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COVID 19 – SEBI relaxes certain compliances under its Listing Regulations and Mutual Funds Regulations

25 Mar 2020

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Considering the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus and the ensuing disruption to businesses, SEBI has relaxed certain compliance requirements under the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996.

Further to the circular issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 19 March 2020, another circular dated 23 March 2020 (Circular) has been issued by SEBI providing certain clarifications relating to timelines for listed entities under the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 (Listing Regulations) and relaxations for issuers which have listed or propose to list non-convertible debentures (NCDs), nonconvertible redeemable preference shares (NCRPS) and commercial papers (CPs), effective immediately.

Additionally, recognising a need for temporary relaxations with respect to compliance requirements for mutual funds, SEBI has issued a separate circular on 23 March 2020 (MF Circular) providing certain relaxations for compliance requirements for mutual funds under the SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 (MF Regulations).

Relaxations Introduced under the Listing Regulations

  • Timelines for Filings under the Listing Regulations
  • Timelines for Issuers who have listed/propose to list NCDs, NCRPS or CPs
  • Timelines for Filings by Issuers of Municipal Debt Securities

Relaxations Introduced under the MF Regulations

  • Validity Period for New Fund Offer (NFO) Schemes
  • Timelines for Disclosures
  • Implementation of Policy Initiatives
  • Relaxation of Access Control of Asset Management Companies (AMCs)
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