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Navigating the Regulatory Maze: The Imperative for Harmonized Decision-Making in SEBI

[Philip Oommen is a lawyer based in Mumbai, and a graduate of the National Institute of Securities Markets] The regulatory landscape of the Indian securities market currently exhibits a noticeable lack of uniformity, as demonstrated by the divergence in decisions rendered by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”).  This divergence in decision-making underscores the inherent...

Revolutionizing Trade Settlement: SEBI’s Progressive Push for T+0 and Instant Settlement

[Smruti Kulkarni and Manas Rohilla are 3rd year students at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar] On 22 December 2023, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) issued a consultation paper on “Introduction of optional T+0 and optional Instant Settlement of Trades in addition to T+1 Settlement Cycle in Indian Securities Markets”. The paper analyses feasibility and desirability of...

Regulating the Unregulated: RBI’s Proposed Regulatory Framework for the Fintech Sector

[Daksh Kasliwal and Shubham Sehgal are 3rd year law students at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar] Over the past decade, India’s fintech industry has been experiencing a remarkable growth trajectory and has emerged as the third largest fintech economy in the world. WEF, in its study, has placed India alongside the United Kingdom, the United States, and Singapore as “the most...

Navigating Vulnerabilities: SEBI’s Circular on Trading Account Security

[Snigdha Dash is a 3rd year B.A.LL.B.(Hons.) student from National Law University, Odisha] The market’s abundance of traders, providers, platforms, brokers, and communication channels has created an environment susceptible to potentially malevolent activities. Exploiting vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to trading accounts and execute illicit transactions, such as in currency trading...

The Self-Regulatory Paradigm for FinTechs: A Critical Analysis

[Karthika S. Babu and Snigdha are 3rd year B.A., LL.B. students at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar] In an attempt to align the pace of regulatory oversight with the exponential rate at which fintech is revolutionising the financial services environment, the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) recently released the much debated Draft Framework for Self-Regulatory Organisation(s) in the...

Navigating the Maze: Scrutinising SEBI’s Framework for Short Selling

[Garv Arora and Vatsal Jain are 3rd year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at HNLU, Raipur] By way of its circular titled ‘Framework for Short Selling’ dated January 5, 2024 (the ‘Circular’), the Securities and Exchange Board of India (‘SEBI’) has laid down a definitive framework to better regulate short-selling transactions in the Indian stock market. Short selling is a trading activity that focuses...

Resolution Professional as the Occupier: A Recipe for Disaster?

[Tanish Arora is a 3rd year B.B.A.LL.B. student at National Law University Odisha] In December 2023, the Madras High Court in Subrata Monindranath Maity v The State, Represented by Deputy Director, Industrial Safety and Health-II stipulated that a person who is the resolution professional (“RP”) in respect of an establishment is also an occupier under the Factories Act, 1948. Hence, the RP would...

Grounds of Arrest: Navigating Section 19 of the PMLA

[Esha Rathi is a final year B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) student at Jindal Global Law School] Section 19 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 (PMLA) empowers authorized officials of the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) to arrest persons based on the material in their possession, providing a reasonable basis to suspect that an individual has committed an offence punishable under the law. It...

Empowering Investors: SEBI’s Game-Changing Circular on Trading Account Control

[Nikita Singh and Aishana are the third year law students at Gujarat National Law University.] The Indian stock broking industry is undergoing a major change with the introduction of a new facility for investors to voluntarily freeze or block their online access to their trading accounts. This facility, which was introduced by the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 12 January 2024...

Beyond the Hype: Risks and Regulations in Binary Options Trading

[Shaswat Kashyap is a 3rd-year student at Gujarat National Law University and Snigdha Dash a 3rd-year student at National Law University, Odisha] A post late last year on Money Control highlighted a disquieting trend where certain financial influencers (finfluencers) are endorsing binary-trading platforms that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has blacklisted. Social media profiles with significant...

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