• Welcome to our updates from the world of corporate law and regulation. The year has started with the government focusing on boosting the country’s GDP. Digital India programme and the infrastructure are expected to play key roles in achieving the GDP target of USD 5 trillion by 2026. During the next five years, the government […]

  • On December 28, the President of India promulgated an ordinance to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. A corporate debtor will no longer be liable for any offence committed before the corporate insolvency resolution process. No action including attachment, seizure, retention or confiscation of property of the corporate debtor can be taken in relation to […]

  • A report released by the UK-based Centre for Economics and Business Research places India as the fifth largest economy in the world. It may even overtake Germany if it surpasses USD 5 trillion in gross domestic product by 2026. One of the key contributors to this target would be the government’s Digital India Programme. In […]

  • At the centre of attention in the world of Indian arbitration was a provision inserted into the Arbitration and Conciliation Act by the 2019 amendment. The challenge to Section 87, under attack from struggling infrastructure companies, highlights some contradiction between the arbitration and insolvency laws. The provision stays all arbitral awards in which arbitral proceedings commenced before October […]

  • India has moved up from the 77th to the 63rd rank in the World Bank’s 2020 Report on ease of doing business and the government of India aims to move further up the ladder through regulatory reforms. Recently, the Company Law Committee comprising representation from the government, lawyers, chartered accountants, banks and the corporate sector released a report recommending several amendments […]

  • After the Supreme Court ruled that the Committee of Creditors had all the rights to decide on the distribution of funds realised from the sale of insolvent assets and that the adjudicating authorities could not change the approved resolution plan, ArcelorMittal, in partnership with Japan’s Nippon Steel, will pay Rs 42,000 crores to the financial […]

  • Once again, the conversation around arbitration in India remained focused on the 2019 amendment. Would it lead to a complete exclusion of foreign arbitrators? Does the exception in Section 42A for the confidentiality of arbitration proceedings ignore several other circumstances that would require the disclosure of proceedings? A pragmatic interpretation of the newly incorporated provision would be that […]

  • We hope that all of you had a peaceful festive season with family and friends There has been some pushback recently to the IBC amendment that elevated homebuyers to the status of financial creditors and the Supreme Court judgment that upheld it. The Economic Times has argued that individual homeowners should not be allowed to initiate bankruptcy proceedings. These proceedings […]

  • Setting aside an order of the Mumbai-bench of NCLT, the NCLAT permitted a Dutch insolvency court administrator to attend the Committee of Creditors meetings of the debt-laden Jet Airways. The Resolution Professional of Jet Airways and the Dutch insolvency court administrator informed the NCLAT that they had finalised the terms of cooperation between them. The Committee of […]

  • Last month, we noted some of the key changes brought in by recent amendments made to India’s arbitration law. Even though the provision requiring arbitration panels to consist of Indian nationals alone received some criticism from Justice Rohinton Nariman of the Supreme Court, the response to many of the new provisions such as those requiring the appointment […]

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