Indian Infrastructure Sector – Decoding InvITs

Thursday, November 14, 2019

SESSION: 09:30 AM - 05:30 PM (IST)


The infrastructure sector in India has witnessed significant growth as well as consistent regulatory incentives over the last few years. Infrastructure focused growth is expected to continue in the future. Various infrastructure development driven sub-sectors, such as telecom tower assets, metro projects, energy utilities, data centers, warehouses and logistics networks, etc. are emerging rapidly and increasingly we observe more foreign interest in these sectors.

By introducing the first ever InvIT framework, the Government of India has recognized the need of the sector for raising long term finance and also enabling professional management of infrastructure platforms.

From a business perspective, the InvIT structure has marked advantages, both in terms of demand and supply. The creation of demand rests on businesses listing their assets, and constant requirement of raising capital. The supply side is catered to by investors looking to invest in these attractive listed assets.

We invite you to join a select high profile gathering to discuss the key strategic, commercial, legal and taxation issues surrounding the development of investments within the infrastructure sector in India, with special focus on the emergence of InvIT structures.

Focus Area

  1. Recent developments in the infrastructure sector in India – a panel discussion
  2. Benefits of InvITs to various stakeholders
  3. Tax and Regulatory updates on SEBI (Infrastructure Investment Trust) Regulations, 2014 and for companies engaged in infrastructure sector.
  4. Practical challenges for financial investors v. strategic investors
  5. Alternative structures – AIF, NBFC, HoldCo etc.


Inaugural Session

  • Key government initiatives – SEBI Outlook
  • Foreign investor perspective on Indian infrastructure
  • Monetization of development projects

Sector Analysis - Roads, Renewables and Emerging Infrastructure Assets

  • Recent developments in the industry and marquee deals
  • Key challenges in managing infrastructure assets
  • Taking credit risk on the sector - Infrastructure debt opportunities
  • Recent litigations
  • InvIT case study
  • Future outlook and upcoming opportunities

Legal, Tax and Regulatory

  • Key features of the InvIT regulations, recent amendments and clarifications by SEBI
  • Comparative analysis between unlisted v. listed InvITs
  • Privately placed InvIT v. Publicly listed InvITs
  • Setting up an InvIT and subsequent listing – issues and challenges
  • Implementation issues for investors and sponsors (including coverage of exit rights, lock-in,
  • Pre-emption rights and other inter-se rights)
  • Direct v. indirect participation in InvITs
  • InvIT – Detailed Tax Treatment on Parties to an InvIT
  • Tax optimization in unlisted InvITs
  • Organizing various infrastructure investment vehicles – considerations for offshore funds
  • NHAI and other regulatory approvals – interpretative issues including tackling pass through claims
  • Further liberalization – road ahead
  • Infra AIF – migration to InvIT
  • Infrastructure investment vehicles – AIFs v. NBFCs v. HoldCo v. InvITs
  • Carry forward of losses – development assets
  • Impact of Taxation Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 on InvIT
  • Evaluation of various tax treaties


09:30 AM – 10:00 AM :


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM :

Inaugural Session

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM :

Tea Break

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: 

Sector Analysis - Roads, Renewables and Emerging Infrastructure Assets - Session 1

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM :

Tea Break

12:15 PM – 01:00 PM :

Sector Analysis - Roads, Renewables and Emerging Infrastructure Assets - Session 2

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM :


02:00 PM – 03:00 PM :

Legal, Tax and Regulatory – Session 1

03:00 PM – 03:15 PM :

Tea Break

03:15 PM – 04:15 PM :

Legal, Tax and Regulatory - Session 2

04:15 PM – 05:30 PM :




Whole Time Member


Mr. Barua is a Whole Time Member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and has been instrumental in the growth of REITs and InvITs in India. He handles the Legal Affairs Department, Enquiries and Adjudication Department, Market Intermediaries Regulation and Supervision Department, Department of Debt and Hybrid Securities, PQ Cell, RTI Cell and Board Cell.


Boon Chin Hau

Managing Director, Infrastructure & Head of Asia & Emerging Markets

GIC Private Limited (Singapore)

Chin Hau joined the GIC Infrastructure Group in 2008 and currently has lead coverage responsibility for the Emerging Markets. Prior to joining GIC, Chin Hau was an Investment Manager at Pulsar Energy Capital where he invested in projects across the energy sector in Europe and the Americas. Before Pulsar, Chin Hau was a member of the Infrastructure advisory team at Credit Suisse covering a range of projects in transport, logistics and aerospace. He began his career at Singapore Power where he managed natural gas pipeline projects. Chin Hau has degrees from Imperial College London and the University of Chicago.



Leader, Corporate Transactions Group

Nishith Desai Associates

Ruchir leads the Corporate Transactions Group in the firm, and as part of it leads the Private Equity, M&A and Structured Finance Practices at the firm. He focuses on financial services, infrastructure, technology and real estate industries. He advises extensively on PIPE deals, take private transactions, cross border tax, developing tax optimal instruments and merger control (antitrust) issues. With background in fund formation, he has also advised leading global sponsors, sovereign funds and LPs on setting up of offshore and domestic funds and investment platforms, from a legal and cross border tax perspective. He has advised both sponsors and investors on setting-up of and investments in, multiple InvITs, listed and unlisted. Ruchir was involved in the drafting and development of the REIT Regulations, and has extensively worked through industry bodies to ensure a policy framework conducive to growth of REITs and InvITs. Nominated as one of the top 3 corporate lawyers in the country under 35 by IDEX, several of his transactions have been nominated as ‘most innovative’ by Financial Times, London.



Head, International Tax

Nishith Desai Associates

Rajesh leads the International Tax & Tax Controversies Practice at research & strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates. Over the years, the International Tax & Tax Controversies Practice at Nishith Desai Associates has been consistently recognized as the leading tax practice in the country by Chambers & Partners and the Tax Directors Handbook amongst other noteworthy sources. Rajesh, one of the foremost authorities on International Tax, is renowned for the legal services he offers to those involved in some of the most complicated tax controversies of India; including advising Vodafone in NDA’s role as special counsel to Vodafone on its landmark tax litigation relating to indirect transfer taxes in India. He has successfully represented clients before various forums including different Tribunals, Authority for Advance Rulings, and in High Courts (pan India) as well as at the Supreme Court of India in relation to disputes on international tax.


Virendra D. Mhaiskar

Chairman & Managing Director

IRB Infrastructure Developers

Virendra is the Chairman and Managing Director of the Company. He holds a diploma in civil engineering from Shriram Polytechnic, Navi Mumbai. As a Civil Engineer, he has hands on experience of more than 25 years in the construction and infrastructure industry to his credit. He is responsible for developing new business, executing road construction and BOT projects. He is providing overall vision and strategy to the Company.





Hardik Shah joined KKR in 2018 and is a member of the Asia-Pacific Infrastructure team. Hardik is responsible for Infrastructure investments in India. He began his career at Macquarie Group in Sydney where he spent over 10 years across their Sydney and Mumbai offices and was involved in building their India Infrastructure business. More recently, Hardik led Brookfield’s India business in India and was responsible for building Brookfield’s team and presence. Hardik has led ~USD4bn of transactions in India across various infrastructure sectors such as Telecom Towers, Toll Roads, Airports, Energy transportation and Renewable Energy.



Managing Director – Investments, Renewable Power

Brookfield Asset Management

Nawal joined Brookfield India in 2018 and has over 15 years of investing and financial services experience. Prior to joining Brookfield, Nawal worked briefly with CDPQ and with JP Morgan’s Asian Infrastructure Fund for over 6 years, overseeing investments and asset management in the infrastructure, and power space. Prior to JP Morgan, Nawal was part of Jacob Ballas, A New York Life sponsored sector agnostic private equity fund. Nawal started his career as a banker with SBI Capital Markets and ABN Amro Bank.



Chief Executive Officer & Whole Time Director

IndiGrid InvIT

Harsh has extensive experience in debt and equity financing for infrastructure assets, M&A, operations, regulatory and macroeconomic policy issues with a focus on the infrastructure sector. He has been instrumental in building India’s first power sector InvIT, IndiGrid from concept to US $ 1.5 Bn listed platform working with regulators, investors and developers. Harsh also serves as a member of the SEBI Advisory Committee for InvITs and REITs. He is a Member of the financial markets committee at CII and he also leads the working group on InvITs and REITs. Previously, Harsh served as the Chief Financial Officer at Sterlite Power Transmission Limited. Prior to joining Sterlite, he has worked with Larsen & Toubro Limited, L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited and Procter & Gamble International Operations Pte. Limited.



Senior Member, M&A and PE Practice

Nishith Desai Associates

Shreyas is a senior member of the M&A and PE practice at Nishith Desai Associates. His practice entails structuring, negotiating and advising on cross border investments from a legal, strategic and regulatory perspective. Shreyas specializes in public transactions (PE and M&A), and has advised some of the leading global sponsors and corporate houses on PIPE transactions, public tender offers, take-private transactions and corporate governance issues. He has advised investors on transactions involving setting-up of and investments in InvITs (listed and unlisted). He has also worked on a variety of matters such as asset transfers, structured finance transactions, inversions and mergers/ restructurings. From an industry perspective, Shreyas mainly focusses on transactions in the financial services, technology, infrastructure and real estate verticals. He regularly interfaces with regulators on policy issues, and has provided formal recommendations on foreign exchange and securities law matters.



Partner, Capital Projects and Infrastructure


Manish Agarwal is Capital Projects & Infrastructure leader for PwC in India, with over 20 years of experience, particularly in enabling Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure. He is B.E (Hons) from Birla Institute of Technology and Science and PGDM from IIM, Calcutta. He has worked on large PPP projects across sectors including Roads, Metro, Waste, Water, Airports, Ports, Power, Manish has to his credit several World Bank Papers and articles in leading trade publications like Project Finance International and India Infrastructure through which he has been sharing his PPP insights and views on policies to promote Infrastructure development.


Anish Sanghvi

Partner, Tax & Regulatory Services,


Anish is a Partner in PwC’s Tax & Regulatory team and has over 20 years’ experience working with international consulting firms. Anish advises MNC and domestic clients on Indian and international tax, inbound investment advisory and corporate tax (with a focus on real estate, infrastructure and Private Equity funds). He is also been actively involved in advising private equity and venture capital fund clients on structuring their pooling vehicles, including conducting jurisdiction analyses and structuring and reviewing documents.



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