TagInsider Trading

WhatsApp Leak Case: Powers of SEBI vs Privacy of Individuals

[Nandini Garg is a 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at National Law Institute University in Bhopal] In November, 2017, Reuters reported that the second quarter earnings of 12 companies, including popular blue chips such as Dr. Reddy’s, Cipla, Tata Steel etc., were being circulated on private WhatsApp groups. This prompted the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) to...

Why SEBI is Failing at Regulating Insider Trading in India

[Bhavya Bhandari is currently pursuing an LLM. in Corporation Law at NYU School of Law. She can be reached at [email protected] The Indian securities market regulator has been criticized in the last two decades for its failure to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of insider trading. Even when the perpetrators are caught and punished, the penalty is often so low that the regulations have lost...

Harmonization of Insider Trading Norms and the Companies Act

[Ankit Handa and Arunima Vijay are 3rd year (VI Semester) B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) students at National Law University in Jodhpur] The Companies Amendment Act 2017 (“CAA ‘17”) has been notified by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) on 3 January 2018. One of the major aims of harmonisation with the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act 1992 (“SEBI Act”) and regulations made thereunder is...

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)...

Sharing of Unpublished Price Sensitive Information with Promoters

[Shikha Rawal is an Associate at a law firm in Mumbai. The views in this post are personal.] In June this year, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) constituted a committee under the Chairmanship of Mr. Uday Kotak (“Kotak Committee”) to propose reforms to regulations governing listed companies. After careful deliberations, the Kotak Committee submitted a report on October 5, 2017...

Categorization of Pledge Under SEBI’s Insider Trading Regulations, 1992: Arguments against the Tide

[Parth Dixit is a 4th Year, BA/LLB (Hons.) student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune.] By way of its order dated August 11, 2017 in the case of SRSR Holdings Private Limited v. Securities and Exchange Board of India, the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) has provided a degree of finality to an important question raised in the aftermath of the infamous Satyam scam of 2009-2010. The question was...

SAT Order in the Satyam Case

In July 2014, we had discussed the order of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) then passed against several members of Satyam’s senior management for their role in perpetrating the colossal financial fraud involving the company. In its order, SEBI found several individuals guilty of violating various regulations issued by SEBI, and restrained them from accessing the capital markets...

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...

SEBI’s Interference in a Compliance Officer’s Decision under Insider Trading Regulations – A Recent Informal Guidance

[Guest post by Suvan Law Advisors, a law firm specializing in regulatory laws. They can be reached at [email protected] Disclosure: Partners of Suvan Law Advisors contributories to Justice Sodhi Committee Report on Insider Trading.] SEBI has issued a ‘path-breaking’ Informal Guidance dated February 3, 2017 to Kirloskar Chillers Private Limited (“Kirloskar Private”), which has been made public by...

US Supreme Court Clarifies Tippee Liability in Insider Trading

The law on insider trading has received considerable attention in the United States (US) in recent years. At the same time, the law in the US is quite narrow compared to most other jurisdictions because liability for insider trading arises only if the person trading owes a fiduciary duty to the company and its shareholders, which has subsequently been extended to a duty owed to the source of the...

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