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The Curious Case of Cryptocurrencies: Part II

[Pranav Tolani is associated with a corporate law firm in Mumbai and can be reached at [email protected]] The first post in this series is available here] The Indian Position While India has active cryptocurrency traders as well as cryptocurrency exchanges, there has been no serious development on the regulatory front, except, of course, the repeated warnings by Reserve Bank of India and the...

The Curious Case of Cryptocurrencies: Part I

[Pranav Tolani is associated with a corporate law firm in Mumbai and can be reached [email protected]] Cryptocurrencies have made waves in financial markets around the globe. According to leading cryptocurrency exchanges, the August 2018 global cryptocurrency market capitalisation is somewhere short of USD 400 billion – less than half of what it was in December 2017 (on the back of...

Corporate Insolvency Proceedings: Can Interest be Claimed as a Part of Debt?

[Lyssa Maria Brito is a 4thyear B.B.A.L.L.B. (Hons.) student at School of Law Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru] Introduction Earlier, in section 433(e) of the Companies Act, 1956, there was no distinction provided between a financial and an operational debt. Section 433(e) only provided that a company may be wound up by the court if it is unable to pay its debts. Therefore, the issue...

Promoter’s Stake in Private Banks and Kotak Mahindra Bank’s Preference Share Issue

[Anirudh Goyal and Vishal Hablani are 4thand 3rdYear B.A.L.L.B. (Hons.) students respectively at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata] The Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) on 14 August 2018 took the view that the recent issue of preference shares by Kotak Mahindra Bank to dilute the stake of Uday Kotak, the promoter of bank, does not meet the regulatory norms. The bank on 2...

Prospects of Regulation of Initial Coin Offerings by SEBI

[Aishwarya Singh is a 5th year law student at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat] The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had, by way of a circular, ring-fenced banks from dealing with cryptocurrencies. However, the status of cryptocurrencies in India is far from decided. The RBI circular has been recently challenged in the Supreme Court. On the other hand, the Government had also constituted an Inter...

Cryptocurrency on the Path to Legalisation?

[Vineet Ojha is a Manager at Vinod Kothari Consultants Pvt Ltd] From conservative investors to cryptocurrency enthusiasts, cryptocurrency has been the hot button issue. In the tech world, a common phrase is “that’s so crazy it just might work”, and hence, an open-source, unregulated, P2P currency has been thriving for the better part of the last decade. The Indian regulators have not taken...

Concept of Related Party: Interpretation by Letter or Spirit of the IBC?

[Richa Saraf is a Legal Advisor at Vinod Kothari & Co.] In J.R. Agro Industries P. Limited v. Swadisht Oils P. Ltd. (decided on 24 July 2018), the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Allahabad observed that“if claim of related party is given priority over operational creditors, it would not be just to operational creditor”. In the instant matter, the related party and the corporate debtor...

Cryptocurrencies: Their Nature and Prospects for Taxation – Part 1

[Anirudh Singh is a 4thyear B.A LL.B (Hons.) student at NALSAR, Hyderabad] Cryptocurrencies have gained significant prominence in the market since the inception of “Bitcoins”. (In this post, Bitcoins and cryptocurrencies are treated interchangeably for the sake of simplicity).  The popularity of Bitcoins can be estimated from the fact that upon its introduction in 2009 the value of one Bitcoin...

The Battle against Non-Performing Assets

[Pranjal Doshi is an MCL Candidate, University of Cambridge] The foundation of an enduring banking industry lies in robustly crafted recovery mechanisms. It promotes the stable existence of the borrower-lender relationship. Incongruously, non-performing assets (“NPAs”) have grown substantially in India from 9.2% (September 2016) to 10.2% (September 2017)[1], amounting to ₹8,36,782 crores (October...

Can Liquidator’s Outreach Grab Guarantor’s Assets?

[Sikha Bansal is a Senior Associate at Vinod Kothari & Company and Shreya is a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab. The authors can be reached at [email protected]] In Punjab National Bank v. Vindhya Vasini Industries Limited, [C.P. ( IB)-1170(MB)] the issue before the National Company Law Tribunal (“NCLT”), Mumbai Bench was whether a...

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