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SEBI Circular on Minimum Public Shareholding

[Sarthak Karol is an associate at a law firm in Mumbai] By way of a Circular dated October 10, 2017, (“Circular”), the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) issued directions to stock exchanges to come down heavily on listed entities, their promoters and directors who are in breach of the 25% minimum public shareholding (“MPS”) norms mandated under regulation 38 of the SEBI (Listing...

The Supreme Court’s Liberal Interpretation of the SEBI Regulations on Fraudulent Trade Practices

[Jitesh Maheshwari is an Associate at Mindspright Legal in Mumbai] Introduction The Supreme Court last month passed a landmark judgment in SEBI v. Shri Kanaiyalal Baldevbhai Patel in which front running by a non-intermediary has been bought within  the prohibition of the SEBI (Prohibition of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices Relating to Securities Market) Regulations, 2003 (the “PFUTP...

Regulation of Equity Based Crowdfunding in India

[Priyanka Sunjay is a Fourth year student, B.A., LL.B.(Hons), National Law University, Jodhpur] Crowdfunding is a means by which an entrepreneur or business raises financing by way of small contributions from a large number of individuals using mass communication through the Internet. It is usually used to raise funds for films, art, business ventures or social causes.  There are various types of...

SEBI Refrains from Resolving Ambiguity on Permissible Investor Protection Rights

[The following post is contributed by Supreme Waskar, who is a corporate lawyer in Mumbai. An earlier post on this topic is available here.] The existing definition of control under regulation 2(1)(e) of SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011 (the “Takeover Regulations”), defines “control” in inclusive manner as a right to (a) appoint a majority of...

“Control” Untouched in the Takeover Regulations: A Case of Regulatory Inertia

Let’s just say, it is not at all surprising. After carrying out an extensive consultation that lasted more than a year with a view to defining the concept of “control” under the SEBI (Substantial Acquisition and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011 (the “Takeover Regulations”), the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has come around a whole circle. It has, by retaining the current definition...

SEBI’s Policy on Self-Trades

[Guest post by Jitesh Maheshwari, Associate at Mindspright Legal in Mumbai] Introduction Self-trades are trades executed on the stock market in which the same entity is both buyer and seller. These trades do not represent a real change in beneficial ownership of the security. Earlier, the position on self-trades was that they create artificial or fictitious volume in the market, and give a false...

SAT Rejects Appeals in the United Spirits Case

We had earlier this year discussed SEBI’s ad-interim ex parte order in the United Spirits Limited (USL) case by which several persons (including Mr. Vijay Mallya) were prohibited from buying, selling or otherwise dealing in any securities, with some of them being restrained from holding positions as directors or key managerial personnel of any listed company. Against this, some of the persons...

Analysis of the Material Adverse Change Clause in the Indian Context

[Guest post by Tushit Mishra, who is a Third Year Student at NALSAR University of Law] Introduction The economic viability of an agreement in securities transactions is subject to a wide range of factors, due to which agreements concerning mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are constantly under a cloud of uncertainty. The past realization of such uncertainty with regards to risk mitigation and...

Takeover Disclosures: Single Penalty for Violation of Single Obligation

[The following post is contributed by Supreme Waskar, who is a corporate lawyer in Mumbai] The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has, by way of its order passed on July 28, 2017 (“Recent Order”), reversed its earlier view and held that the disclosure obligation under regulation 8(2) of the erstwhile takeover norms, i.e., Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial...

SAT Order on “Shell” Companies

The issue of “shell” companies has captured the attention of the regulators over the last couple of years. There is a pervading sense of regulatory fear that, left unchecked, shell companies may be utilized for various illegal purposes, including money laundering. The Government has been taking steps at various levels to deal with what it visualizes as a menace of shell companies. One instance...

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