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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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City firm Dawsons has boosted its corporate department with the promotion to partner of Ute Mueller. Mueller, who qualified in Germany in 1997 and joined the firm three years ago, specialises in international law. IBB Solicitors has hired a barrister to swell its commercial dispute resolution team. Afolabi Euba, previously in-house at Network Rail Infrastructure, […]

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