IBBI amends Insolvency Professional Agencies Regulations, 2016, Model Bye-Laws & Governing Board of IPAs Regulations, 2016 and Information Utilities Regulations, 2017

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IBBI amends (a) the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016, (b) the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016, and (c) the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has notified the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Information Utilities) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2018 today.

2. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 provide that no person shall at any time, directly or indirectly, either individually or together with persons acting in concert, acquire or hold more than five per cent of the paid-up equity share capital in an insolvency professional agency (IPA).

However, certain entities, namely, a stock exchange, depository, banking company, insurance company, public financial institution and multilateral financial institution may, acquire or hold, directly or indirectly, either individually or together with persons acting in concert, up to fifteen per cent of the paid-up equity share capital of an IPA. Further, the Central Government, a State Government and statutory regulator may acquire or hold, directly or indirectly, up to one hundred percent of paid-up equity share capital of an IPA. The IPA, its promoters, its directors and its shareholders need to be fit and proper persons.

3. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 provide for composition of the Governing Board of an IPA and its managing director as under:

a. The Governing Board of an IPA shall consist of managing director, independent directors and shareholder directors. The managing director shall not be considered either as an independent director or shareholder director. An individual may serve as an independent director for a maximum of two terms of three years each or part thereof, or up to the age of seventy years, whichever is earlier.

b. An IPA shall, subject to the guidelines issued by the IBBI from time to time, determine the qualification and experience, manner of appointment, terms and conditions of appointment and other procedural formalities associated with the selection and appointment of the managing director. The appointment, renewal of appointment and termination of service of the managing director shall be subject to prior approval of the IBBI. The managing director shall be an exofficio member of Membership Committee, Monitoring Committee, Grievance Redressal Committee and Disciplinary Committee.

4. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Information Utilities) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2018 have made similar provisions, as narrated in Para 3 above, in respect of an information utility (IU).

5. An IPA and an IU registered with the IBBI, as on date of the commencement of the
amendment regulations, shall comply with the regulations, within one year.

6. The amendment Regulations are effective from today. These are available at
http://www.mca.gov.in and http://www.ibbi.gov.in.

(IBBI- No. IBBI/PR/2018/29  dt. 11.10.2018)

INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY BOARD OF INDIA
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 11th October, 2018
INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY BOARD OF INDIA (INSOLVENCY PROFESSIONAL AGENCIES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2018

IBBI/2018-19/GN/REG33. In exercise of the powers conferred by sections 196, 199, 200, 201, 203, 204 read with section 240 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (31 of 2016), the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India hereby makes the following regulations to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016, namely: –

1. (1) These regulations may be called the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016 (hereinafter referred to as the principal regulations), for regulation 3, the following regulation shall be substituted, namely: –

3. Eligibility for registration. – (1) No person shall be eligible for registration as an insolvency professional agency unless it is a company registered under section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013, and –

(a) its sole object is to carry on the functions of an insolvency professional agency under the Code;

(b) it has bye-laws and governance structure in accordance with the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016;

(c) it has a minimum net worth of ten crore rupees;

(d) it has a paid-up share capital of five crore rupees;

(e) it is not under the control of any person resident outside India;
(f) not more than forty-nine per cent. of its share capital is held, directly or indirectly, by persons resident outside India;

(g) it is not a subsidiary of a body corporate through more than one layer; and

(h) the applicant, its promoters, its directors and its shareholders are fit and proper persons.

Explanation 1.- For the purposes of clause (g), “layer” in relation to a body corporate means its subsidiary.
Explanation 2.– For determining whether a person is fit and proper under clause (h), the Board may take into account any consideration as it deems fit, including but not limited to the following criteria, namely: –

(i) integrity, reputation and character,
(ii) absence of conviction and restraint orders,
(iii) competence including financial solvency and net worth.

(2) No person shall at any time, directly or indirectly, either individually or together with persons acting in concert, acquire or hold more than five per cent. of the paid-up equity share capital in an insolvency professional agency:

Provided that-

(i) a stock exchange;
(ii) a depository;
(iii) a banking company;
(iv) an insurance company;
(v) a public financial institution; and
(vi) a multilateral financial institution,

may, acquire or hold, directly or indirectly, either individually or together with persons acting in concert, up to fifteen per cent. of the paid-up equity share capital of an insolvency professional agency:

Provided further that-

(i) the Central Government;
(ii) a State Government; and
(iii) a statutory regulator,

may, acquire or hold, directly or indirectly, up to hundred per cent. of the paid-up equity share capital of an insolvency professional agency.”.

3. In the principal regulations, in the Schedule, in Annexure to Form A, in Part III, –

(a) in clause 8, for “10%”, “5%” shall be substituted;
(b) in clause 13, for “10%”, “5%” shall be substituted.

Dr. M. S. Sahoo
Chairperson
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India

Note: The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016 were published vide notification No. IBBI/2016-17/GN/REG002 on 22nd November, 2016 in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part III, Section 4, No. 420 dated 21st November, 2016 and these have not been amended so far.

INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY BOARD OF INDIA
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 11th October, 2018
INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY BOARD OF INDIA (INFORMATION UTILITIES) (SECOND AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2018

IBBI/2018-19/GN/REG34. In exercise of the powers conferred by section 196 read with section 240 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (31 of 2016), the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India hereby makes the following regulations further to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017, namely:-

1. (1) These regulations may be called the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Information Utilities) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2018.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017 (hereinafter referred to as the principal regulations), in regulation 2, in sub-regulation (1), after clause (a), the following clause shall be inserted, namely:-

‘(aa) “Board” means the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India established under section 188 of the Code;’.

3. In the principal regulations, for regulation 9, the following regulations shall be substituted, namely: –

9. Composition of the Governing Board.

(1) The Governing Board shall consist of –

(a) managing director;
(b) independent directors; and
(c) shareholder directors:
Provided that more than half of the directors shall be citizens of India and shall be residents in India.

(2) The managing director shall not be considered either an independent director or a shareholder director.

(3) Any employee of an information utility may be appointed as a director on its Governing Board in addition to the managing director, but such director shall be deemed to be a shareholder director.

(4) The number of independent directors shall not be less than the number of shareholder directors:

Provided that no meeting of the Governing Board shall be held without the presence of at least one independent director.

(5) An independent director shall be an individual-

(a) who is a person of ability and integrity;
(b) who has expertise in the field of finance, law, management or insolvency;
(c) who is not a relative of the directors of the Governing Board;
(d) who has or had no pecuniary relationship with the information utility, or any of its directors, or any of its shareholders holding more than ten per cent. of its share capital, during the immediately preceding two financial years or during the current financial year;
(e) who is not a shareholder of the information utility; and
(f) who is not a member of the Board of Directors of any of the shareholders holding more than ten per cent. of the share capital of the information utility.

(6) An independent director shall be nominated by the Board from amongst the list of names proposed by the information utility.

(7) An individual may serve as an independent director for a maximum of two terms of three years each or part thereof, or up to the age of seventy years, whichever is earlier.

(8) The second term referred to in sub-regulation (7) may be subject to a satisfactory performance review of the first term by the Governing Board.

(9) A cooling off period of three years shall be applicable for an independent director to become a shareholder director in the same or another information utility.

(10) The directors shall elect an independent director as the Chairperson of the Governing Board.

(11) A director, who has any interest, direct or indirect, pecuniary or otherwise, in any matter coming up for consideration at a meeting of the Governing Board or any of its Committees, shall as soon as possible after relevant circumstances have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his interest at such meeting and such disclosure shall be recorded in the proceedings of the Governing Board or the Committee, as the case may be, and the director shall not take part in any deliberation or decision of the Governing Board or the Committee with respect to that matter.

9A. Managing director.
(1) An information utility shall, subject to the guidelines issued by the Board from time to time, determine the qualification and experience, manner of appointment, terms and conditions of appointment and other procedural formalities associated with the selection and appointment of the managing director, subject to the condition that-

(a) an individual shall be selected as managing director through an open advertisement in all editions of at least one national daily newspaper;

(b) an individual at the time joining as managing director shall not be above the age of fifty-five years, which may be relaxed by the Governing Board up to sixty years, after recording reasons therefor; and

(c) an individual shall not serve as managing director after he has attained the age of sixty-five years.

(2) The appointment of an individual as the managing director shall be for a tenure of not less than three years but not exceeding five years.

(3) An individual may serve as managing director for a maximum of two terms.

(4) The process of appointment for the second term as managing director shall be conducted afresh.

(5) The appointment and remuneration payable to the managing director shall be approved by a compensation committee constituted by the Governing Board.

(6) The appointment, renewal of appointment and termination of service of the managing director shall be subject to prior approval of the Board.

(7) The managing director shall be liable for removal or termination of services by the Governing Board, with the prior approval of the Board, for failure to give effect to the directions, guidelines and other orders issued by the Governing Board or the Board, or the rules, the articles of association or bye-laws of the information utility or on the ground of misconduct or incapacity to continue in office.

(8) The Board may suo motu remove or terminate the services of the managing director, if it deems fit, in the interest of stakeholders of the insolvency resolution process or in the public interest, after giving a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

9B. Compliance. – Every information utility registered as on the date of commencement of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Information Utilities) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2018, shall comply with regulations 9 and 9A, within one year from the date of such commencement.”.

(Dr. M. S. Sahoo)
Chairperson
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India

Note: The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017 were published vide notification No. IBBI/2016-17/GN/REG009 on 31st March, 2017 in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part III, Section 4, and were subsequently amended vide No. IBBI/2017-18/GN/REG016 dated 29th September, 2017 and vide No. IBBI/2017-18/GN/REG 029 dated 27th March, 2018.

INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY BOARD OF INDIA
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 11th October, 2018
INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY BOARD OF INDIA (MODEL BYE-LAWS AND GOVERNING BOARD OF INSOLVENCY PROFESSIONAL AGENCIES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2018

IBBI/2018-19/GN/REG35. In exercise of the powers conferred by sections 196, 203 and 205 read with section 240 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (31 of 2016), the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India hereby makes the following regulations to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016 namely: –

1. (1) These regulations may be called the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016, in regulation 2, in sub-regulation (1), clause (a) shall be renumbered as clause (aa) thereof and before clause (aa) as so renumbered, the following clause shall be inserted, namely:-

‘(a) “Board” means the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India established under section 188 of the Code;’.

3. In the principal regulations, for regulation 5, the following regulations shall be substituted, namely: –

5. Composition of the Governing Board.- (1) The Governing Board shall consist of-

(a) managing director;
(b) independent directors; and
(c) shareholder directors:

Provided that the Governing Board shall have minimum seven directors.

(2) The managing director shall not be considered either an independent director or a shareholder director.

(3) Any employee of an insolvency professional agency may be appointed as a director on its Governing Board in addition to the managing director, but such director shall be deemed to be a shareholder director.

(4) More than half of the directors shall be persons resident in India at the time of their appointment, and at all times during their tenure as directors.

(5) The number of independent directors shall not be less than the number of shareholder directors:
Provided that no meeting of the Governing Board shall be held without the presence of at least one independent director.

(6) An independent director shall be an individual-

(a) who is a person of ability and integrity;
(b) who has expertise in the field of finance, law, management or insolvency;
(c) who is not an insolvency professional;
(d) who is not a relative of the directors of the Governing Board;
(e) who had or has no pecuniary relationship with the insolvency professional agency, or any of its directors, or any of its shareholders holding more than ten per cent. of its share capital, during the immediately preceding two financial years or during the current financial year;
(f) who is not a shareholder of the insolvency professional agency;
(g) who is not a member of the Board of Directors of any of the shareholders holding more than ten per cent. of the share capital of the insolvency professional agency.

(7) An independent director shall be nominated by the Board from amongst the list of names proposed by the insolvency professional agency.

(8) An individual may serve as an independent director for a maximum of two terms of three years each or part thereof, or up to the age of seventy years, whichever is earlier.

(9) The second term referred to in sub-regulation (8) may be subject to a satisfactory performance review of the first term by the Governing Board.

(10) A cooling off period of three years shall be applicable for an independent director to become a shareholder director in the same or another insolvency professional agency.

(11) Not more than one fourth of the directors shall be insolvency professionals.

(12) The directors shall elect an independent director as the Chairperson of the Governing Board.

(13) A director, who has, any interest, direct or indirect, pecuniary or otherwise, in any matter coming up for consideration at a meeting of the Governing Board or any of its Committees, shall as soon as possible after relevant circumstances have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his interest at such meeting and such disclosure shall be recorded in the proceedings of the Governing Board or the Committee, as the case may be, and the director shall not take part in any deliberation or decision of the Governing Board or the Committee with respect to that matter.

5A. Managing director.- (1) An insolvency professional agency shall, subject to the guidelines issued by the Board from time to time, determine the qualification and experience, manner of appointment, terms and conditions of appointment and other procedural formalities associated with the selection and appointment of the managing director, subject to the condition that-

(a) an individual shall be selected as managing director through an open advertisement in all editions of at least one national daily newspaper;

(b) an individual at the time joining as managing director shall not be above the age of fifty-five years, which may be relaxed by the Governing Board up to sixty years, after recording reasons therefor; and

(c) an individual shall not serve as managing director after he attains the age of sixty-five years.

(2) The appointment of an individual as the managing director shall be for a tenure of not less than three years but not exceeding five years.

(3) An individual may serve as managing director for a maximum of two terms.

(4) The process of appointment for the second term of an individual as managing director shall be conducted afresh.

(5) The appointment and remuneration payable to the managing director shall be approved by a compensation committee constituted by the Governing Board.

(6) The appointment, renewal of appointment and termination of service of the managing director shall be subject to prior approval of the Board.

(7) The managing director shall be liable for removal or termination of services by the Governing Board, with the prior approval of the Board, for failure to give effect to the directions, guidelines and other orders issued by the Governing Board or the Board, or the rules, the articles of association or bye-laws of the insolvency professional agency or on the ground of misconduct or incapacity to continue in office.

(8) The Board may suo motu remove or terminate the services of the managing director, if it deems fit, in the interest of stakeholders of the insolvency resolution process or in the public interest, after giving a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

(9) The managing director shall be an ex-officio member of Membership Committee, Monitoring Committee, Grievance Redressal Committee and Disciplinary Committee.

5B. Compliance.– Every insolvency professional agency registered as on the date of commencement of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye-Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018, shall comply with regulations 5 and 5A within one year from the date of such commencement.”.

Dr. M. S. Sahoo
Chairperson
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India

Note: The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Model Bye–Laws and Governing Board of Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2016 were published vide notification No. IBBI/2016-17/GN/REG001 on 22nd November, 2016 in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part III, Section 4, No. 421 dated 21st November, 2016 and these have not been amended so far.

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