SEBI says revised takeover code in a couple of months

SEBI says revised takeover code in a couple of months Mumbai: Market regulator SEBI is planning to come up with a revised set of 'takeover code' regulations in the near future for which it has already started the process.

"When we implemented (the new) takeover code regulations over one-and-a-half years ago, we had told the outside world that this would be reviewed after a year. Since that one year is over, we have again started re-looking at the implementation of the revised takeover code regulations.

"Hopefully, in a couple of months or in the near future, we will be making further progress," SEBI Chairman U K Sinha said while addressing a 'Financial Planning Congress' organised by the Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB) here.

He said the regulator had already started receiving feedback for the same, which would be given due consideration. Sinha, however, didn't specify the changes that are likely to be introduced in the revised regulations.

The regulator had come up with regulations dealing with mergers and acquisitions, popularly known as 'takeover code', in October 2011 and indicated that the rules would be revised after a year to suit the dynamics of the domestic environment.

Sinha also said the regulator is working on rules governing the labelling of financial products which will be of immense help to investors.

"What should be the right product to be sold to different class of investors...That labelling is required. Because, if you are aiming at a massive expansion of the capital markets, product labelling is very important," he said.

Raising concerns over the information asymmetry in the marketplace, Sinha said there is a tendency among some of the market participants towards this, which the regulator is trying to subside.

Sinha also pointed out that the new Companies Bill, which has been passed by the Lok Sabha last month, is an important development, which will help inculcating better governance practices.

The Sebi chairman also said with adoption of 'Aadhar' card along with one KYC (know your customer), there would be great impact in increasing the participation of retail investors in the capital market.

Stressing the importance of proactive role of institutional investors to help retail investors, Sinha said, "I will urge asset management companies that they take more and more proactive roles in deciding what they are doing in a company's governance practices...If the institutional investors take a stand in this direction, I am sure large class of retail investors will benefit substantially from this," he said.

PTI