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Supreme Court Invokes Article 142 to Permit Withdrawal of CIRP

[Raghav Bhatia is an Advocate, currently practising at the Supreme Court of India & the Delhi High Court. He can be contacted at [email protected]] Recently, the Supreme Court of India (“Supreme Court”) in Amit Katyal v. Meera Ahuja permitted the parties to settle the matter and withdraw the CIRP proceedings by invoking article 142 of the Constitution of India (“Constitution”). The...

Supreme Court on Motive as a Precondition for Insider Trading

In a significant decision in Securities and Exchange Board of India v. Abhijit Rajan (19 September 2022), the Supreme Court of India has ruled that the motive on the part of the insider to seek profits is an essential precondition for a successful insider trading charge. Such a directive from the Supreme Court is likely to have implications for insider trading cases currently within the...

GNLU Student Law Review – Call for Papers: Volume IV

[Announcement on behalf of the GNLU Student Law Review] The GNLU Student Law Review (GNLUSLR) is the flagship student journal of the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. The Review is an annually published, student-edited, double blind peer-reviewed, online, open-access Law Review. Volume III of the Law Review can be viewed here. GNLUSLR is hereby calling for papers for its Volume IV...

An Analysis of SEBI’s Regulatory Framework for Bond Trading Platform

[Ganesh BL and Shubhalakshmi Bhattacharya are Associates at a law firm in Mumbai] On 21 July, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) issued a consultation paper (“Consultation Paper”) proposing a regulatory framework to govern online bond trading platforms (“Bond Platforms”). This comes at a time when India has witnessed a transformation in the number of retail investors...

Supreme Court Holds Tax Authorities to be Secured Creditors: Quandary Revived

[Sikha Bansal is a Partner and Neha Sinha an Executive at Vinod Kothari & Company. They can be reached at [email protected]] Earlier this week, in State Tax Officer v. Rainbow Papers Limited (6 September 2022), the Supreme Court (‘SC’) dealt with the question whether the provisions of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (‘IBC’), especially section 53, overrides section 48 of the...

Supreme Court on Debentureholders’ Rights under Intercreditor Agreements

[Sikha Bansal is a Partner at Vinod Kothari & Company and can be reached at [email protected]] A well-developed corporate bond market not only provides cost-effective funds to the issuer, but it also enables lenders such as banks and other financial institutions to streamline their asset-liability mismatches. As such, there have been considerable efforts to facilitate the development...

SSB Retail India: Analyzing the Need to Safeguard the Scheme of the IBC

[Prakriti is a third-year student at the Hidayatullah National Law University] The enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) was an active step by the legislature to provide a consolidated law for reorganization and insolvency resolution in India. It was an attempt to scrap the earlier existing defaulters’ paradise in India. The IBC has successfully pushed India upwards in the...

Call for Papers: International Virtual Conference on New Facets of Consumer Protection: Challenges and Way Forward

[Announcement on behalf of the Chair for Consumer Law and Practice, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru] The Chair for Consumer Law and Practice (CLAP), National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (NLSIU) invites papers for the International Conference on ‘New Facets on Consumer Protection Challenges and the Way Forward.’ About the Conference The international conference...

Supreme Court on Mandatory Pre-Litigation Mediation in Commercial Court Cases

Mediation has gained significant momentum as a means of alternative dispute resolution, both within India and globally. This is particularly so in disputes involving corporate and commercial issues. In this background, an important question arose before the Supreme Court of India on whether pre-litigation mediation is mandatory under section 12A of the Commercial Courts Act, 2015. In Patil...

Time for Indian Courts to Make Way For Emergency Arbitrators?

[Abhisar Vidyarthi is an Associate at AZB & Partners, New Delhi] Over the last decade, emergency arbitration has been increasingly recognised and adopted by most national and international arbitral institutions. In India, emergency arbitration received a significant push on 6 August 2021, when the Supreme Court of India (‘Supreme Court’) rendered a monumental decision in Amazon.com Nv...

Enhanced Minimum Amount of Default under IBC – Retrospective or Prospective?

[Ashwin Bala Someshwerar is an LL.M. Student at TNNLU, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.] The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) issued a notification on 24 March 2020 (hereafter, ‘the notification’) enhancing the minimum amount of default under the proviso to section 4 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) from one lakh rupees to one crore rupees. The notification does not mention the...

NCLAT Clarifies the Degree of Intervention in a Scheme of Reduction of Capital

[Aastha Bhandari is a fourth-year student at Jindal Global Law School] On 28 July, 2022 the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (“NCLAT”) passed its judgement in Precious Energy Services Limited v. Regional Director, holding that the negative financials of a company vis-à-vis its net worth and book value per share do not hold any relevance in determining whether the company possesses...

Proposed Merger Control Amendments: Questions and Potential Consequences

[Avinash Kotval and Ishaan Saraswat are penultimate year students at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat] The Government of India, through the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (“2022 Bill”), proposed to bring about multiple changes to Indian competition law. One of the most pertinent changes is the introduction of a new thresholdfor the notification of any combination to the Competition...

Call for Submissions: Indian Competition Law Review

[Announcement on behalf of the Indian Competition Law Review] The Centre for Competition Law and Policy (“CCLP”), NLU Jodhpur, is pleased to invite submissions for  Volume VII Issue II of Indian Competition Law Review (“ICLR”). About National Law University, Jodhpur National Law University Jodhpur (NLUJ) is one of the foremost law schools in India. Since its establishment in 1999, it has...

Cox and Kings Judgment: Revisiting the Group of Companies Doctrine

[Natasha Matange and Dharmvir Brahmbhatt are 4th and 5th year students at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar] Arbitration has been growing as a method of dispute resolution in recent years both in India and abroad. It is more formal than mediation, yet has certain procedural similarities to litigation. The essence of arbitration is rightly considered to be consent. It is recognised by...

The Need for an Ex -Post Assessment Framework to Tackle Killer Acquisitions in India

[Vishnu Bandarupalli is a third-year BA. LLB (Hons.) student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad] Zomato’s acquisition of Uber Eats, Ola Cabs’ acquisition of TaxiForSure, Myntra’s acquisition of Jabong.com and, more recently, the merger of PVR and Inox—what is common between these corporate deals? They have arguably resulted in the consolidation of market power without triggering an antitrust...

Writ Petitions Not Ordinarily Maintainable against Non-Interim Arbitral Orders

[Anujay Shrivastava is an Advocate (India-qualified) and incoming LLM candidate at the University of Cambridge, and Abhijeet Shrivastava is a final year law student at Jindal Global Law School, India] Recently, a single judge of the Delhi High Court issued an order in Easy Trip Planners Ltd. v. One97 Communications Ltd. (25 July 2022), where it precluded a party from challenging an ‘order’ of an...

Unpaid License Fees as ‘Operational Debt’: The Ambiguity Persists

[Soundarya Rajagopal and Palak Sheth are 4th year B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.) students at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar] In Jaipur Trade Expocentre Pvt. Ltd. v. Metro Jet Airways Training Pvt. Ltd. (“Jaipur Trade”), a full-bench of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (“NCLAT”) held that dues in relation to lease and license of immovable property constitute ‘operational debt’ under...

Analysing the Effect of the Supreme Court Judgement in Indian Oil Corporation Limited v. NCC Limited

[Dhiraj Abraham Philip is an Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India and a Partner at the law firm, Dua Associates] The Supreme Court in its judgment dated 20 July 2022 in Indian Oil Corporation Limited v. NCC Limited, held that even after the insertion of sub-section (6-A) in section 11, the scope of inquiry by the Court was not confined to the examination of whether a binding...

Supreme Court Decision in Vidarbha: Return to the Pre-IBC Era

[Abhismita Goswami is a Trainee Associate at Mindspright Legal, Mumbai] An application for initiating a corporate insolvency resolution process (“CIRP”) under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“IBC”/ “Code”) can be filed with the National Company Law Tribunal (“NCLT”) by the financial creditors (“FCs”) and operational creditors (“OCs”) of a corporate debtor (“CD”), under section 7 and...

Call for Posts: Centre for Corporate Law, National Law University Odisha

[Announcement on behalf of the CCL Blog] The CCL Blog is a two-tier peer-reviewed blog affiliated with the Centre for Corporate Law, National Law University Odisha. The blog aims to further the goal of increasing the quality of knowledge on nuanced areas of corporate law and increase the engagement and discussions on the present-day issues of contention. This would help bolster research within...

Analysing CCI’s Order Directing Investigation against BookMyShow

[Tarusi Jain is a third year student at O.P Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat] On 16 June 2022, the Competition Commission of India (‘CCI’) passed an order against Big Tree Entertainment Private Limited (‘BookMyShow’) and directed the Director General (‘DG’) to investigate the allegations of abuse of dominance by BookMyShow in the market for online intermediation services for booking of movie...

Call for Papers: Hidayatullah National Law University Student Review

[Announcement on behalf of HNLUSR] General Information The Hidayatullah National Law University Student Review (HNLUSR) seeks to publish innovative, original scholarship that significantly contributes to the field of law. HNLUSR is a bi-annual publication, student-edited, peer-reviewed, open-access law journal dedicated to publishing legal scholarship by lawmakers, judges, practitioners...

Analyzing the Business Judgement Doctrine in the Indian Context

[Dhvani Shah is a penultimate year student at Gujarat National Law University] In January 2022, the Rajasthan High Court stayed trial court proceedings against Mr. Pratip Chaudhuri, ex-SBI Chairman, for an alleged bank loan scam. Mr. Chaudhuri was arbitrarily arrested for discrepancy in the sale of a non-performing asset (NPA) of the bank, i.e., the “Garh Rajwada hotel” to the Alchemist Asset...

Section 14, SARFAESI Act: Settling A Jurisdictional Conundrum

[KV Kailash Ramanathan is a 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi] Section 14 of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act (“SARFAESI Act” or “Act”) provides for judicial assistance to creditors in enforcing their security interest as envisaged under section 13 of the Act. A...

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