Covid effect: A four-point plan likely for bankruptcy professionals – The Economic Times

Clipped from: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/covid-effect-a-four-point-plan-likely-for-bankruptcy-professionals/articleshow/83892982.cmsSynopsis

Two people familiar with the matter told ET that the Indian Institute of Insolvency Professionals of ICAI (IIIPI) is making the recommendations, including a standard on ethics, which will need the nod of both the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of India (IBBI) and the government.

The frontline regulator for India’s new-age bankruptcy professionals is drafting a four-point plan, including setting limits on the number of permissible assignments for each executive and crafting a bespoke package for MSMEs, to quicken the process of loan resolutions amid an anticipated surge in delinquencies due to the pandemic.

Two people familiar with the matter told ET that the Indian Institute of Insolvency Professionals of ICAI (IIIPI) is making the recommendations, including a standard on ethics, which will need the nod of both the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of India (IBBI) and the government.

“We have constituted study groups on four matters of contemporary topics on enhancing the role of small-sized IPs, response of insolvency regime to Covid, clarifying roles of IPs in respect of prepack framework for MSMEs, and creating code of ethics for our professional members,” a senior executive from IIIPI said.

“The reports of these study groups are in different stages of finalisation and may take a month or so to complete,” said the person.

The self-regulator and IBBI are aiming to strike a balance between resolution professionals coming from large institutions and standalone individual IPs, with the latter often finding themselves at a relative disadvantage in comparison with executives from top-draw consultancies.

“The plan could be to limit five cases or so per IP at a time instead of a dozen or more,” said another person. At the same time, it is assessing the feasibility of limiting any upper or lower limit of remuneration. That should help enhance transparency.

IIIPI is also in the process of recommending urgent “covid-response” measures that IPs will likely follow in proposing any resolution plan. Localised restrictions have made life difficult for any resolution professional working on a time-bound case.

A recommendation report will be submitted to IBBI and other government agencies soon.

The quasi-judicial body is also defining a prudent role of IPs in the pre-packs, a dedicated resolution window for smaller debt-laden firms.

IIIPI is drawing on best practices to craft role for MSMEs, where promoters face default occasions due to macroeconomic environment or policy changes. It has tapped legal expertise in the UK where prepack packages are a hit.

IIIPI is drawing a code of ethics by adding more clauses to the IBBI statute already available. These are aimed at regulating them with strict compliance limiting scope for manipulations.

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