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The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has taken a significant step in enhancing the dispute resolution mechanism under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC). On January 31, 2024, the Expert Committee appointed by IBBI, led by Dr. T. K. Viswanathan, submitted a comprehensive report to Mr. Ravi Mital, Chairperson, IBBI. The focus of the report is the potential incorporation of a mediation framework into the existing IBC processes.

The Expert Committee’s recommendations revolve around establishing a mediation framework that operates as a self-contained blueprint within the IBC. The key objective is to introduce mediation as a complementary mechanism without compromising the fundamental aspects of the IBC, such as timelines and public rights. According to the Committee, the mediation framework, aligned with the Mediation Act, 2023, should be voluntary, providing autonomy to parties to opt for ‘out-of-court’ mediation processes.

The cautious approach taken by the Committee aims to strike a balance between the core objectives of the IBC – “time-bound reorganization” and “maximization of value.” The phased introduction of voluntary mediation is suggested, ensuring that existing insolvency resolution processes’ timelines remain intact. The framework’s core essence lies in its independence and flexibility, allowing quick adaptation based on implementation learning.

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India

Press Release No. IBBI/PR/2024/08 Dated: 14th February, 2024

Expert Committee constituted by IBBI submits its Report on Framework for Use of Mediation under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016

The Expert Committee, constituted by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI), to examine the scope of use of mediation in respect of processes under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code/ IBC) submitted its Report on 31st January 2024. The Report was handed over by Dr. T. K. Viswanathan, Chairperson of the Expert Committee to Mr. Ravi Mital, Chairperson, IBBI at IBBI office in New Delhi. Members of the Expert Committee Mr. Sudhaker Shukla, Mr. Sumant Batra and Mr. Santosh Kumar Shukla were also present during the handover.

Members of the Expert Committee

The Expert Committee in its Report has made recommendations on the likely framework for the introduction of mediation as a complementary mechanism for resolution of disputes around the processes under the Code. The mediation framework under the Code, as recommended by the Committee, would best operate as a self-contained blueprint within the Code, with independent infrastructure to ensure that the objectives of the Code are met without compromising or diluting the basic structure of the Code in terms of timelines, public rights, etc. In consonance with the Mediation Act, 2023, the Committee has recommended a voluntary mediation framework under the Code.

The Committee has taken a cautious approach and endeavoured to balance the fundamental objectives of the Code, i.e., “time-bound reorganization” and “maximization of value”, with autonomy to parties to voluntarily opt for the ‘out-of-court’ mediation process to enhance the efficiency of the insolvency resolution process. The Committee has recommended a phased introduction of voluntary mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism under the Code while maintaining the sanctity of the timelines for various existing insolvency resolution processes. The core essence of the framework is its independence and flexibility to provide room for quick incorporation of implementational learning.

Report on Framework for Use of Mediation under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016

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