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...Soon to take a view on rights issue; examines promoter concept

...Soon to take a view on rights issue; examines promoter concept

Mumbai: Markets regulator Sebi on Thursday said it will soon take a view on a proposal to reduce the time taken for rights issues to around 31 days.

Besides, the market watchdog is in the process of taking steps to further strengthen the framework for alternative investment funds (AIFs), Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi said at a Ficci event here.

He further said Sebi is examining the concept of company 'promoters' and studying if we can shift to 'controlling shareholders'.

The concept of 'promoters' has been prevalent in India for a long period of time.

Globally, rather than promoters, the concept of 'controlling shareholders' is more prevalent.

"Keeping in mind changing realities of the global and Indian markets, we are examining the relevance of the concept of 'promoter' in today's times along with whether any changes to Sebi Regulations are warranted in this regard," Tyagi said.

With regard to rights issue, the regulator came out with a consultative paper on the mode of fund raising in May.

In the paper, Sebi proposed to reduce the overall time taken for rights issue to around 31 days as well as make the application and allotment process more efficient.

Currently, the rights issue process takes 55-58 days from the time a company decides to launch the issue till the listing.

"Sebi had put out a consultative paper to reduce the timelines for rights issues. We will be soon taking a view on this subject," Tyagi said. He said in recent times, rights issue has seen a pickup in the activity.



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