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The Introduction of Interest Rate Options In India

[The following guest post is contributed by Niharika Choudhary, who is a 4th year student at the National Law University, Jodhpur] Introduction Trade in financial derivatives has led to an enormous growth of the Indian financial system. New instruments have proliferated and trading volume has exploded. The use of financial derivatives has transformed the way financial institutions deal with risk...

Margin Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared OTC Derivatives

[The following guest post is contributed by Rishi A., who is a 5th year law student at HNLU, Raipur] Introduction At the end of 2008, the world, especially the United States, witnessed one of the worst financial crises. The tipping point in this crisis was not the bad credit quality of the household mortgages that were losing their value because of a number of reasons including the growing...

Recent Measures to Curb ODI Abuse – Do They Represent an Equilibrium Point?

[The following guest post is contributed by Arka Saha, who is a 4th Year B.A.LL.B. (Hons) & Executive Student in CS (ICSI) at National Law University Odisha (NLU-O)] Offshore Derivative Instruments (ODIs) such as Participatory Notes (P-Notes) and equity linked notes constitute a significant chunk of total investments by Foreign Portfolio Investors in India, thus posing an imminent threat...

RBI’s Proposal for a Major Recast of ECB Norms

[The following guest post is contributed by Vinod Kothari of Vinod Kothari & Co. It deals with the details of the proposals announced by the RBI. In an earlier post, Pratik Datta sets out the background to RBI’s proposals] The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed a major recast of the norms for external commercial borrowings (ECBs). While India is still far from...

RBI’s Draft Framework on ECB: The Background

[This guest post is by Pratik Datta, who is a Consultant at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi. He can be reached at prat.nujs@gmail.com.] Yesterday the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the draft framework for External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) for public comments on or before October 11, 2015. For the...

Notice Clause: “On or as soon as reasonably practicable”

Although it is customary to use various expressions in modern commercial agreements, very few such agreements have been the subject matter of interpretation before Indian courts. Hence, it is essential to draw inspiration from jurisprudence being developed elsewhere. One such development relates to a decision rendered by the English High Court in December 2014 in Goldman Sachs International v...

Repeal of the “Swaps Push Out” Rule— An Evaluation

[The following post is contributed by Mandar Kagade, who is a Policy Analyst at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business] The United States Congress recently passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 that made headlines for reasons not at all related to appropriations; it was in the news rather for including provisions that repealed the so...

The Exportation of Indian Capital Markets

Reuters has a report indicating that the volume of trading in Indian derivatives in the Singapore market is almost as robust as that in the Indian market. This suggests that the Indian capital markets are being exported overseas. Investors are able to enjoy the investment benefits in Indian underlying assets or investments without actually investing in India. Usually, this phenomenon occurs for...

Willful Defaulters and Derivatives Transactions

The Supreme Court was recently confronted with a question as to whether a company that had entered into a derivatives transaction with a bank could be categorized as a “willful defaulter” under the Reserve Bank of India’s Master Circular on Willful Defaulters on account of non-performance of payment obligations. More specifically, the question was whether a bank could be treated as a “lender” in...

Australian Court on Rating Complex Financial Instruments

The Federal Court of Australia has delivered an important ruling that pertains to the liability of credit rating agencies. In Bathurst Regional Council v. Local Government Financial Services Pty Ltd, the court found that Standard & Poors (S&P) was liable to several local councils in Australia for a AAA rating provided in connection with their investment in complex financial instruments...

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