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SEBI approves framework for angel funds

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), at its board meeting on 25 June, approved amendments to the SEBI (Alternative Investment Fund) Regulations, 2012 (AIF regulations), thereby providing a framework for the setup...

SEBI guidelines on employee stock schemes clarified

The Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI), through a circular dated 13 May, provided some clarifications to an earlier SEBI circular dated 17 January 2013, which made amendments to the SEBI (Employee Stock Option...

SEBI sparks race to comply with shareholding rules

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has begun penalizing public listed companies that failed to meet the 3 June deadline for putting a minimum of 25% of their equity shares in public...

SEBI notifies investment adviser regulations

On 21 January, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) notified the SEBI (Investment Advisers) Regulations, 2013 (IA Regulations). These regulations have been introduced with a view to regulate the work of investment...

SEBI amends debt listing regulations

On 12 October the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) amended the SEBI (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008. Some of the key changes in the regulations are outlined briefly below. Addition...

SEBI issues circular on OFS route

In January, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) introduced two additional routes for listed companies to meet the minimum 25% public shareholding requirement under the listing agreement: the institutional placement programme, and...

RBI and SEBI further liberalize QFI framework

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) through a circular on 7 June and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in a circular dated 16 July have revised the investment framework for qualified...

SEBI streamlines FII debt limit process

In a circular on 6 February 2009, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) introduced an open bidding process to allocate a cumulative debt investment limit of US$15 billion for foreign institutional investors...

Proposals could improve SEBI consent order rules

By Puja Sondhi and Ramanuj Gopalan, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co
India’s securities and capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), is empowered to pursue civil/administrative and criminal action under the provisions of the SEBI Act, 1992, the Securities Contracts (Regulation)...

QFIs: A welcome move by SEBI for foreign investors

By Chirayu Chandani, Khaitan & Co
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), through a circular dated 13 January, allowed qualified foreign investors (QFIs) to invest in the Indian equity market. The decision to open the equity market to...

SEBI to regulate private pools of capital

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has published its draft SEBI (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2011, which seek to introduce a comprehensive regulatory framework to regulate private pools of capital, also known...

SEBI imposes restrictions on IDR redemption

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has dealt a blow to foreign investors with an announcement that Indian depository receipts (IDRs) cannot be redeemed into underlying equity shares unless the IDRs are...

SEBI reviews ownership and governance of MIIs

A committee appointed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), has submitted a report reviewing the existing norms regarding the ownership and governance of market infrastructure institutions (MIIs). The report discusses the existing...

SEBI changes give retail investors more participation

In yet another move to up the role of the retail investor in the stock market the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has recently amended the SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure...

The final verdict on ULIPs: has SEBI lost?

By Bharat Budholia, Juris Corp
The five-month-long proxy battle between the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) has ended abruptly. On 18 June the president promulgated the Securities and Insurance Laws...

SEBI legal chief goes solo

Sandeep Parekh, a former head of legal affairs and enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), has set up a boutique law firm in Mumbai. The firm, which is called Finsec...

SEBI reduces timeline for listing by 10 days

In an effort to make public issue of shares more transparent and faster, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has almost halved the time allowed between closure of an issue and its...

SEBI bans insurers from ULIP issues

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has banned 14 life insurance companies, including those belonging to Tata, the State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI, HDFC and Anil Ambani’s Reliance group, from raising...

SEBI slams FII for inadequate disclosure

In a recent investigation, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) came across apparent discrepancies with respect to disclosure filings made for the issuance of offshore derivative instruments (ODIs) by Société Générale to...

SEBI clarifies ambiguities in takeover code

Pursuant to its board meeting on 22 September 2009 the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has sprung into action, bringing out a notification dated 6 November (the “amendment regulations”) to amend the...