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ECB Process for Infrastructure Finance Eased

The Reserve Bank of India has issued a circular bringing external commercial borrowings (ECBs) by designated Infrastructure Finance Companies (IFCs) within the automatic route subject to certain limits. The relevant portion of the circular is extracted below: On a review of the policy, it has been decided to modify the extant ECB policy in respect of the Infrastructure Finance Companies (IFCs) i...

Changes to ECB Policy

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last week announced changes to the policy governing external commercial borrowings (ECBs). This represents a reversal on two counts: 1. The all-in-cost ceilings, which were withdrawn about a year ago, have been reintroduced “in view of the improvement in the credit market conditions and narrowing credit spreads in the international markets”. 2. The buyback facility...

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...

FDI: Compulsorily Convertible Debentures

It is quite common for foreign investors to take up convertible instruments in Indian companies. These instruments are issued as either preference shares or debentures to begin with and are convertible into equity shares of the Indian company at a later date. The conversion may occur in one of two ways: either at the option of the investor, or compulsorily (without any option whatsoever). Such...

The Policy Over ECBs

Satyajit Gupta has an interesting column in The Mint that reviews the changes in the external commercial borrowings (ECBs) policy over the last few years in the context of changing economic conditions both within India and around the world. As for recent efforts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Satyajit notes: “ECBs have suffered in view of the adverse economic conditions coupled with the...

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