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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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Osborne Clarke has seen its revenue increase by 17 per cent in the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, up from €77m (£61m) to €89.1m (£70.6m).  In the UK, the firm saw an increase of 13.5 per cent from £42.1m to £47.8m, ahead of new managing partner Ray Berg taking up the reins in […]

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