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Share Samadhan launches ‘Bad Debts & Debtor Retrieval Services’

Share Samadhan launches ‘Bad Debts & Debtor Retrieval Services’

05, Sep 2019

Agent of investment companies lure clients to sell their various deposit schemes but when investors or their heirs approach them to recover the money, they are not welcomed. The Investors or their legal heirs are forced to run from pillar to post for their rightful money and are often denied their rights. Share Samadhan is a platform for aggrieved clients and their relatives.

Delhi based Share Samadhan has launched ‘Bad Debts & Debtor Retrieval Services ‘for banks, resolution professional as well as official liquidator apart from its investment retrieval business.

The new service is part of the ‘Mission Money Back’ initiative of the company which was launched in the year 2011 to assist investors in getting the money back. Share Samadhan, backed by a battery of legal experts and reputed chartered accountants makes rigorous and sustained follow up of lost investments in shares, debentures, insurance, real estate, bank deposits, etc. The company, so far, claims to have recovered more than Rs 100 crores worth of lost investments for clients across all the asset class.

“We have a team of experienced professionals like Company Secretaries, MBAs, Charted Accountants, Lawyers, who have expertise in various laws, companies act, drafting complaints and follow up at suitable standards. We conduct in-depth research to recover the money of investors of far their legal heirs blocked in PF, Mutual Funds, Shares, Bank Deposits, and insurance, etc. We have served customers at National and International level, “said Mr. Abhay Chandalia, Founder Director of Share Samadhan describing his model to ensure recovery of investors’ money from various financial instruments like PF, Shares, Insurance, and Debtor, etc.

Mr. Vikash Jain, Co-Founder of Share Samadhan said “It’s very easy to invest in shares, insurance, banks, and properties but it’s quite difficult to get back your money in need. The agents of investment companies lure clients to sell their various deposit schemes but when investors or their heir approach them to recover the money, they are not welcomed,”. He further added, “The investors or their legal heirs are forced to run from pillar to post for their rightful money and are often denied their rights. We, at Share Samadhan, help the aggrieved investors to get their money back. “ He further informed that even a clue about any investment could lead to the recovery of entire legal money as our team is expert in data mining from various financial institutions, government organizations and autonomous bodies.

The company has recently opened its second office in New Delhi. Share Samadhan assists aggrieved investors to recover their Lost Investment/Forgotten Investments/Scattered Investments or Unclaimed Investments lying with private/listed companies, the government in the form of old shares, Mutual Funds, Unclaimed Insurance, Provident Fund, Bank Deposits, Postal Savings, the money blocked in debts. The company would be assisting the borrower of banks/NBFC by helping the borrower to recover money from their debtors/EMD/Security deposit/execution of awards/decrees. This would ultimately help Bank /NBFC to reduce their growing NPA.

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SME Maxx joins hands with Share Samadhan to Improve MSME Cash flow

SME Maxx joins hands with Share Samadhan to Improve MSME Cash flow

05, Sep 2019

SME MAXX and Share Samadhan on Wednesday announced a strategic alliance between two companies to cater to the unmet need of professional dues and investment recovery services for MSMEs.
The delayed realization of their bills and receivables is a common problem among MSMEs, leading to financial hardships and liquidity constraints- a key reason for many of them turning into non-performing assets (NPAs), affecting their sustainability.

While the government has taken an active interest to mitigate this problem by setting up the MSME Samadhan portal, most MSMEs have not been able to utilize the facilities due to lack of awareness or procedural expertise. The alliance will address this problem by providing procedural, administrative and legal support to MSMEs to recover their dues.

Lack of proper record keeping and succession planning among MSMEs has created a massive problem of unclaimed investments. The value of physical papers / unclaimed investment in the country is more than Rs 5 Lakhs crore. The Alliance will offer MSME owners and their successors a one-point registration channel on SME Maxx to identify and recover unclaimed assets.

“Through this initiative, we aim to achieve the twin objective of improving MSME cash flow and unclaimed asset recovery said Vikash Jain co-founder of Share Samadhan. “This alliance will strengthen our reach to a wider set of MSMEs in  smaller cities and towns who have little or no access to such facilities.”

Dr. Anand Bidarkar, CEO of SME Maxx said that “The combination of our fintech platform and Share Samadhan’s Proven expertise through this alliance will bring a much needed financial service to our SME partners.”
Besides the obvious commercial benefits, MSMEs utilizing the services of the Alliance will also be able to free up their bandwidth and resources on more productive pursuits. This will be a small but important step towards meeting the government’s goal of increasing SME contribution to the country’s GDP.

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Getting your dues: Procedure for creditors to file under IBC

Getting your dues: Procedure for creditors to file under IBC

31, Aug 2019

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) have a duel battle to fight. One is growing competition and the other is a growing requirement of funds. Any irrecoverable debtor will have a considerable strain on the business of MSME. The recent Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) has been a big sigh of relief for MSMEs, which would ensure the faster debt recovery or liquidation process. 

The IBC Law was brought about with the objective to ensure that ease of doing business greatly improves in India. This law has simplified the winding-up process in respect of companies, which was earlier fragmented due to multiplicity of statutes as well as forums. 

One of the main purposes of this code is to empower the creditor wherein he or she can get back the dues through the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) or through liquidation of defaulting debtor entity. 

When does the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) apply?
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy code at present can only be triggered if there is a minimum default of Rs 1 lakh. This process can be triggered by way of filing an application before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The process can be initiated by two classes of creditors which would include financial creditors and operational creditors. But for the application to be admitted, the creditor will have to show that a requisite default is ascertainable. 

Another important aspect that has to be seen in respect of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) is that at present only companies (both private and public limited company) and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP) can be considered as defaulting corporate debtors. This code also contains provisions in respect of individual insolvency, but these provisions have not been notified they have consequently not come into force yet. Therefore cases relating to unpaid debts against individuals and partnership firms would fall outside the purview of this code.

What happens once National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) admits the application against defaulting debtor? 
As soon as the matter is admitted by the NCLT, the NCLT proceeds with the appointment of an Interim Resolution Professional (IRP) who takes over the management of the defaulting debtor. The Resolution Professional may then be continued or removed, contingent on the wishes of the Committee of Creditors (COC). The role of the Resolution Professional primarily entails making on efforts to ensure that the defaulting debtor should as far as possible continue to operate as a going concern. All efforts will be made to ensure that the maximum realization of debts can take place as a consequence of the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) process. 

What is Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP)?
The CIRP may include necessary steps to revive the company such as raising fresh funds for operation, looking for a new buyer to sell the company as going concern. The outstanding debts may be satisfied by way of another person submitting a Resolution plan to take over the Company and pay off the remaining debts. In the event a resolution plan is not submitted or not approved by the committee of creditors (COC), the CIRP process is deemed to have failed. In such a situation the liquidation proceedings would then commence subject to the order of the tribunal. 

Definite timeline for Resolution Plan
In light of the recent amendment to the code, for conducting the entire process a time period is specified which is 330 days. 

Will Limitation Period apply in IBC?
The Limitation period has been made applicable by the insertion of section 238A in the IBC. The earlier view was that this would be applicable only for cases arising after the amendment. But the Supreme Court has clarified that this would be applicable to old cases as well. But like any other suit, the limitation period can be condoned by the appropriate authority. 

Who bears the cost of Resolution process?
Another important question that arises is who is responsible for incurring the expenses of the Resolution Process while the CIRP is in effect? It is the applicant creditor who would incur the expenses of the Resolution Professional which is otherwise known as Resolution Costs. But such an applicant would be reimbursed at a later stage at the time of approval of Resolution Plan or at the time of Liquidation. 

Abhay Chandalia is Co-founder, Share Samadhan Private Limited. It is India’s leading Investment & Debtor recovery company focusing on the recovery of Lost / Forgotten / Blocked or Old Investment and can be found at www.sharesamadhan.com 

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Contrast between SEBI and IEPF, Physical share is becoming zero value?

Contrast between SEBI and IEPF, Physical share is becoming zero value?

22, Mar 2019

Big relief by SEBI in old transfer deed cases seems to be confronted by RTA by saying that the shares have been transferred to IEPF. On the other hand the timeline to get pending transfer cases to demat is 31st March-19

As per Rule 6(3) (d) of IEPF Rules, 2016 read with Section 124(6) of the Companies Act, 2013, if dividend is unclaimed for 7 years, shares pertaining to those unclaimed dividend would be transferred to IEPF.

As per Rule 6(3)(d) of IEPF Rules, 2016; for affecting the transfer of physical shares to IEPF, Company Secretary / Authorised person of Board of Directors shall make an application, on behalf of shareholders to the company for issue of duplicate share certificates. On receipt of application, company shall issue duplicate share certificate and those shares will be transferred to IEPF through SH-4 form. Shares will be dematted in favour of IEPF till the actual claimant approaches company. Further in case of claim of shares by investor, IEPF will transfer shares from it’s demat account to investor’s demat account.

However on November 06th, 2018, SEBI issued a Circular (SEBI/HO/MIRSD/DOS3/CIR/P/2018/139) regarding transfer of shares with transfer deeds executed prior to December 01, 2015 and allowed transfer of shares subject to fulfilment of certain conditions by transferee.

The motive of SEBI to bring this notification was to mitigate the practical difficulties faced by Transferee who could not lodge the shares for transfer within 1 year from the date of transfer deed and was pending since many years due to Non-availability of PAN of transferor or mismatch of signature of transferor or any other reasons.

It seems that the purpose of SEBI’s notification is defeated as the shares which have been transferred to IEPF are not being considered for transfer to the transferee by RTAs (Registrar and Transfer Agents) and transfer claims are being rejected.

What is the Disconnect?

IEPF gives back shares to shareholder (ideally whose name appearing as member on the register of member company) but what about someone who bought the shares from shareholder long back and he / she is holding the physical share along with transfer deed who is yet to become shareholder of the company? This needs clarification by IEPF.

On one side SEBI allowed transfer of shares with old transfer deed which were pending since many years, by bringing this new notification and on another side RTAs reject such claims due to shares being transferred to IEPF. Thus it is contradiction of the rules / provisions of transfer of shares by two different Authorities of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India i.e. SEBI and IEPF.

As per Rule 6(3) (d) of IEPF Rules, company issues the duplicate share certificates against shares which are lying in physical form, thus rendering the physical shares lying with Transferees invalid and consequently claim of Transfer of Shares being rejected by RTAs. Further, to add to the irony of Investors / Transferees, there is no way out given to Investors / Transferee by RTAs, SEBI or IEPF and this has created ambiguity to the investors / transferees who has genuinely purchased the share from the shareholder

What Needs Clarification by IEPF (Ministry of Corporate Affairs)?

Considering the spirit of the SEBI notification and interest of investor at large, IEPF need to provide clarity in the matter of Old transfer deed cases and, allow the transfer of shares in the name of the person who is holding Original Shares, Original Transfer Deed, which establishes the genuinity of buyer. This is completely unfair to absolve the rightful owner of share to get their share from IEPF.

Author,

Vikash Jain

Happy Investing

Please free to reach out to us at Samadhan@sharesamadhan.com

 

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Contrast between SEBI and IEPF rules pertaining to Demat of Old Transfer Deed cases pertaining Physical Shares

Contrast between SEBI and IEPF rules pertaining to Demat of Old Transfer Deed cases pertaining Physical Shares

08, Jan 2019

Big relief by SEBI in old transfer deed cases seems to be confronted by RTA by saying that the shares have been transferred to IEPF.

As per Rule 6(3) (d) of IEPF Rules, 2016 read with Section 124(6) of the Companies Act, 2013, if dividend is unclaimed for 7 years, shares pertaining to those unclaimed dividend would be transferred to IEPF.

 

As per Rule 6(3)(d) of IEPF Rules, 2016; for effecting the transfer of physical shares to IEPF, Company Secretary / Authorised person of Board of Directors shall make an application, on behalf of shareholders to the company for issue of duplicate share certificates. On receipt of application, company shall issue duplicate share certificate and those shares will be transferred to IEPF through SH-4 form. Shares will be dematted in favour of IEPF till the actual claimant approaches company. Further in case of claim of shares by investor, IEPF will transfer shares from it’s demat account to investor’s demat account.

 

However on November 06th, 2018, SEBI issued a Circular (SEBI/HO/MIRSD/DOS3/CIR/P/2018/139) regarding transfer of shares with transfer deeds executed prior to December 01, 2015 and allowed transfer of shares subject to fulfilment of certain conditions by transferee.

 

The motive of SEBI to bring this notification was to mitigate the practical difficulties faced by Transferee who could not lodge the shares for transfer within 1 year from the date of transfer deed and was pending since many years due to Non-availability of PAN of transferor or mismatch of signature of transferor or any other reasons.

 

It seems that the purpose of SEBI’s notification is defeated as the shares which have been transferred to IEPF are not being considered for transfer to the transferee by RTAs (Registrar and Transfer Agents) and transfer claims are being rejected.

 

What is the Disconnect?

IEPF gives back shares to shareholder (ideally whose name appearing as member on the register of member company) but what about someone who bought the shares from shareholder long back and he / she is holding the physical share along with transfer deed who is yet to become shareholder of the company? This needs clarification by IEPF.

 

On one side SEBI allowed transfer of shares with old transfer deed which were pending since many years, by bringing this new notification and on another side RTAs reject such claims due to shares being transferred to IEPF. Thus it is contradiction of the rules / provisions of transfer of shares by two different Authorities of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India i.e. SEBI and IEPF.

 

As per Rule 6(3) (d) of IEPF Rules, company issues the duplicate share certificates against shares which are lying in physical form, thus rendering the physical shares lying with Transferees invalid and consequently claim of Transfer of Shares being rejected by RTAs. Further, to add to the irony of Investors / Transferees, there is no way out given to Investors / Transferee by RTAs, SEBI or IEPF and this has created ambiguity to the investors / transferees who has genuinely purchased the share from the shareholder

 

What Needs Clarification by IEPF?

 

Considering the spirit of the SEBI notification and interest of investor at large, IEPF need to provide clarity in the matter of Old transfer deed cases and, allow the transfer of shares in the name of the person who is holding Original Shares, Original Transfer Deed , which establishes the genuinity of  buyer.

Author,

Vikash Jain

Happy Investing

Please free to reach out to us at Samadhan@sharesamadhan.com

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