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Welcome to INSOL India Newsletter Volume 20, Issue February | Mar 20, 2019

Editor's Message
Divyanshu Pandey

Greetings and warm welcome to all INSOL India members and friends.

 

The IBBI continues to undertake initiatives realizing the significance of the need to strengthen the framework governing insolvency professionals and the committee of creditors under the IBC. In order to meet the market demand of the high standard insolvency professionals, the IBBI has envisaged commencing a ‘Graduate Insolvency Programme’ to be offered by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs pursuant to the recommendations of the working group on the ‘Graduate Insolvency Programme’. The IBBI has also released a charter clearly outlining the roles and responsibilities of an insolvency professional and a committee of creditors under the IBC. These initiatives of the IBBI along with other activities undertaken by them have been dealt with in greater detail in the newsletter.

 

In this edition, we also update you about the some of the latest judgments passed by the Supreme Court of India, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal and the National Company Law Tribunals which further provide clarity on various aspects of the IBC. 

 

We look forward to your valuable inputs and feedback and also invite and encourage you to contribute to the newsletter by submitting articles with the editorial board. “

President's Message
A. S. Chandhiok

Greetings and welcome to yet another issue of your Newsletter!

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 was enacted as “an Act to consolidate and amend the laws relating to reorganization and insolvency resolution of corporate persons, partnership firms and individuals in a time bound manner for maximization of value of assets of such persons, to promote entrepreneurship, availability of credit and balance the interests of all stakeholders including alteration in the order of priority of payment of Government dues and to establish an Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.”  Seventy eight words in a single sentence! Not difficult to comprehend, though not easy to take in a single breath.  No reason to worry, as we are conversant with much lengthy and more convoluting sentences in judgments.  But this sentence is special; it should ring in the ears of all concerned before each insolvency case is taken up, and each resolution plan is considered. True, the Code has undergone certain creative amendments necessitated by time.  It will be again so, as newer and newer challenges surface.  

 

If we analyze the aftermath of this legislation, it can be seen that the vision envisaged, i.e., “maximization of value of assets” is not only gaining due momentum, but stands testified as well.  The focus is straight and clear.  And what about the stream of practice? More doubts stem; more confusions erupt!  If focused better on the objects of the Code, there will be an objective move from recovery focused restructuring to value accretive restructuring.  The turn around has to be seen as a necessity, and not just an option.  Information memorandum and timely completion are still major challenges.  Even then, the amount realized from resolution comes to the tune of Rs.60,000 crore. Is that not a success story?

 

On March 13, the Government has notified the creation of yet another adjudicating forum – The National Bench of the Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT).  The Hon’ble Tribunals under the IBC are reeling under pathetic infrastructure insufficiency.  We need to impress upon the Government with the urgency to provide excellent infrastructure.  Although orders from the constitutional courts are there, adequate infrastructure is still a question..

 

As news of new judgments, analyzes and notifications are in the following pages, prodding them would be laboring the obvious.

 

I would request our readers to join us with views, suggestions and articles.  Readers’ criticism will only add strength.

 

Best,

SIG 24
AAA Insolvency Professionals LLP
ASC Consulting Private Limited
AZB & Partners
Chandhiok & Mahajan, Advocates and Solicitors
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Dhir & Dhir Associates
Duff & Phelps
Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd.
Ernst & Young Global Limited
Grant Thornton India LLP
J Sagar Associates
Kesar Dass B & Associates
Khaitan & Co
KPMG India private Limited
Link Legal
Luthra & Luthra Law Offices New Delhi
PHOENIX LEGAL
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Shroff & Co.
Talwar Thakore & Associates
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Editorial Team
Divyanshu Pandey
Partner, J. Sagar Associates
Editorial Team
Ashish Chhawchharia
Partner - Advisory, Head - Restructuring Services, Grant Thornton Advisory Pvt Ltd
Editorial Team
Anju Agarwal
Director, ASC Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
Editorial Team
Ashwin Bishnoi
Partner, Khaitan & Co.
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DISCLAIMER

INSOL India is a society registered under the provisions of Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. A certificate to this effect was issued by the Registrar of Societies, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi on 11th January 2000.

The formation of INSOL India fulfilled the long cherished desire of the members of the legal fraternity, chartered accountants, company secretaries and other persons, bodies and institutions in India, to have an association to promote closer co-operation, exchange of ideas, dissemination of information and an empathetic understanding of law of insolvency and related lawhe formation of INSOL India fulfilled the long cherished desire of the members of the legal fraternity, chartered accountants, company secretaries and other persons, bodies and institutions in India, to have an association to promote closer co-operation, exchange of ideas, dissemination of information and an empathetic understanding of law of insolvency and related laws.
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