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The IBC’s Circle of Interpretation: Univalue Projects Pvt. Ltd. v. The Union of India

[Animesh Bordoloi is an Assistant Lecturer at the Jindal Global Law School and Hitoishi Sarkar is a III year student at the Gujarat National Law University. The authors would like to thank Mr. Rahul Sibal for his comments on the post] On August 18, 2020, a Single Judge of the Calcutta High Court in Univalue Projects Pvt. Ltd. v. The Union of India struck down an order passed by the Registrar of...

NCLAT’s Ruling in the Surana Liquidation Case: An Analysis

[Shreya Dagar is a 3rd year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) student at National Law University Jodhpur] The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (“NCLAT”) on 18 June 2020 decided in favour of the liquidator in Srikanth Dwarakanath v. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). The case dealt with the liquidation of Surana Power Limited (“SPL”). The tribunal imported a provision of the Securitisation and...

Suspension of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code: The Way Forward

[Shreya Choudhary and Arnav Sinha are final year students of ILS Law College, Pune] In the wake of recent developments involving the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of 2016 (IBC), it is important to explore the various alternatives to restructuring debt, dealing with stressed assets and furthering the economic growth in the country. The Finance Minister announced various changes to the IBC to...

SEBI’s Proposed Framework for Corporate Bonds and Debenture Trustees

[Rashmi Birmole is a III year B.A., LL.B. student at ILS Law College, Pune] Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (“IL&FS”), a non-banking finance company (“NBFC”) belonging to a sub-category of systemically important non-deposit accepting core investment companies was, at the time, engaged in  financing and developing infrastructure projects. In June 2018, the collapse of IL&FS...

Liability of Issuers for Misleading Advertisement in a Public Issue of Securities

[Neha Sinha is a 3rd Year B.A. LL.B. student at National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi] In an order dated February 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) imposed penalty on Muthootu Mini Financiers Ltd. (MMFL) in a matter relating to misleading advertisement made to the public at large regarding the issue of debt securities. The matter was decided by...

Position of Third Party Security after Jaypee Infratech

[Ankesh Kumar is a IV Year student at NLIU Bhopal] Anuj Jain v Axis Bank Limited witnessed the Supreme Court ruling on two important matter in Indian insolvency law. As summarized in this post, while the Court set aside the transactions in question as being preferential within the meaning of section 43 of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC), it went on to decide that creditors taking third...

Enforcing a Pledge over an Insurance Company’s Shares

A transfer of shares of an insurance company requires the prior approval of the Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority of India (IRDAI) in certain circumstances. Section 6A(4)(b)(iii) of the Insurance Act, 1938 provides: “(4) A public company as aforesaid which carries on life insurance business- … (b) shall not register any transfer of shares … (ii) where, after the transfer, the total...

Disclosure of Loan Defaults by Listed Entities

Readers may recall the controversy surrounding a circular that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) issued in August 2017 to all listed companies requiring them to make a public disclosure to the stock exchanges within one working day of defaulting on loans and other financial facilities. In a blog post then, I had discussed the rationale for SEBI’s move. However, the circular came...

RBI’s Circular Invalidated: A Potential Watershed Moment in the Indian Insolvency Regime

[Saurav Roy is a final-year law student [V B.A.LL.B] at ILS Law College, Pune] On 2 April 2019, a Supreme Court bench of Justice Rohinton Nariman and Justice Vineet Saran delivered a landmark judgement in the case of Dharani Sugars and Chemicals Ltd. v. Union of India which deals with the pertinent issue of a controversial circular issued on 12 February 2018 titled “Resolution of Stressed Assets...

Expansion of the Rights of Secured Creditors to Recover Debts

[Isha Gupta is a III Year B.A.LLB. (Hons.) student at National Law University, Delhi] The legislature and the judiciary have both adopted a rather pro-creditor approach towards insolvency in the recent past, which is apparent from the enactment of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (“IBC”) and the decision of the Supreme Court in Swiss Ribbons Pvt Ltd v Union of India, wherein the Court upheld...

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