Standardising PoAs: Long Overdue

The Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) decision to standardise some aspects of the Power of Attorney (PoA) signed by investors is an excellent move that is, at least, five years overdue. The introduction of compulsory dematerialisation of securities for secondary market transactions was a blessing and a curse. It allowed us to eliminate the ills of physical delivery and settlement...

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Policy decisions by the stock market regulator are usually the result of lobbying by specific groups or intermediaries or the result of a volley of investor complaints. The usual procedure is to prepare a note, put it before the primary or secondary market advisory committee, then seek public comment on the distilled wisdom that is obtained and then frame the rules. Even this is not foolproof....

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Rotate Audit Partners or Audit Firms?
Long after the Satyam scandal, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has put out a set of recommendations made by its Committee on Disclosures and Accounting Standards to tighten disclosures by listed companies. One of the Committee’s suggestions is that the partners of audit firms must be rotated every five years. Change of auditors is an issue that has been debated for decades...
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