RBI/2014-15/421
A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 61

January 22, 2015

To

All Category – I Authorised Dealer Banks

Madam / Sir,

Depository Receipts Scheme

Attention of Authorised Dealer Category – I (AD Category-I) banks is invited to the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) Regulations, 2000 (the Principal Regulations) notified by the Reserve Bank vide Notification No. FEMA. 20/2000-RB dated 3rd May 2000, as amended from time to time.

2. A new scheme called ‘Depository Receipts Scheme, 2014’ (DR Scheme, 2014) for investments under ADR/GDR have been notified by the Central Government effective from December 15, 2014 which provides for repeal of extant guidelines for Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds and Ordinary Shares (Through Depositary Receipt Mechanism) Scheme, 1993 except to the extent relating to foreign currency convertible bonds.

  1. The salient features of the new scheme are:
  • The securities in which a person resident outside India is allowed to invest under Schedule 1, 2, 2A, 3, 5 and 8 of Notification No. FEMA. 20/2000-RB dated 3rd May 2000 shall be eligible securities for issue of Depository Receipts in terms of DR Scheme 2014;
  • A person will be eligible to issue or transfer eligible securities to a foreign depository for the purpose of issuance of depository receipts as provided in DR Scheme 2014.
  • The aggregate of eligible securities which may be issued or transferred to foreign depositories, along with eligible securities already held by persons resident outside India, shall not exceed the limit on foreign holding of such eligible securities under the extant FEMA regulations, as amended from time to time.
  • The eligible securities shall not be issued to a foreign depository for the purpose of issuing depository receipts at a price less than the price applicable to a corresponding mode of issue of such securities to domestic investors under FEMA, 1999.
  • It is to be noted that if the issuance of the depository receipts adds to the capital of a company, the issue of shares and utilisation of the proceeds shall have to comply with the relevant conditions laid down in the Regulations framed and Directions issued under FEMA, 1999.
  • The domestic custodian shall report the issue/transfer of sponsored/unsponsored depository receipts as per DR Scheme 2014 in ‘Form DRR’ as given in Annex within 30 days of close of the issue/ program.
  1. AD Category – I banks may bring the contents of the circular to the notice of their customers/constituents concerned.
  2. Reserve Bank has since amended the Principal Regulations through the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) (Seventeenth Amendment) Regulations, 2014 notified vide Notification No. FEMA.330/2014-RB dated December 15, 2014, c.f. G.S.R. No. 914(E) dated December 24, 2014.
  3. The directions contained in this circular have been issued under sections 10(4) and 11(1) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999) and are without prejudice to permissions / approvals, if any, required under any other law.

Yours faithfully

(B.P. Kanungo)
Principal Chief General Manager

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