Boost to India’s Space Potential: India Liberalizes Foreign Direct Investment

Wednesday, April 03, 2024 (06:00 PM to 07:00 PM (IST))



India's space sector is experiencing a period of dynamic growth. With over 200 burgeoning space startups and a record-breaking USD 124.7 million investment secured in 2023, the Indian government has recognized the immense potential of this industry. In light of the growth trajectory, the government has been actively pursuing the privatization of this traditionally highly regulated sector.

This webinar will delve into the recent amendments to the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy, announced on March 5, 2024. These amendments represent a significant step towards liberalizing foreign investment in the Indian space sector.


The webinar will bring together a distinguished panel to discuss the implications of the changing regulatory landscape. Key areas of focus will include:

  • An Industry Perspective on the Indian Space Sector: Gain insights into the current state and future potential of the Indian space industry, and how will the recent amendments contribute to it.
  • Shifting Policy Landscape: Explore the revised FDI norms and their impact on the industry.
  • Unanswered Questions and Discussion Points: Identify key areas requiring further clarification within the government notification.
  • Global Space Sector Experiences: Learn from an authorized dealer bank, their perspectives on global deals.


  • Space industry professionals and entrepreneurs
  • Legal and regulatory experts
  • Investors with an interest in the space sector
  • Academicians / students focusing in the space sector
  • Anyone seeking to understand the evolving regulatory environment in the Indian space industry

Flow of the session

06:00 PM to 06:50 PM (IST)

Panel Session

06:50 PM to 07:00 PM (IST)

Audience Q&A


Abhishek Raju



Abhishek is the Founder & Managing Director of SatSure AG since 2018. Prior to that, he served as the Director of SatSure Limited starting from 2015. In 2020, he became a Board Member of CI - Contextual Intelligence AG. Abhishek also served as the Managing Director of DI - Invest Holding GmbH from 2018 onwards. Abhishek has an exceptional experience of work in the space sector in India.


Raghav Handa


HSBC India, Central Management Office Strategic Business Development and Govt. Affairs

Raghav is a corporate banker with over 16 years of experience in the industry. He is currently a senior member of the CEO’s office and responsible for strategic business initiatives, government affairs and public policy advocacy. Raghav is an MBA in Finance and Marketing and holds a diploma in corporate laws for mergers and acquisitions from the Indian Law Institute (under the aegis of the Supreme Court of India).


Huzefa Tavawalla

Head: Bangalore Office & Disruptive Technologies Practice Group

Nishith Desai Associates

Huzefa heads the Bangalore office and is a technology enthusiast. He has worked on several matters relating to Drones, RPAS, Artificial Intelligence, Driverless Cars, AR/VR etc. He was also appointed as a task force committee member set up by the Indian Government to establish the legislative drone road map for India. Huzefa has also been at the forefront of outbound and global M&As in particular project management for large cross border acquisitions. Further, he continues to advise on several cutting edge, complex and cross-border TMT matters.


Ayushi Pandey

Leader – M&A | Corporate | Space Law

Nishith Desai Associates

Ayushi is an eight-year corporate lawyer with particular expertise in cross-border M&A transactions, Space Law & commercial contracts. She has substantial experience of working with corporates, investors and other stakeholders in FMCG, Real Estate, IT and Space sectors. Ayushi also has some experience in undertaking fact finding exercises in internal investigations pertaining to white collar crime legislations.


Anirudh Arjun

Member – M&A | Corporate | Space Law

Nishith Desai Associates

Anirudh has been actively involved in representing and advising some of the largest sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and marquee private equity/venture capital funds, across a wide range of mid to large scale transactions. He brings significant expertise in providing strategic solutions to complex legal, regulatory and tax aspects of domestic, cross-border deals and portfolio buy-outs. Anirudh has recently advised sovereign wealth funds' investment in few space sector companies. Anirudh has been recognised as the 'Recommended Lawyer' for the Legal 500 Rankings, 2024.


Palomita Sharma

Member – M&A | Corporate | Space Law

Nishith Desai Associates

Palomita is a member of the M&A and Private Equity team at Nishith Desai Associates. She has work experience on acquisition, mergers and debt issuance matters. She is also a member of firm’s Space Law vertical.


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