Hennick Centre’s fall lecture explores the stories of an evolving Indian market

The Jay & Barbara Hennick Centre for Business & Law at York University and Torys LLP will host a special lecture and discussion with Professor Vinayshil Gautam of the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. The lecture will take place at 4pm on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Torys Client Centre, 79 Wellington St. W., 33rd floor, Toronto. Gautam’s talk will be preceded by remarks from Preeti Saran, India’s consul general.

Left: Vinayshil Gautam

In this Hennick Centre fall lecture, Gautam will explore the success stories and heartaches of participating in the rapidly growing and evolving Indian market. He will describe some of the main legal and governmental obstacles that foreign companies and investors may encounter in India, as well as some of the potential areas of opportunity and pathways to success. He will also touch on the stories of some Indian companies ? such as the Aditya Birla Group and the Tata Group ? that are making waves outside India.
“With Canadian companies increasingly looking to India for expansion and investment, lawyers and business people need an insider’s perspective on India’s market landscape,” says Hennick Centre director Edward Waitzer. “We are tremendously excited to have Professor Gautam as the Hennick Centre’s fall speaker because he will offer business leaders and practising lawyers key advice about the risks and rewards of investing in India, based on his vast experience.” 
Gautam is professor of management and the Abdulaziz Alsagar Chair holder at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. He is a founding director of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management in Calicut. Gautam has written numerous books and articles on entrepreneurship and economic liberalization in India, organizational management and management theory.
The Hennick Centre for Business & Law is the first Canadian centre to promote and develop joint business and law scholarship and education. The centre is a joint initiative of Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. Gautam’s speaking engagement is part of a series of public programs hosted by the centre on issues at the intersection of law, business and public policy.  On Nov. 12, the centre will host a panel discussion about the national securities regulator with Peter Hogg, Doug Hyndman, Jack Major and other experts. The centre is also organizing a daylong conference in March 2010 with the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada), a non-profit, independent national organization representing the interests of Canadian investors in securities regulation.