Mergers and acquisitions: The evolving Indian landscape

Hiten Kotak, Leader, Mergers and Acquisitions Tax, PwC India


This is definitely one of the most robust phases for M&As in India. At a time when there is a lull in the global economy, the strength of the Indian economy has fostered an environment where Indian business houses can spot opportunities to grow exponentially through vertical, horizontal and concentric M&A deals. Complementing this situation, the Indian government has proactively undertaken to evolve a tax and regulatory regime that will help the Indian M&A sphere mature. It has also undertaken various policy initiatives to provide a much-needed impetus to domestic and foreign investments.

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Mapping out new horizons for the next gen

Ketan Dalal, Sr. Client Relationship Partner, PwC India


The world over, family businesses are extremely critical, and constitute 30% of companies with sales of over 1 billion USD. PwC’s 2016 Family Business Survey, which was recently released, involved the participation of over 2,800 family leaders across 50 countries and more than 100 family business leaders in India. It was heartening to note that 75% of Indian family businesses have grown in the last 12 months and 84% expect to grow steadily, quickly and aggressively over the next 5 years.

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Social entrepreneurship should focus more on the entrepreneur than the enterprise

Jaivir Singh, Vice-Chairman, PwC India Foundation


India's growth story over the past decade has changed its narrative. The start-up and entrepreneurship wave in the country has ushered in a new promise—the freedom to create your own market. Nowhere does this hold truer than when it comes to business, where bigger is always better. Fixations on topline revenue growth, employee headcount, office locations, are not the only yardsticks of business success any more.

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Hiring transgenders as security officers

Puneet Garkhel, Partner, Forensic Services, PwC India


In a landmark development, the Government of Odisha has recently decided to recruit transgenders as jail wardens as per the directive of the Supreme Court , by giving them the same physical standards as prescribed for women candidates.

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Are you using Advanced Analytics for your next big decision?

Sudipta Ghosh, Leader, Data and Analytics, PwC India


‘Big Decisions’ are getting increasingly complex for organisations. Are organisations using data or are they mostly relying on their experience for taking these big decisions? More importantly, even if CXOs are taking data driven decisions, are they using advanced analytics for getting more confident about the decision making process. How does Indian organisations fare against their global counterparts?

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Standardise your anti-bribery compliance programme with ISO 37001

Rahul Lalit, Partner, Forensic Services, PwC India

Standardise your anti-bribery compliance programme with ISO 37001

With the increasing number of cases of bribery and corruption, the past couple of years have witnessed the globalisation of anti-bribery regulations, with various countries implementing stricter enforcement actions. In India, with the introduction of the Lokpal Bill, 2013, and the proposed amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), 1988, measures are clearly in place for the penalisation of prohibited and unethical business activities.

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Consensus on GST rates is a welcome move

Pratik Jain, Partner and Leader, Indirect Tax, PwC India

Consensus on GST rates is a welcome move

Consensus on rates of GST is a welcome move and with this the Government seems to be set to push for April 1, 2017 as the date of implementation. While multiple rates may not in line with classical GST system, this seems to be the only practical solution as of now.

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Confront crisis with confidence: Emerge stronger and more resilient, quickly

Deepankar Sanwalka, Advisory Leader, PwC India


Jawaharlal Nehru had once said, ‘Every little thing counts in a crisis.’ And that rings true time and again.

Take, for instance, natural disasters, cyberattacks, infectious diseases, market collapses, product recalls, regulatory violations, brand and reputational attacks. Whenever any of these occur, 'business as usual' takes a backseat while firefighters jump in.

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Cyberterrorism and geopolitical situations

Dhruv Chawla, Partner, Forensic Services and Dhritimaan Shukla, Director, Forensic Services

With the rise in the use of interconnected devices and proliferation of data, cyberterrorism has become a reality in today’s world. According to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, cyberterrorism is any ‘premeditated, politically motivated attack against information, computer systems, computer programs, and data which results in violence against non-combatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents’.1

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Being calm in the eye of the storm: Are you prepared?

Dinesh Anand, Partner, Forensic Services Leader, PwC India

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In recent times, corporate India has witnessed a steady increase in the number of security breaches, crises and incidents. According to the PwC’s Physical Security Environment Survey 2016, 73% of the respondents felt that the number of security incidents had increased in the past two years and that they would continue to do so in the next two years. The rising threat of terror attacks, natural disasters and incidents of social unrest have been causing considerable alarm in major cities across the world. Whether it was the Chennai floods of 2015 or terror attacks in Brussels this year, the devastation from such incidents has been disrupting businesses across communities and countries. While we have very little control over natural occurrences (floods, earthquakes etc.), we do have control over the ways we can safeguard our businesses and people against them.

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The opinions expressed in the blogs are personal.