ArchiveNovember 2017

Supreme Court Declines to Make Composite Reference to Arbitration from Interrelated Multiple Agreements

[Ritvik M. Kulkarni is an associate with Wadia Ghandy & Co., Mumbai. Views are strictly personal] In its order last month in Duro Fulgeura v. Gangavaram Port Ltd., the Supreme Court of India refused to make a composite reference and to appoint a single arbitral tribunal for disputes arising out of multiple agreements between the same parties (the “Order”). Factual Background A tender was...

The Status of MLM Companies in India

[Shubhi Goyal is a 4th Year Student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad] Multi-level Marketing Companies (“MLM Companies”) sell their products and services directly to consumers, instead of following the traditional distribution channel of Manufacturer – Distributor – Wholesaler – Retailer – Consumer. They rely for their business on a non-salaried workforce, which sells products to...

Proxy Holders and Corporate Representatives: The Obligation to Vote According to Instructions

[Job Michael Mathew is a 4th year BA.LL.B (Hons) student at NALSAR University of Law. He may be reached at [email protected]] This post examines the question whether proxyholders appointed under section 105 of Companies Act, 2013 (the “Act”) and corporate representatives appointed under section 113 are required to vote according to the specific instructions given to them by their appointers...

The Ambiguous Treatment of Non-Compete Covenants in Joint Venture Agreements

[Anubhuti Maithani is a 2nd year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) student at NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad, India] A non-compete clause (NCC) is a restrictive covenant, frequently found in combination agreements like mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and joint venture agreements, that prohibits one party from competing with the other on terms stipulated therein. In other words, it restricts one party...

Ordinance to Amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Promulgated

In recent weeks, there has been an intense debate, including on this Blog, about whether promoters (particularly those broadly considered wilful defaulters) must be allowed to bid for assets being sold as part of the resolution plan for a debtor company under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (the “Code”). This debate was sparked partly by certain transparency norms introduced by the...

Undue Emphasis on Certificate from a Financial Institution under Insolvency Law

[Aayush Mitruka is a lawyer based in Delhi] The working of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code) has given rise to several challenges which need to be adequately addressed. The Code enables an operational creditor to initiate a corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) under section 9 provided it has complied with the requirement of sending a demand notice to the corporate debtor...

Settlement under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016: A Contrarian Perspective

[Shaleen Tiwari is an Advocate, Bombay High Court and a graduate of Hidayatullah National Law University, BA.LLB (Hons.), 2016] This post represents a contrarian view to the one adopted in a November 17, 2017 post titled ‘The Jeopardy of Settlements in Insolvency Cases’. Forming the cornerstone of the discussion here is the recent Supreme Court order in Uttara Foods and Feeds Private Limited v...

Survey on Succession Planning in Indian Companies

Historically, the issue of succession planning has received scant attention from a policy perspective in the corporate governance debates in India. More recently, however, succession planning has played a key role in corporate governance episodes such as Tata Sons and Infosys, thereby highlighting the importance of the concept. Regulators and policymakers have begun to place emphasis on...

Unexplored Antitrust and Contract Law Issues In Indian Transport Aggregation

[Arjun Agarwal is a 5th year student at WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata and Pragya Dahiya a 4th year student at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat. The authors can be contacted at [email protected]] Much has been written about anti-trust issues surrounding the practices adopted by the likes of Uber and Ola in India. Hardly any attention has, however, been paid to the...

The Jeopardy of Settlements in Insolvency Cases

[Shreya Prakash is a BCL student at the University of Oxford. Earlier posts on the topic can be found here and here.] The Supreme Court in a recent order recommended that the Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Application to the Adjudicating Authority) Rules, 2016 be amended to allow for settlement between an individual debtor and creditor after an insolvency petition has been accepted. With respect...

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