NSE, SGX may bury hatchet; to join hands for Guj fin hub

Ongoing arbitration proceedings deferred pending outcome of talks

Singapore/New Delhi : The National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) on Wednesday said that they have resumed discussions on a potential collaboration in Gujarat’s international financial services centre while the ongoing arbitration proceedings have been deferred pending outcome of the talks.

The two would jointly engage and consult relevant stakeholders on the proposed collaboration in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City International Financial Services Centre (GIFT IFSC).

Market participants believe that the discussions could be related to getting liquidity from offshore markets to the GIFT City.

“The SGX and the NSE have resumed discussions on a potential collaboration in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City International Financial Services Centre (GIFT IFSC),” the Indian bourse said.

Since February, the NSE and the SGX have been locked in a tussle after the domestic bourse and others decided to stop licensing their indices to foreign bourses from August this year. Later in April, the SGX announced listing of new Indian equity derivative products from June.

Amid concerns over liquidity migrating overseas, the NSE’s index company IISL had moved the Bombay High Court, which restrained the SGX from launching the new products and referred the matter for arbitration.

“The injunction against the new products…, first imposed by the Bombay High Court, has been extended and continues until completion of the arbitration proceedings,” the NSE had said on June 16.

The injunction from the Bombay High Court was against three products that SGX proposed to launch in June. They were SGX India Futures, SGX Options on SGX India Futures and SGX India bank futures.

The existing licence for the SGX Nifty contracts stands extended for two successive contract months beyond the arbitration award date, the NSE had said.

In Wednesday’s statements, the bourses said that pending the outcome of the discussions, the arbitrator has granted a deferment of the arbitration proceedings between the SGX and IISL, the NSE’s index company.

The directions under the arbitration order remain effective, as per the statements.

Prior to the tussle, both exchanges were in discussions for potential collaboration in the GIFT IFSC.

Regulators seek amicable resolution

New Delhi: Markets watchdog Sebi and Singapore’s integrated financial regulator MAS have discussed amicable resolution of the NSE and SGX issue, among various issues of cooperation.   The regulators agreed that the collaboration between the authorities would be further strengthened so as to derive benefits for capital markets of both the countries, Sebi said on Wednesday. Also, they agreed that National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) would carry out necessary discussions to come up with a solution that is acceptable to both the parties.  Sebi and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Tuesday held discussions on “various issues of cooperation, including the amicable resolution of the NSE and SGX issue”.

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