TagStamp Duty

No Stamp Duty or Registration Fees on Conversion from Public Company to Private Company: H.P. High Court

[Deepika Shori and Madhusudan Bose are Advocates at PRA Law Offices] Stamp duty is ordinarily payable on transfer of movable and immovable properties, and several other specified transactions under stamp duty law.  Corporate transactions such as mergers, amalgamations, slump sales and the like are naturally liable to stamp duty because they involve transfer of properties between two entities...

The Unenforceability of Arbitration Clauses in Insufficiently Stamped Documents: A Reaffirmation

[Anirban Chanda is a 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student and Anujay Shrivastava a 5th Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student, both at the Jindal Global Law School] It is a settled legal principle that a document containing an arbitration clause or an independent arbitration agreement which is insufficiently stamped is not enforceable in the Indian courts for arbitration under Part-I of the Arbitration...

Payment of Stamp Duty Inconsequential to Enforceability of a Foreign Arbitral Award in India

[Anirban Chanda is a fourth-year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student and Anujay Shrivastava a final-year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Jindal Global Law School] While the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, even after the 2015 amendment, does not expressly lay down any legal requirement that mandates parties to an arbitration agreement to pay stamp duties on an arbitral award, there has been...

Supreme Court on Unstamped Arbitration Agreement: A Further Analysis

[Rahul Kanoujia and Venkata Supreeth K are student at Gujarat National Law University] The case of Garware Wall Ropes Ltd. v. Coastal Marine Constructions & Engineering Co. Ltd, decided by the Supreme Court in April 2019, involved an application made by Coastal Marine under section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, for the appointment of a sole arbitrator in response to certain...

Supreme Court on Arbitration Agreement in an Unstamped Instrument

[Mansi Patel is a Partner, SRA Consulere, Advocates] In Garware Wall Ropes v Coastal Marine Constructions & Engineering Ltd (10 April 2019), the Supreme Court held that an arbitration agreement in an unstamped instrument does not exist in law; thus it cannot be acted upon by courts for the appointment of an arbitrator under section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. By this...

Improperly Stamped Arbitral Awards: When Can Courts Interfere?

[­Athira Sankar is a 5th year B.A. LL.B student at National Law University, Jodhpur] Introduction The effect of non-payment of stamp duty at the time of enforcement of an award has been the subject of varied judicial interpretation. The conflict arises from the fact that an award passed by a tribunal is not always produced before the courts, unlike decrees in civil suits. In civil proceedings...

Corporatisation Prospects for Unregistered Entities: Amendment to Section 366 of the Companies Act, 2013

[Pammy Jaiswal is a Partner at Vinod Kothari and Company] Background By virtue of the enforcement notification of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (‘MCA’) dated 5 July 2018, the proposed change under section 75 of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (‘Amendment Act’) relating to section 366 of the Companies Act, 2013 (‘Act, 2013’) has been notified with effect from 15 August 2018. Further, by...

Bombay High Court on Arbitration Agreement in an Unstamped Instrument

[Mansi M Patel is an Associate at IndusLaw] The Bombay High Court in Coastal Marine Construction and Engineering Limited v Garware-Wall Ropes Limited (March 2018) observed that in accordance with the amended provisions of section 11 of the Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996 (the “Act”), the role of the court to refer a dispute to arbitration is narrow and is limited to examine the existence...

Ushering a New Era for ARCs: Stamp Duty Exemption on Assignments

[The following post is contributed by Vinod Kothari and Nidhi Bothra of Vinod Kothari & Co. The authors may be reached at [email protected] and [email protected] respectively] Introduction Assignment of actionable claims/ receivables is achieved by an instrument, and such an instrument requires stamp duty. The United Kingdom (UK), Hong Kong, Malaysia and India are examples of...

Stamp Duty on Inter-State Amalgamations

[This post is slightly longer than our usual posts. I would like to thank a reader for drawing attention to a judgment that is the subject matter of this post] Stamp duty on schemes of amalgamation undertaken through sections 391 to 394 of the Companies Act, 1956 have tended to experience a great deal of controversy, as we have previous discussed on this Blog (here, here and here). A recent...

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