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CORPORATE & INDUSTRIAL RESTRUCTURING CORPORATION ORDINANCE, 2000  

L OF 2000 

22nd September, 2000

An Ordinance to make provisions for the acquisition,

restructuring, rehabilitation, management, disposition and realization of non-performing

loans and other assets of various banks and financial institutions

 

WHEREAS it is expedient, in the public interest, to deal with financial institutions and their assets, to assist the business sector by dealing with distressed enterprises and to promote the rehabilitation of the national economy by making provisions for the acquisition, restructuring, rehabilitation, management disposition and realization of non-performing loans and other assets of various banks and financial institutions and for matters ancillary or incidental thereto;

AND WHEREAS the National Assembly and the Senate stand suspended in pursuance of the Proclamation of the Fourteenth day of October, 1999 and the Provisional Constitution Order No. 1 of 1999;

AND WHEREAS the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action;

NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance of the Proclamation of Emergency of the fourteenth day of October, 1999, and Provisional Constitution Order No. 1 of 1999, as well as Order No. 9 of 1999, and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:-

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

 

1. Short title, extent and commencement.-(1) This Ordinance may be called the Corporate and Industrial Restructuring Corporation Ordinance, 2000. (2) It extends to the whole of

Pakistan, (3) It shall come into force at once.

 2. Definitions.- In this Ordinance, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context:– (a) 'Administration Committee' means the administration committee established under section 12; (b) 'Board' means the Board of Directors constituted under section 6; (c) 'Bonds' means bonds, debentures, participation term certificates, term finance certificates, redeemable capital certificates or similar instruments providing for scheduled or contingent payment of debt obligations; (d) 'Book value' means the rupee amount, inclusive of principal and accrued profit, owed by any obligor in connection with any financial asset as reflected on the books and records of the financial institution, as of the transfer date. (e) 'Chairman' means the Chairman of the Board; (f) 'Chief Executive' means the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation; (g) 'Collateral' means any asset, property, right, claim, entitlement, share, undertaking, guarantee, agreement, document or instrument, security interest, charge, mortgage, lien, hypothecation pledge or assignment in respect of or as security for any financial asset; (h) 'Commission' means the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan established under section 3 of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Act, 1997 (XLII of 1997); (i) 'Corporation' means the Corporate and Industrial Restructuring Corporation established under section 4; (j) 'Director' means a director of the Board; (k) 'Financial asset' means any short, medium or long term interest and non-interest bearing loan, finance, advance, lease, instalment, term finance certificate, participation term certificate, musharaka, modaraba, profit and loss sharing agreement, redeemable capital, guarantee or contractual right to receive payment of money in respect of sums advanced or committed to an obligor by a financial institution including collateral pertaining thereto; (l) 'Financial institution' means any bank or other financial institution operating in Pakistan wherein the Federal Government holds overwhelming equity in excess of eighty-five per cent as specified in the Schedule; (m) 'Government entity' means any Ministry, Division, Department or office of the Federal Government or any corporation, company, trust, statutory body or other entity of which more than fifty per cent of the equity or beneficial interest is directly or indirectly owned or controlled by the Federal Government; (n) 'Non-performing asset' means any financial asset; (a) Which is held as an asset on the books of a financial institution; (b) With respect to which the obligor has been in arrears on any payment obligation for a period of more than three hundred and six-five days, including:- (i) Collateral with respect to any financial asset; and (ii) A whole or partial right or interest of a financial institution in any financial asset, that otherwise constitutes a non-performing asset including a financial asset with respect to which the financial institution has an ongoing funding obligation; and [(c) With respect to which the obligor's outstanding payment obligation to any financial institution exceeds thirty million rupees: – Provided that the Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, alter, reduce or increase the said amounts and when it deems fit.] (o) 'Obligor' means any individual, proprietorship concern, company or other body corporate, trust, partnership or other entity that has, with respect to a non-performing asset, a contractual or legal obligation or duty to make payment, effect performance, provide security, or collateral with respect to any financial asset whether as principal, surety, guarantor or otherwise and whether such obligation is primary, secondary, matured or contingent; (p) 'Outstanding amount' means the book value of a non-performing asset of the financial institution less,- (a) Any amount on the books of the financial institution appearing as a specific reserve applicable to that non-performing asset; (b) Any amount on the books of the financial institution appearing in a general loan loss and/or other reserve applicable to that non-performing asset; and if, in the opinion of the Board, the book value of the non-performing asset, as adjusted in sub-clauses (a) and (b), is higher than the estimated market price of the non-performing asset, the Board shall commission an independent evaluator to determine such market price and in the event that the market price as determined by the independent evaluator is lower than the book value as adjusted in sub-clauses (a) and (b), such market price shall be deemed to be the outstanding amount; (q) 'Regulations' means regulations made under this Ordinance; (r) 'Rules' means rules made under this Ordinance; (s) 'Schedule' means the Schedule to this Ordinance; and (t) 'State Bank' means the State Bank of Pakistan.

3. Ordinance not to derogate from other laws.-The provisions of this Ordinance shall be in addition to and save as hereinafter provided, not in derogation of any other law for the time being in force.

 

CHAPTER II

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CORPORATION AND THE BOARD

 

4. Establishment of the Corporation.-(1) A corporation called the Corporate and Industrial Restructuring Corporation is hereby established for carrying out the purposes of this Ordinance. (2) The Corporation shall be a body corporate having a common seal, with powers, subject to the provisions of the Ordinance, to hold and dispose of property and shall by its name sue and be sued. (3) The headquarters of the Corporation shall be at

Islamabad or such other place as may be determined by the Board.

  5. Board and its powers.-(1) The overall direction, management, control and superintendence of the affairs of the Corporation shall vest in the Board which may exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things as may be exercised and done by the Corporation as set out in section 18. (2) In discharging its functions, the Board shall act with prudence and sound business and financial considerations for and on behalf of all persons who have beneficial interest as creditors or otherwise are beneficiaries, including the financial institutions and Government entity.

  6. Composition of the Board.-(1) The Board shall consist of the following directors, namely:– (a) The Minister for Finance, Government of Pakistan;

(b) The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of

Pakistan;

(c) The Governor, State Bank of

Pakistan.

(d) The Chairman, Privatization Commission of

Pakistan;

(e) The Secretary General, Ministry of Finance;

(f) The Chief Executive as defined in clause ,(f) of section 2; and

(g) A minimum of four and a maximum of eight persons of repute from the private sector and as far as possible from each Province, one of whom shall be from the banking sector.

(2) The directors referred to in clauses (a) to (f) of sub-section (1) shall be ex officio directors.

(3) The directors under clause (g) of sub-section (1) shall be appointed by the Federal Government, who shall hold office for a term of two years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for additional terms of two years each.

(4) No act or proceedings of the Board shall be invalid merely on the ground of the existence of any vacancy in, or defect in the constitution of, the Board.

(5) No director shall have any direct or indirect financial interest in, or have business connection with any obligor or financial institution whose non-performing assets are the subject of this Ordinance. Explanation.-For the purposes of this sub-section, any involvement of the spouse or any lineal ascendant or descendant of any director with any obligor or financial institution shall be considered as a direct financial interest or connection of the director with such obligor or financial institution.

(6) The directors shall not, for two years after the expiry of their term of office, enter into the employment of or accept any advisory or consultancy relationship with any obligor or financial institution whose non-performing assets are the subject of this Ordinance.

7. Chairman of the Board.-The Minister for Finance shall be the Chairman of the Board.

  8. Chief Executive of the Corporation.-(1) The Chief Executive shall be appointed by the Federal Government who shall be the whole-time chief executive officer of the Corporation.

(2) The Chief Executive shall hold office for a term of two years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for additional terms of two years each.

(3) Subject to its superintendence, direction and control, the Board may authorize in writing the Chief Executive to exercise and perform any or all of the following powers and functions as the Board deems fit, namely:-

(a) To deal with, negotiate, enter into and sign agreements and contracts with any obligor or financial institution in respect of the non-performing assets or related collateral and to take any and all actions, in any manner, to advance the business of the Corporation as specified in section 18;

(b) To institute, finance, manage, oversee and terminate rehabilitation plans and schemes, for the non-performing assets or the obligor, as the case may be;

(c) To pay the cost, charges and expenses for the day to day business of the Corporation; (d) To receive money or goods on behalf of the Corporation;

(e) To sell, deal in and dispose of all articles and goods of the Corporation;

(f) To engage, employ, fix and pay the remuneration and dismiss or discharge all managers, agents, secretaries, clerks, servants, workmen and other persons employed in, or in connection with, the Corporation's business;

(g) To appoint any person or persons to be attorney or attorneys of the Corporation for such purposes and with such power, authorities and discretions and for such period and subject to such conditions as he may from time to time think fit;

(h) To make and give receipt, release and discharge, all moneys payable to the Corporation or for the claims and demands of the Corporation;

(i) To draw, accept, endorse and negotiate all such cheques, bills of exchange, promissory notes and Government and other securities as shall be necessary in or for carrying on the affairs of the Corporation whether the account may be overdrawn or not;

(j) To institute, compromise, withdraw or abandon any legal proceedings by or against the Corporation or its officers or otherwise concerning the affairs of the Corporation;

(k) To provide for the welfare of employees or ex-employee of the Corporation and the wives, widows or families or the dependents of such persons in such manner as he may think fit;

(l) To open, maintain and operate accounts or letters of credit for any amount with any bank or banks and to give instructions for operation of such accounts;

(m) To appear before any Court of law, civil criminal, revenue, excise, income-tax including Banking Courts and Tribunals established for recovery of bank dues and loans, whether original or appellate. High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan and other authorities for and on behalf of the Corporation and to institute, apply for transfer of suits and other proceedings, conduct, prosecute and defend suits and legal proceedings whatsoever including original, appellate or any other jurisdiction, sign power-of-attorney or other authorization, statements, pleadings and petitions on behalf of the Corporation and to represent, defend and safeguard the interest of the Corporation.

(n) To enter into all such negotiations and contracts and rescind or vary all such contracts and do all acts, deeds and things, in the name and on behalf of the Corporation as he may consider necessary, expedient or proper, or in relation to any of the matters aforesaid or otherwise, for the purposes of the Corporation;

(o) To give effectual discharge for moneys payable to the Corporation and for its claims and demands;

(p) To purchase or take on lease or otherwise acquire for the Corporation, land, buildings, rights and privileges for the purpose of officers or premises of the Corporation at such prices and generally on such terms as he may think necessary and expedient, to build, alter and furnish offices, houses or premises and let or sub-let any such houses or premises in portion or otherwise;

(q) To demand and enforce payment, delivery, transfer of any dues for recovery and receive from all and every persons, body corporate or corporations, firm or companies whatsoever, all money, securities for money, debts and claims of all kinds and demand, enforce, deliver and receive and take possession of money, securities, shares, and goods produced and property of all kinds whether belonging to the Corporation as security or in trust or held by any person or company in trust or by way of security for the Corporation;

(r) To deal with, make arrangements, sign contracts with Government, semi-Government, autonomous bodies, corporations, local Government and other institutions; and

(s) To appoint attorney, agents, managers and authorize them to exercise any or all such powers and functions as are mentioned in clauses (a) to (r) above.

(4) The Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, remove the Chief Executive if:- (a) He refuses or fails to discharge or becomes in the opinion of the Federal Government, incapable of discharging his responsibilities under this Ordinance; or

(b) He has been declared insolvent; or

(c) He has been declared to be disqualified for employment in, or has been dismissed from the service of Pakistan, or has been convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude; or (d) He has knowingly acquired or continued to hold without the permission in writing of the Federal Government, directly or indirectly or through a partner, any share or interest in any obligor or financial institution.

  9. Committees.-The Board may, for the purposes of obtaining advice and assistance in carrying out the purposes of this Ordinance, constitute one or more committees consisting of members of the Board and any other suitable persons as it may deem fit. Any committee so formed shall, in exercise of the powers delegated to it or conferred on it, conform to any restrictions that may be imposed on it by the Board.

  10. Verification Committees.-(1) For the purpose of this Ordinance and before taking any action thereunder, the Corporation shall, having regard to the facts and circumstances of a case, refer a question of bona fide dispute relating to liability of the obligor in respect of the non-performing assets or cases relating thereto, including the cases of fraud, misrepresentation, and breach of any provision of law, rule, regulation and circulars of the State Bank, regarding the calculation, existence and repayment of a financial obligation or outstanding loan, mark-up or interest claimed against an obligor, to the Governor State Bank for verification and correct determination and calculation by the Verification Committee as hereafter provided: Provided that the Corporation may in appropriate cases and having regard to the facts and circumstances of a case require the Governor State Bank to include one or more suitable persons including an expert or consultant to be member of the Verification Committee.

(2) The verification, determination and calculation of matters referred to in sub-section (1) shall be made in accordance with the existing law, rules, regulations and circulars of the State Bank in the manner provided herein regard to the principal amount of loan, mark up, interest and ancillary financial matters relating to the financial institutions as claimed by or against the financial institution or the Corporation, as the case may be, in respect of the non-performing assets and the liability of the obligor.

(3) Save as provided in this Ordinance, the provisions of sub-sections (1) and (2) shall not affect the validity, continuance and enforcement of an order of winding up of a company under the Companies Ordinance, 1984, which has been made before the commencement of this Ordinance except for the purpose of calculating the payment of any financial obligation or verified claim to the creditor or contributory or liability of the guarantor or any other person.

(4) Where a matter is referred to the Governor State Bank under sub-sections (1) and (2), he may constitute one or more Verification Committees for the purposes of this Ordinance.

(5) The Verification Committee shall consist of a nominee of the Governor State Bank being a senior officer of the State Bank who shall be the Chairman of the Committee, two Chartered Accountants, to be nominated by the Governor State Bank and one Chartered Accountant to be nominated by the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, Karachi, such nomination to be obtained by the Governor State Bank and such other person as the Corporation may require.

(6) The Chairman of the Verification Committee shall convene the meetings, conduct proceedings of the Committee, maintain record including the evidence submitted before him by the parties and their statements, and on their request supply authenticated copies of the record to them.

(7) The Verification Committee after examination of the record of the concerned lending financial institution and the obligor and after due notice by courier service, fax, U.M.S. or any other effective mode to both parties and affording them reasonable opportunity to explain their position and hearing them in person and through their chartered accountants shall make correct determination, verification and calculation of liability and matters referred to in sub-sections (1), (2) and (3) in accordance with the law, rules, regulations and circulars of the State Bank.

(8) Where a party after due notice under sub-section (7) does not appear in person or through chartered accountant before the Verification Committee, it may proceed ex-parte: Provided that nothing contained herein shall prevent such party from appearance before the Verification Committee before the conclusion of the proceedings.

(9) The Verification Committee shall submit its finding and report with recommendations to the Governor State Bank within thirty days of the commencement of the proceedings or such extended period as the Governor State Bank may allow for reasons to be recorded in writing.

(10) The Governor State Bank shall consider the findings and report and recommendations submitted to him by the Verification Committee under sub-section (9) and may accept or modify the same or may, for reasons to be recorded, make such other appropriate recommendations and findings in respect thereof as he may deem fit.

(11) The Governor State Bank shall forward his recommendations and findings made under sub-section (10) alongwith the finding, report, recommendations and record of the Verification Committee to the Corporation and the parties will be entitled to obtain copies thereof from the Corporation.

(12) The recommendations and findings of the Governor State Bank made on the basis of finding, report and recommendations of the Verification Committee in regard to calculation of liability of obligor shall be final and have presumption of truth unless found to contain manifest error or contrary to law, but the same shall be subject to orders of the High Court.

(13) The Corporation after considering the recommendations and findings of the Governor State Bank forwarded to it under sub-section (11) will take appropriate action under this Ordinance having regard to the facts of each case.

(14) In the event of failure either of the Verification' Committee to conclude the reference within thirty days of the commencement of the proceedings or such extended period referred to in sub-section (9) or the failure of the obligor or the financial institution to accept the recommendations and findings of the Governor State Bank, the Corporation may proceed in respect of the non-performing asset under this Ordinance.

(15) Notwithstanding any thing contained in any other law for the time being in force, the final recommendations and findings by the Governor State Bank and the finding, report and the recommendations of the Verification Committee under sub-section (11) shall constitute admissible evidence for any legal proceedings.

  Explanation.-For the purpose of this Ordinance any instructions given by the State Bank to any bank or financial institution for writing off any debt for the purpose of accounting of any such bank or financial institution shall not be construed as satisfaction of any debt payable by the obligor.

   11. Guidelines for Corporation and the Governor State Bank.-The Corporation, and where a matter is referred by it to Governor State Bank under sub-section (1) of Section 10, the Governor State Bank, shall take into consideration inter-alia the following factors as the Corporation, or as the case may be, the Governor State Bank, may deem fit having regard to the facts of each case, namely:– (a) The practical possibilities of the non-performing asset;

(b) The possibility of re-scheduling of financial assistance;

(c) The adequacy of the subsisting securities and the willingness of the obligor to provide sufficient additional security;

(d) Such other preventive, ameliorative and remedial measures including amalgamation or merger, change in management whether partial or whole or such incidental, consequential or supplemental, measures as may be necessary;

(e) Examine the possibility of keeping alive a running project by providing reasonable financial assistance through financial institutions keeping in view the interest of both borrower and lender and avoiding unemployment;

(f) Where the obligor can make financial arrangement on a joint venture basis with a third person on mutually agreed terms so as to provide sufficient security to the satisfaction of the Governor State Bank or the Board for repayment of the outstanding amount or liability of the non-performing asset to be determined in accordance with the State Bank's circulars, instructions, rules, regulations and the law; and

(g) Any other facts and circumstances having regard to public interest and the objectives of the Ordinance.

 

12. Administration Committee.-(1) The Administration Committee shall consist of the Chief Executive and four other members of the Corporation to be appointed from the fields of banking, law, finance, engineering, management or accountancy.

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