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Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

  1. Review of Offer for Sale (OFS) of Shares through Stock Exchange Mechanism by Listed Stock Exchanges:

    SEBI has issued Circular No. CIR/MRD/DP/36/2016 dated February 15, 2016 regarding Review of Offer for Sale (OFS) of Shares through Stock Exchange Mechanism:

    1. Comprehensive guidelines on sale of shares through Offer for Sale mechanism were issued vide circular no CIR/MRD/DP/18/2012 dated July 18, 2012. These guidelines have been modified based on the representation/suggestion received from various stakeholders from time to time.
    2. In order to further streamline the process of OFS with an objective to encourage greater participation of all investors including retail investors, it has been decided that:
      • The Seller shall notify to the stock exchanges its intention for sale of shares latest by 5 pm on T-1 day (T day being the day of the OFS). Stock exchanges shall inform the market immediately upon receipt of such notice.
      • On the commencement of OFS on T day only non-retail investors shall be permitted to place their bids. Cut off price shall be determined based on the bids received on T day as per the extant guidelines.
      • The retail investors shall bid on T+ 1 day and they may place a price bid or opt for bidding at cut off price. The seller shall make appropriate disclosures in this regard in the OFS notice.
      • Settlement for bids received on T+1 day shall take place on T+3 days (T+1 day being trade day for retail investors). Discount, if any to retail investors, shall be applicable to bids received on T+1 day.
      • In order to ensure that shares reserved for retail investors do not remain unallocated due to insufficient demand by the retail investors, the bids of non- retail investors shall be allowed to carry forward to T+1 day.
      • Unsubscribed portion of the shares reserved for retail investors shall be allocated to non-retail bidders (un-allotted bidders on T day who choose to carry forward their bid on T+1 day) on T+1 day at a price equal to cut off price or higher as per the bids. In this regard, option shall be provided to such non-retail bidders to indicate their willingness to carry forward their bids to T+1 day. If the non-retail bidders choose to carry forward their bids to T+1 day, then, they may be permitted to revise such bids. Settlement for such bids shall take place on T+3 day.
    3. These shall come into force form March 01, 2016.
  2. Securities and Exchange Board Of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) (Amendment) Regulations, 2016:

    SEBI vide Notification No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2015-16/035 dated 17th February, 2016 has made the following regulations to further amend the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011:

    1. These regulations may be called the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) (Amendment) Regulations, 2016
    2. In the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011, in regulation 3, after sub- regulation (3), the following subregulation shall be inserted, namely,-

      “(4) Nothing contained in this regulation shall apply to acquisition of shares or voting rights of a company by the promoters or shareholders in control, in terms of the provisions of Chapter VI-A of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009.”

    3. These regulations shall come into force from 17th February, 2016.
  3. Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2016:

    SEBI vide Notification No SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2015-16/036 dated 17th February, 2016 has made the following regulations to further amend the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009:

    1. These regulations may be called the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2016.
    2. In the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009, after Chapter VI, the Chapter VI-A which is conditions and manner of providing exit opportunity to dissenting shareholders shall be inserted.

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