Call for Papers

The KSLR Commercial and Financial Law Blog, part of the King’s Student Law Review, welcomes submissions on all current or topical issues of commercial and financial law.

These topics of interest might include, but are not limited to:

  • The consequences of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit on European and global markets;
  • Implications of a Trade War;
  • Implications of Cryptos on the Financial Instrument Test;
  • The Roles of Secretariats in International Adjudication;
  • The impact of the US trade policy on global markets. Continue reading


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Posted by KSLR Commercial & Financial Law Blog on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Sign of the Times: A Critical Examination of Financial Assistance Laws in India

Ankit Sharma[1], Himanshu Pabreja[2]


The prohibition on the grant of financial assistance by a company to any person for the purpose of purchasing or acquiring the company’s own shares is typical of common law jurisdictions.[3] The practice was originally introduced in the United Kingdom after the Greene Committee expressed its disaffection with the practice of ‘asset stripping’ takeovers,[4] whereby the resources of the target company and its subsidiaries are used directly or indirectly to assist the purchaser financially to make the acquisition. Indeed, as the target company remains to be an empty shell, the practice is seen as liable to prejudicing the interests of the creditors of the target company, or of any shareholders who do not accept the offer for their shares to be acquired, or the existing shareholders of the company who are not extended an offer for purchase of their shares by such purchaser.[5] Continue reading

Making the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) ‘Great Again’

Isabelle Wenger, LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution at King’s College London

‘The dispute settlement system negotiated during the Uruguay Round seems to me still today an extraordinary achievement that comes close to a miracle. It seems to me to be wise not to take its existence for granted and to be guaranteed forever but to contribute to its consolidation and further developing in pursuing with circumspection and caution, but also with courage and in total independence, the road, which has been taken, and which has proved so far to be a notable success.’[1]

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