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Sebi notifies new preferential issue norms

To check the flow of illicit funds in the issuance of shares to investors on preferential basis, Sebi has notified the new norms that make it mandatory for payments and allotments to be done directly through the beneficiaries' accounts.

twitter-logoPTI | August 28, 2013 | Updated 15:46 IST
Sebi notifies new preferential issue norms
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To check the flow of illicit funds in the issuance of shares to investors on preferential basis, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has notified the new norms that make it mandatory for payments and allotments to be done directly through the beneficiaries' accounts.

The payment for preferential shares will need to be made only from the own bank accounts of the buyers while it would be necessary to carry out such allotments through demat accounts.

Besides, the identity of the ultimate beneficial owner of these shares will have to be disclosed, according to the market regulator's notification dated August 26.

There have been concerns that promoters might use the preferential allotment route through front entities and thus adversely impact the interest of public shareholders.

"The issuer shall ensure that the consideration of specified securities, if paid in cash, shall be received from respective allottee's bank account," Sebi noted.

The notification comes after Sebi approved these norms in its board meeting in June.

The regulator said the issuer is required to submit a certificate of the statutory auditor to the stock exchange where the equity shares are listed stating that it is in compliance with necessary regulations and the relevant documents are maintained.

Sebi said the specified securities allotted on preferential basis would not be transferred till trading approval is granted for such securities by all the recognised stock exchanges where the equity shares of the issuer are listed.

"Provided that if there is any listed company, mutual fund, bank or insurance company in the chain of ownership of the proposed allottee, no further disclosure will be necessary," Sebi noted.

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