SEBI to discuss reforms at board meet 28 March 2018

The Securities and Exchange Board of India is planning to take a number of measures for development of the market including reduction in additional expenses charged by mutual funds, strengthening the algorithmic trading framework, higher investment limits for angel funds and a fresh compliance framework for companies undergoing Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) under the Bankruptcy Code.

The regulator may also mandate the exchanges to offer shared co-location facilities and providing some services for free. Penalty norms in case of algo trades are proposed to be tightened in order to ensure that genuine buy and sell orders are processed through this channel. For listed companies undergoing CIRP under the Bankruptcy Code, Sebi plans to bring in additional disclosure requirements as well as amend norms pertaining to minimum public shareholding norms and other provisions for such entities.

A number of other important matters will also be discussed, such as amendments to rules on buyback of shares, takeovers, registrars and bankers to issues as well as suspension and revocation of trading, government sources said. Sebi is planning to reduce the additional expense that mutual funds are allowed to charge to a maximum of 5 basis points from 20 basis points at present.

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