Outbound Investment Structuring

  • Need for SPV’s
  • Holding Company Regime
  • Exemption /Thin cap rules
  • IPR Regime
  • Handling worldwide Withholding tax provisions
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What is Outbound Investment Structuring?

Under the automatic route, an Indian company is not required to take prior approval from the RBI for setting up JV/WOS abroad. The criteria for direct investment under the automatic route shall include

  • Investment up to 400% of the net worth
  • Valuation requirements to be complied with to valuation of investment
  • Indian company is not in RBI’s caution list
  • Submission of APR in respect of all overseas investment
  • Certain additional requirements are also to be complied with if the Indian company is engaged in providing financial services
  • Also, the foreign companies engaged in real estate, trading in TDR’s and banking business required prior approval of RBI

What is Benefits of SPV's?

  • Flexibility in borrowing and corporate restructuring
  • JV Private Equity Funding
  • Bilateral Agreements
  • Tax Efficiency
  • Ease of entry and exit
  • Overseas Listing


1) Participation Exemption

Benefit of exemption in the SPV's jurisdiction for dividend and capital gains coming from downstream investments on the fulfillment of certain conditions. Conditions basically include shareholding pattern, the jurisdiction of the parent entity and share of the holding.

IPR Regime

Specific deduction, exemptions, and incentives are available in some jurisdictions with regard to IPR holdings such as Patent Box Regime .i.e. concessional rate for royalty income in case of certain IPR’s and also deduction for certain cinematographic films given in the UK.

Withholding Tax provisions

Withholding tax exemptions on dividends, royalties, and interest

Favorable Holding Company Regime

Lower income tax rates for holding companies under specific holding company regimes, existence of CFS provisions, Good Treaty Network

Thin Capitalization Rules

Companies are said to be capitalized thinly when its capital comprise a greater proportion of debt equity. In such a case cash repatriation is possible by claiming tax deduction for interest on debt

Key Services Provided by us

  • Advice and assist on entity structuring, capital structuring and regulatory approval process in the selected jurisdiction
  • Advice on cross-border investment strategies including suggestions for obtaining optimal ownership structures for investing into a particular jurisdiction which includes setting up an international holding company, global sales company etc.
  • Assist in finalizing and review of the shareholders, joint venture and other business agreements or arrangements from tax perspective
  • Identify and enhance tax and fiscal benefits including obtaining tax rulings in the selected jurisdiction
  • Advice on tax credit claim in India and also Tax treaty implication
  • Assist in obtaining approvals from Reserve Bank of India and also from the regulatory authorities.
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