2022, the Supreme Court of India in SEBI v. Abhijit Rajan interpreted the insider trading regulation in India to include a ‘profit motive’ as an essential requirement for establishing a charge of insider trading. This note analyzes the Supreme Court judgement and highlights certain issues that arise for consideration following such judgement.
Being Cool: Investment Opportunities and Policy Imperatives to Combat Global Warming
Recent studies find that a steady rise in temperature across India will significantly impact socioeconomic productivity and GDP growth. Importantly, heat-related stress produces corresponding cooling demands. In this regard, the World Bank recently identified opportunities for the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) to encourage private investment in key sectors, such as space cooling in buildings, cold chain and refrigeration, passenger transport air-conditioning, as well as refrigerants. Nevertheless, such investments may be constrained by the country’s international obligations, such as those in respect of HCFCs and HFCs. Besides, India’s climate mitigation strategy, including its thrust towards renewable energy and decarbonization, remains inadequate by itself. Emissions from short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) need to be addressed as well. Accordingly, strategic investments in innovative ventures, such as seaweed start-ups that focus on reducing agricultural methane, can be explored further. In addition, the waste and agricultural commodities sectors, along with their critical interface with technology, may be significantly scaled up in the next few years.