Awareness Seminar Mediation : A Cost-Effective Tool for Resolution of Disputes for SMEs

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Awareness Seminar Mediation : A Cost-Effective Tool for Resolution of Disputes for SMEs - Jun 14, 2019

SMEs in India are vulnerable in pursuing litigation arising out of commercial disputes, because of their limited financial strength. Mediation offers them a level playing field. Some of the recent developments and provisions aim at quicker dispute resolution for SMEs. Section 12A of The Commercial Courts (Pre Institution Mediation and Settlement) Ordinance 2018, prescribes mandatory Mediation before a party can approach a commercial court with a Suit. Section 18 of the MSME Act of 2006 prescribes that any party to a dispute should make a reference to the Micro and Small Enterprises Facilitation Council which shall either itself conduct conciliation in the matter or seek the assistance of any institution or centre providing alternate dispute resolution services by referring the dispute to such an institution or centre, for conducting conciliation.

 

In this context, Centre for Mediation and Conciliation (CMC), established by Bombay Chamber and recognised by Hon’ble Bombay High Court as a `Mediation Institution’ as per Commercial Courts Act 2015; jointly with Ministry of MSME, Government of India is organising an awareness seminar.

Objectives of the seminar :

1.      To create awareness about Mediation in the context of Commercial Disputes

2.      To familiarise the SMEs and other stakeholders with recent amendments and procedures

3.      To address concerns and issues of SMEs in initiating Mediation/Conciliation process

4.      To share success stories and lessons from failures in Alternate Dispute Resolution

 

Target audience :

Owners and Entrepreneurs of SMEs/Startups/Partnership Firms; preferably Proprietors, Legal Heads, Compliance Officers, Sales Heads AND also Representatives of Large Corporates who deal with SME channels

 

Programme :
9.30 a.m.
Registration & Tea
 
Inaugural Session
10.00 a.m.
Welcome Address
Mr. Sumit Banerjee, Chief Mentor, CMC
10.10 a.m.
Keynote Address by Chief Guest
Dr. Arun Kumar Panda
Secretary, Ministry of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
10.40 a.m.
Q&A Session
10.50 a.m.
Vote of Thanks
Mr. Vijay Srirangan
Director General, Bombay Chamber
10.55 a.m.
Tea
11.10 a.m.
Session I : How SMEs can benefit from Mediation –
by identification of disputes that can be referred to Mediation; and understanding of procedural and financial aspects;
Mr. Sameer Shah
Advocate/Arbitrator/Mediator
Council Member- Alliance for equality in Dispute Resolution
Fellow - Prime Disputes, London
11.40 a.m.
Session II :  Commercial Disputes :  Challenges for SMEs
Moderator :
  •   Mr. Anuroop Omkar, Partner, AK & Partners

Panel Members :  
  •   Mr. Amit Sarda, Director, PT Invent India Pvt. Ltd.

  •   Ms Jui Buch, SME and Risk Manager 

  •   Mr. Raghunandan Jagdish, CEO & Director, Nandan Gse Pvt Ltd

  •   Capt. Nikunj Parashar, Founder, Sagar Defence Engineering

  •   Mr. Abhinav Thakur, Managing Director, Accurex Biomedical Pvt. Ltd.

  •   Representative from Large Corporate

  •   Representative from Banking Industry

12.20 p.m.
Session III : Mediation in Commercial Disputes :  Policy framework and recent amendments
Address by Guest of Honour :
Shri Shrikant D. Kulkarni
Member Secretary, MSLSA & Director Co-ordinator
Main Mediation Centre, Bombay High Court
12.50 p.m.
Session IV :
Case Study : How some SMEs have succeeded in resolution of commercial disputes  through Mediation/Conciliation
Mr. Vihang Virkar, Partner , PDS Legal
1.20 p.m.
Summary & Vote of Thanks
(followed by networking lunch)

Ball Room, Hotel Taj President, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400005

Ms. Minal Khadilkar – 022 – 61200237 

Mr. Ajay Balgi – 022 – 61200264

Mr. Pravin Rane – 022 61200219 / 95949 71479

Mr. R. Ganesh – 022 61200218 / 99870 42149

The participation is by Invitation. However, prior registration is mandatory.

 

 


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