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First Notes - 23 November 2016

First Notes - 23 November 2016

RBI modifies guidelines on schemes related to stressed assets


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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), issued various notifications in the past, aimed at strengthening the ability of lenders in India to deal with stressed assets. Some of these include notifications which provide guidelines for a scheme of:

  • Strategic Debt Restructuring (SDR) (DBR.BP.BC.No.101/21.04.132/ 2014-15 dated 8 June 2015), and
  • Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (DBR.No.BP.BC.103/ 21.04.132/2015-16 dated 13 June 2016). 

These schemes provided an avenue to rework the financial structure of entities facing genuine difficulties and to require coordinated deep financial restructuring.

New development

On 10 November 2016, RBI through its notifications DBR.No.BP.BC.33/ 21.04.132/2016-17 and DBR.No.BP.BC.34/21.04.132/2016-17, made certain revisions to the guidelines referred above.

These changes are aimed at achieving the following:

  • Harmonisation of stand-still clause as applicable in case of SDR scheme with other guidelines
  • Clarification on the deemed Date of Commencement of Commercial Operations (DCCO), and
  • Partial modification of certain guidelines based on the experience gained in using these tools in resolving the stressed assets as well as feedback received from stakeholders, and taking into consideration the requirements of the construction sector.

This issue of First Notes provides a synopsis of the significant modifications made by RBI to the schemes related to stressed assets.

To access the text of the RBI circular on revisions made in schemes for stressed assets, please click here.

To access the text of the RBI circular on revisions made in scheme for sustainable structuring of stressed assets, please click here.

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