Sebi board also approved the amendment to the regulations governing collective investment schemes (CIS) to include the changes proposed in the Securities Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013. According to the ordinance, any scheme involving a corpus of over Rs 100 crore will be deemed to be a CIS.
The capital market regulator also broadened the scope of companies eligible to file a shelf prospectus to publicly issue non-convertible debt securities; infrastructure debt funds, RBI-registered NBFCs, HFCs registered with National Housing Bank and those authorised by CBDT to make public issue tax-free secured bonds can file a shelf prospectus. The board also approved the Sebi (Procedure for Search and Seizure) Regulations, 2013, and amended the Sebi (Investor Protection and Education Fund) Regulations, 2009, to factor in the changes in the Sebi powers post the ordinance. According to Sebi, the investor protection fund can be utilised for “restitution to investors and in case of failure of identification of investors, for the credit of amounts disgorged”.