Call for Papers: NLIU Trilegal Summit on Mergers and Acquisitions, 2018

Call for Papers: NLIU Trilegal Summit on Mergers and Acquisitions, 2018

The Centre for Business and Commercial Laws of National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU), in collaboration with Trilegal and Cambridge Scholars Publishing, is organizing the third edition of the NLIU-Trilegal Summit on Mergers and Acquisitions (2018 Summit) on 16th and 17th of February, 2018.

The aim of the 2018 Summit is to have discussion on niche issues in the area of M&A among participants, panelists and audience. Such a dialogue would help the fraternity in general and the students in particular in understanding the jurisprudence on M&A, it being a considerably new area of practice.

The 2018 Summit invites participation from authors, who are expected to submit either an article or an essay on M&A within the contours of the sub-themes in light of the relevant legal provisions.


The article/essay should focus on any of the following sub-themes:

  1. Impact of corporate insolvency process on M&A
  2. Impact of GAAR on M&A
  3. Antitrust trends in M&A (for example, change in merger thresholds, Indian and globaltrends in antitrust and their impact on M&A activity)
  4. M&A projections in the real estate market (for example, M&A activity in the light of InvITs and REITs, effect of RERA, 2016)
  5. Regulatory developments affecting M&A transactions
  6. Other contemporary issues relating to M&A


The 2018 Summit shall witness fifteen paper presentations, which shall be selected after an intense review procedure.

The top two presentations in both the categories of articles and essays shall be conferred with rewards. In addition to this, the fifteen submissions that get selected for presentation from both the categories shall be published in a limited edition book titled ‘Emerging Challenges in Mergers and Acquisitions,’ to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, commemorating the 2018 Summit.

The presenters at the 2018 Summit shall additionally receive a certificate acknowledging their participation as a delegate.


For Articles:

  • First Prize – Rs. 11,000 along with an offer of internship with Trilegal.
  • Second Prize – Rs. 8,000

For Essays:

  • First Prize – Rs. 11,000 along with an offer of internship with Trilegal.
  • Second Prize – Rs. 8,000


For the first time, the event is being opened to students of all disciplines. The student must be pursuing his/her Bachelor’s/Master’s/PhD degree.

Procedure and Rules

Authors are required to register themselves provisionally by sending an e-mail, with the subject ‘Registration for NTS 2018’ outlining their intention of contributing to the 2018 Summit. Provisional Registration is open up to 10th November, 2017 (11:59 pm). 

A submission for the 2018 Summit shall be complete only when the author(s) has submitted the following-

  • A manuscript containing the article/essay and an abstract of not more than 300 words;
  • A brief profile of the author(s);
  • An originality statement, signed by the author(s), declaring that the manuscript is the original work of the author(s);
  • A copyright statement, signed by the author(s), whereby the author(s) agrees that the copyright in the work shall vest in the Editor.

The aforementioned documents must be sent by e-mail, with the subject ‘Submission for NTS 2018,’ on or before 20th November, 2017 (11:59 pm).

Word Limit

For Articles:

Manuscripts under this category should be 4000-6000 words long dealing with an issue indepth and demonstrating a comparatively higher level of analysis. Co-authoring of papers (maximum two) among individuals of same or different institutions is permissible.

For Essays:

Manuscripts being submitted under this category should either cover a recent development or be issue-specific within the word limit of 2500-3500 words. Co-authorship is not permissible.

Please note that the word limit in respect of both the categories is exclusive of footnotes. Strict adherence to the word limit is highly prescribed.


Only original articles/essays shall be considered for the competition. Previously published ones shall be rejected forthwith. Any form of plagiarism shall result in disqualification of the submission.

Format of the Article/Essay

  • Typed on A4 size electronic page.
  • Font size shall be 12 points (English) in Times New Roman
  • 1.5 interlinear space
  • Margins of one inch (2.54 cm) on all the four sides
  • For footnotes, font size shall be 10 points in Times New Roman with 1.0 line-spacing


While assessing the article/essay, regard shall be had to:

  • Originality and clarity of the content
  • Quality of the research
  • Language and structure of the article/essay
  • Grammar, syntax and form


The authors should strictly adhere to the citation rules as given in Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition). The citation examples have been provided in the following link:


All the articles and the essays submitted for the Summit shall be the exclusive property of the Editor.

The authors whose submissions are selected shall be required to sign a Contributor Agreement, which shall be provided to them by the organisers. By signing the Contributor Agreement, the author agrees to transfer the rights to publish and sell the work in any binding or medium to Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Please note that publication of the accepted submissions shall be contingent on the authors sending a signed Contributor Agreement to the organisers.

Submission Guidelines:

E-mails for provisional registration, submission and any other clarifications should be sent to:

Registration Fee

Authors whose articles/essays are selected for presentation in the 2018 Summit shall be required to pay an amount of INR 1000 for single author entries and INR 2000 for coauthored entries.

The Centre shall provide accommodation to all the participants.

Contact Details

Deeksha Malik (Convenor, CBCL): +91-9039224737

Aishwarya Choudhary (Co-Convenor, CBCL): +91-9425607714

Arshia Verma (Secretary, CBCL): +91 7049729766

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