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Conversion of Tata Sons into a Private Limited Company: In Whose Interest?

The proposed conversion of Tata Sons Limited from a public limited company to a private limited company has reignited the corporate governance issues that the Tata Group has faced over the last year or so. Menaka Doshi has an interesting piece (and an accompanying interview with two corporate lawyers) in BloombergQuint that sets out some of the background to why Tata Sons proposes (and that too...

Private Equity Investors as Promoters in an Initial Public Offer

[Guest post by Rashmi Ramanath, who is a 5th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat] The Initial Public Offering (IPO) of SKS Microfinance was a first of its kind. It was for the first time that a group of four venture capitalists led by Sequoia Capital India were named as promoters to an issue. Vikram Akula, one of the company’s founders, owned a 6% stake in the...

Moratorium under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Code: Impact on Proceedings for Cheque Dishonour

[Guest post by Aayush Mitruka, a lawyer based in Delhi. An earlier version of this post was published in the newsletter of ICSI – Pune chapter.] The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (the “Code”) is an all-encompassing legislation which is, inter alia, aimed at a structured and time-bound process for insolvency resolution and liquidation. Chapter II (Part II) of the Code contains...

Director as “Any Person Aggrieved” under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

[Guest post by Vaidehi Shankar, Associate at Mundkur Law Partners, Bangalore. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author in her personal capacity and do not, in any way or manner, reflect the position or opinion of Mundkur Law Partners] On August 31, 2017, the Supreme Court delivered one of the first landmark judgments on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code) in...

Court’s Power to Terminate Arbitrator’s Mandate: SC Settles Long Outstanding Debate

[Guest post by Sumit Rai, who is an independent counsel in Mumbai, practicing with special focus on international and domestic arbitration as well as arbitration related litigation] In HRD Corporation v Gail (India) Ltd. (decided on August 31, 2017), the Supreme Court held that for any infraction of section 12(5) read with the Seventh Schedule of the amended Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996...

Eligibility Criteria for Insolvency Resolution Professionals: A Critique

[Guest post by Lavanya Chawla, Batch of 2017, National Law School of India University, Bangalore] With more than 270 days gone by since the enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (the Code), the time is ripe to analyse whether the Code has proved to be the magical wand it proclaimed to be. One of the new functionaries introduced by the Code is the Resolution Professional (RP)...

Liability of Personal Guarantors of a Corporate Debtor during the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process

[Guest post by Param Pandya, Research Fellow, Corporate Law and Financial Law, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi. The views expressed by the author are personal.] On September 6, 2017, the Allahabad High Court in the case of Sanjeev Shriya vs. State Bank of India (“Sanjeev Case”) decided the question of the liability of personal guarantors of a company where moratorium under section 14 of...

Restrictive Remedy under Section 14 of the SARFAESI Act

[Guest post by Richa Saraf, Assistant Legal Advisor, Vinod Kothari & Co.] In a recent ruling of the Calcutta High Court in Union Bank of India & Anr. v. State of West Bengal & Ors. (September 1, 2017), the object and intention behind section 14 of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (the “Act”) was discussed. The...

International Business Law Essay Competition

[Announcement posted on behalf of Verus, a law firm] Verus presents the Inaugural Edition of the REEMA RAY PRIZE IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW 2017. The prize is instituted in memory of Reema Ray (1982-2013), who was a brilliant young corporate lawyer in one of the leading law firms in India. Her friends, family and colleagues remember her as a rare person with exceptional qualities of heart and...

SEBI Refrains from Resolving Ambiguity on Permissible Investor Protection Rights

[The following post is contributed by Supreme Waskar, who is a corporate lawyer in Mumbai. An earlier post on this topic is available here.] The existing definition of control under regulation 2(1)(e) of SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011 (the “Takeover Regulations”), defines “control” in inclusive manner as a right to (a) appoint a majority of...

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