Sebi chief says expert panel examining feasibility to introduce SPACs in India

PTIUpdated: Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 11:58 PM IST
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SPACs or blank cheque companies are formed to raise capital in an initial public offering (IPO) with the purpose of using the proceeds to identify and merge with a target company. | Reuters

Sebi chief Ajay Tyagi on Wednesday said that an expert committee is examining the feasibility of introducing special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) like structures in India.

The group, formed under Sebi's Primary Market Advisory Committee (PMAC), is yet to submit its report, Tyagi said at FICCI's annual Capital Market Conference.

SPACs or blank cheque companies are formed to raise capital in an initial public offering (IPO) with the purpose of using the proceeds to identify and merge with a target company.

SPACs are usually formed by private equity funds or financial institutions, with expertise in a particular industry or business sector, with investment for initial working capital and issue related expenses. Such companies have recently become popular in the US.

Tyagi also said mandatory disclosures by listed companies must not be treated as check boxes.

He, further, said that disclosures by many companies are lacking in some areas.

"On periodic disclosures such as annual reports, while all the fields are being filled in, in many cases, they appear more like a check-box exercise. This is not acceptable," Tyagi said.

He, further, said that documents as important as the financial results, annual reports, corporate governance reports and others need the level of quality the investors deserve.

Sebi chief further said that the regulator, in consultation with stock exchanges, is looking into free float.

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