TagDisclosure Requirements

Understanding the Dichotomy between Materiality and Price Sensitivity: Where to Draw the Line?

[Anuj Bansal is a 5th year B.A. L.L.B. (Hons.) student at the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow] The approach of the securities law adjudicatory bodies, as observable through the orders on insider trading, has often given rise to an interesting issue of much academic relevance: what distinguishes ‘price sensitive information’ under SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading)...

SEBI Requires Disclosure of Loan Defaults

Over the last couple of years, there has been a steady regulatory move to create some connections between the banking system and the capital markets in order to address cases of loan defaults by companies, especially those listed on the stock exchanges. Take the case of wilful defaulters, who are effectively now kept out of the capital markets (as discussed here on this Blog). Another mechanism...

Non-Disposal Undertaking and its Reporting in the Indian Securities Market

[Guest post by Divyajyot Verma, a student at the Jindal Global Law School] Non-Disposal Undertakings (or agreements) (“NDUs”) are signed usually by the debtor in favour of the lender in relation to any loan obligation undertaken by the debtor. An NDU helps in ensuring that the debtor does not transfer the shares held by it in a company by way of outside arrangements such that the creditor is left...

SEBI Informal Guidance: Trading Disclosures – What’s the “Value”?

[The following post is contributed by Yogesh Chande, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. Advocates and Solicitors. Views are personal.] The SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015 (the “PIT Regulations”) prescribe certain disclosure norms relating to acquisitions and disposals of securities by insiders in companies. Specifically, regulation 7(2)(a) states that where...

Compensation Arrangements between Private Equity and Company Management: Corporate Governance Issues

In its board meeting held on 23 October 2016, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) highlighted the issue of compensation arrangements agreed to by private equity (“PE”) firms with the promoters, directors and key managerial personnel (collectively, the “management”) of investee companies that are listed on the stock exchange, and certain corporate governance issues that emerged...

SAT on Merchant Bankers’ Obligation in a Public Offering

Background: History Repeats Itself The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has in recent year initiated actions pertaining to the alleged lack of accurate disclosures in prospectuses issued by companies in public offerings of securities. One high profile case involved the initial public offering (“IPO”) of DLF Limited wherein SEBI issued an order restraining DLF, its directors and CFO...

SEBI Adjudication Order: Disclosure of Encumbrances Over Shares

The SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011 (the “SAST Regulations”) contains provisions in Reg. 31 that requires promoters of a company to disclose to the company and the stock exchanges the details of shares encumbered by them and also any invocation or release of encumbrance. The genesis of the requirement to disclose pledge and other encumbrances arose after...

It’s the “Material” Things That Matter: Disclosures under the New SEBI Regulations

[The following guest post is contributed by Yogesh Chande, Partner and Malek-ul-Ashtar Shipchandler, Associate, at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. Views expressed herein are personal and solely that of the authors. A related post by Somasekhar Sundaresan is available here.] Background The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) notified the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure...

Materiality and Disclosure Under Clause 36 of the Listing Agreement

[The following guest post is contributed by Supreme Waskar, who is a corporate lawyer] By an order passed earlier this month, an adjudicating officer of SEBI imposed a fine of Rs. 2 crores on New Delhi Television Ltd. (“NDTV”) for failure to promptly disclose material information to stock exchanges under clause 36 of the listing agreement. Facts of the case On February 21, 2014, NDTV had received...

SAT Order in the DLF Case: Controlling SEBI’s Punitive Vehemence

[In an earlier post, I had offered some initial overview and commentary on the SAT Order in the DLF IPO Case. In the following post, Vinod Kothari offers another perspective that focus on certain specific aspects of the order and analyzes their impact on SEBI’s role as an enforcer of securities regulation. The author can be contacted at [email protected]] The order of the Securities...

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