valid as on 15/08/2019

IBC Section 201-Registration of insolvency professional agency.
Effective from 15.11.2016

(1) Every for registration shall be made to the Board in such form and manner, containing such particulars, and accompanied by such fee, as may be specified by regulations:

Provided that every application received by the Board shall be acknowledged within seven days of its receipt.

(2) On receipt of the application under sub-section (1),

Provided that no order rejecting the application shall be made without giving an opportunity of being heard to the applicant:

Provided further that every order so made shall be communicated to the applicant within a period of fifteen days.

(3) The Board may issue a certificate of registration to the applicant in such form and manner and subject to such terms and conditions as may be specified.

(4) The Board may renew the certificate of registration from time to time in such manner and on payment of such fee as may be specified.

(5) The Board may, by order, suspend or cancel the certificate of registration granted to an insolvency professional agency on any of the following grounds, namely:—

(a) that it has obtained registration by making a false statement or misrepresentation or by any other unlawful means;

(b) that it has failed to comply with the requirements of the regulations made by the Board or bye-laws made by the insolvency professional agency;

(c) that it has contravened any of the provisions of the Act or the rules or the regulations made thereunder;

(d) on any other ground as may be specified by regulations:

Provided that no order shall be made under this sub-section unless the insolvency professional agency concerned has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard:

Provided further that no such order shall be passed by any member except whole-time members of the Board.

Refer regulation 4, 7, 10 of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016. To view the regulations,Click Here
Refer regulation 5 and 6 of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016. To view the regulations,Click Here

2.1.10:Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016.

Grant of in-principle approval.

10. (1) Any person who seeks to establish an insolvency professional agency may make an application for an inprinciple approval, demonstrating that the conditions in sub-regulation (2) are satisfied, along with a nonrefundable application fee of ten lakh rupees.

(2) If the Board is satisfied, after such inspection or inquiry as it deems necessary, that:–

(a) the applicant is a fit and proper person; and

(b) the proposed or existing company which may receive registration would be able to meet the requirements for grant of registration under Regulation 5(1), it may grant in-principle approval which shall be valid for a period not exceeding one year and be subject to such conditions as it deems fit.

(3) During the validity of in-principle approval, the company referred to sub-regulation 2(b) may make an application for a certificate of registration as an insolvency professional agency to the Board in accordance with Regulation 4(1), but shall not be required to pay the application fees for registration.


2.1.4:Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016.

Application for registration or renewal thereof.

4. (1) A company eligible for registration as an insolvency professional agency, may make an application to the Board in of the Schedule to these Regulations, along with a non-refundable application fee of ten lakh rupees.

(2) An insolvency professional agency who has been granted registration under Regulation 5, may six months before the expiry of such registration, make an application for renewal in Form A of the Schedule to these Regulations, along with a non-refundable application fee of five lakh rupees.

(3) The Board shall acknowledge an application made under this Regulation within seven days of its receipt.

(4) The Board shall examine the application, and give an opportunity to the applicant to remove the deficiencies, if any, in the application.

(5) The Board may require the applicant to submit, within reasonable time, additional documents, information or clarification that it deems fit.

(6) The Board may require the applicant to appear, within reasonable time, before the Board in person, or through its authorised representative for clarifications required for processing the application.

Refer Form A given in the schedule of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016. To view the schedule,Click Here

2.1.5:Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016.

Grant of certificate of registration.

5. (1) If the Board is satisfied, after such inspection or inquiry as it deems necessary and having regard to the principles specified in section 200 of the Code, that the applicant:—

(a) is eligible under Regulation 3;

(b) has adequate infrastructure to perform its functions under the Code;

(c) has in its employment, persons having adequate professional and other relevant experience, to enable it to perform its functions under the Code; and

(d) has complied with the conditions of the certificate of registration, if he has submitted an application for renewal under Regulation 4(2) it may grant or renew a certificate of registration to the applicant to carry on the activities of an insolvency professional agency in  of the Schedule to these Regulations, within sixty days of receipt of the application, excluding the time given by the Board for removing the deficiencies, or presenting additional documents, information or clarification, or appearing in person, as the case may be.

(2) The registration shall be subject to the conditions that the insolvency professional agency shall –

(a) abide by the Code, rules, regulations, and guidelines thereunder and its bye-laws;

(b) at all times after the grant of the certificate continue to satisfy the requirements under sub-regulation (1);

  pay an annual fee of five lakh rupees to the Board, within fifteen days from the date of commencement of the financial year:

Provided that no annual fee shall be payable in the financial year in which an insolvency professional agency is granted registration or renewal, as the case may be:

Provided further that without prejudice to any other action which the Board may take as permissible under the Code, any delay in payment of fee by an insolvency professional agency shall attract simple interest at the rate of twelve percent per annum until paid.

Illustration

(a) Where an insolvency professional agency is registered on 1st December, 2016 upon receipt of an application fee of ten lakh rupees along with the application for registration, no further fee is required to be paid for the financial year 2016-17. The annual fee of five lakh rupees becomes due on 1st April, 2017 and shall be paid by 15th April, 2017 for the financial year 2017-18. It becomes similarly due on 1st April, 2018 to be paid by 15th April, 2018, on 1st April, 2019 to be paid by 15th April, 2019, on 1st April, 2020 to be paid by 15th April, 2020 and on 1st April, 2021 to be paid by 15th April, 2021. Thereafter, the insolvency professional agency may apply for renewal of registration along with an application fee of five lakh rupees. If renewal is granted, there will be no annual fee for 2021-22.

(b) Where the annual fee is paid on 20th April, 2017, interest at the rate of twelve percent per annum shall be paid for the delay of five days.

(c) pay a fee of five lakh rupees to the Board, payable every year after the year in which the certificate is granted or renewed;

(d) seek approval of the Board when a person, other than a statutory body, seeks to hold more than ten per cent, directly or indirectly, of the share capital of the insolvency professional agency;

(e) take adequate steps for redressal of grievances; and

(f) abide by such other conditions as may be specified.

(3) The certificate of registration shall be valid for a period of five years from the date of issue.

Refer Form B given in the schedule of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016.To view the schedule,Click Here
Substituted vide the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019 dated 23.07.2019. To view the Notification, Click Here.

2.1.6:Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016.

Procedure for rejecting application.

6. (1) If, after considering an application made under Regulation 4, the Board is of the prima facie opinion the registration ought not be granted or renewed, or be granted or renewed with additional conditions, it shall communicate the reasons for forming such an opinion and give the applicant an opportunity to explain why its application should be accepted, within fifteen days of the receipt of the communication from the Board, to enable it to form a final opinion.

(2) The communication under sub-regulation (1) shall be made to the applicant within forty five days of receipt of the application, excluding the time given by the Board for removing the deficiencies, presenting additional documents, information or clarifications, or appearing in person, as the case may be.

(3) After considering the explanation, if any, given by the applicant under sub-regulation (1), the Board shall communicate its decision to-

(a) accept the application, along with the certificate of registration, or

(b) reject the application by an order, giving reasons thereof within thirty days of receipt of explanation.

(4) The order rejecting an application for renewal of registration shall require the insolvency professional agency to-

(a) discharge pending obligations;

(b) continue its functions till such time as may be specified, to enable the enrolment of its members with another insolvency professional agency; and

(c) comply with any other directions as considered appropriate.


2.1.7:Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016.

Surrender of registration.

7. (1) An insolvency professional agency may submit an application for surrender of a certificate of registration to the Board, providing –

(a) the reasons for such surrender;

(b) the details of all the pending or on-going engagements under the Code of the insolvency professionals enrolled with it;

(c) details of its pending or on-going activities; and

(d) the manner in which it seeks to wind-up its affairs as an insolvency professional agency.

(2) The Board shall within seven days of receipt of the application, publish a notice of receipt of such application on its website and invite objections to the surrender of registration, to be submitted within fourteen days of the publication of the notice.

(3) After considering the application and the objections submitted under sub-regulation (2), if any, the Board may within thirty days from the last date of submission of objections, approve the application for surrender of registration subject to such conditions as it deems fit.

(4) The approval under sub-regulation (3) may require the insolvency professional agency to-

(a) discharge any pending obligations; or

(b) continue its functions till such time as may be specified, to enable the enrolment of its members with another insolvency professional agency.

(5) The Board, after being satisfied that the requirements of sub-regulation (4) have been complied with, shall publish a notice on its website stating that the surrender of registration by the insolvency professional agency has taken effect.


IBC-Enforcement Notification [S.O.3453(E)] dated 15/11/2016


The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019 dated 23.07.2019


Schedule- Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Professional Agencies) Regulations, 2016.


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