TagInsolvency

Can IBC be Invoked against a Financial Service Provider?

[Anirudh Agrawal is a fourth year student of Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad] Recently, a two-member bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in Apeejay Trust v. Aviva Life Insurance Co. India Ltd instituted insolvency proceedings against one of the leading insurance companies of the country – Aviva Life Insurance. Given the exclusion of ‘financial service providers’ from the...

NBFCs and Other Financial Service Providers Now under IBC

[Ashwin Mathew and Bhushan Shah are with Mansukhlal Hiralal & Co, Mumbai]  Under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC), the corporate insolvency resolution process contained in Part II applies to corporate debtors. A corporate debtor is defined as a “corporate person who owes a debt to any person.” Corporate person is defined to exclude financial service providers. A financial...

Promoter Cannot Initiate Restructuring Scheme for Insolvent Company

In an earlier post, I had noted the revival of the scheme of arrangement as a restructuring tool for companies that have been taken into liquidation under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC). In the cases discussed therein, the adjudicatory authorities sought to encourage the parties to use the scheme to attempt a revival of the company before certifying its demise. Among the leading...

Understanding the Scope of Section 238: Overriding Nature of the IBC

[Akhil Kumar is a fifth year BA LLB (Hons.) student and Abhinav Mathur a  fourth year BA LLB (Hons.) student, both at NUALS, Kochi] The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 was enacted with the view of bringing a complete code of reorganisation and insolvency resolution of corporate debtors in a time bound manner. The Code being at a nascent stage, has seen emerging disputes regarding its...

Cross-Border Insolvency in India: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal Paves the Way

[Rongeet Poddar is a final year B.A. LLB (Hons.) student at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences] The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has enabled a Dutch Administrator appointed by the Noord District Court in Holland to participate in the meetings of the Committee of Creditors (CoC) constituted for the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) of Jet...

Participation of Mutual Funds and Insurance Companies under the RBI’s Stressed Assets Framework

[Sachin Santuka is a B.B.A LL.B. candidate at the National Law University Odisha] After the Supreme Court in Dharini Sugars v Union of India struck down the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular dated 12 February 2018, the RBI on 7 June 2019 introduced a revised framework for the resolution of stressed assets. The provisions of the framework are applicable to Scheduled Commercial Banks, All India...

Construction of Exclusive Jurisdictional Clauses: Are Insolvency Proceedings Covered?

[Abhishek Jamalpur is a 4th year student at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies] The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) in Excel Metal Processors Limited v. Benteler Trading International GMBH and Anr confronted an interesting issue. The question was whether an exclusive jurisdiction clause in a commercial contract covers insolvency proceedings initiated under the...

The Murky Case of Aviation Insolvency in India

[Nikhil Gupta is a 5th year BA-LLB (Hons.) student at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi] The Jet Airways crisis primarily occurred due to the default in the unpaid lease amounts owed to several aircraft lessors. Jet’s fleet consisted of around 119 Boeing planes out of which about 100 were leased from lessor companies such as Avolon, GE Capital Aviation Services and Aercap...

Videocon Case: The Doctrine of Substantial Consolidation

[Harshit Agrawal is a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) student at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow] Some of the biggest challenges faced by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) in India are to get a fair value for the stressed industries as a going concern keeping in mind the interest of the creditors. The problem becomes more aggravated in the ‘group company’ situation where a...

Home-Buyers in the IBC: Square Pegs in Round Holes?

[Sikha Bansal is a Senior Associate at Vinod Kothari & Company and can be reached at [email protected]] The ruling of the Supreme Court in Pioneer Urban Land and Infrastructure vs. Union of India comes as a breather for home-buyers, as it upholds the constitutional validity of the amendments made last year to section 5(8) of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC). Section...

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