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By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

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The vice-chancellor has blocked the progress of over 40,000 personal injury cases with a total value in the region of £80m. In allowing leave to appeal to the House of Lords in the case of Dimond v Lovell, Sir Richard Scott issued guidance that all cases of a similar type should be stayed until the […]

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US giants advise on biggest ever initial public offering

US firms have scooped the work on the world’s largest initial public offering (IPO) – the £11.6bn($18.6bn) sale of shares in Italian state-owned electricity company Enel. Global firm Shearman & Sterling and US firms Sullivan & Cromwell and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have all won a role in the deal due to the […]

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