Company Law has a long history. Company like institutions in India, date back roughly to 800 BCE but certainly during Mouryan Empire (322 BCE to 185 BCE). Of course the corporations were also in existence during Roman times. The company law under British Rule evolved with company law in rest of the common wealth countries.
The book on Company Law:
Corporate law in India is no less complex than any other country governed by Anglo Saxon laws. Parliament of India has enacted a new law called Companies Act, 2013 which has consolidated many previous laws into one code. It also recognizes many institutions which were in existence but were not recognized by previous law of 1956.
Companies Act, 2013 had received the assent of the President of India and is technically on the statute book for two years. Technically because all provisions had not been enforced. Now most of the Act is in force. After the Amendment Act of 2015 and numerous (15) clarificatory amendments Companies Act is on the roll. A fully amended kindle ebook of Bare Act is here for sale on Amazon.
Short Review of companies Act.
This is a bird-eye view type of review and not a hair splitting exercise. Not now. If the corporate lawyers in Delaware were having any sleepless night, they be rest assured that this Act is as nocturnal (or moonshine if you prefer that) as its predecessor and is merely an exercise to legalise the actions already underway by way of executive and regulatory acts.
One person company.