Hon'ble Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri
In September 2017, we would have completed 270 days from December 1, 2016 when the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016 was made effective. In terms of importance, perceived as the second-most important piece of legislation, next only to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), expectations from IBC are high. The Government of India has demonstrated unprecedented resolve to effectively implement the law by building the new institutional architecture in record time and sensitizing the stakeholders.
Even though the proper impact of the new insolvency regime is not expected to be visible in short term and the hangover of celebration of the enactment of IBC still hangs in the air, both the advocates of the law and its cynics are closely watching the developments in the first 270 days of IBC. This is the magic period, that is, the maximum time for corporate insolvency resolution process provided under IBC. There have been a large number of filings in NCLT, significant activity in the insolvency industry, many key decisions by NCLT and NCLAT, and learning in the first two quarters and the ball is still on the roll, gathering momentum. Many corporate debtors in respect of which insolvency process commenced in December last year would have completed 270 days in September. What would be their fate? While it still might be early days to pronounce judgment, the first stock take will surely be due in September on the footprints created in the first three quarters of the IBC year.
The Insolvency Summit will bring the key stakeholders together for two days to share their experiences and views on the first 270 days of the journey of IBC.