LawSikho Diploma in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws

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Total Fees: INR 30,000 20,000

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Duration: 12 months

The Diploma in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws course is an online 12-month long immersive program designed by LawSikho to equip you with practical skills for the world of corporate law. The course brings over 50 leading lawyers from the corporate law sector to train our students in the practical aspects of business law. With a resource library of over 100 lectures, focused skill-development exercises, and institutionalized mentorship, the course brings learning, professional skills and job opportunities for students.

This course is co-created, reviewed and constantly improved by an industry-academia panel. The panel includes celebrity litigators, law firm partners, investors, bankers and other top professionals with decades of practical experience. You will learn practical skills related to legal strategy, business laws, decision-making, contract drafting, legal compliance and negotiation. The goal of the panel is to effectively transfer knowledge to the academia through this course. Periodic online interactions are organized with industry experts to discuss areas of their expertise with learners.

Build your ability to write and communicate in a way that showcases your expertise, expands your network and impresses recruiters. We periodically share available jobs, internship opportunities and projects that you can take up. You will get focused guidance on building your own network, improving professional communication and in demonstrating your skills in interviews, your current job, client interactions or in internships. There are periodic online interactions to provide feedback and track your activity will be conducted.

In India, most educational initiatives are plagued by a lack of practical exposure. The course is full of case studies and practical legal insights. You would be constantly presented with opportunities to apply your knowledge in real life projects, and even pushed towards creating your own opportunities. Access a skill-development centre on iPleaders Club to take simulation exercises around contract drafting, company searches, due diligence, etc. ensures you have terrific practical skills. Impress interviewers, recruiters, clients and seniors by sharing what you learn in the process.

Course Contents

Sole proprietorship as a business structure for startups

Structuring of family business

  • Optimal structure for family business
  • Taxation issues
  • Partition and family settlement

Structuring a Partnership / LLP

Co-founders agreement

Basics of Partnership and partnership deed, registration procedures, dissolution

Basics of LLP and LLP Agreement, steps of incorporation, annual and periodic compliances, winding up

Structuring a company

One person company, advantages of company, steps for incorporation, annual compliances, conversion of business from one form to another, MCA processes for inspection and clarifications

Non-profit businesses

Procedure and key issues for incorporation of a trust/society / non-profit company

Tax benefits for a non-profit entity

Structuring of a non-profit entity

Startups and Early stage businesses

MSMED Act: Advantages of registration, registration process, money recovery procedures for startups, dispute resolution mechanisms, benefits under SME procurement policy, sample disclosure to be made under MSMED Act

Appointment of advisors and remuneration models

Key takeaways

How to draft partnership deeds and LLP agreements

Drafting memorandum and articles of association of companies

Process for incorporation of partnership, company and LLP

How to start a non-profit venture and process for claiming various government incentives for non-profits

Advisor agreement

All about shell companies

McDonald's: A case study on governance in joint ventures

Sample documents

Partnership Deed

LLP Agreement

Co-Founder’s Agreement

Memorandum and Articles of Association(as per Companies Act, 2013)

Accounts for business


Elementary accounting and record keeping for various forms of business entities (for a person who is not trained in finance), Accounting and the Law, Financial planning for a business.


Corporate taxation


Corporate income tax, Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT), taxation of software product and SAAS companies, tax on issue of capital (e.g. equity, bonus shares and convertible instruments)to different entities, transfer pricing.

Tax deduction at source

Taxation of Software


Goods and Service Tax (GST)


Indirect taxes: Introduction to GST

How to Determine GST Applicability To You

GST Framework - Dual GST, State GST, Central GST, Integrated GST

GST Registration Process (Who should register and when, registration process, Consequences of non-registration)

Advantages of working with GST registered company/vendors

How to calculate GST Rates for your Products / Services

Best Practices for GST Invoices

How to make GST payment

Input tax credit law

Composition scheme in GST

How to obtain GST Refunds and Rebates

Exemptions from GST

Compliance requirements and filing of returns

Impact of GST on import-export transactions


Issues linked to tax strategy


Export and import


Import and export duties, process of import-export, incentives for exporters.

Introduction to corporate governance: how does a company manage its activities

Corporate governance and Board of Directors

Appointment of Directors, Roles of Directors, Director’s liabilities

Independent director – Appointment, roles and liabilities

Meetings, different types of company meetings Board Meetings, Committee Meetings, Shareholders’ meetings

Can board and shareholder meetings be held through video conferencing

Guidance note for meetings of board of directors

Sample board calendar for listed entities

Repatriation of profit, Divisible Profits and Dividend

Managerial Remuneration

An outsider's guide to dealing with a company?

Related party transactions

Regulation of listed companies

A Primer on Governance of Foreign Companies doing business in India

Corporate Fraud and protection mechanism under Companies Act 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility

Strategic Insights from Cyrus Mistry’s Exit from Tata Sons

Founder - investor conflicts and corporate governance lessons from Flipkart, Snapdeal, Ola and Softbank

  • Contract drafting essentials- Elements of a contract
  • How to become proficient at drafting contracts- drafting guidelines and checklists
  • Pointers and checklists to ensure a risk-free contract
  • Boilerplate clauses – Importance and customization
  • Negotiation essentials – Important points that every entrepreneur or his advisor should know, Negotiation soft skills
  • Inclusion of commercial intent in contracts
  • Negotiating and drafting sample agreements – Non-disclosure agreements, shareholders’ Agreement, Commercial lease

Additional benefits

  • Periodic Webinars from general counsels, law firm partners, senior government officers and successful businessmen
  • Sample Agreements, checklists, application forms and documents
  • Industry updates from top law firms in India and Silicon Valley
  • Recruitment preparation and career guidance toolkit – learn about career opportunities for commercial lawyers, how to crack interviews, draft covering letters and CVs and convert internships into job offers (with video training)

Part A (Raising investment – Angel rounds, VC & PE deals)

  • Introduction to raising investment – financial and strategic investment
  • Business structuring and investment
  • Angel investments and regulation of angel funds
  • Steps in an investment transaction – negotiation, drafting and legal strategy
  • How to conduct due diligence?
  • Understanding non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)
  • Understanding capitalisation table and termsheets
  • Private placement process
  • Transfer of shares
  • Dealing with multiple investors
  • Shareholders Agreements and how to negotiate them
  • Exit issues in investment transactions
  • Advanced issues – Private equity, PIPES transactions, Strategic investment and Joint ventures

Key takeaways

  • How to negotiate shareholders agreements and termsheets (with case studies)
  • How to negotiate shareholders agreements with investors
  • How to conduct due diligence

Sample contracts and templates

  • Non-disclosure agreement
  • Shareholders and share subscription agreement
  • Term sheet
  • Due diligence report

(Mergers and Acquisitions)

  • M&A Transaction structures - stages, consideration, and contracts
  • Impact of Ind AS and GAAR on M&A transactions
  • Elements to be included in a scheme of arrangement
  • Law on cross-border mergers - impact of PoEM and thin capitalization rules
  • Role of Directors of acquiring and target companies
  • Takeovers of listed entities
  • Exemptions granted by SEBI under Takeover Code
  • How do you raise investment or loans to finance a business?
  • Raising debt financing – syndicate loans vs. single bank loans
  • Bank guarantees and securities
  • Introduction to FEMA, various types of bank accounts in India, handling and remittance of foreign exchange, current and capital account transactions
  • External commercial borrowings, raising finance by a non-profit entity from foreign sources
  • Essential issues in loan agreement
  • Understanding syndicate loans
  • Important clauses in a Syndicate Loan Agreement

Key takeaways

  • How to identify key issues in a loan agreement
  • How to identify important regulatory concerns in a foreign investment transaction
  • FCRA requirements for receiving donations

Sample contracts and templates

  • Sample loan agreement from a domestic bank
  • Syndicate loan agreement for ECB
    • FDI restrictions on foreign investors
    • FDI in different business structures Companies, Trust, LLP
    • Sectoral regulations – FDI in e-commerce
    • Entry-related issues – approval route, conditionalities and sectoral regulations
    • Pricing restrictions
    • Exit related issues
    • Bank accounts for foreigners and handling foreign exchange
    • Valuation, compliance and filing requirements
    • Relaxations for foreign venture capital investors
    • Negotiating exits with foreign investors

    Sample documents

    • Sample FIPB approval application
    • Sample sectoral approval application
    • Sample FIPB and sectoral approvals
      • Employment agreement
      • Labour law compliances
      • Legal forms of incentives and perquisites
      • Structuring ESOP& ESPS
      • Intellectual property and employees
      • Non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements
      • Employee sharing/deputation
      • Attrition management
      • Trade licenses
      • Industrial licensing and environmental compliance (for large companies, particularly manufacturers)

      Sample agreements and documents

      • Employment agreement
      • Employee-sharing arrangement
      • Sample ESOP Plan
      • Sample board resolution approving ESOP Plan
      • Sample letter for granting stock options
        • How to avoid disputes and drainage of resources through courtroom battles
        • Arbitration, negotiation, arbitration clauses in contracts
        • Structuring arbitration for speedy and fair resolution
        • How to develop a dispute settlement strategy
        • How to use anti-suit injunctions in international transactions
        • Introduction to commercial mediation proceedings

        Key Takeaways

        • Sample clauses for institutional arbitration (from renowned arbitration institutions)
        • Sample clauses for ad hoc arbitration and their pros and cons
        • How to draft a customized arbitration clause for speedy and cost-effective arbitration
        • When to apply for anti-suit injunction
  • Legal structure governing the Internet, electronic contracts and digital signatures
  • Data protection under Indian law
  • Offences under Information Technology Act
  • Electronic evidence and the law
  • Intermediary liability and compliance
  • Payment gateways and legal documentation
  • Cloud computing agreements and End-User License Agreements (EULA), privacy issues on the Internet.
  • Essential Information Technology Contracts
  • Outsourcing contracts
  • Steps to deal with online intellectual property infringement

Sample Documents

  • Statement of work
  • Master Services agreement
  • Sub-merchant agreement
  • Maintenance and Support Agreement
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Service
  • Takedown Notice
  • Cease and Desist Notice for IP Infringement
  • Copyright: Copyright Act, Rights available to copyright owner, Originality and Idea-Expression dichotomy, infringement of copyright, Exceptions to infringement (including fair use), Copyright protection on internet, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, software piracy.
  • Patents: Patent Act, components of a patent application, international patent registrations, rights available to patent holders, requirements of novelty, inventive step and industrial application, product and process patents, assignment and revocation, Patenting of biotechnology inventions and pharmaceutical products.
  • Trademark Act: Registration of trademark, steps for international registration of trademark, rights available to trademark owner, Goodwill, different types of marks such as service marks
  • Monetization of intellectual property – Licensing and franchising agreements
  • Trade secret law, employment contracts and protection of software

Key Takeaways

  • How to obtain copyright, trademark and patent registration in India
  • Procedure for international registration of trademarks and patents
  • How to enforce IP rights against imported items and fake products
  • DRM technologies and copyright law
  • Special court orders for protecting and enforcing IP rights
  • How to draft end-user license agreements (EULAs)

Sample Agreements

  • IP License Agreement
  • Franchisee Agreement
  • Assignment Agreement
  • End-User License Agreement
  • Legal risk management – identifying and minimizing risks
  • Building processes and internal policies
  • Internal company policies, security systems, allocation of responsibility amongst officers, imposing contractual obligations, reporting structure
  • Recruitment policy, compensation policy, performance management policy, leave policy, medical policy, sexual harassment policy, data protection and confidentiality policy, grievance redressal policy, whistleblower policy, emergency policies, media communications policy, social media and blogging policy
  • Key business agreements and risks – Distribution agreement, Marketing Agreement, Commercial leases, Consultancy Agreement, Collaboration/Co-branding Agreement, Advertising Agreement
  • Mitigating risks of sexual harassment
  • Online reputation management
  • Key insurances necessary for business- Fire and Special Peril, Transportation, Keyman Insurance, Terrorism Insurance, Group Insurance, Public Liability Insurance, Professional Liability Insurance,Director’s and Officer’s (D&O) Insurance.

Key takeaways

  • Practical checklists for framing various internal policies of the company
  • Understanding insurance policies and their strategic use in management
  • Sample D&O Policy and negotiation essentials
  • SEZs: Law relating to SEZs (includes tax sops available to SEZs), types of SEZs, comparison of SEZs with Export Oriented Units (EOUs) and Software Technology Parks (STP)
  • Banking and financial laws
  • Insurance: Regulation of insurance sector
  • How mutual funds work and introductory fund structuring

Key takeaways

  • Learn whether a particular business should be located in an SEZ, or an EOU or an ordinary exporter

Government is the biggest enterprise level, consumer. Certain norms are to be followed for doing business with the government. The purpose of this module is to cover the basics of the same. This module introduces the students to the following:

  • Legal basis of tenders – Article 14 and promissory estoppel
  • Rules and procedures governing procurement of goods and services for central government departments
  • Essential terms in a bid document
  • Public-Private Partnerships, EPC Contracts and Concession Agreements
  • An overview of bidding methodology that the Government may adopt and the legal principles relating to the same – such as competitive bidding, first-come-first-serve, sealed bids, auctions, tenders.
  • Legal compliances typically insisted upon by the Government for evaluating eligibility criteria of bidders
  • Prohibition of unfair bidding practices – a discussion on bid-rigging
  • Reservations for startups and SMEs

Sample Documents

  • Notice inviting tenders
  • Public-Private Partnership and Concession Agreements

Industry Academia Panel

Abhyuday Agarwal

COO and Co-founder, iPleaders

Anjani Kumar

Chartered Accountant and Corporate Trainer

Anuj Sah

Principal Associate at Khaitan & Co.

Apar Gupta

Independent Technology Lawyer

Arpit Ratan

Founding Partner, Ojas Legal and Co - Founder, Signzy Technologies

Ashitha Bhagwan

Attorney, Royse Law Firm, California

Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya

Founder, CSR – Centre of Excellence, Mysore. Former National Advisor, CII.

Dr. Y L Tekhre

Former Research Director, National Human Rights Commission, Govt .of India. Former Professor, NIHFW, Govt. of India.

Jimit Shah

Proprietor at JPS Legal

Ketan Mukhija

General Counsel, SREI Group

Nishant Gokhale


Pingal Khan

Partner at Ashlar Law

Puneet Bhasin

Founding Partner, Cyberjure Consulting

Ramanuj Mukherjee

CEO and Co-founder, iPleaders

Sameer Jain

Partner at Pamasis Law Chambers

Shivi Agarwal

Partner, Amicus

Success Stories

Imagine how it would be if you could navigate the usual legal and regulatory mess with ease, and make better decisions as you scale your business or career growth. Regulatory and legal difficulties is a huge hurdle to doing business in India, and very few people have mastery over it. We are inviting you to find out more about how we can add a touch of magic to your growth. Here are some amazing success stories of our students who have taken up our courses.

I did the Intellectual Property Law course from LawSikho in early 2017. I fnished the course 7 months back. The course content was really good. I loved the experience of being able to learn conveniently from the mobile app. I learned a lot of practical things about IP laws that did help me in my work in some situations. I really liked the videos and while reading text can be boring sometimes on the go, watching videos and learning is a pleasant experience and I could learn faster from videos

Namami Mathur

Review Executive at Thomson Reuters

The program has tremendously elevated my writing skills. It has been a very enriching experience. It has completely changed the way I used to write. I learnt that whatever we write needs to be practically relevant. I also learnt that if something needs to be explained in simple language, it must frst be understood in depth. The topics that we were given were very specifc and of a wide variety and this has increased my practical knowledge a lot

Aakritee Raj

Student, New Law College, Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Deemed University (BVDU), Pune

The assistance Abhyuday Agarwal and Ramanuj Mukherjee provided me with and the insight they have shared in our field is invaluable to me. I consider you guys a mentor on both a professional and personal level and I have learned so much while working with you. Thank you for showing me how to stand my ground and have the kind of career that I can be proud of. I count myself lucky for having had your mentorship.

Parth Sarthy Kaushik

Infrastructure and Environmental Disputes Lawyer in Trust Legal

From my perspective, the course will be useful for pre-sales and sales people in technology services business. This course can help them to understand what they are committing to, what are the pros and cons and what things they can give up during a negotiation and how a contract they sign may affect the company. Once they do this course, they can even articulate to their team what is expected by the client much better and ensure that the contract is not violated by the people who are executing the work. In product companies though agreements are standard and not negotiated every time - so maybe the founder can beneft from knowing this but sales people wouldn’t need to know how to negotiate contractual terms.

Anil Kuriakose

Founder of a startup

After doing this course, I got a new perspective about contracts rather than the general understanding we get as law students when we read contract law in college. Understanding the commercial intent of various contracts is crucial to being able to draft a good contract that protect the economic interests of clients. Apart from drafting, I learn practical things like how to execute a contract, complicated stamp duty and jurisdiction related issues.

Sheetal Aarey

Student, SLS, Pune

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The course is conducted through an online learning management system, which enables students to access study materials from anywhere in the world at their own time and convenience. All the study material which includes text, videos, drafting exercises, templates and regular tests will be available only within the LMS and can be accessed using your login id for the LMS. The course can also be accessed through state of the art mobile Apps, which makes learning convenient and accessible on a real time basis.
Live sessions are also conducted online – students who miss the session can watch recorded versions. There will also be some online doubt-clearing sessions between students and faculty.

As candidates will be enroling from across India and even abroad, the schedule of every candidate is likely to differ. To accommodate that, the periodic tests will be available on the online portal for a period of time so that you can take them at your convenience. Everyone will be given sufficient opportunity to take the tests.

The online MCQs are executed on the learning management system. You do not need to go to any special centres to take any test or exam. All tests can be taken by logging on to the online learning management system from your home.

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For further details on how to make payment please visit enrolment page or call on 011-331-38901 for help.

The syllabus and course contents for all the courses are reviewed by experts in law firms and the industry at large. The course is conceptualised, co-ordinated and marketed by LawSikho, a venture that aims to make justice accessible to people from all walks of life.

The course is designed keeping in mind that practicing lawyers, entrepreneurs, working professionals and students will be taking up the course. The entire course will be taught online through materials uploaded on our learning management system allowing you to pursue the course at your own pace and convenience.

The course is designed keeping in mind the schedule of practicing lawyers, working professionals, entrepreneurs and fulltime students. The modules are well spread out short periods of time. We don’t guarantee that you will pass the course without putting in reasonable effort or attention but the exact amount of time that you will have to put in will depend on your ability to grasp the material. On an average, spending approximately 1-3 hours per week on the course would be sufficient for most people to comfortably follow the course.

Yes it is possible as what you will learn in this course is completely independent of any other course you have probably pursued or are pursuing. The course is designed keeping in mind that there will be many non-lawyers taking up this course. The content is unique and does not require any prior knowledge except for knowledge of English and basic computer usage skills.

There is an active placement assistance program available to students, which includes CV-writing, career guidance and sharing of relevant job and internship opportunities. We have also started a career clinic for the benefit of the students, students can visit our office in Delhi or can seek career related insights over phone or video chat on pre-designated days. More than 2000 positions have been shared. Our students have been placed in various law firms and other organisations, as full time employees and have obtained multiple opportunities for internships under the programme. However no such internship or placement is guaranteed by LawSikho.

Instalment is not available for any course. For additional assistance, and information, call 011-331-38901.

The course will have periodic online MCQ tests. There may be writing assignments for long term courses. There may be drafting assessment or other assessments which will be assigned online as well. This will vary from course to course. You can call us for course specific information.

You should have completed 10 + 2 from a recognised board. In case of foreign nationals, you must have completed the equivalent of 10 + 2 in India in your respective country.