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SEBI Committee on Regulating Proxy Advisors

Over the last decade, India has witnessed considerable shareholder activism in that shareholders, particularly institutions, have become more active in exercising their corporate franchise. Proxy advisory firms have formed an integral part of this movement, as they provide advice to both institutional and individual shareholders on how they may exercise votes at shareholder meetings of companies...

The Effect of an Increased Free Float on India’s Promoter-Controlled Companies

[Shiluti Walling is a 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Business Law Hons.) student at National Law University, Jodhpur] The Union Finance Minister recently proposed the increase of the minimum public shareholding (MPS or free float) from 25% to 35%. Prior to the proposal, public shareholders of a listed company were required to hold at least 25% of the paid-up capital of the company as free float, pursuant...

SEBI’s DVRs Framework: How Will the Indian Market React to a Super Voting Stock Structure?

[Sarthak Sharma and Aabha Dixit are 3rd year and 4th year students respectively at Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur] The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 27 June 2019, after much deliberation, approved the issuance of shares with differential voting rights (DVRs) and issued a framework governing issuance and listing of shares with DVRs. Prior to this, whilst issuance...

SAT Order: Stock Exchanges not to Follow SEBI’s Circulars and Directions Mechanically

[Anand Narayan is a corporate and securities lawyer currently working as an in-house counsel in Mumbai] One has lately witnessed a trend that the stock exchanges, such as NSE, BSE and NCDEX, are following the circulars and directions issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) mechanically without application of mind, which has not gone down well with the market participants. Much...

Position of Accredited Investors in India within SEBI’s Framework

[Shreshtha Mathur and Chahak Agarwal are fourth year law students at National Law University, Jodhpur] The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 22 May 2019 released the “Framework for the process of accreditation of investors for the purpose of Innovators Growth Platform”. It seeks to provide a boost to entities seeking to get listed on the Innovators Growth Platform (IGP), the stock...

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...

SEBI’s Framework for Innovation Sandbox – Infusing FinTech into India’s Securities Markets

[Mansi Mishra is a 2nd year B.A.LL.B. (Hons) student at National Law Institute University, Bhopal] The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), amidst much speculation in the securities market, proposed the “Framework for Innovation Sandbox” by way of its circular dated 20 May 2019. This post seeks to analyse the key proposals of the SEBI framework and to highlight the takeaways for the...

Delhi High Court Restrains Short Seller’s Report

Short selling involves the selling of a security that an investor or a trader does not have in possession when placing the sale order in the system. A short seller borrows the security and then sells it in the market with an expectation that it can buy back the same security at a later date for a lower price than it was sold for. The difference in the selling price and the buying price would 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...

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