Lenders agree to JSW Steel’s terms for the purchase of Bhushan Power & Steel

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Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd. have the JSW Steel Ltd. agreed conditions for the purchase of the assets of the insolvent steelmaker, so two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

A majority of financial creditors voted on March 5 to tentatively accept JSW Steel’s offer to sell for Rs 19,350 billion, the aforementioned people told BloombergQuint on condition of anonymity. A proposal requires at least 66% of the vote to be approved by the creditors’ committee.

Once creditors have formally notified their decision, JSW Steel will transfer the funds to an escrow account before the assets are taken over, the people said. Funds are held in escrow until the Supreme Court announces its decision on a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate.

The investigative authority had attached Bhushan Power’s net worth exceeded Rs 4,000 billion as of October 2019. In December of that year, however, the government changed the Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Act, which stipulates that criminal proceedings against former promoters would not affect a resolution applicant when buying a stressed company. The Enforcement Directorate argued that the change could not be implemented retrospectively.

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal had ordered in February 2020 that a criminal case against Sanjay Singal, the former promoter of Bhushan Power, can not influence the company after being sold to JSW Steel. The appellate court had ordered that the seizure of assets be lifted by the Enforcement Directorate.

The National Company Law Tribunal approved JSW Steel’s wind-up plan for Bhushan Power in September 2019 after most of the lenders voted in favor of the sale. However, the process was fraught with significant delays due to the actions of the Enforcement Directorate.

If the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Enforcement Directorate’s arguments, the lenders would have to repay the escrow funds to JSW Steel and the sale would be null and void. However, lenders are confident that the Supreme Court will rule to remove the investigative agency’s attachments, said the first of the above two people. Check out greendayonline.com https://greendayonline.com/payday-loans-direct-lenders-online/

“We are in constant contact with the Bhushan Power creditors’ committee and we cannot comment on them,” a spokesman for JSW Steel told BloombergQuint. The State Bank of India and the settlement expert Mahender Khandelwal replied to inquiries on Friday evening.

Bhushan Power was one of 12 large corporate accounts that were shortlisted for bankruptcy by the Reserve Bank of India in June 2017. Financial creditors have claims valued at more than 47,000 billion

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