Sebi notifies guidelines for separate debt segment on bourses

Market regulator Sebi Friday notified guidelines for having a separate debt segment on bourses wherein banks will also be allowed to trade on exchanges.

Mumbai: Market regulator Sebi Friday notified guidelines for having a separate debt segment on bourses wherein banks will also be allowed to trade on exchanges.

The move is part of overall efforts to develop the country's corporate debt market, which is at a nascent stage. Generally, debt securities are debentures, bonds, deposits, notes or commercial paper.

Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) said the new regulations would come into force from Friday.

The regulator said an existing stock exchange or new bourse willing to set up debt segment is required to make an application with Sebi, providing operational, regulatory and any other necessary details.

Sebi said the minimum capital deposit is required to be maintained by a stock broker for trading in the debt segment would be Rs 50 lakh, while required amount is Rs 1 crore for a self-clearing member and Rs 3 crore for clearing member.

The regulator noted that an entity seeking to act as trading member of the debt segment of the bourse or self-clearing member of the clearing corporation is required to make applications for each activity in a specified manner by Sebi.

The debt segment of the stock exchange or clearing corporation, as the case may be, would forward such application to Sebi with its recommendation within 30-day from the date of its receipt.

These members are required to abide by the certain code of conduct such as obtaining details of the prospective clients in 'know your client' format, furnish 'risk disclosure document' disclosing the risk inherent in trading in debt instruments to the prospective clients and deposits margin.

In case of violation of any regulation, such members would be liable to penalty.

In order to grant registration certificate to an applicant, Sebi would see whether the entity is eligible to be admitted as a trading or proprietary trading member of debt segment of a stock exchange.

Sebi would also take into account whether the applicant has the necessary infrastructure like adequate office place, equipment and manpower to effectively undertake his activities.

The applicant is subjected to disciplinary proceedings under the rules, regulations and bye-laws of any stock exchange.
The regulator can reject the application after giving a
reasonable opportunity of being heard. The refusal would be communicated by Sebi within 30 days, stating therein the grounds on which it has been rejected, the Sebi notification said.

However, an applicant can apply to Sebi's for reconsideration of its decision within 30-day from the date of receipt of such communication.

Every applicant eligible to become a trading or proprietary trading member, clearing or self-clearing member would pay fee in a specified manner. In case of failing to pay the fees, Sebi may suspend or cancel the registration after giving an opportunity of being heard, the notification added.


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