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BSE plans IPO this fiscal itself, to sell up to 30% stake

 The exchange plans to file draft papers with capital markets regulator Sebi in July. BSE (formerly known as Bombay Stock Exchange) has already appointed Edelweiss Financial Services as the lead merchant banker and AZB & Partners and Nishith Desai Associates as legal advisors to the issue.

The exchange will hold an annual general meeting (AGM) on June 24 to seek shareholder's approval for the listing. Earlier this month, BSE's board, which was addressed by Sebi Chairman U K Sinha, discussed the IPO. The total size of the issue will not exceed 30 per cent, according to a notice of AGM.

The IPO could be a combination of an offer for sale and fresh issue, for up to a maximum of 30 per cent of the post-issue issued equity share capital of the company, subject to regulatory requirements, it added. BSE has also proposed to create an advisory committee that would consist of selling shareholders for transparency in the listing process. 

"In order to ensure complete transparency and fairness of the decision making process that would affect the participation of existing shareholders of the company and the equity shares tendered by the shareholders as a part of the offer for sale, it is proposed to create a committee that would consist of selling shareholders and/or their representatives," the notice noted.

The exchange said in March that it plans to come out with its initial share-sale program in the next six-nine months. The announcement came after receiving in-principle approval from Sebi for listing. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) notified amendments to the Stock Exchanges and Clearing Corporations regulations on January 1. 
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