Sunday, June 09, 2019

Jet Airways fallout: Cross-border insolvency norms to be amended

The initiation of insolvency proceedings against Jet Airways by a Dutch court has prompted the government to strengthen India’s cross-border insolvency norms. The insolvency law committee, which monitors the implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) and suggests changes, will meet on June 12 to deliberate upon the amendments to deal with cross-border insolvency, sources said. The aim is to introduce the amendments in the Budget session of Parliament, which begins from June 17.

Last month, the lenders and management of Jet Airways were in a fix over the legal implications of a Dutch court declaring the defunct airline bankrupt following pleas of two foreign lenders. No appeal on behalf of the grounded airline has been filed till date, as lenders and what remains of Jet’s management are still “deliberating ways to control the damage”, a person involved in the proceedings said.
Cross-border insolvency proceedings enable foreign creditors to recover money lent to any insolvent Indian company and vice-versa. The insolvency law committee had in October 2018 submitted a report suggesting amendments to the bankruptcy code for the same. The report suggested the adoption of a legal framework based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law’s model insolvency norms. The model norms focus on legal coordination among nation states to provide relief and assistance to creditors in cross-border insolvency cases.
Currently, India’s insolvency laws are ill equipped to handle cross-border cases of insolvency. The IBC mentions it in two sections — 234 and 235. Section 234 of the code says the government may enter into an agreement with a foreign government to enforce insolvency provisions as per the Indian Act, but does not elaborate on legal
provisions for cross-border insolvency.
09/06/19 Financial Express
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