Recent RBI Policies

RBI/2008-09/

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced some policies last week. The salient features are as follows:


1. External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) Policy – Liberalisation


By a Circular dated January 2, 2009, the RBI dispensed with the requirement of all-in-cost ceilings on ECBs under the approval route, until June 30, 2009. This relaxation has now been extended until December 31, 2009.


2. Buyback / Prepayment of Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCBs)


“[I]t has been decided to increase the total amount of permissible buyback of FCCBs, out of internal accruals, from USD 50 million of the redemption value per company to USD 100 million, under the approval route by linking the higher amount of buyback to larger discounts. Accordingly, Indian companies may henceforth be permitted to buyback FCCBs up to USD 100 million of the redemption value per company, out of internal accruals, with the prior approval of the Reserve Bank …”.


The RBI has provided a stepped-up scale for discounts, i.e., the higher the amount to be repaid, the greater the discount to be offered for redemption.


3. Foreign Exchange Management (Deposit) Regulations, 2000 – Loans to Non-Residents, etc.


The RBI has enhanced the existing cap of Rs. 20 lakh (2 million) to Rs.100 lakh (10 million) on loans against security of funds held in NR(E)RA and FCNR(B) deposits either to the depositors or third parties.



Separately, as regards transfer and sale of shares and debentures, the RBI passed a circular dated April 22, 2009 modifying the reporting mechanism for transfer of shares, preference shares and convertible debentures by way of sale. The RBI has also prescribed a modified Form FC-TRS. Details are available in the circular.

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Umakanth Varottil

Umakanth Varottil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India.

2 comments

  • This is really nice info about to the RBI polices.t felt that the RBI should gradually move to setting bank-specific capital ratios,The powers of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to decide on capital requirements

  • This is really nice info about to the RBI polices.t felt that the RBI should gradually move to setting bank-specific capital ratios,The powers of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to decide on capital requirements

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