TagNon-banking Finance Companies

SARFAESI Amendment: A New Role for Debenture Trustees

[The following post is contributed by Vinod Kothari and Nidhi Bothra of Vinod Kothari & Co. The authors can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected] respectively] Introduction The Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debt Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Act, 2016[1] (Amendment Act) has introduced several amendments to the Securitisation and...

RBI Issues Guidelines for “On Tap” Licensing of Private Universal Banks

In the past, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been following a “stop and go” policy for licensing of new banks in the private sector. Under this policy, and on the last occasion in 2014, two private sector banks were granted licences to operate banks. However, this policy has been under review and discussion over the last few years. Consequently, the RBI in May this year issued the Draft...

Venture Debt in India

[The following guest post is contributed by Dhanush M, who is a student at the Jindal Global Law School] It is an established convention that “Debt and startups don’t mix”. This could be attributed to the fact that the business models of banks and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) who are the primary lenders in debt are built around collaterals like plant and machinery. Furthermore, lending...

Analysis of RBI’s Draft Guidelines for On-tap Licensing of Universal Banks in the Private Sector

[The following guest post is contributed by Aditya Sood, who is a 4th year BA, LLB (Hons) student at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata] The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on May 5, 2016 released Draft Guidelines for on-tap licensing of universal banks in private sector in India (“Draft Guidelines”).[1] The Draft Guidelines, if accepted, would mark a significant shift...

Second Leg of SARFAESI: All Transactions to be Registered with CERSAI

[The following guest post is contributed by Niddhi Parmar of Vinod Kothari & Company. The author can be contacted at [email protected]] Introduction The Central Government introduced the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (Central Registry) Amendment Rules, 2016 (hereinafter referred as ‘Amendment Rules, 2016’) on January 22, 2016...

Adoption of Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) by Banks, Insurance Companies and NBFCs – Effects of Transition and Potential Hurdles

[The following guest post is contributed by Arka Saha, who is a 4th Year B.A.LL.B. (Hons) & Executive Student in CS (ICSI) at National Law University Odisha (NLU-O)] To bring about systemic convergence of financial reporting standards in vogue in the case of Indian banking companies, Insurance companies and Non-banking Financial Companies with those recognised and accepted globally, the...

Subordinated debentures – A Capital Supporting Instrument

[The following guest post is contributed by Vinita Nair of Vinod Kothari & Co. The author may be contacted at [email protected]] Non Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) in India are always seeking sources of raising funds. Capital is costly and therefore NBFCs rely more on public funds. Public funds as defined under the Systemically Important Non-Banking Financial (Non-Deposit Accepting...

Guest Post: Nachiket Mor Committee Recommends Bank – NBFC Convergence

[This post has been contributed by Shampita Das of Vinod Kothari & Company. The author may be contacted at [email protected]] The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in September, 2013 had set up a ‘Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households’, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Nachiket Mor, Member on RBI’s Central Board of Directors. The main...

RBI makes 1000s of companies anxious by “Are you an unregistered NBFC?” notices

Over last week, Reserve Bank of India has sent notices to thousands – tens of thousands perhaps – of companies asking them whether they are NBFCs. And, if yes, why they have not registered. This is worrying because if a Company is an NBFC and has not registered, it entails serious consequences for the Company and its concerned directors/officers. For example, the law provides for minimum and...

FDI in NBFC Sector Relaxed

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) has been subject to minimum capitalisation norms. For example, any foreign investment of more than 75% in an NBFC requires a minimum capitalisation of US$ 50 million through foreign inward remittances. As far as downstream investments are concerned, the Conslidated FDI Policy Circular provides that the relevant caps and...

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