Direct transactions in Indian companies’ securities allowed

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Through a circular on 27 December 2016, the Reserve Bank of India has allowed foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) to acquire non-convertible debentures and bonds issued by Indian companies either directly or in any manner according to prevalent/approved market practice. The purpose of this amendment is to provide flexibility with regard to how FPIs may transact in such instruments.

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