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A Look at the Recently Redefined Scope of Section 9 of the IBC

[Jagrati Maru and Vaishnavi Srivastava are 5th year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) students at Gujarat National Law University in Gandhinagar] Section 9 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) empowers an operational creditor to file an application to initiate the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against a corporate debtor. The section further lists out certain requirements which need...

Green Bonds in India: The Present and What Next

[Naga Sai Srikar HK is a fifth-year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), student at School of Law, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Bangalore] Green bonds (GBs) have lately gained prominence globally and are being seen as a lucrative opportunity by both investors and corporations looking at debt financing options. The Covid-19 pandemic has nudged policy makers across the world to rethink on priorities and adopt...

Hanging by a Thread: The Saga of Interest-Free Loans under the IBC

[Ojaswi Shankar is with ICICI Bank in Mumbai] In Orator Marketing Private Limited v. Samtex Desinz Private Limited (26 July 2021), the Supreme Court held that a person who has advanced an interest-free loan to a corporate entity would be a ‘financial creditor’ and, hence, competent to initiate a corporate insolvency resolution process (“CIRP”) under section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy...

Retention of Title Clauses – An Indian Perspective

[Malavika Devaya is an associate at Poovayya & Co., Advocates & Solicitors.] A retention of title (ROT) clause is a provision that may be included in commercial contracts and purports to protect the seller’s interests by maintaining title to the goods with the seller until the occurrence of a future event, usually the receipt of payment. These clauses are, however, not very commonly...

Disputes amongst the Same Class of Creditors and Judicial Intervention

[Rohit Sharma is a partner at Mamta Binani & Associates, Mumbai] Since the inception of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (‘Code’), numerous amendments have been carried out to plug the loopholes or uncertainties in the Code. In such a vein, section 30(4) of the Code was amended on 6 August, 2019, which states as follows: (4) The committee of creditors may approve a resolution plan by...

Fragmented Framework for Perfection of Security Interest: A Secured Creditor’s Nightmare?

[Sikha Bansal is a Partner and Siddharth Goel a Legal Advisor at Vinod Kothari & Company] An interesting question of law came up for consideration by way of appeal before National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) in Volkswagen Finance Private Limited v. Shree Balaji Printopack Pvt. Ltd . The brief facts of the case involved a car financing company, which extended a car loan to the...

Non-Arbitrability of Debt Recovery Disputes: The Need for Reconsideration

[Shagun Singhal and Khushbu Turki are third year students at National Law Institute University, Bhopal] Since the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 fails to define the contours of subject-matter arbitrability, the same has remained a bone of contention despite repeated attempts by the courts to crystallise its scope. The issue was first addressed by the Supreme Court in of Booz Allen v. SBI...

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...

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