SEBI relaxed and welcomed short track rights issues generating capital on the stock market until 31 March 2021.

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Steps to further promote the collection of funds from capital markets in the light of the COVID-19 disease outbreak

In the face of the threats to the Indian economy emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic and with a view to enhancing access to corporate finance through capital markets, SEBI has agreed to offer some temporary relief from regulatory obligations related to rights / public concerns to listed entities.

Right Issues

Fast Track Rights issuances

SEBI has relaxed the following requirements in order to broaden the scope of mentioned organizations for the benefit of fast track rights issues:

1) The qualification requirement for the total market capitalization of the public shareholding of INR 250 crores has been lowered to INR 100 crores.

(2) The requirement relating to the period of listing of the shares of the issuer for at least three years has been reduced to a listing of only eighteen months.

3) The provision relating to no audit credentials in the audited reports of the issuer has been replaced by the obligation to report the effect of the audit credentials on the financial statements of the issuer.

4) Some other requirements of registration with respect to the time of compliance with the terms of the listing regulations, the pending proceedings were taken by SEBI against the issuer/promoter/director, and the enforcement of the violation of the securities laws have now been relaxed.

Minimum Subscription

For order to have more consistency for collecting funds, the threshold for minimum subscription thresholds for rights issues has been reduced from the current 90 percent to 75 percent of the bid value, subject to some limitations.

The threshold for failing to apply a request for a letter of a bid to SEBI

In order to minimize the time involved in raising funds and to simplify compliance requirements, identified organizations collecting funds up to INR 25 crores in rights issues would not be required to request a draft bid paper.

The official requirement for this is INR 10 crores. Such relaxations shall extend to the correct problems which are accessed on or before 31 March 2021. It can be recalled that SEBI revised the ICDR Regulations last year in order to substantially shorten the timeline for the resolution of the T+ 55-day rights question to T+ 31 days and to implement the dematerialization and exchange of rights entitlements. Such steps will make the system for rights more functional and successful.

Flexibility on Issue size

An issuer whose offer document is awaiting receipt of SEBI observations may increase or decrease the size of the fresh issue by up to 50 per cent of the expected issue size (instead of the existing limit of 20 per cent) without allowing the Board to send a fresh draft offer document. Relaxation shall extend to all tender contracts awaiting receipt of SEBI findings by 31 December 2020.

Validity of the findings of SEBI

Having respect to the current economic scenario and on the basis of demands from different industrial bodies, It has been agreed that SEBI ‘s observations on all public issues / rights issues will be extended by six months from the date of expiry for issuers whose observations have expired / expired between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020.

To sum up, these steps are aimed at widening the number of listed organisations that are entitled to collect funds by fast track privileges, minimizing the time required and ensuring more flexibility in raising funds rather than relaxing regulatory conditions.

Circulars released by SEBI in respect of the measure referred to above are accessible on the SEBI website at http:/ under the category-‘Legal-Circulars’. Mumbai 21 April 2020


Corporate and Professional Updates on 1st June 2019

Direct Tax Updates:

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  • Delhi High Court restrained the Income Tax Department from taking any action against VVIP chopper deal scam accused Gautam Khaitan against whom a black money case has been lodged. Court said Khaitan, an advocate by profession, has made out a “good prima facie” case for grant of interim relief and grave prejudice would be caused to him if the authorities are not restrained at this stage from proceeding further. 
  • CBDT do not want to let go the Revenue Dues owed by Shell Companies that have been deregistered by the MCA. But the task is easier said than done, as it would mean the restoration of over 4,000 companies identified by the CBDT. The CBDT has been holding talks with the MCA over this.

Indirect Tax Updates:

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  • The new option has been introduced wherein the consignment of one e-way bill has to be moved in multiple vehicles, after moving to transshipment place.
  • Different high courts in the country have given stay orders on several fiats of the National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) for the GST, casting doubts on the legal tenability of the way the nearly one-and-half-a-year-old set-up operates and passes orders on alleged cases of profiteering by businesses.A review by FE revealed that at least five firms have got reliefs from the high courts, in what allowed them to defer coughing up an aggregate amount of Rs 430 crore. 

RBI Updates:

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  • Government is open to providing more powers to the RBI to direct lenders to take action on stressed assets. There is a growing view in the government that there has to be some regulatory supervision over debt resolution by the RBI.
  • RBI has asked NBFCs with asset size of more than Rs.5,000 crore to appoint a chief risk officer (CRO) with clearly specified role and responsibilities, in view of the increasing role in direct credit intermediation of these companies. The RBI directive comes in the backdrop of the IL&FS imbroglio and its ripple impact on NBFCs.
  • RBI wants NBFCs with assets of more than 5,000 Crore must appoint a Chief Risk Officer (CRO). It said that with the increasing role of NBFCs in direct credit intermediation, there is a need for NBFCs to Augment Risk Management Practices.
  • RBI Appointed Committee headed by Aadhaar architect Nandan Nilekani submits its suggestions on Promoting Digital Payments to RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das. The 5-member team was formed in January this year to consult with various stakeholders of the payments ecosystem and deliberate on solutions to further strengthen the industry

Other Updates:

  • MCA sees Rs 2.8 lakh cr recovery from IBC-led RP.
  • IOC to examine US sanction’s impact on CPCL plans
  • India may witness slowdown as oil imports decline
  • DoT to soon settle merger/transfer of licences in M&As
  • BoB looks to rationalise 800-900 branches
  • Pre-monsoon rainfall deficit drops to 22 per cent
  • Reliance Capital protests ratings downgrade
  • India reports trade deficit with 11 RCEP members in FY 2018-19
  • OPEC members meet to assess oil market after US sanctions on Iran
  • NMDC plans to acquire 100 per cent stake in Australia’s Legacy Iron-Ore Ltd
  • Debt-ridden Essar Steel reports Rs 4,229 cr EBITDA during insolvency period
  • ICICI-Videocon loan case: Kochhar contests bonus clawback, ESOP termination
  • NBFC crisis to top agenda of new govt.
  • Jet employee group offers to invest $700 million
  • AgMA Energy plans to launch India-specific agri products
  • No interest in taking control of IndiGo: Rakesh Gangwal
  • Dredging Corporation of India wins annual contracts from Cochin and Paradip port trusts
  • ONGC, GIP, Tripura govt eye to buy out IL&FS’s 26% stake in OTPC
  • TCS eyes double-digit growth in FY20, says COO Subramaniam
  • Dr Reddy’s Laboratories serves a bitter medicine in March quarter
  • RBI’s vision document on payment systems to spur digital economy: Fintech firms
  • Life insurance industry to focus on millennials, digital-human interface
  • IMFA posts loss of Rs 74 cr in January-March qtr
  • Power producers seek removal of double taxation on imported coal
  • RBI to boost card payments with 34% increase in PoS terminals by end of 2021
  • Japan’s Orix to acquire wind assets of IL&FS
  • GST Council may consider national bench of AAAR next month
  • FPIs withdraw Rs 6,399 crore in May so far
  • AstraZeneca moves US court against Aurobindo
  • RBI releases ‘Vision 2021’ for payment systems for ‘cash-lite’ society

Key Due Dates:

  • The Due Date of GSTR-1  For the Month Of May is 10th June 2019.
  • The Due Date of GSTR-3b For the Month Of May is 20th June 2019.
  • The Due Dates for the Deposit of TDS/TCS for the Purchase of Property 30th June 2019.\
  • Annual Return For Registered Tax Payers is 30th June 2019.


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