Synopsis: The National Company Law Tribunal has granted approval for Steel Strips Wheels, an automotive wheel manufacturer, to acquire AMW Autocomponent. AMW Autocomponent admitted a liability of over ₹1,675 crore, while Steel Strips Wheels proposed an upfront cash payment of ₹138 crore for the acquisition. The resolution plan received significant support from creditors and is now legally binding on all stakeholders involved. This acquisition strategically aligns two companies specializing in steel and alloy wheels, ultimately maximizing value as intended by insolvency laws.Article:The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has given the green light for Steel Strips Wheels, a listed manufacturer of automotive wheels, to acquire AMW Autocomponent. This approval marks a significant step in the insolvency resolution process.AMW Autocomponent admitted a substantial liability of over ₹1,675 crore. In contrast, the successful bidder, Steel Strips Wheels, proposed an upfront cash payment of ₹138 crore for the acquisition. The NCLT's decision now legally binds the resolution plan, affecting all stakeholders, including the corporate debtor (AMW Autocomponent), its employees, members, creditors, guarantors, and other parties involved.Prior to obtaining the NCLT's approval, the Committee of Creditors for AMW Autocomponent had already given the green light to the revival plan, with an overwhelming 98.55% of the vote in favor of Steel Strips Wheels.AMW Autocomponent, based in Gujarat, specializes in manufacturing wheel rims for passenger, commercial, and agricultural vehicles. It boasts the largest single-location steel wheel rim manufacturing plant in India. The company's average liquidation value stood at ₹119.61 crore, while the average fair value was ₹198.37 crore.The insolvency resolution process for AMW Autocomponent commenced on September 1, 2020, following an application from its lender, Indian Overseas Bank. The company's primary lender is Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel India, holding 18.45% voting power in the Committee of Creditors, alongside other lenders such as Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank, EXIM Bank, and IDBI.The acquisition of AMW Autocomponent by Steel Strips Wheels aligns two companies in the business of manufacturing steel and alloy wheels. Additionally, the strategic geographical positioning of AMW Autocomponent makes it a compelling acquisition through the insolvency resolution process.Independent counsel Ashish Pyasi emphasized that this transaction is in line with the primary objective of insolvency laws, which is to save companies and maximize value for all stakeholders. The acquisition is a vital step in achieving these goals.Besides Steel Strips Wheels, the lenders also received a revival plan from Gladiator Consortium. Punjab-based Steel Strips Wheels operates in the steel and alloy wheel rims manufacturing business, with a presence in the northern, eastern, and southern regions of India.Conclusion:The NCLT's approval for Steel Strips Wheels to acquire AMW Autocomponent represents a significant development in the insolvency resolution process. This strategic acquisition combines the strengths of two companies specializing in steel and alloy wheels. It not only aligns with the core objectives of insolvency laws, which seek to preserve companies and maximize stakeholder value, but it also positions Steel Strips Wheels for future success.