Insolvency law amended: Willful defaulters barred from bidding for assets

[] Willful defaulters and entities, whose accounts have been classified as NPAs, will be barred from bidding for assets under the insolvency law, with the President giving his assent to an ordinance to amend the bankruptcy code

The President of India has given his assent, on November 23, 2017, to an ordinance to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. The ordinance aims at putting in place safeguards, to prevent unscrupulous persons from misusing or vitiating the provisions of the Code.

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“The amendments aim to keep out such persons, who have willfully defaulted, are associated with non-performing assets (NPAs), or are habitually non-compliant and therefore, are likely to be a risk to the successful resolution of insolvency of a company,” an official release said. Those who have their accounts classified as non-performing assets for one year or more and are unable to settle their overdue amounts including interest thereon and charges relating to the account, before submission of the resolution plan, would also be ineligible.

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As per the ordinance, corporates, promoters and associate companies, undergoing insolvency resolution or liquidation under the Code, would not be eligible for bidding for the stressed assets. The amended Code also says that the Committee of Creditors (CoC) should ensure the viability and feasibility of a resolution plan, before approving it. The release further said the CoC should ‘reject a resolution plan, which is submitted before the commencement of the ordinance but is yet to be approved’.

The Code, which became operational in December 2016, provides a market-determined and time-bound insolvency resolution process. Over 300 cases have already been approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), to be taken up under the law, implemented by the corporate affairs ministry.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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