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A Proposal to Add Mediation within India’s Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process

India’s Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) was introduced with the aim of improving the efficiency of the resolution process. While there is much to be credited in the law, the practice of it has shown that the process is often delayed by excessive litigation. In our forthcoming  article, Aparajita Kaul and I study delays under the IBC by assessing the law through a feminist lens. We...

Scrutinizing the “Inefficacious Remedy” in Arbitration Proceedings

[Raushan Kumar is a 3rd year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) student at Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam.] Prior to the 2015 amendment to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, parties were at liberty to approach courts to seek interim relief at any time before the commencement of the arbitration proceedings, during the arbitration proceedings, or at any time after making of...

Indian Insolvency Law and Pre-Pack Insolvency Resolution Process: An Analysis: Part 2

[Krrishan Singhania is the Managing Partner at K. Singhania & Co. Srishti Singhania is a Senior Associate at K. Singhania & Co. and Ashuthosh V (trainee) is a IV-year law student at Nirma University. Part 1 of this post is available here] Comparative Analysis The concept of pre-packaged insolvency resolution mechanism is not a new one as it is a huge success in other jurisdictions like...

Indian Insolvency Law and Pre-Pack Insolvency Resolution Process: An Analysis: Part 1

[Krrishan Singhania is the Managing Partner at K. Singhania & Co. Srishti Singhania is a Senior Associate at K. Singhania & Co. and Ashuthosh V (trainee) is a IV-year law student at Nirma University.] The Pre-Packaged Insolvency Resolution Process (“PPIRP”) was introduced in India vide the Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 that was promulgated on 5 April 2021, through...

Call for Submissions for the Special Issue of NLS Business Law Review

[Announcement on behalf of the NLS Business Law Review] The Board of Editors of the National Law School Business Law Review is pleased to invite original and unpublished manuscripts for the Special Issue of the NLS Business Law Review. About the Institution The National Law School of India University is an institution of legal education focusing on legal and policy education in India at the...

The Beer Cartel Case: A Way Forward for the CCI

[Prashant Kumar is a 4th-year student of Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi] In an order dated September 24, 2021, the Competition Commission of India found United Breweries Limited (UBL), Carlsberg India Private Limited, SABMiller India Limited, and All India Brewers’ Association (AIBA), along with their respective key personnel (collectively, the Opposite Parties) guilty of...

Call for Papers by Centre for Corporate Research Law Journal (CRLJ) – CCLS

[Announcement on behalf of the Centre for Corporate Law Studies] The Centre for Corporate Law Studies is an initiative of the Institute aimed atinstitutionalizing and channelizing research on corporate and business-related aspects that take place nationally as well as globally. The Centre looks to give a necessary impetus by inculcating an outlook amongst those future corporate professionals to...

Emerging Dispute Resolution Solutions

[Pramod Rao is Group General Counsel, ICICI Bank. This post represents his personal views] Resolving disputes civilly among individuals, or among individuals and enterprises, is a hallmark of a civilized society. Adoption of uniform, standard procedures and processes for dispute resolution provides the required confidence to citizenry, consumers and commercial enterprises that contracts and...

Fortitude Learning: 3 day Online Certificate Course on Mergers and Acquisitions

[Announcement on behalf of Fortitude Learning] This course, being conducted from October 29 to October 31, 2021, seeks to provide the participants with an in-depth knowledge of the growing relevance of Mergers and Acquisitions in India as well as globally. This course is spread over 15-20 hours to provide the participants with a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of Mergers and...

Managing Significant Transactions & Arrangements with Subsidiaries: Part 2

[Himanshu Dubey and Payal Agarwal are with Vinod Kothari & Co. Part 1 is available here] Basis for assessment – standalone or consolidated? Having dealt with the parameter to be considered for various transactions, another question that may arise is whether the total revenues or expenses or assets or liabilities, as the case may be, have to be considered on a standalone basis or on a...

Managing Significant Transactions & Arrangements with Subsidiaries: Part 1

[Himanshu Dubey and Payal Agarwal are with Vinod Kothari & Co.] The seamless flow of information between a holding company and its subsidiaries is imperative for effective governance at the level of a corporate group. Since listed companies in India often function with complex structures with a number of subsidiaries, it is not feasible for the holding company to deliberate upon all the...

Resolving the Conundrum of Decree-holding Homebuyers under the IBC

[Anand Singh is a 3rd-year student of Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur] Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“IBC”) allows financial creditors to initiate a corporate insolvency resolution process (“CIRP”) against a corporate debtor. However, whether a decree or recovery certificate holder falls under the said provision has always remained an open question...

Law Over Equity in Condonation of Delay under the IBC

[Anumeha Smiti is a final year B.A.LL.B (Hons.) student at National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi] In the recent matter of National Spot Exchange Limited v. Mr Anil Kohli, Resolution Professional for Dunar Foods Limited (14 September 2021), the Supreme Court reiterated the position of law on condonation of delay by the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal [NCLAT] under...

A Look at the Recently Redefined Scope of Section 9 of the IBC

[Jagrati Maru and Vaishnavi Srivastava are 5th year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) students at Gujarat National Law University in Gandhinagar] Section 9 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) empowers an operational creditor to file an application to initiate the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against a corporate debtor. The section further lists out certain requirements which need...

Revisiting the Enforceability of ‘Foreign-Seated’ Emergency Awards Post-Amazon

[Rishav Sen is a 4th Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat. He is grateful to Abhijeet Shrivastava and Anujay Shrivastava for providing their valuable feedback on this post] One of the primary objectives of international commercial arbitration is to ensure the enforceability of arbitral awards. To achieve this in practice, once the legal requirements for...

Interim Relief against Third Parties under the Arbitration Act: A Never-Ending Saga

[Ayushi Dubey and Yash Jain are final year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) students at Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad] The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (the “Act”) empowers the courts and the arbitral tribunal to grant interim relief under sections 9 and 17 of the Act respectively. The powers of the court under section 9 are wider than that of the tribunal under section 17. Section 9...

Operational Creditors and their Exclusion from the Committee of Creditors under the IBC

[Deevanshu Jaswani is a 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at National Law University, Odisha] The Supreme Court recently in K.N Rajakumar v. Nagarajan has reiterated the ‘settled principle’ of going concern of corporate debtor and held that “[e]very attempt has to be first made to revive the concern and make it a going concern, liquidation being the last resort.” This came in the backdrop of...

Directors’ Liability and Climate Risk in India

Climate change has garnered significant attention given that it poses a serious challenge to sustainable development. No longer is it merely within the domain of voluntary conduct on the part of corporations. Instead, it is a material financial risk that corporations encounter, thereby imposing duties on the boards of directors of corporations to recognise and address climate risk. In “Directors’...

Modification of Arbitral Awards and Section 34: An Alternative Perspective

[Deeksha Pokhriyal is a 3rd year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student and Aviral Agrawal is a 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at NALSAR University of Law] The Supreme Court of India in The Project Director, NHAI v. M. Hakeem  held that courts, while exercising jurisdiction under section 34 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (‘1996 Act’) do not possess the power to modify an arbitral award...

Micro-Consultative Mode in Liquidation: Will Liquidations Become More Efficient?

[Sikha Bansal is Partner at Vinod Kothari & Company and can be reached at [email protected]] The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (‘IBBI’) recently came up with IBBI (Liquidation process) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2021 (‘Amendment Regulations’) making certain important changes in the provisions pertaining to the liquidation process under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code...

Enforceability of Foreign Arbitral Awards on Non-signatories

[Anand Singh is a third year student at Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur] The Supreme Court on 11 August 2021 in Gemini Bay Transcription Pvt. Ltd vs. Integrated Sales Service Ltd.  held that foreign arbitral awards are enforceable against non-signatories to the agreement. The judgment clarifies a critical issue, settling the position that the grounds contained under the Arbitration...

ESOPs to Non-permanent Employees: An Analysis of SEBI’s Recommendation

[Anant Budhraja is a III year student at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata] Unacademy, the ed-tech unicorn, became the first Indian company to issue Employee Stock Options (ESOPs) to gig workers, i.e., educators on their platform, in July 2021.These options, referred to as Teachers Stock Options (TSOPs), constituted a corpus of $40 million, which had directly...

Arbitrability of Antitrust Disputes

[Avnish Prakash and Sakshi Jha are 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) students at Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur] Arbitration is a private and consensual mode of dispute settlement which has gained immense importance in the contemporary commercial era. Fundamentally, disputes before arbitration must be of private nature, as it is not considered appropriate if disputes with public...

Fallacy in Extending Section 29A of IBC to Liquidation

[Amay Bahri is a final year student at National Law University, Delhi] Section 29A of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“IBC”) is one of the most contentious and debated provisions under the legislation. It creates a statutory bar on certain persons (being promoters or management of corporate debtors) as well as persons connected to, related to, and working jointly with such persons from...

Going Concern Sales under IBC: An Analysis

[Kumari Saloni is a 4th year B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) student at National Law University, Delhi] The corporate insolvency resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (‘IBC’) aims at the revival of financially distressed companies. Contrarily, liquidation only aims at maximum recovery to the creditors because in liquidation a debtor does not survive after the event. However, the...

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