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SEBI’s Informal Guidance Affirms Expansive Nature of Insider Trading Code of Conduct

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015 (the “PIT Regulations”) have undergone refinement since their enactment. Earlier this year, SEBI introduced changes by way of the SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 that came into effect on 1 April 2019. The amendments to the PIT Regulations clarify that the...

Insider Trading: Will the Informant Mechanism be Effective?

[Sakshi Ajmera is a 2nd year B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) student at the National Law Institute University, Bhopal] The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 10 June 2019 proposed an ‘informant mechanism’ to safeguard the interests of the investors and limit insider trading. In light of the difficulty in tracking illegal transactions, SEBI has released a discussion paper, which could be...

SAT on Selective Disclosure of Information and Model Code of Conduct

The insider trading regime creates two types of offences in respect of insider trading, i.e., the “trading offence” whereby a person buys or sells securities while in possession of unpublished price sensitive information (UPSI) relating to such company and the “communication offence” which involves an inappropriate disclosure of UPSI on a selective basis. A vast number cases relating to insider...

Sensitization: The Key to Implementation of Insider Trading Regulations

[Ambika Mehrotra is a Manager at Vinod Kothari & Company and can be contacted at [email protected]] Background of the Regulations The strong and decisive steps taken by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) with respect to insider trading have attracted a great deal of attention over the last couple of months. The modifications to the existing SEBI (Prohibition of Insider...

Amendments to SEBI’s Regulations on Insider Trading Are they Sufficient?

[Keshav Malpani is a B.A. LL.B. (Business Law Hons.) student at the National Law University, Jodhpur] Late last year, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) came up with a modified set of regulations for insider trading in India by way of the SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Amendment Regulations, 2018 (“PITR’18”). The amendment came in pursuance of a report of the TK...

Amendment to Insider Trading Regulations: An Incentive for Insiders?

[Bhavin Gada, Soumya Shanker and Mehak Gupta are with M/s Economic Laws Practice, Advocates and Solicitors. The views of the authors are personal] On 31 December 2018, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) issued an amendment to the SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015 (“PIT Regulations”). The amendment was pursuant to the recommendations made in the...

Insider Trading in Commodity Derivatives

[Peeyush Agarwal and Zarnaab Aswad are both 5th year law students at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow] Introduction Consider this: X is an employee of Y Corporation, which is a leading steel manufacturing company whose scrips are listed on stock exchanges. X, being an employee gets to know that Y Corporation has just discovered huge deposits of iron ore that, if extracted...

Analysing Some Insider Trading Implications For M&A Transactions

[Priya Garg is a 5th year student at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata] Consequences of Creating the Due Diligence Exception to the Bar on the Communication of UPSI For the first time, under regulation 3 of the SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015 (“PIT, 2015”), communication of unpublished price sensitive information (“UPSI”) per se has...

Delhi High Court Circumscribes SEBI’s Power to Initiate Adjudication Proceedings

Independent regulators must demonstrate their independence and fairness in their actions in order to maintain credibility. For this, the process by which they carry out their actions must be robust. This applies equally to India’s securities regulator, SEBI, which is the earliest independent regulator in the post-liberalisation era and one that heralded the advent of an array of similar...

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...

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