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SEBI notifies norms for separate debt segment

The regulator said an existing stock exchange or new bourse willing to set up a debt segment is required to make an application with SEBI, providing operational, regulatory and any other necessary details

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Friday notified guidelines for having a separate debt segment on bourses wherein banks will also be allowed to trade on exchanges.

 

The move is part of the overall efforts to develop India’s corporate debt market, which is at a nascent stage. Generally, debt securities are debentures, bonds, deposits, notes or commercial paper.

 

SEBI said the new regulations would come into force from today.

 

The regulator said an existing stock exchange or new bourse willing to set up a debt segment is required to make an application with SEBI, providing operational, regulatory and any other necessary details.

 

SEBI said the minimum capital deposit is required to be maintained by a stock broker for trading in the debt segment would be Rs50 lakh, while the required amount is Rs1 crore for a self-clearing member and Rs3 crore for a clearing member.

 

The regulator noted that an entity seeking to act as a trading member of the debt segment of the bourse or self-clearing member of the clearing corporation is required to make applications for each activity in a specified manner by SEBI.

 

The debt segment of the stock exchange or clearing corporation, as the case may be, would forward such application to SEBI with its recommendation within 30 days from the date of its receipt.

 

These members are required to abide by the certain code of conduct such as obtaining details of the prospective clients in “know your client” format, furnish “risk disclosure document” disclosing the risk inherent in trading in debt instruments to the prospective clients and deposits margin.

 

In case of violation of any regulation, such members would be liable to penalty.

 

In order to grant a registration certificate to an applicant, SEBI would see whether the entity is eligible to be admitted as a trading or proprietary trading member of debt segment of a stock exchange.

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