New Delhi: A Sebi-constituted panel has proposed significant changes to norms governing foreign portfolio investors, including simplified registration requirements for certain categories and barring entities that fail to furnish beneficial ownership details.
After consultations with various stakeholders, the working group on Sebi(Foreign Portfolio Investors) Regulations, 2014, has submitted its report to the regulator.
The group, headed by former RBI deputy governor H R Khan, has also pitched for liberalised investment cap, review of prohibited sectors for foreign investment for FPIs, permitting FPIs for off-market transactions and review of restriction on sovereign wealth funds for investment in corporate debt securities.
Among others, it has suggested liberalisation of norms as well as simplified registration requirement for those FPIs coming under category III. Individuals, family offices and hedge funds are among the entities included in this category. Further, the group has called for removal of ‘opaque structure’ definition for FPIs.
“All FPIs need to provide BO (Beneficial Ownership) details and those who failed to provide BO details including on account of bearer shares cannot deal in securities market in India. “Thus, there is no need for separate definition of ‘opaque structure’. The ‘opaque structure’ clause may therefore be removed from FPI Regulations,” the report said.