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IBC Amendment Ordinance 2018: At Crossroads With RERA

[Garima Mehra and D Sharma are both Advocates] The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 (the “Ordinance”) was recently promulgated by the President. It incorporates the key recommendations of the Insolvency Law Reform Committee’s (“ILRC”) report published on 3 April 2018 (Report). One of the significant recommendations is the inclusion of homebuyers within the ambit of...

Resolving the Anti-Trust Concerns Raised by Insolvency Resolution Plans

[Priyadarsini T P is a 3rd year B.A LL.B (Hons) student at National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi] Recently, Vedanta and JSW Steel received approval from the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”) for acquiring the insolvent entities Electrosteel Steels Ltd. and Monnet Ispat and Energy respectively. Although section 238 of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 contains a non...

Adherence to Timelines in the Insolvency Resolution Process

[Medhashree Verma is a 2nd year B.B.A, LL.B. student at National Law University Odisha, Cuttack] One of the main objectives behind the enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (the “Code”) was to provide for a speedy system for resolution of stressed companies. A healthy insolvency regime requires fast insolvency resolution for minimising creditors’ losses and maximising the asset...

Status of Homebuyers in Corporate Insolvency: Will Ordinance Assure Relief and Returns?

[Swaha Sinha is a 3rd year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune] The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (the Code) has been subject to endless scrutiny and suggested changes, with some being implemented through recent amendments. Most strikingly, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs constituted an expert panel to recommend amendments to this ground-breaking statute, resulting in the...

Section 29A of the Insolvency Code: A Critique of its Impact & Recent Developments

[Varun Khandelwal is a Third Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)student at The W. B. National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS)] Introduction The insolvency regime in India is still in its nascent stage and it has not been too long since the Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee submitted its report, which laid the foundation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016(the “Code”). Initially, theCode...

Jaypee Infratech Case: Discerning the Reach of Avoidance Proceedings

[Sikha Bansal is a Senior Associate at Vinod Kothari & Company, and can be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]] In IDBI Limited v. Jaypee Infratech Limited (order dated May 16, 2018), the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad Bench (NCLT), dealt with a crucial aspect of insolvency proceedings, namely  vulnerable transactions. The resolution professional (RP) of...

Financial Exposure of Secured Creditors and the Relevance of Vertical Comparison in Resolution

[Richa Saraf is a Legal Advisor at Vinod Kothari Consultants Pvt. Ltd.] An effective conduct of the corporate insolvency resolution process calls for an insight into the ranking of claims of various creditors. In most resolution plans, one finds that the financial creditors are paid a particular value as settlement of claims, and no specific provision exists as to how this amount is to be...

Liquidation Before Resolution?

[Richa Sarafis a Legal Advisor at Vinod Kothari Consultants Pvt. Ltd.] Historically, it has taken an unduly long period of time to wind up or liquidate a company in India as compared to other countries. Such lengthy time-frames are detrimental to the interest of all stakeholders. The process ought to be time-bound, aimed at maximizing the chances of preserving value for the stakeholders as well...

Binani Cements Insolvency: NCLT Triggers (Yet Another) Auction

The insolvency of Binani Cements has triggered a number of legal issues involving the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. One of those relates to the manner in which the resolution plan has to be approved and implemented, especially in the context where a number of plans have been proposed. In this case, the company entered the insolvency process, following which the committee of creditors...

Home Buyers as Financial Creditors: Desperate Improvisation and its Ramifications

[Rishabh Sant Tiwari is a 4th year B.A. LL.B. (Business Law Honours) student at National Law University, Jodhpur, India] The recently released Report of the Insolvency Law Committee (“Committee Report”) has brought about seminal changes in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“IBC”). The most remarkable highlight of the Committee Report is its recommendation to treat home buyers of under...

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