ArchiveJanuary 2020

A Book from the Blog: “The Reform Decade: Corporate and Commercial Law in India”

It has been nearly two years in the making, but a book to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the IndiaCorpLaw Blog is now out. Published by the Eastern Book Company, it is titled “The Reform Decade: Corporate and Commercial Law in India”. In this volume, we have curated and edited several blog posts in the form of articles, which we divide thematically into 11 parts. These are: Company Law...

The Gig Is Up – Redefining Employment for Platform Workers

[Shreya Bhatnagar and Aatman Shukla are students of B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) at National Law University Delhi] Today, one of the greatest drivers of the ‘on-demand employment’ economy has been the rise of platform-based apps such as UberWorks or UrbanClap, which have replaced traditional paper-applications and references for seeking employment. Such platform-based apps have eliminated the ‘employer’ as...

Safeguarding Promoters’ Interest in Insolvent Companies: Recent Judgments of the NCLAT

[Soham Chakraborty is a II year, BA LLB (Hons.) student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad] A series of judgments of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (“NCLAT”), as discussed herein, have led to some important developments regarding the rights of promoters when it comes to regaining control of their company under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“the Code”). These judgments...

NCLAT’s Ruling on Exclusion of Lease and Rental Operational Debt

[Chetan Saxena is a 4th-year student from the Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad] The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) in Ravindranath Reddy v. G. Kishan (17 January 2020) held that rental dues arising out of a lease agreement do not fall under the definition of “operational debt” under section 5(21) of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC). The determination of...

SEBI Guidelines for Rights Issue of REIT Units

[Rongeet Poddar is a 5th year student at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences] Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) can be defined as entities that own properties in the real estate sector and finance their development. Structurally, a REIT is identical to an ordinary trust. The real estate properties are owned by the REIT. Companies or limited liability partnerships (LLPs)...

SEBI’s Deferral of the Chair-CEO Separation

Following the Kotak Committee recommendations, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in May 2018 announced that the top 500 Indian listed companies must mandatorily separate the roles of the chair and CEO (or managing director) to prevent a concentration of power in a company’s leadership structure. Moreover, SEBI stipulated that the chairperson should not be related to the CEO. These...

The Limits of Comity: Refusal to Recognise Foreign Insolvency Proceedings

[Aditi Mozika is a IV year B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.) student at Gujarat National Law University] The recent decision of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) in the Jet Airways case has ushered in the era of cross border insolvency in India.[1] Accordingly, the Resolution Professional and the Dutch Trustee – the administrator in bankruptcy of Jet Airways appointed by the Dutch...

Reinforcing the Corporate Governance Framework on Director Competence

[Tushar Oberoy and Rishabh Sharma are 4th year BA.LL.B. (Hons.) students at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad] A director of a company has manifold duties and responsibilities that include ensuring that the interests of all shareholders are protected and that healthy management practices are put in place. For effective fulfillment of these responsibilities, a competent director becomes an...

Call for Papers: NLIU Journal of Business Laws

[Announcement on behalf of the Centre for Business and Commercial Laws, National Law University, Bhopal] The Centre for Business and Commercial Laws (CBCL) has, since its establishment, produced rich research output contributing to the legal discourse in the country, and with the Journal of Business Laws, we hope to continue the same spirit in the field of business and commercial laws. The NLIU...

CCI’s E-commerce Report: A Cross-Jurisdictional Analysis

[Nidhisha Garg is a 4th-year B.A.LL.B (Hons.) student at the National Law Institute University Bhopal] On 8 January, 2020, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) released its report on e-commerce. The report is a result of an e-commerce market study carried out by the CCI starting April 2019, as a response to complaints by the Confederation of All-India Traders (CAIT) and National Restaurants...

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