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Dedicated bankruptcy court has rejected ArcelorMittal India's plea to set aside the Resolution Plan submitted by Royale Partners Investment Fund

ANI | Updated: May 06, 2019 16:29 IST

Dubai [UAE] May 6 (ANI/BuisnessWire India): The committee of creditors has approved the RPIF plan by giving 73.17 per cent votes, confirmed Mayur Ghule, Director - Royale Partners Investment Fund.
The dedicated bankruptcy court has rejected ArcelorMittal India's plea to set aside the resolution plan submitted by Royale Partners Investment Fund (RPIF) for EPC Construction India (EPIL), formerly Essar Projects India. The lenders of EPC Construction India have approved RPIF's revival plans with 73 per cent voting.
The local subsidiary of Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal Group sought the National Company Law Tribunal's (NCLT) intervention to direct EPIL's lenders to re-vote on its plan and restrain the resolution professional (RP) and lenders from proceeding with implementation of RPIF's resolution. ArcelorMittal is also vying for Essar Steel.
"I am not inclined to interfere with the decision of the committee of creditors (CoC) in approving RPIF's resolution plan," said MK Shrawat, Presiding Officer of the Mumbai-bench of NCLT.
"As far as legal and procedural requirements are concerned, prima facie, they are complete in all aspects and will be looked into further at the stage of plan approval by this bench", he added.
NRI billionaire LN Mittal-led ArcelorMittal had opposed the lenders' decision to approve the Royale Partners' plan, arguing that it did not having approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI), as required. ArcelorMittal said the total value of its offer was more than R. 2,200 Cr, including Rs. 1,084 Cr of fresh equity in EPC Construction India, which owes over Rs. 7,200 Cr to its financial and operational lenders.
Counsel for the RP argued that prior approval from CCI is a procedural requirement by the CoC, and not a requirement under the law.
"The CoC rejected ArcelorMittal's (applicant) claim, with 77.87 per cent of the CoC voting against the resolution plan. Only 17.67 per cent of CoC voted in favour of the resolution plan and the rest abstained from voting," said the resolution professional.
"The plan was considered and reviewed by the CoC and it was of the unanimous opinion that it was unsatisfactory", he added.
"Members of the CoC further believed that viability and feasibility of the (ArcelorMittal) conditions were not satisfactory in nature," argued the RP.
The RP has already submitted the plan of RPIF for approval to the NCLT and the tribunal will hear the matter on April 30.
"The committee of creditors has approved the RPIF plan by giving us 73.17 per cent votes and believes it is, in its commercial wisdom, the better plan," said Mayur Ghule, Managing Director of Royale Partners Investment Fund & RPMG Investment LLC.
Law firm Khaitan & Co and EY are advising Royal Partners for EPIL. ArcelorMittal spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.
While an email query to Abhijit Guhathakurta of Deloitte, who is resolution professional of EPC Construction India, did not elicit a response till press time.
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