Safe in sandbox: India provides cocoon to fintech start-ups

Furniture rental startups: A financial perspective

Estimates peg the global furniture rental market at anything between $5-8 billion. Leasing/renting of home durables has seen steep growth. The idea of ownership has been superseded by the desire to gain better experiences by renting or sharing resources. Whatever the absolute numbers, the growth in mobility and intra-country migration suggests that there is a large and ever growing clientele of urban professionals with transferrable jobs and disposable income. Increasing numbers of furniture and appliance rental startups have sprung up to cater to this clientele. This article takes a quick look at the market and its potential in time to come. Read more

SEBI proposes favourable amendments for “Angel Funds”

Cracking the ‘Bitcoin’ nut this Budget Session

Vallari Dubey & Saloni Mathur


In the words of Mr. Nassim Nicolas Talib, “Bitcoin is the beginning of something great, a currency without a government, something necessary and imperative.” Read more

RBI’s P2P Regulations: A step forward or backward?

The Reserve Bank of India issued a Master Directions – Non Banking Financial Company – Peer to Peer Lending Platform (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2017 (hereinafter referred to as “Directions”) on 4th October, 2017[1], which is an extensive statement outlining in detail the various rules and regulations that all existing and prospective entities carrying on or intending to carry on the business of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending (hereby known as NBFC-P2P) will have to comply with. These Directions shall come in force with immediate effect and shall apply to all NBFC-P2Ps, i.e. with effect from the date of issuance of the Master Directions, mentioned above. Read more

Bitcoins in trouble?


Vallari Dubey


Bitcoin as a virtual currency has seen its ups and downs, and quite recently, a surge in the graph of the currency, tells us an interesting story. Amidst the growth of crypto-currency market worldwide, much has been said about plenty of risk that bitcoin brings with itself. Read more

Legal Nature of Bitcoins: the encrypted digital currency by Vallari Dubey

What is a bitcoin?

A bitcoin is a virtual currency first introduced in the year 2008 by an untraceable group called Satoshi Nakamoto. It’s an open source peer-to-peer crypto-graphical system (direct connections without an intermediary) where transactions happen through a public ledger called blockchain, handling users’ data anonymously. The term is a combination of bit and coin where bit is the basic unit of computing and coin represents currency, combining to mean virtual currency.

Eight years since its introduction, bitcoin has gone through a lot. From receiving little support in the beginning in our country to now being the most widely used and accepted digital currency, we analyze its legal nature, its implications, and possible future scenarios.

Bitcoin is a refreshing concept in the traditional world of economy, bringing in a lot of debates, discussions and differences of opinions. For any issue to be handled legally, it becomes a prerequisite to first define it, see where it fits and then start working on it.

Defining bitcoin is tricky, especially in India where the legal and regulatory set up is rather a lot complex. Further, given no clarity as to its regulation yet, it becomes a more composite task.

Given its meaning and all the attributes it holds, bitcoin could be considered to be goods, currency, an instrument, consideration, money, value for money, property, etc.

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