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IBBI (Insolvency Professionals) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018

According to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professionals) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 a. Subject to meeting other requirements, an individual shall be eligible for registration as an insolvency professional if he has passed the Limited Insolvency Examination within the last 12 months and has completed a pre- registration educational course from an insolvency professional agency, as may be required by the Board.

IBBI amends Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professionals) Regulations, 2016

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has evolved a transparent and consultative process for making regulations. It has been endeavor of the IBBI to effectively engage stakeholders in the regulation making process to factor in ground reality, secure ownership of regulations and make regulations robust and precise, relevant to the time and for the purpose.

2. The IBBI had invited comments from public, including the stakeholders and the regulated, on the regulations already notified under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code) by 31st December, 2017. It had also invited comments on a discussion paper on strengthening the Limited Insolvency Examination by 31st December, 2017. The comments received on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professionals) Regulations, 2016 and on the discussion paper were considered by the Advisory Committee on Service Providers and thereafter by the Governing Board of the IBBI. Accordingly, the IBBI has notified the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professionals) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 (Amendment Regulations) today.

3. According to the amendment regulations,

a. Subject to meeting other requirements, an individual shall be eligible for registration as an insolvency professional if he has passed the Limited Insolvency Examination within the last 12 months and has completed a pre- registration educational course from an insolvency professional agency, as may be required by the Board.

b. The syllabus, format, qualifying marks and frequency of the ‘Limited Insolvency Examination’ shall be published on the website of the IBBI at least three months before the examination.

c. An individual with the required experience of 10 / 15 years is eligible for registration as an insolvency professional. In addition, an individual with little or no experience shall be eligible for registration as an insolvency professional on successfully completing the Graduate Insolvency Programme, as may be approved by the IBBI.

d. As a condition of registration, an insolvency professional shall undergo continuing professional education as may be required by the IBBI.

e. An insolvency professional shall not outsource any of his duties and responsibilities under the Code.

f. A company, a registered partnership firm or a limited liability partnership shall be eligible for recognition as an insolvency professional entity, if –

i. its sole objective is to provide support services to insolvency professionals, who are its partners or directors, as the case may be;

ii. it has a net worth of not less than one crore rupees;

iii. majority of its shares is held by insolvency professionals, who are its directors, in case it is a company;

iv. majority of capital contribution is made by insolvency professionals, who are its partners, in case it is a limited liability partnership firm or a registered partnership firm;

v. majority of its partners or directors, as the case may be, are insolvency professionals;

vi. majority of its whole-time directors are insolvency professionals, in case it is a company; and

vii. none of its partners or directors is a partner or a director of another insolvency professional entity.

g. An insolvency professional shall disclose the fee payable to him, the fee payable to the insolvency professional entity, and the fee payable to professionals engaged by him to the insolvency professional agency of which he is a professional member and the agency shall publish such disclosure on its website.

3. The amendment regulations are effective from 1st April, 2018. These are available at www.mca.gov.in and www.ibbi.gov.in.

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GAZETTE OF INDIA
EXTRAORDINARY
PART III, SECTION 4
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY
NEW DELHI, 27th MARCH, 2018

INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY BOARD OF INDIA
NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, 27th March, 2018

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professionals) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018

IBBI/2017-18/GN/REG027 – In exercise of the powers conferred by sections 196, 207 and 208 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 Professionals) Regulations, 2016, namely: –

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

(2) They shall come into force on 1st April, 2018.

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

“(3) The syllabus, format, qualifying marks and frequency of the Limited Insolvency Examination shall be published on the website of the Board at least three months before the examination.”.

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

“5. Qualifications and experience.- Subject to the other provisions of these regulations, an individual shall be eligible for registration, if he –

(a) has passed the Limited Insolvency Examination within twelve months before the date of his application for enrollment with the insolvency professional agency;

(b) has completed a pre- registration educational course, as may be required by the Board, from an insolvency professional agency after his enrollment as a professional member; and

(c) has-

(i) successfully completed the National Insolvency Programme, as may be approved by the Board;

(ii) successfully completed the Graduate Insolvency Programme, as may approved by the Board;

(iii) fifteen years’ of experience in management, after receiving a Bachelor’s degree from a university established or recognized by law; or

(iv) ten years’ of experience as –

(a) chartered accountant registered as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India,

(b) company secretary registered as a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India,

(c) cost accountant registered as a member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India, or

(d) advocate enrolled with the Bar Council.”.

4. In the principal regulations, in regulation 7, in sub-regulation (2), after clause (b), the following clauses shall be inserted, namely: –

“(ba) undergo continuing professional education, as may be required by the Board;

(bb) not outsource any of his duties and responsibilities under the Code, except those specifically permitted by the Board.”

5. In the principal regulations, in regulation 12, for sub-regulation (1), the following sub-regulation shall be substituted, namely: –

“(1) A company, a registered partnership firm or a limited liability partnership may be recognized as an insolvency professional entity, if –

(a) its sole objective is to provide support services to insolvency professionals, who are its partners or directors, as the case may be;

(b) it has a net worth of not less than one crore rupees;

(c) majority of its shares is held by insolvency professionals, who are its directors, in case it is a company;

(d) majority of capital contribution is made by insolvency professionals, who are its partners, in case it is a limited liability partnership firm or a registered partnership firm;

(e) majority of its partners or directors, as the case may be, are insolvency professionals;

(f) majority of its whole time directors are insolvency professionals, in case it is a company; and

(g) none of its partners or directors is a partner or a director of another insolvency professional entity:

Provided that the insolvency professional entities recognized as on the date of commencement of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professionals) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 shall comply with the provisions of clauses (a), (b) (c) and (d) on or before 30th September, 2018 and the provisions of clauses (e), (f) and (g) on or before 30th June, 2018.”.

  1. In the principal regulations, in the First Schedule, –

(i) for “[Under regulation 7(2)(g) ]” the following shall be substituted, namely: – “[Under regulation 7 (2) (h)]”;

(ii) after item (8), the following item shall be inserted, namely: –

“8A. An insolvency professional shall disclose as to whether he was an employee of or has been in the panel of any financial creditor of the corporate debtor, to the committee of creditors and to the insolvency professional agency of which he is a professional member and the agency shall publish such disclosure on its website.”;

(iii) after item (25), the following item shall be inserted, namely: –

“25A. An insolvency professional shall disclose the fee payable to him, the fee payable to the insolvency professional entity, and the fee payable to professionals engaged by him to the insolvency professional agency of which he is a professional member and the agency shall publish such disclosure on its website.”.

7. In the principal regulations, in the Second Schedule, for FORM A, the following Form shall be substituted, namely: —

FORM A
[Under Regulation 6 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency
Professionals) Regulations, 2016]

To

The General Manager (IP Division)

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India

Subject: Application for registration as an insolvency professional

Sir / Madam,

I, having been enrolled as a professional member with the ____(please write the name of the insolvency professional agency), hereby apply for registration as an insolvency professional under section 207 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 read with regulation 6 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professionals) Regulations, 2016.

My details are as under:

A. PERSONAL DETAILS

1. Title (Mr./Mrs/Ms.):

2. Name:

3. Father’s Name:

4. Date of Birth:

5. Place of Birth:

6. PAN No.:

7. AADHAAR No. (if available):

8.Passport No. (if available):

9. Address for Correspondence:

10. Permanent Address:

11. E-Mail Address:

12. Mobile No.:

B. EDUCATIONAL, PROFESSIONAL AND INSOLVENCY EXAMINATION QUALIFICATIONS

1. Educational Qualifications

[Please provide educational qualifications from Bachelor’s degree on wards]

Educational Qualification Year of Passing Marks (%) Grade/ Class University/College Remarks, if any

2. Professional Qualifications

Professional Qualification Institute/ Professional Body Membership No. (if applicable) Date of
registration/enrollment
Remarks,
if any

3. Insolvency Qualifications

3.1. Have you passed Limited Insolvency Examination? (Yes / No)

3.2. Have you successfully completed National Insolvency Programme? (Yes / No)

3.3. Have you successfully completed the Graduate Insolvency Programme? (Yes / No) 3.4. Have you completed the pre- registration training with an insolvency professional agency? (Yes / No)

c. WORK EXPERIENCE

1. Are you presently in practice / employment? (Yes/ No)

2. Number of years in practice (in years and months):

3. If in practice, address for professional correspondence:

4. Number of years in employment (in years and months):

5. Experience Details (from the date of enrolment as Advocate / Chartered Accountant / Company Secretary / Cost Accountant/ Bachelors’ Degree)

Sl.  No. From Date To Date Employment / Practice If employed, Name of Employer and Designation If in practice, practice as Advocate / Chartered Accountant / Company Secretary / Cost Accountant Area of work

D. INSOLVENCY PROFESSIONAL AGENCY

1. Please give details of the insolvency professional agency with which you are enrolled as a professional member:

2. Please state your professional membership number:

E. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1. Have you ever been convicted for an offence? (Yes/ No)

If yes, please give details.

2. Are any criminal proceedings pending against you? (Yes/ No)

If yes, please give details.

3. Have you ever been declared as an insolvent/bankrupt, or applied to be declared so? (Yes/ No)

If yes, please give details.

4. Please provide any additional information that may be relevant for your application.

F. ATTACHMENTS

1. Copy of proof of residence.

2. Copies of documents in support of educational qualification, professional qualification and insolvency examination qualification.

3. Copies of documents demonstrating practice as –

i. a chartered accountant registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India;

ii. a company secretary registered with the Institute of Company Secretaries of India;

iii. a cost accountant registered with the Institute of Cost Accountants of India; or

iv. an advocate enrolled with the Bar Council;

4. Copies of certificate of employment from the employer(s), specifying the period of such employment.

5. Financial statement / Income-tax Returns for the last three years.

6. Copy of certificate of professional membership with an insolvency professional agency.

7. Passport-size photo.

8. Evidence of deposit / payment of five thousand rupees / ten thousand rupees, as applicable.

G. AFFIRMATIONS

1. Copies of documents, as listed in section F of this application form have been attached/ The documents attached/ uploaded are I undertake to furnish any additional information as and when called for.

2. I am not disqualified from being registered as an insolvency professional under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professionals) Regulations, 2016.

3. I hereby certify and declare that I am not an undischarged insolvent/bankrupt and have not made any application to be adjudged so under the laws of any jurisdiction.

4. This application and the information furnished by me along with this application is true and complete. If found false or misleading at any stage, my registration shall be summarily cancelled.

5. I hereby undertake to comply with the requirements of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, the rules, regulations, guidelines and circulars issued thereunder, the bye-laws of the insolvency professional agency with which I am enrolled, and the resolutions passed and directions given by the Board and the Governing Board of such insolvency professional agency.

6. The applicable fee has been paid.

Name and Signature of applicant

Place:

Date:

VERIFICATION BY THE INSOLVENCY PROFESSIONAL AGENCY

We have verified as under:

Verification Finding

Whether any disciplinary proceedings are pending or any disciplinary action has been taken at any time in the preceding three years against the professional member by the ICAI, ICSI, ICAI(Cost), or Bar Council, of which he is a Member.

Yes / No.

If Yes, give details.
additional papers

If required, attach

Whether a regulator ICAI, ICAI (Cost), ICSI, or Bar Council has initiated any criminal proceeding against the professional member and is pending for disposal?

Yes / No.

If Yes, give details.
additional papers

If required, attach

Whether the professional member had an unblemished service with the last employer if he was in employment?

Yes / No.

If No, give details. additional papers

If required,                       attach

Whether the name of the professional member appears in the databases of Ministry of Corporate

Affairs regarding-

i. Directors disqualified under section 164 of the  Companies Act, 2013, or

 ii. Proclaimed Offenders under section 82 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

Yes / No.

If Yes, give details.
additional papers

If required, attach

Whether the professional member has been penalised by a market regulator (SEBI and CCI) in the last three years?

Yes / No.

If Yes, give details.
additional papers

If required, attach

Whether the name of professional member appears in the list of defaulters of RBI / Credit Information Company?

Yes / No.

If Yes, give details.
additional papers

If required, attach

We have verified the above details submitted by … who is our professional member with professional membership no. … and confirm these to be true and correct. We recommend registration of … as an insolvency professional.

Place:

Date:

(Name and Signature)

Authorised Officer of the Insolvency Professional Agency

(Seal of the Insolvency Professional Agency)”.

(Dr. M. S. Sahoo)

Chairperson

[ADVT . – ________]

Note: The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professionals) Regulations, 2016 were published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary vide notification No. IBBI/2016- 17/GN/REG003 on 23rd November, 2016 and these have not been amended so far.

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