Incorporating A Subsidiary Of A Foreign Company

The technique for Incorporation of a Company with Foreign National is like that of a consolidation of a private restricted organization with Indian Directors and Indian Shareholders with an extra necessity of Notarization of foreign character evidence address confirmation and different reports of foreign beginning. The ventures made by the foreign national will be liable to FDI Policy given by RBI, and they can be partitioned in two general classifications. That is through Automatic course or Government endorsement course.

The programmed course requires no prerequisite of an earlier administrative endorsement for interest in value portions of Indian business. In such a case implication will be made to RBI inside 30 days of allocation of offers to foreign financial specialists or receipt of foreign speculation cash. Foreign Direct Investment of up to 100% is permitted under the programmed course in many exercises/segments in India.

Definition of the term “Foreign Company”

The term “Foreign Company” is described under Section 2(42) of the Companies Act, 2013. According to the Section, if the company is enrolled or incorporated outside India, but it has a position of the business in India and is working in India by oneself, or by being present in India physically, or via electronic methods, or through operators, or it conducts business exercises in India through some other methods, at that point such organization is perceived as a foreign company.

Section 2(87) of the Act defines the term “Subsidiary Company” as a company whose Board of Directors structure is constrained by another organization, that is, holding company which practices command over more than 50% of total capital either alone or with different auxiliaries.


For the joining of a Private Limited Company in India, certain documents are required from the customer. Those are: subsidized documents, least of two directors (One Indian Director who is likewise an Indian Resident) and a satisfactory name for the organization. Once, the above are accessible, Digital Signature Certificate and Director Identification Number (DIN) is received by India Filings for the benefit of the customer from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. On acquiring the DIN and the Digital Signature, demand for organization name accessibility is made to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Subsequent to acquiring the name endorsement, the Memorandum of Association should be drafted and filed within 60 days to finish the procedure.

Also, it requires an Identity and address confirmation for the Director, visa or some other license issued by the Government or enlistment containing a photograph, name in full, and date of birth is adequate. Submission of the accompanying location verifications, for example, Passport, Driving License, Bank Account Statement, or Utility bill containing name and address, copy of the above records are required and verification of those documents by the Indian Consulate in the nation. In the event that the reports are not in English, at that point a confirmed interpretation is additionally fundamental. The above documents must be dispatched to India. Additionally, the holding organization in foreign should pass a resolution and approve for the incorporation of a subsidiary body in India.

It requires at least two investors for a private restricted organization. Subsequently, the holding organization in a remote nation must pass a Board Resolution for the fuse of Company in India and for the membership of shares of the suggested Private Limited Company. The foreign holding organization can hold 99.99% of the divisions of the Indian Company while 0.01% of the issued portions of the Private Limited Company can be held by an Indian, in trust with the Foreign Company. After the organization fuse and acquiring the Incorporation Certificate, the opening of the financial balances, and getting the important licenses should be fulfilled. Concurrently, the filings with RBI to demonstrate FDI in India through the programmed course should be made.


  • Complete jurisdiction: An organization will have a full key and operational power.
  • Maintaining Brand Name: Company will be permitted to keep its image name and a subsidiary organization should fan out new markets
  • Prominent participation: Common money related framework can be utilized by the organizations, which means sharing of their regulatory and different costs. This makes things financially savvy and will give them a tremendous advantage. It likewise permits joint endeavors with different organizations.
  • Restricted obligation: Both the organizations will have a restricted risk and a subsidiary organization doesn’t need to endure the misfortunes of the organization in the event of misfortunes. The plan will give an advantage of balancing misfortunes from benefits.
  • Protection of competitive innovations: Security and insurance in regards to the specialized information, exchange insider facts, level of command over the activities, and aptitude will be given to the organization.
  • Financial support: Parent organization will offer monetary help to the subsidiary organization as far as specialized ability, venture through offer membership cash, preparing representatives, and consultancy gave at an ostensible cost or can be liberated from cost.
  • A continuous stream of assets: Parent organization can buy into the new portions of the subsidiary organization which will bring about the constant progression of assets, along these lines, sparing it from the expense or obligation.


  • One of the significant hindrances is that the independence of the Indian subsidiary organization is limited.
  • Further, the decision-making power of the Indian subsidiary company is likewise limited and turns into a tedious procedure since each choice must be talked about with parent organization before coming to a definite resolution. Also, due to stagger the board, the way toward settling on choices can turn out to be extremely moderate.
  • Because of the aforementioned reasons, control is additionally lost by the Indian subsidiary organization.
  • Such a game plan is likewise dependent upon Indian tax guidelines since the charge division consistently attempts to introduce Indian subsidiary as the Permanent foundation of parent organization which builds the danger of parent organization being burdened in India.
  • Both foundations cost just as administrative consistence expenses of Indian subsidiary increments on the off chance that there is a universal exchange between Indian subsidiary and parent organization as such exchanges will be liable to Transfer Pricing arrangements which required obligatory exchange evaluating review just as documenting of Income government forms of both Indian subsidiaries just as a parent organization.
  • Money related execution of the subsidiary organization can be genuinely influenced by any execution mistake or misbehavior.
  • There is a centralization of operational hazards and lost operational adaptability.
  • There are issues in coordinating individuals and procedures of the subsidiary organization in the arrangement of holding organization because of social contrasts.

Landmark Judgments

  1. Vodafone International Holdings B.V. v. Union of India[i]

In the above case’s judgment, the Supreme Court explained the relationship between parent and subsidiary company. It was observed that it is the duty of a parent company to give guidance to subsidiaries, but both parent and subsidiary are distinct taxpayers. The Court further clarified that only if a subsidiary is fully controlled by the parent company or it makes an indirect transfer by exploiting legal form or organization form, and in absence of any reasonable business motive to avoid tax, then only the distinctness and independence of autonomous legal body will be ignored.

  1. Life Insurance Corporation of India v. Escorts Ltd.[ii]

The Supreme Court ruled that just for the motivations behind learning the possession in the speculation, lifting of the cloak would be important to a constrained degree, for example to determine the nationality or starting point of the investors. It was not important to learn the individual character of every one of them. The Court disregarded that the character of the investors might be normal, consequently perceiving that each organization was a free juristic element, taking a gander at nationality for consistence with the prerequisites of the plan.

  1. New Horizons v. Union of India[iii]

The court passed the judgment that the corporate cloak must be removed  and disregarded the freedom of the corporate body, in situations where the standard of corporate character is glaringly contradicted to equity, accommodation, or legitimate concern for income.

  1. State of U.P. v. Renusagar Power Co.[iv]

The two companies, Renusagar and Hindalco, were found to be inseparably connected to such an extent that the power created by Renusagar was viewed as produced by Hindalco from its own sources. By lifting the cloak and overlooking the different character of the two organizations Hindalco was allowed the advantage of the diminished pace of obligation.


It is in better to know about the administrative system before beginning a business in India. The foreign organizations must be familiar with Indian laws, particularly when they are wanting to have completely claimed subsidiary in India as the hazard is higher and the strategy is complicated in comparison with Indian companies. It will be much simpler to adapt the best choice out of accessible choices. It is feasible for foreign entities to have a completely possessed subsidiary in India after the new arrangements surrounded by the legislature.

[i] S.L.P. (C) No. 26529 of 2010

[ii] 1986 1 SCC 264

[iii] 1995 1 SCC 478

[iv] 1988 AIR1737

This article is authored by Harshita Agarwal, 1st year, L.L.B.(Hons.) in IPR student at Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, IIT Kharagpur

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