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CIRCULAR, CIR/MIRSD/2/2013, dated January 24, 2013

SEBI Registered Intermediaries:

1. Stock Brokers through Recognized Stock Exchanges

2. Depository Participants (DPs) through Depositories

3. Mutual Funds (MFs)

4. Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI)

5. Portfolio Managers (PMs)

6. KYC Registration Agencies (KRAs)

7. Alternate Investment Funds (AIFs)

8. Collective Investment Schemes (CIS)

9. Investment Advisers (IAs)

1. SEBI Master Circular No. CIR/ISD/AML/3/2010 dated December 31, 2010 has mandated all registered intermediaries to obtain, as part of their Client Due Diligence policy, sufficient information from their clients in order to identify and verify the identity of persons who beneficially own or control the securities account. The beneficial owner has been defined in the circular as the natural person or persons who ultimately own, control or influence a client and/or persons on whose behalf a transaction is being conducted, and includes a person who exercises ultimate effective control over a legal person or arrangement.

2. SEBI has also prescribed uniform Know Your Client (KYC) requirements for the securities markets vide circular nos. CIR/MIRSD/16/2011 dated August 22, 2011 and MIRSD/SE/Cir-21/2011 dated October 5, 2011. The SEBI KYC Registration Agency (KRA) Regulations, 2011 have been notified and guidelines have been issued under these regulations from time to time.

3. Further, the Prevention of Money Laundering Rules, 2005 also require that every banking company, financial institution and intermediary, as the case may be, shall identify the beneficial owner and take all reasonable steps to verify his identity. The Government of India in consultation with the regulators has now specified a uniform approach to be followed towards determination of beneficial ownership. Accordingly, the intermediaries shall comply with the following guidelines.

A. For clients other than individuals or trusts:

4. Where the client is a person other than an individual or trust, viz., company, partnership or unincorporated association/body of individuals, the intermediary shall identify the beneficial owners of the client and take reasonable measures to verify the identity of such persons, through the following information:

a. The identity of the natural person, who, whether acting alone or together, or through one or more juridical person, exercises control through ownership or who ultimately has a controlling ownership interest.

Explanation: Controlling ownership interest means ownership of/entitlement to:

i. more than 25% of shares or capital or profits of the juridical person, where the juridical person is a company;

ii. more than 15% of the capital or profits of the juridical person, where the juridical person is a partnership; or

iii. more than 15% of the property or capital or profits of the juridical person, where the juridical person is an unincorporated association or body of individuals.

b. In cases where there exists doubt under clause 4 (a) above as to whether the person with the controlling ownership interest is the beneficial owner or where no natural person exerts control through ownership interests, the identity of the natural person exercising control over the juridical person through other means.

Explanation: Control through other means can be exercised through voting rights, agreement, arrangements or in any other manner.

c. Where no natural person is identified under clauses 4 (a) or 4 (b) above, the identity of the relevant natural person who holds the position of senior managing official.

B. For client which is a trust:

5. Where the client is a trust, the intermediary shall identify the beneficial owners of the client and take reasonable measures to verify the identity of such persons, through the identity of the settler of the trust, the trustee, the protector, the beneficiaries with 15% or more interest in the trust and any other natural person exercising ultimate effective control over the trust through a chain of control or ownership.

C. Exemption in case of listed companies:

6. Where the client or the owner of the controlling interest is a company listed on a stock exchange, or is a majority-owned subsidiary of such a company, it is not necessary to identify and verify the identity of any shareholder or beneficial owner of such companies.

D. Applicability for foreign investors:

7. Intermediaries dealing with foreign investors’ viz., Foreign Institutional Investors, Sub Accounts and Qualified Foreign Investors, may be guided by the clarifications issued vide SEBI circular CIR/MIRSD/11/2012 dated September 5, 2012, for the purpose of identification of beneficial ownership of the client.

E. Implementation:

8. The provisions of this circular shall come into force with immediate effect. Intermediaries are directed to review their Know Your Client (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies accordingly.

9. The Stock Exchanges and Depositories are directed to:

a. bring the provisions of this circular to the notice of the Stock Brokers and Depository Participants, as the case may be, and also disseminate the same on their websites;

b. make amendments to the relevant bye-laws, rules and regulations for the implementation of the above decision in co-ordination with one another, as considered necessary;

c. monitor the compliance of this circular through half-yearly internal audits and inspections; and

d. communicate to SEBI, the status of the implementation of the provisions of this circular.

10. In case of mutual funds, compliance of this circular shall be monitored by the Boards of the Asset Management Companies and the Trustees and in case of other intermediaries, by their Board of Directors.

11. This circular is issued in exercise of powers conferred under Section 11(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate the securities markets.

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Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India.

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CIRCULAR, CIR/MIRSD/01 /2013, dated January 04, 2013

1. All Recognized Stock Exchanges

2. Stock Brokers through Recognized Stock Exchanges

3. Depository Participants through Depositories

4. Mutual funds

5. Association of Mutual Funds in India

6. Portfolio Managers

7. KYC Registration Agencies (KRAs)

8. Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs)

9. Collective Investment Schemes (CIS)


1. Please refer to SEBI circular no CIR/MIRSD/16/2011 dated August 22, 2011; MIRSD/SE/Cir-21/2011 dated October 5, 2011 and CIR/MIRSD/11/2012 dated September 05, 2012.

2. With a view to bring about operational flexibility and in order to ease the PAN verification process, the intermediaries may verify the PAN of their clients online at the Income Tax website without insisting on the original PAN card, provided that the client has presented a document for Proof of Identity other than the PAN card.

3. This circular is issued in exercise of powers conferred under Section 11(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate the securities market.

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Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India.


CIRCULAR, CIR/MRD/DP/32/2012, dated December 06, 2012

To

Stock Exchanges;

Depositories;

Mutual Funds, Asset Management Companies (AMCs),

Trustee Companies and Boards of Trustees of Mutual Funds.

1. As announced in the Union Budget 2012-13, the Finance Act 2012 has introduced a new section 80CCG on ‘Deduction in respect of investment made under an equity savings scheme’ to give tax benefits to new investors who invest up to Rs. 50,000 and whose gross total annual income is less than or equal to Rs. 10 lakhs. The objective of the scheme is to encourage flow of savings in the financial instruments and improve the depth of the domestic capital market.

2. Vide notification 51/2012 dated November 23, 2012 (copy enclosed), the scheme has been notified by the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance (MoF). The notification is available on the website of Income Tax Department under section “Notifications”.

3. Stock exchanges, Depositories, Mutual Funds, Asset Management Companies (AMCs), Trustee Companies and Boards of Trustees of Mutual Funds are directed to take note of the notification and take necessary steps to implement the scheme. AMCs / Trustees shall ensure that RGESS eligible Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Mutual Funds (MFs) schemes are in compliance with the aforementioned notification.

4. With regard to implementation of the MoF notification, the following is clarified:

(i) For RGESS eligible close-ended Mutual Funds schemes, advice given by AMCs to the depository for extinguishment of units of close-ended schemes upon maturity of the scheme shall be considered as settled through depository mechanism and therefore RGESS compliant.

(ii) AMCs shall disclose that the concerned RGESS eligible Exchange Traded Funds and Mutual Fund schemes is in compliance with the provisions of RGESS guidelines notified by Ministry of Finance vide notification no. 51/2012 F. No. 142/35/2012-TPL dated November 23, 2012, in Scheme Information Document (SID), in case of new fund offer, or by way of addendum, in case of existing RGESS eligible Exchange Traded Funds and Mutual Fund schemes.

(iii) Section 6(c) of the notification states that the eligible securities brought into the demat account will automatically be subject to lock-in during the first year, unless the new investor specifies otherwise and for such specifications, the new retail investors shall submit a declaration in Form B indicating that such securities are not to be included within the above limit of investment. It is clarified that such declaration shall be submitted by an investor to its Depository Participant within a period of one month from the date of transaction.

(iv) For transactions undertaken by investors through their RGESS designated demat account, Depositories may seek necessary transactional details from stock exchanges viz. Actual Trade value, Trading date, Settlement number, etc, for the purpose of enforcing lock-in and for generating reports mandated vide MoF notification on RGESS. On receipt of such request from depositories, stock exchanges shall provide the details to depositories on an immediate basis. It shall also be ensured that a uniform file structure is used by stock exchanges and depositories for such intimation of transaction details.

(v) With regard to point 3(ix)(a) & (b) of RGESS notification, depositories may seek confirmation, as applicable, from stock exchanges.

(vi) With regard to the securities held in the RGESS designated account, treatment of the corporate actions shall be as given at Annexure A.

5. Stock exchanges shall furnish list of RGESS eligible stocks / ETFs / MF schemes on their website. Further, the list shall also be forwarded to the depositories at monthly intervals and whenever there is any change in the said list. For this purpose, Mutual Funds / AMCs shall communicate list of RGESS eligible MF schemes / ETFs to the stock exchanges.

6. Stock exchanges and the depositories are directed to:

(i) make necessary amendments, if any, to the relevant bye-laws, rules and regulations for the implementation of the scheme.

(ii) create wide publicity of the scheme among the investors and market participants, including through investor programs and displaying details on their website.

(iii) communicate to SEBI, the status of implementation of the provisions of this circular, as applicable.

7. Mutual Funds / AMCs are directed to create wide publicity of the scheme among the investors, including displaying details on their website.

8. This circular is being issued in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 11 (1) of Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992, Section 19 of the Depositories Act, 1996 and the Regulation 77 of SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 to protect the interest of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate, the securities market.

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Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India.


CIRCULAR, CIR/IMD/DF/24/2012, dated November 19, 2012

All Mutual Funds/Asset Management Companies (AMCs)/

Trustee Companies/Boards of Trustees of Mutual Funds

A. Amendments to SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996

1. Please find enclosed a copy of the gazette notification No. LAD-NRO/GN/2012-13/17/21502 dated September 26, 2012 pertaining to Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2012, for your information and implementation.

B. Prudential limits and disclosures on portfolio concentration risk in debt oriented mutual fund schemes

1. Presently, the guidelines issued on prudential limit for sectoral exposure in debt oriented mutual fund schemes put a limit of 30% at the sector level. However, in light of the important role played by the Housing Finance Companies (HFCs) in the housing sector, it has been decided that an additional exposure not exceeding 10% of net assets of the scheme shall be allowed only to HFCs as part of financial services sector for prudential limits in debt oriented schemes.

2. In partial modification to SEBI Circular No.CIR/IMD/DF/21/2012 dated September 13, 2012, clause 1 of Para (J) shall read as under:

“1. Mutual Funds/AMCs shall ensure that total exposure of debt schemes of mutual funds in a particular sector (excluding investments in Bank CDs, CBLO, G-Secs, T-Bills and AAA rated securities issued by Public Financial Institutions and Public Sector Banks) shall not exceed 30% of the net assets of the scheme;

Provided that an additional exposure to financial services sector (over and above the limit of 30%) not exceeding 10% of the net assets of the scheme shall be allowed by way of increase in exposure to Housing Finance Companies (HFCs) only;

Provided further that the additional exposure to such securities issued by HFCs are rated AA and above and these HFCs are registered with National Housing Bank (NHB) and the total investment/ exposure in HFCs shall not exceed 30% of the net assets of the scheme.”

C. Brokerage and Transaction Cost

1. In order to align with the regulation 52(6A)(a) of the SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations 1996, the provisions of Para-B(4) of SEBI Circular No.CIR/IMD/DF/21/2012 dated September 13, 2012 is modified, and the revised provisions shall read as under:

“Service tax on brokerage and transaction cost paid for execution of trade, if any, shall be within the limit prescribed under regulation 52 of the Regulations.”

2. It is clarified that the brokerage and transaction cost incurred for the purpose of execution of trade may be capitalized to the extent of 12bps and 5bps for cash market transactions and derivatives transactions respectively. Any payment towards brokerage and transaction cost, over and above the said 12 bps and 5bps for cash market transactions and derivatives transactions respectively may be charged to the scheme within the maximum limit of Total Expense Ratio (TER) as prescribed under regulation 52 of the SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996. Any expenditure in excess of the said prescribed limit (including brokerage and transaction cost, if any) shall be borne by the AMC or by the trustee or sponsors.

D. Credit of exit load to scheme

1. In terms of new regulation 51A of SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996, the exit load charged, if any, would be credited to the scheme. Accordingly, Para-4(c) of SEBI circular SEBI/IMD/CIR No.4/168230/09 dated June 30, 2009 stands withdrawn.

This circular is issued in exercise of powers conferred under Section 11 (1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992, read with the provisions of regulation 77 of SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996, to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of and to regulate the securities market.

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Click here to download- Notification No. LAD-NRO/GN/2012-13/17/21502 dated September 26, 2012.

Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India.


Participation of mutual funds in Credit Default Swaps (CDS) Market as Users (“Protection Buyers”) and in repo, in corporate debt securities 

CIRCULAR, CIR/IMD/DF/23/2012, dated November 15, 2012

All Mutual Funds/Asset Management Companies (AMCs)/

Trustee Companies/Boards of Trustees of Mutual Funds

A. CDS – Mutual Funds as Users (Protection Buyers)

1. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), vide notification No. IDMD.PCD.No.5053/14.03.04/2010-11 dated May 23, 2011, has issued the ‘Guidelines on Credit Default Swaps for Corporate Bonds’.

2. It has been decided to permit mutual funds to participate in CDS market, as per the guidelines issued by RBI from time to time, subject to the following conditions:

a. Mutual funds shall participate in CDS transactions only as users (protection buyer). Thus, mutual funds are permitted to buy credit protection only to hedge their credit risk on corporate bonds they hold. They shall not be allowed to sell protection and hence not permitted to enter into short positions in the CDS contracts. However, they shall be permitted to exit their bought CDS positions, subject to para 2(d) below.

b. Mutual funds can participate as users in CDS for the eligible securities as reference obligations, constituting from within the portfolio of only Fixed Maturity Plans (FMP) schemes having tenor exceeding one year.

c. Mutual funds shall buy CDS only from a market maker approved by the RBI and enter into Master Agreement with the counterparty as stipulated under RBI Guidelines. Exposure to a single counterparty in CDS transactions shall not exceed 10% of the net assets of the scheme.

d. The cumulative gross exposure through credit default swap in corporate bonds along with equity, debt and derivative positions shall not exceed 100% of the net assets of the scheme.

e. The total exposure related to premium paid for all derivative positions, including CDS, shall not exceed 20% of the net assets of the scheme.

f. Before undertaking CDS transactions, mutual funds shall put in place a written policy on participation in CDS approved by the Board of the Asset Management Company and the Trustees as per the guidelines specified by RBI and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). The policy shall be reviewed by mutual funds, at least once a year.

g. To enable the investors in the mutual funds schemes to take an informed decision, the concerned Scheme Information Document (SID) shall disclose the intention to participate in CDS transaction in corporate debt securities in accordance with directions issued by RBI and SEBI from time to time, and related information as appropriate in this regard.

h. Mutual funds shall also disclose the details of CDS transactions of the scheme in corporate debt securities in the monthly portfolio statements as well as in the half yearly trustee report, as per the format placed at Annexure-A. Further, mutual funds shall disclose the schemewise details of CDS transactions in the notes to the accounts of annual report of the mutual fund as per the format placed at Annexure-B.

3. Mutual funds participating in CDS transactions, as users, shall be required to comply with the guidelines issued by RBI, vide notification no.IDMD.PCD.No.5053/14.03.04/2010-11 dated May 23, 2011 and subsequent guidelines issued by RBI and SEBI from time to time.

B. Participation of Mutual Funds in Repo in Corporate Debt Securities

1. SEBI vide circular no. CIR/IMD/DF/19/2011 dated November 11, 2011, allowed mutual funds to participate in repo in corporate debt securities.

2. In order to encourage growth of the corporate bond market, it has been decided that base of eligible securities may be expanded, for mutual funds to participate in repo in corporate debt securities, from AAA rated to AA and above rated corporate debt securities.

3. Therefore, in partial modification to the aforesaid circular, para 3 (c) of the circular shall now read as under:

“Mutual funds shall participate in repo transactions only in AA and above rated corporate debt securities.”

This circular is issued in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 11 (1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act 1992, read with the provision of Regulation 77 of SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulation, 1996 to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate the securities market.

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Click here to download- Annexure-A- Format for disclosure to be made in the monthly portfolio statements and half-yearly trustee report.

Click here to download- Annexure-B- Format for disclosure to be made in the notes to account of annual report of the mutual funds.

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Click here to download the complete text of the above Circular in PDF Format- CIRCULAR, CIR/IMD/DF/23/2012, dated November 15, 2012.

Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India.