... to expedite market reforms, ease startup funding
Seeking to expedite its various reform measures to deepen the capital markets, Sebi is set to usher in easier capital raising norms for startups and remove ambiguities from its takeover regulations. Sebi is also set to announce a new set of norms for index providers that would regulate changes in constituents of the key stock market indices, including Sensex and Nifty. The regulator, whose board would discuss this on Saturday apart from a plethora of proposals regarding distribution of various cash benefits through depositories and a greater clarity on merger and acquisition norms for listed companies, has also lined up an extensive consultation process with various entities including stock exchanges, brokers and mutual funds. Other proposals on the agenda include a favourable tax regime for alternative investment funds (AIF) and easier access to capital for startups and new avenues like crowdfunding, a senior official said. Issues relating to algo trades and co-location services, as also new products and new investor classes in commodities market, are also on agenda. In its meetings with various market entities, the regulator plans to push for faster listing of stock exchanges, greater disclosure of commissions paid to mutual funds distributors, as also the various steps announced by the regulator and the government for the benefit of the market and the investors. These meetings would also discuss in detail various measures announced by Finance Minister Jaitley in his Union Budget for 2016-17. Before the Sebi’s board meeting on March 12, Jaitley would also address the board members as part of his customary post-Budget meetings with the regulators.