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Sberbank and the International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) have settled a dispute over funds owed to Russia’s largest bank by IBA, an Azeri and Sberbank officials said on Wednesday, Reuters reported. In 2017, state-run IBA proposed a plan to restructure $3.3 billion of its debt and said in July it had received approval from creditors holding 93.9% of the debt involved. As part of the restructuring, which was under Azeri law, IBA obtained a moratorium from a London court preventing creditors from taking action against it without court permission.

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The fear that at Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL) may spill over to other non-banking finance companies (NBFC) has pushed the government to introduce fresh rules and regulations to bring even the financial sector under the purview the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), The Economic Times reported. A government source said that Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has finalized new rules under Section 227 of IBC that would be notified soon after all the concerns of market regulator SEBI and financial sector regulator RBI are addressed.

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In a jolt to the Jaypee Group, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed completion of the corporate insolvency resolution process for Jaypee Infratech Ltd (JIL) within 90 days and said the revised resolution plans will be invited only from the NBCC and Suraksha Realty, The Economic Times reported. The apex court said the pendency of any other application before the NCLT or NCLAT, including any interim direction, shall be no impediment for the IRP to receive and process the revised resolution plans from the two bidders.

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Online sales platform Flipkart has got a stay order on insolvency proceedings initiated against it at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), in a case involving alleged withholding of dues to a seller, Business Standard reported. CloudWalker Streaming, a Mumbai-based supplier of LED TVs, alleged Flipkart did not honour a purchase agreement and had not paid dues totalling Rs 26.95 crore. It petitioned the NCLT bench here that the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) be invoked.

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The Chinese company in pole position to save British Steel is aiming to strike a deal to take over the failed manufacturer by the middle of this month, according to people briefed on the situation, the Financial Times reported. Jingye Group has emerged as the frontrunner to buy the stricken steelmaker out of insolvency, following almost six months of uncertainty for 5,000 workers who are mostly based at the large Scunthorpe plant in Lincolnshire.

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Some vendors of BSNL and MTNL are mulling to move insolvency pleas against the state-run firms for non-payment of dues, estimated to be around Rs 20,000 crore, a senior industry body executive said on Monday, The Economic Times reported. The pending payments are against the supply of telecom gear and other goods to BSNL and MTNL as well as Rs 45,000-crore rural broadband project BharatNet, PHD Chamber of Commerce Telecom Committee chairman Sandeep Aggarwal told PTI. "The total pending payment of BSNL and MTNL vendors is around Rs 20,000 crore.

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Policymakers in China trimmed a key benchmark lending rate for the first time in more than three years amid a protracted slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy, prompting local stocks to nudge higher and bond yields to fall, the Financial Times reported. The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, said in a statement on Tuesday that it was lowering the interest for the one-year medium-term lending facility by five basis points to 3.25 per cent, the first time it has cut since early 2016. It did not provide a reason for cutting the MLF.

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Dagong, one of China’s biggest debt-rating agencies, said on Monday that it resumed its ratings business this month, after the operation was frozen for a year and after a shareholding restructuring that brought the company under state control, Reuters reported. “The company has fully restored credit rating business for non-financial corporate debt financing instruments in the interbank market, and securities credit rating business, since November,” Dagong said in a statement on its website www.dagongcredit.com.

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SoftBank is tightening governance at companies it backs as the Japanese conglomerate and its $97bn investment powerhouse try to limit the outsized control of start-up founders and restore confidence in their bets following the near collapse of WeWork, the Financial Times reported. The Tokyo-based group is expected to outline tougher governance standards and restrictions on dual-class share structures on Wednesday as it takes a multibillion-dollar writedown because of bad bets on investments such as the US-based office-sharing group, said people briefed on the plan.

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Turkish regulators and bankers are meeting this week to try to hammer out a regulatory tweak that would make it easier for foreign investors to buy some of the tens of billions of dollars worth of soured loans left over from last year’s crisis., Reuters reported. According to five people familiar with the effort, the BDDK banking watchdog and Capital Markets Board aim to draft changes that could remove the last hurdle to Turkish banks selling non-performing loans (NPLs) to hungry foreign buyers.

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