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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 [email protected]] 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 benefit of those who may be interested in providing...

RBI Proposal on Rupee Linked Bonds

In the past, rupee denominated bond issuances have essentially been available to multilateral institutions, of which the International Finance Corporation (IFC) had availed of them. Now, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced a draft framework, which allows Indian companies as well to tap this avenue for raising debt. Indian corporates that are eligible to avail of external commercial...

RBI Circular on Security for External Commercial Borrowings

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) prescribes stringent norms on external commercial borrowings (ECBs) as also the grant of security in favour of foreign lenders or suppliers who have extended ECBs to Indian borrowers. While clarity has been developing over the years, there has often been doubt regarding specific types of securities and guarantees to be granted. Now, the RBI has issued a circular...

Guest Post: RBI Circular on ‘Options’

[The following post is contributed by Parag Bhide, who is a Principal Associate at Universal Legal, Mumbai] Finally, Foreign Investors investing into India are able to include ‘options’ in their investment agreements. The Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”), through its circular dated 9 January 2013 (“Circular”) has legitimized inclusion of options/right to exit in the Investment Agreements.[1]...

RBI Clarification on Overseas Investment Norms

In a previous post, Satyajit had discussed the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) policy measures announced on August 14, 2013 to restrict overseas direct investments (ODI). Primarily, it was decided to reduce the ODI limits of a company from 400% of its net worth to 100%. Yesterday, the RBI announced some clarifications that mitigate the severity of the above restrictions. First, it clarified that...

ECBs by Corporates under Investigation

Hitherto, companies that are under investigation by law enforcement agencies such as the Directorate of Enforcement are not entitled to taken on external commercial borrowings (ECBs) under the automatic route, and are required to approach the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for approval. Through a recent circular, the RBI has relaxed such position. Now, such entities under investigation are eligible...

Miscellaneous

1.         Further Liberalization of ECB Policy Given the ailments afflicting the civil aviation sector in India, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed external commercial borrowings (ECBs) in that sector even where the end-use of funds is for working capital requirements. This is permissible under the approval route, and is subject to several...

Further Liberalisation of ECB Policy

In the last few days, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a string of circulars to liberalise the policy on external commercial borrowings (ECB). The include the following: – utilisation of 25 per cent of the fresh ECB raised by a company in the infrastructure sector towards refinancing of the Rupee loan/s availed by it from the domestic banking system, under the approval route;...

More Hurdles for LLPs

As we have previously noted on this Blog, the popularity of limited liability partnerships (LLPs) has not met with expectations since introduction of that business vehicle in April 2009. While the Government has taken certain steps to boost the utility of LLPs, such as by considering the possibility of foreign investment into LLPs discussed in this paper issued by the Department of Industrial...

Further Measures to Boost Infrastructure Financing

In continuation of previous measures, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has taken additional steps to enable financing in the infrastructure sector. First, the proposed introduction of credit default swaps on corporate bonds (discussed here) covers corporate bonds issued by Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) of rated infrastructure companies “keeping in view the need for development of the...

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