SEBI (ALTERNATIVE  INVESTMENT FUNDS) REGULATIONS, 2012

NOTIFICATION NO. LAD-NRO/GN/2012-13/04/11262, DATED 21-5-2012

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 30 read with sub-section (1) of Section 11, clause (ba) and clause (c) of sub-section (2) of Section 11 and sub-section (1) and (1B) of Section 12 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (15 of 1992) the Securities and Exchange Board of India hereby, makes the following regulations, namely, –

Chapter – I

Preliminary

Short title and commencement.

1. (1) These regulations shall be called the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012.

(2) These regulations shall come into force on the date of their notification in the Official Gazette.

Definitions.

2. (1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, the terms defined herein shall bear the meanings assigned to them below, and their cognate expressions and variations shall be construed accordingly,-

(a)  “Act” means the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (15 of 1992);

(b)  “Alternative Investment Fund” means any fund established or incorporated in India in the form of a trust or a company or a limited liability partnership or a body corporate which,-

 (i)  is a privately pooled investment vehicle which collects funds from investors, whether Indian or foreign, for investing it in accordance with a defined investment policy for the benefit of its investors; and

(ii)  is not covered under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Collective Investment Schemes) Regulations, 1999 or any other regulations of the Board to regulate fund management activities:

Provided that the following shall not be considered as Alternative Investment Fund for the purpose of these regulations,-

 (i)  family trusts set up for the benefit of ‘relatives’ as defined under Companies Act, 1956;

(ii)  ESOP Trusts set up under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Employee Stock Option Scheme and Employee Stock Purchase Scheme), Guidelines, 1999 or as permitted under Companies Act, 1956;

(iii)  employee welfare trusts or gratuity trusts set up for the benefit of employees;

(iv)  ‘holding companies’ within the meaning of Section 4 of the Companies Act, 1956;

(v)  other special purpose vehicles not established by fund managers, including securitization trusts, regulated under a specific regulatory framework;

(vi)  funds managed by securitisation company or reconstruction company which is registered with the Reserve Bank of India under Section 3 of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002; and

(vii)  any such pool of funds which is directly regulated by any other regulator in India;

(c)  “associate” means a company or a limited liability partnership or a body corporate in which a director or trustee or partner or Sponsor or Manager of the Alternative Investment Fund or a director or partner of the Manager or Sponsor holds, either individually or collectively, more than fifteen percent of its paid-up equity share capital or partnership interest, as the case may be;

(d)  “Board” means the Securities and Exchange Board of India established under Section 3 of the Act;

(e)  “certificate” means a certificate of registration granted by the Board under regulation 6;

(f)  “change in control” in relation to a company or a body corporate, means:

 (i)  if its shares are listed on any recognized stock exchange, change in control within the meaning of clause (e) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011;

 (ii)  in any other case, change in the controlling interest or change in legal form;

Explanation.– For the purpose of sub-clause (ii), the expression “controlling interest” means an interest, whether direct or indirect, to the extent of more than fifty percent of voting rights or interest;

(g)  “company” means a company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956;

(h)  “corpus” means the total amount of funds committed by investors to the Alternative Investment Fund by way of a written contract or any such document as on a particular date;

(i)  “debt fund” means an Alternative Investment Fund which invests primarily in debt or debt securities of listed or unlisted investee companies according to the stated objectives of the Fund;

(j)  “equity linked instruments” includes instruments convertible into equity shares or share warrants, preference shares, debentures compulsorily or optionally convertible into equity;

(k)  “form” means any of the forms set out in the First Schedule;

(l)  “hedge fund” means an Alternative Investment Fund which employs diverse or complex trading strategies and invests and trades in securities having diverse risks or complex products including listed and unlisted derivatives;

(m)  “infrastructure fund” means an Alternative Investment Fund which invests primarily in unlisted securities or partnership interest or listed debt or securitized debt instruments of investee companies or special purpose vehicles engaged in or formed for the purpose of operating, developing or holding infrastructure projects;

Explanation.– ‘Infrastructure’ shall be as defined by the government of India from time to time.

(n)  “inspecting authority” means any one or more person appointed by the Board to exercise powers conferred under regulation 30;

(o)  “investee company” means any company, special purpose vehicle or limited liability partnership or body corporate in which an Alternative Investment Fund makes an investment;

(p)  “investible funds” means corpus of the Alternative Investment Fund net of estimated expenditure for administration and management of the fund;

(q)  “manager” means any person or entity who is appointed by the Alternative Investment Fund to manage its investments by whatever name called and may also be same as the sponsor of the Fund;

(r)  “private equity fund” means an Alternative Investment Fund which invests primarily in equity or equity linked instruments or partnership interests of investee companies according to the stated objective of the fund;

(s)  “SME” means Small and Medium Enterprise and shall have the same meaning as assigned to it under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act 2006 as amended from time to time;

(t)  “SME fund” means an Alternative Investment Fund which invests primarily in unlisted securities of investee companies which are SMEs or securities of those SMEs which are listed or proposed to be listed on a SME exchange or SME segment of an exchange;

(u)  “social venture” means a trust, society or company or venture capital undertaking or limited liability partnership formed with the purpose of promoting social welfare or solving social problems or providing social benefits and includes,-

 (i)  public charitable trusts registered with Charity Commissioner;

(ii)  societies registered for charitable purposes or for promotion of science, literature, or fine arts;

(iii)  company registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956;

(iv)  micro finance institutions;

(v)  “social venture fund” means an Alternative Investment Fund which invests primarily in securities or units of social ventures and which satisfies social performance norms laid down by the fund and whose investors may agree to receive restricted or muted returns;

(w) “sponsor” means any person or persons who set up the Alternative Investment Fund and includes promoter in case of a company and designated partner in case of a limited liability partnership;

(x) “trust” means a trust established under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 or under an Act of Parliament or State Legislation;

(y) “unit” means beneficial interest of the investors in the Alternative Investment Fund or a scheme of the Alternative Investment Fund and shall include shares or partnership interests;

(z)  “venture capital fund” means an Alternative Investment Fund which invests primarily in unlisted securities of start-ups, emerging or early-stage venture capital undertakings mainly involved in new products, new services, technology or intellectual property right based activities or a new business model;

(aa) “venture capital undertaking” means a domestic company:

 (i)  which is not listed on a recognised stock exchange in India at the time of making investment; and

(ii)  which is engaged in the business for providing services, production or manufacture of article or things and does not include following activities or sectors:

(1)  non-banking financial companies;

(2)  gold financing;

(3)  activities not permitted under industrial policy of Government of India;

(4)  any other activity which may be specified by the Board in consultation with Government of India from time to time;

(2) All other expressions unless defined herein shall have the same meaning as have been assigned to them under the Act or the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956, (42 of 1956) or the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956), or any statutory modification or re-enactment thereto, as the case may be.

Chapter II

Registration of Alternative Investment Funds.

3. (1) On and from the commencement of these regulations, no entity or person shall act as an Alternative Investment Fund unless it has obtained a certificate of registration from the Board:

Provided that an existing fund falling within the definition of Alternative Investment Fund which is not registered with the Board may continue to operate for a period of six months from commencement of these regulations or if it has made an application for registration under sub-regulation (5) within the said period of six months, till the disposal of such application:

Provided further that the Board may, in special cases, extend the said period up to a maximum of twelve months from the date of such commencement:

Provided further that existing schemes will be allowed to complete their agreed tenure, such funds shall not raise any fresh monies other than commitments already made till registration is granted under regulation 6:

Provided further that if such existing funds are not able to comply with conditions specified under these regulations, they may apply for exemption to the Board from strict compliance with these regulations and the Board upon examination may provide such exemptions or issue such instructions as may be deemed appropriate.

(2) The funds registered as venture capital fund under Securities and Exchange Board of India (Venture Capital Funds) Regulations, 1996 shall continue to be regulated by the said regulations till the existing fund or scheme managed by the fund is wound up and such funds shall not launch any new scheme after notification of these regulations:

Provided that the existing fund or scheme shall not increase the targeted corpus of the fund or scheme after notification of these regulations.

Provided further that venture capital funds may seek re-registration under these regulations subject to approval of two-thirds of their investors by value of their investment.

(3) Any entity referred to in sub-regulation (1) who fails to make an application for grant of a certificate within the period specified therein shall cease to carry on any activity as an Alternative Investment Fund.

(4) Alternative Investment Funds shall seek registration in one of the categories mentioned hereunder and in case of Category I Alternative Investment Fund, in one of the sub-categories thereof:

(a)  “Category I Alternative Investment Fund” which invests in start-up or early stage ventures or social ventures or SMEs or infrastructure or other sectors or areas which the government or regulators consider as socially or economically desirable and shall include venture capital funds, SME Funds, social venture funds, infrastructure funds and such other Alternative Investment Funds as may be specified;

Explanation.- For the purpose of this clause, Alternative Investment Funds which are generally perceived to have positive spillover effects on economy and for which the Board or Government of India or other regulators in India might consider providing incentives or concessions shall be included and such funds which are formed as trusts or companies shall be construed as -“venture capital company or “venture capital fund” as specified under sub-section (23FB) of Section 10 of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

(b)  “Category II Alternative Investment Fund” which does not fall in Category I and III and which does not undertake leverage or borrowing other than to meet day-to- day operational requirements and as permitted in these regulations;

Explanation.─ For the purpose of this clause, Alternative Investment Funds such as private equity funds or debt funds for which no specific incentives or concessions are given by the government or any other Regulator shall be included.

(c)  “Category III Alternative Investment Fund” which employs diverse or complex trading strategies and may employ leverage including through investment in listed or unlisted derivatives.

Explanation.- For the purpose of this clause, Alternative Investment Funds such as hedge funds or funds which trade with a view to make short term returns or such other funds which are open ended and for which no specific incentives or concessions are given by the government or any other Regulator shall be included.

(5) An application for grant of certificate shall be made for any of the categories as specified in sub-regulation (4) in Form A as specified in the First Schedule to these regulations and shall be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee as specified in Part A of the Second Schedule to these regulations to be paid in the manner specified in Part B thereof.

(6) The Board shall take into account requirements as specified in these regulations for the purpose of considering grant of registration.

(7) Without prejudice to the powers of the Board to take any action under the Act or regulations made there under, the certificate of registration shall be valid till the Alternative Investment Fund is wound up.

(8) The Board may, in the interest of the investors, issue directions with regard to the transfer of records, documents or securities or disposal of investments relating to its activities as an Alternative Investment Fund.

(9) The Board may, in order to protect the interests of investors, appoint any person to take charge of records, documents, securities and for this purpose, also determine the terms and conditions of such an appointment.

Eligibility Criteria.

4. For the purpose of the grant of certificate to an applicant, the Board shall consider the following conditions for eligibility, namely, –

(a)  the memorandum of association in case of a company; or the Trust Deed in case of a Trust; or the Partnership deed in case of a limited liability partnership permits it to carry on the activity of an Alternative Investment Fund;

(b)  the applicant is prohibited by its memorandum and articles of association or trust deed or partnership deed from making an invitation to the public to subscribe to its securities;

(c)  in case the applicant is a Trust, the instrument of trust is in the form of a deed and has been duly registered under the provisions of the Registration Act, 1908;

(d)  in case the applicant is a limited liability partnership, the partnership is duly incorporated and the partnership deed has been duly filed with the Registrar under the provisions of the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008;

(e)  in case the applicant is a body corporate, it is set up or established under the laws of the Central or State Legislature and is permitted to carry on the activities of an Alternative Investment Fund;

(f)  the applicant, Sponsor and Manager are fit and proper persons based on the criteria specified in Schedule II of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Intermediaries) Regulations, 2008;

(g)  the key investment team of the Manager of Alternative Investment Fund has adequate experience, with at least one key personnel having not less than five years experience in advising or managing pools of capital or in fund or asset or wealth or portfolio management or in the business of buying, selling and dealing of securities or other financial assets and has relevant professional qualification;

(h)  the Manager or Sponsor has the necessary infrastructure and manpower to effectively discharge its activities;

(i)  the applicant has clearly described at the time of registration the investment objective, the targeted investors, proposed corpus, investment style or strategy and proposed tenure of the fund or scheme;

(j)  whether the applicant or any entity established by the Sponsor or Manager has earlier been refused registration by the Board.

Furnishing of Information.

5. (1) The Board may require the applicant to furnish any such further information or clarification regarding the Sponsor or Manager or nature of the fund or fund management activities or any such matter connected thereto to consider the application for grant of a certificate or after registration thereon.

(2) If required by the Board, the applicant or Sponsor or Manager shall appear before the Board for personal representation.

Procedure for grant of Certificate.

6. (1) The Board may grant certificate under any specific category of Alternative Investment

Fund, if it is satisfied that the applicant fulfills the requirements as specified in these regulations.

(2) The Board shall, on receipt of the registration fee as specified in the Second Schedule, grant a certificate of registration in Form B.

(3) The registration may be granted with such conditions as may be deemed appropriate by the Board.

Conditions of certificate.

7. (1) The certificate granted under regulation 6 shall, inter-alia, be subject to the following conditions:-

(a)  the Alternative Investment Fund shall abide by the provisions of the Act and these regulations;

(b)  the Alternative Investment Fund shall not carry on any other activity other than permitted activities;

(c)  the Alternative Investment Fund shall forthwith inform the Board in writing, if any information or particulars previously submitted to the Board are found to be false or misleading in any material particular or if there is any material change in the information already submitted.

(2) An Alternative Investment Fund which has been granted registration under a particular category cannot change its category subsequent to registration, except with the approval of the Board.

Procedure where registration is refused.

8. (1) After considering an application made under regulation 3, if the Board is of the opinion that a certificate should not be granted, it may reject the application after giving the applicant a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

(2) The decision of the Board to reject the application shall be communicated to the applicant within thirty days.

(3) Where an application for a certificate is rejected by the Board, the applicant shall cease to carry on any activity as an Alternative Investment Fund:

Provided that nothing contained in these regulations shall affect the liability of the applicant towards its existing investors under law or agreement.

Chapter III

Investment Conditions and Restrictions

Investment Strategy.

9. (1) All Alternative Investment Funds shall state investment strategy, investment purpose and its investment methodology in its placement memorandum to the investors.

(2) Any material alteration to the fund strategy shall be made with the consent of atleast two-thirds of unit holders by value of their investment in the Alternative Investment Fund.

Investment in Alternative Investment Fund.

10. Investment in all categories of Alternative Investment Funds shall be subject to the following conditions:-

(a)  the Alternative Investment Fund may raise funds from any investor whether Indian, foreign or non-resident Indians by way of issue of units;

(b)  each scheme of the Alternative Investment Fund shall have corpus of atleast twenty crore rupees;

(c)  the Alternative Investment Fund shall not accept from an investor, an investment of value less than one crore rupees:

Provided that in case of investors who are employees or directors of the Alternative Investment Fund or employees or directors of the Manager, the minimum value of investment shall be twenty five lakh rupees.

(d)  the Manager or Sponsor shall have a continuing interest in the Alternative Investment Fund of not less than two and half percent of the corpus or five crore rupees, whichever is lower, in the form of investment in the Alternative Investment Fund and such interest shall not be through the waiver of management fees:

Provided that for Category III Alternative Investment Fund, the continuing interest shall be not less than five percent of the corpus or ten crore rupees, whichever is lower.

(e)  the Manager or Sponsor shall disclose their investment in the Alternative Investment Fund to the investors of the Alternative Investment Fund;

(f)  no scheme of the Alternative Investment Fund shall have more than one thousand investors;

(g)  the fund shall not solicit or collect funds except by way of private placement.

Placement Memorandum.

11. (1)Alternative Investment Fund shall raise funds through private placement by issue of information memorandum or placement memorandum, by whatever name called.

(2) Such information or placement memorandum as specified in sub-regulation (1) shall contain all material information about the Alternative Investment Fund and the Manager, background of key investment team of the Manager, targeted investors, fees and all other expenses proposed to be charged, tenure of the Alternative Investment Fund or scheme, conditions or limits on redemption, investment strategy, risk management tools and parameters employed, key service providers, conflict of interest and procedures to identify and address them, disciplinary history, the terms and conditions on which the Manager offers investment services, its affiliations with other intermediaries, manner of winding up of the Alternative Investment Fund or the scheme and such other information as may be necessary for the investor to take an informed decision on whether to invest in the Alternative Investment Fund.

Schemes.

12. (1) The Alternative Investment Fund may launch schemes subject to filing of placement memorandum with the Board.

(2) Such placement memorandum shall be filed with the Board atleast thirty days prior to launch of scheme along with the fees as specified in the Second Schedule:

Provided that payment of scheme fees shall not apply in case of launch of first scheme by the Alternative Investment Fund.

(3) The Board may communicate its comments, if any, to the applicant prior to launch of the scheme and the applicant shall incorporate the comments in placement memorandum prior to launch of scheme.

Tenure.

13. (1) Category I Alternative Investment Fund and Category II Alternative Investment Fund shall be close ended and the tenure of fund or scheme shall be determined at the time of application subject to sub-regulation (2) of this regulation.

(2) Category I and II Alternative Investment Fund or schemes launched by such funds shall have a minimum tenure of three years.

(3) Category III Alternative Investment Fund may be open ended or close ended.

(4) Extension of the tenure of the close ended Alternative Investment Fund may be permitted up to two years subject to approval of two-thirds of the unit holders by value of their investment in the Alternative Investment Fund.

(5) In the absence of consent of unit holders, the Alternative Investment Fund shall fully liquidate within one year following expiration of the fund tenure or extended tenure.

Listing.

14. (1) Units of close ended Alternative Investment Fund may be listed on stock exchange subject to a minimum tradable lot of one crore rupees.

(2) Listing of Alternative Investment Fund units shall be permitted only after final close of the fund or scheme.

General Investment Conditions.

15. (1) Investments by all categories of Alternative Investment Funds shall be subject to the following conditions:-

(a)  Alternative Investment Fund may invest in securities of companies incorporated outside India subject to such conditions or guidelines that may be stipulated or issued by the Reserve Bank of India and the Board from time to time;

(b)  Co-investment in an investee company by a Manager or Sponsor shall not be on terms more favourable than those offered to the Alternative Investment Fund;

(c)  Category I and II Alternative Investment Funds shall invest not more than twenty five percent of the corpus in one Investee Company;

(d)  Category III Alternative Investment Fund shall invest not more than ten percent of the corpus in one Investee Company

(e)  Alternative Investment Fund shall not invest in associates except with the approval of seventy five percent of investors by value of their investment in the Alternative Investment Fund;

(f)  Un-invested portion of the corpus may be invested in liquid mutual funds or bank deposits or other liquid assets of higher quality such as Treasury bills, CBLOs, Commercial Papers, Certificates of Deposits, etc. till deployment of funds as per the investment objective;

(g)  Alternative Investment Fund may act as Nominated Investor as specified in clause (b) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 106N of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009.

(2) Notwithstanding the conditions as specified in sub-regulation (1), the Board may specify additional requirements or criteria for Alternative Investment Funds or for a specific category thereof.

Conditions for Category I Alternative Investment Funds.

16. (1) The following investment conditions shall apply to all Category I Alternative Investment Funds:-

(a)  Category I Alternative Investment Fund shall invest in investee companies or venture capital undertaking or in special purpose vehicles or in limited liability partnerships or in units of other Alternative Investment Funds as specified in these regulations;

(b)  Fund of Category I Alternative Investment Funds may invest in units of Category I Alternative Investment Funds of same sub-category:

Provided that they shall only invest in such units and shall not invest in units of other Fund of Funds:

Provided further that the investment conditions as specified in sub-regulations (2), (3), (4) or (5) shall not be applicable to investments by such funds.

(c)  Category I Alternative Investment Funds shall not borrow funds directly or indirectly or engage in any leverage except for meeting temporary funding requirements for not more than thirty days, on not more than four occasions in a year and not more than ten percent of the corpus.

(2) The following investment conditions shall apply to venture capital funds in addition to conditions laid down in sub-regulation (1):-

(a)  at least two-thirds of the corpus shall be invested in unlisted equity shares or equity linked instruments of a venture capital undertaking or in companies listed or proposed to be listed on a SME exchange or SME segment of an exchange;

(b)  not more than one-third of the corpus shall be invested in:

 (i)  subscription to initial public offer of a venture capital undertaking whose shares are proposed to be listed;

(ii)  debt or debt instrument of a venture capital undertaking in which the fund has already made an investment by way of equity or contribution towards partnership interest;

(iii)  preferential allotment, including through qualified institutional placement, of equity shares or equity linked instruments of a listed company subject to lock in period of one year;

(iv)  the equity shares or equity linked instruments of a financially weak company or a sick industrial company whose shares are listed.

Explanation.- For the purpose of these regulations, “a financially weak company” means a company, which has at the end of the previous financial year accumulated losses, which has resulted in erosion of more than fifty percent but less than hundred percent of its net worth as at the beginning of the previous financial year.

(v)  special purpose vehicles which are created by the fund for the purpose of facilitating or promoting investment in accordance with these regulations:

Provided that the investment conditions and restrictions stipulated in clause (a) and clause (b) of sub-regulation (2) shall be achieved by the fund by the end of its life cycle.

(c)  such funds may enter into an agreement with merchant banker to subscribe to the unsubscribed portion of the issue or to receive or deliver securities in the process of market making under Chapter XB of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009 and the provisions of clause (a) and clause (b) of sub-regulation (2) shall not apply in case of acquisition or sale of securities pursuant to such subscription or market making.

(d)  such funds shall be exempt from regulation 3 and 3A of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 1992 in respect of investment in companies listed on SME Exchange or SME segment of an exchange pursuant to due diligence of such companies subject to the following conditions:

 (i)  the fund shall disclose any acquisition or dealing in securities pursuant to such due-diligence, within two working days of such acquisition or dealing, to the stock exchanges where the investee company is listed;

 (ii)  such investment shall be locked in for a period of one year from the date of investment.

(3) The following conditions shall apply to SME Funds in addition to conditions laid down in sub-regulation (1):-

(a)  atleast seventy five percent of the corpus shall be invested in unlisted securities or partnership interest of venture capital undertakings or investee companies which are SMEs or in companies listed or proposed to be listed on SME exchange or SME segment of an exchange;

(b)  such funds may enter into an agreement with merchant banker to subscribe to the unsubscribed portion of the issue or to receive or deliver securities in the process of market making under Chapter XB of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009;

(c)  such funds shall be exempt from regulation 3 and 3A of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 1992 in respect of investment in companies listed on SME Exchange or SME segment of an exchange pursuant to due diligence of such companies subject to the following conditions:

 (i)  the fund shall disclose any acquisition or dealing in securities pursuant to such due-diligence, within two working days of such acquisition or dealing, to the stock exchanges where the investee company is listed;

 (ii)  such investment shall be locked in for a period of one year from the date of investment.

(4) The following conditions shall apply to social venture funds in addition to the conditions laid down in sub-regulation (1):-

(a)  atleast seventy five percent of the corpus shall be invested in unlisted securities or partnership interest of social ventures.

(b)  such funds may accept grants, provided that such utilization of such grants shall be restricted to clause (a).

(c)  such funds may give grants to social ventures, provided that appropriate disclosure is made in the placement memorandum.

(d)  such funds may accept muted returns for their investors i.e. they may accept returns on their investments which may be lower than prevailing returns for similar investments.

(5) The following conditions shall apply to Infrastructure Funds in addition to conditions laid down in sub-regulation (1):-

(a)  atleast seventy five percent of the corpus shall be invested in unlisted securities or units or partnership interest of venture capital undertaking or investee companies or special purpose vehicles, which are engaged in or formed for the purpose of operating, developing or holding infrastructure projects;

(b)  notwithstanding clause (a) of sub-regulation (5), such funds may also invest in listed securitized debt instruments or listed debt securities of investee companies or special purpose vehicles, which are engaged in or formed for the purpose of operating, developing or holding infrastructure projects.

Conditions for Category II Alternative Investment Funds.

17. The following investment conditions shall apply to Category II Alternative Investment Funds:-

(a)  Category II Alternative Investment Funds shall invest primarily in unlisted investee companies or in units of other Alternative Investment Funds as may be specified in the placement memorandum;

(b)  Fund of Category II Alternative Investment Funds may invest in units of Category I or Category II Alternative Investment Funds:

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Provided that they shall only invest in such units and shall not invest in units of other Fund of Funds.

(c)  Category II Alternative Investment Funds may not borrow funds directly or indirectly and shall not engage in leverage except for meeting temporary funding requirements for not more than thirty days, not more than four occasions in a year and not more than ten percent of the corpus;

(d)  Notwithstanding clause (c), Category II Alternative Investment Funds may engage in hedging, subject to guidelines as specified by the Board from time to time;

(e)  Category II Alternative Investment Funds may enter into an agreement with merchant banker to subscribe to the unsubscribed portion of the issue or to receive or deliver securities in the process of market making under Chapter XB of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009.

(f)  Category II Alternative Investment Funds shall be exempt from regulation 3 and 3A of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 1992 in respect of investment in companies listed on SME Exchange or SME segment of an exchange pursuant to due diligence of such companies subject to the following conditions:

 (i)  the fund shall disclose any acquisition or dealing in securities pursuant to such due-diligence, within two working days of such acquisition or dealing, to the stock exchanges where the investee company is listed;

 (ii)  such investment shall be locked in for a period of one year from the date of investment.

Conditions for Category III Alternative Investment Funds.

18. The following investment conditions shall apply to Category III Alternative Investment Funds:-

(a)  Category III Alternative Investment Funds may invest in securities of listed or unlisted investee companies or derivatives or complex or structured products;

(b)  Fund of Category II Alternative Investment Funds may invest in units of Category I or Category II Alternative Investment Funds:

Provided that they invest solely in such units and shall not invest in units of other Fund of Funds.

(c)  Category III Alternative Investment Funds may engage in leverage or borrow subject to consent from the investors in the fund and subject to a maximum limit, as may be specified by the Board:

Provided that such funds shall disclose information regarding the overall level of leverage employed, the level of leverage arising from borrowing of cash, the level of leverage arising from position held in derivatives or in any complex product and the main source of leverage in their fund to the investors and to the Board periodically, as may be specified by the Board.

(d)  Category III Alternative Investment Funds shall be regulated through issuance of directions regarding areas such as operational standards, conduct of business rules, prudential requirements, restrictions on redemption and conflict of interest as may be specified by the Board.

Other Alternative Investment Fund.

19. The Board may lay down framework for Alternative Investment Funds other than the Funds falling in the categories specified in these regulations.

Chapter IV

General Obligations and Responsibilities and Transperancy

General Obligations.

20. (1) All Alternative Investment Funds shall review policies and procedures, and their implementation, on a regular basis, or as a result of business developments, to ensure their continued appropriateness.

(2) The Sponsor or Manager of Alternative Investment Fund shall appoint a custodian registered with the Board for safekeeping of securities if the corpus of the Alternative Investment Fund is more than five hundred crore rupees:

Provided that the Sponsor or Manager of a Category III Alternative Investment Fund shall appoint such custodian irrespective of the size of corpus of the Alternative Investment Fund.

(3) All Alternative Investment Funds shall inform the Board in case of any change in the Sponsor, Manager or designated partners or any other material change from the information provided by the Alternative Investment Fund at the time of application for registration.

(4) In case of change in control of the Alternative Investment Fund, Sponsor or Manager, prior approval from the Board shall be taken by the Alternative Investment Fund.

(5) The books of accounts of the Alternative Investment Fund shall be audited annually by a qualified auditor.

Conflict of Interest.

21. (1) The Sponsor and Manager of the Alternative Investment Fund shall act in a fiduciary capacity towards its investors and shall disclose to the investors, all conflicts of interests as and when they arise or seem likely to arise.

(2) Manager shall establish and implement written policies and procedures to identify, monitor and appropriately mitigate conflicts of interest throughout the scope of business.

(3) Managers and Sponsors of Alternative Investment Fund shall abide by high level principles on avoidance of conflicts of interest with associated persons, as may be specified by the Board from time to time.

Transparency.

22. All Alternative Investment Funds shall ensure transparency and disclosure of information to investors on the following:

(a)  financial, risk management, operational, portfolio, and transactional information regarding fund investments shall be disclosed periodically to the investors;

(b)  any fees ascribed to the Manager or Sponsor; and any fees charged to the Alternative Investment Fund or any investee company by an associate of the Manager or Sponsor shall be disclosed periodically to the investors;

(c)  any inquiries/legal actions by legal or regulatory bodies in any jurisdiction, as and when occurred;

(d)  any material liability arising during the Alternative Investment Fund’s tenure shall be disclosed, as and when occurred;

(e)  any breach of a provision of the placement memorandum or agreement made with the investor or any other fund documents, if any, as and when occurred;

(f)  change in control of the Sponsor or Manager or Investee Company.

(g)  Alternative Investment Fund shall provide at least on an annual basis, within 180 days from the year end, reports to investors including the following information, as may be applicable to the Alternative Investment Fund:-

 A.  financial information of investee companies.

 B.  material risks and how they are managed which may include:

 (i)  concentration risk at fund level;

(ii)  foreign exchange risk at fund level;

(iii)  leverage risk at fund and investee company levels;

(iv)  realization risk (i.e. change in exit environment) at fund and investee company levels;

(v)  strategy risk (i.e. change in or divergence from business strategy) at investee company level;

(vi)  reputation risk at investee company level;

(vii)  extra-financial risks, including environmental, social and corporate governance risks, at fund and investee company level.

(h)  Category III Alternative Investment Fund shall provide quarterly reports to investors in respect of clause (g) within 60 days of end of the quarter;

(i)  any significant change in the key investment team shall be intimated to all investors;

(j)  alternative Investment Funds shall provide, when required by the Board, information for systemic risk purposes (including the identification, analysis and mitigation of systemic risks).

Valuation.

23. (1) The Alternative Investment Fund shall provide to its investors, a description of its valuation procedure and of the methodology for valuing assets.

(2) Category I and Category II Alternative Investment Funds shall undertake valuation of their investments, atleast once in every six months, by an independent valuer appointed by the Alternative Investment Fund:

Provided that such period may be enhanced to one year on approval of atleast seventy-five percent of the investors by value of their investment in the Alternative Investment Fund.

(3) Category III Alternative Investment Funds shall ensure that calculation of the net asset value (NAV) is independent from the fund management function of the Alternative Investment Fund and such NAV shall be disclosed to the investors at intervals not longer than a quarter for close ended Funds and at intervals not longer than a month for open ended funds.

Obligation of Manager.

24. The Manager shall be obliged to:

(a)  address all investor complaints;

(b)  provide to the Board any information sought by Board;

(c)  maintain all records as may be specified by the Board;

(d)  take all steps to address conflict of interest as specified in these regulations;

(e)  ensure transparency and disclosure as specified in the regulations.

Dispute Resolution.

25. An Alternative Investment Fund, by itself or through the Manager or Sponsor, shall lay down procedure for resolution of disputes between the investors, Alternative Investment Fund, Manager or Sponsor through arbitration or any such mechanism as mutually decided between the investors and the Alternative Investment Fund.

Power to call for information.

26. (1) The Board may at any time call for any information from an Alternative Investment Fund or its Manager or Sponsor or trustee or investor with respect to any matter relating to its activity as an Alternative Investment Fund or for the assessment of systemic risk or prevention of fraud.

(2) Where any information is called for under sub-regulation (1) it shall be furnished within the time specified by the Board.

Maintenance of Records.

27. (1) The Manager or Sponsor shall be required to maintain following records describing:

(a)  the assets under the scheme/fund;

(b)  valuation policies and practices;

(c)  investment strategies;

(d)  particulars of investors and their contribution;

(e)  rationale for investments made.

(2) The records under sub-regulation (1) shall be maintained for a period of five years after the winding up of the fund.

Submission of reports to the Board.

28. The Board may at any time call upon the Alternative Investment Fund to file such reports, as the Board may desire, with respect to the activities carried on by the Alternative Investment Fund.

Winding up.

29. (1) An Alternative Investment Fund set up as a trust shall be wound up:

(a)  when the tenure of the Alternative Investment Fund or all schemes launched by the Alternative Investment Fund, as mentioned in the placement memorandum is over; or

(b)  if it is the opinion of the trustees or the trustee company, as the case may be, that the Alternative Investment Fund be wound up in the interests of investors in the units; or

(c)  if seventy five percent of the investors by value of their investment in the Alternative Investment Fund pass a resolution at a meeting of unitholders that the Alternative Investment Fund be wound up; or

(d)  if the Board so directs in the interests of investors.

(2) An Alternative Investment Fund set up as a limited liability partnership shall be wound up in accordance with the provisions of The Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008:

(a)  when the tenure of the Alternative Investment Fund or all schemes launched by the Alternative Investment Fund, as mentioned in the placement memorandum is over; or

(b)  if seventy five percent of the investors by value of their investment in the Alternative Investment Fund pass a resolution at a meeting of unitholders that the Alternative Investment Fund be wound up; or

(c)  if the Board so directs in the interests of investors.

(3) An Alternative Investment Fund set up as a company shall be wound up in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956).

(4) An Alternative Investment Fund set up as a body corporate shall be wound up in accordance with the provisions of the statute under which it is constituted.

(5) The trustees or trustee company or the Board of Directors or designated partners of the Alternative Investment Fund, as the case maybe, shall intimate the Board and investors of the circumstances leading to the winding up of the Alternative Investment Fund.

(6) On and from the date of intimation under sub-regulation (5) of regulation 29, no further investments shall be made on behalf of the Alternative Investment Fund so wound up.

(7) Within one year from the date of intimation under sub-regulation (5) of regulation 29, the assets shall be liquidated, and the proceeds accruing to investors in the Alternative Investment Fund shall be distributed to them after satisfying all liabilities.

(8) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-regulation (7) and subject to the conditions, if any, contained in the placement memorandum or contribution agreement or subscription agreement, as the case may be, in specie distribution of assets of the Alternative Investment Fund, shall be made by the Alternative Investment Fund at any time, including on winding up of the Alternative Investment Fund, as per the preference of investors, after obtaining approval of at least seventy five percent of the investors by value of their investment in the Alternative Investment Fund.

(9) Upon winding up of the Alternative Investment Fund, the certificate of registration shall be surrendered to the Board.

Chapter V

Inspection

Board’s right to inspect.

30. The Board may suo motu or upon receipt of information or complaint appoint one or more persons as Inspecting Authority to undertake inspection of the books of account, records and documents relating to an Alternative Investment Fund for any of the following reasons, namely, —

(a)  to ensure that the books of account, records and documents are being maintained by the Alternative Investment Fund in the manner specified in these regulations;

(b)  to inspect complaints received from investors, clients or any other person, on any matter having a bearing on the activities of the Alternative Investment Fund;

(c)  to ascertain whether the provisions of the Act and these regulations are being complied with by the Alternative Investment Fund;

(d)  to inspect suo motu the affairs of an Alternative Investment Fund, in the interest of the securities market or in the interest of investors.

Notice before inspection.

31. (1) Before ordering an inspection under regulation 30, the Board shall give not less than ten days notice to the Alternative Investment Fund.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-regulation (1) where the Board is satisfied that in the interest of the investors no such notice should be given, it may by an order in writing direct that the inspection of the affairs of the Alternative Investment Fund be taken up without such notice.

(3) During the course of an inspection, the Alternative Investment Fund against whom the inspection is being carried out shall be bound to discharge its obligations as provided in regulation 32.

Obligation of Alternative Investment Fund on inspection.

32. (1) It shall be the duty of every officer of the Alternative Investment Fund in respect of whom an inspection has been ordered under regulation 30 and any other associated person who is in possession of relevant information pertaining to conduct and affairs of such Alternative Investment Fund including Manager, if any, to produce to the Inspecting Authority such books, accounts and other documents in his custody or control and furnish him with such statements and information as the said Authority may require for the purposes of the inspection.

(2) It shall be the duty of every officer of the Alternative Investment Fund and any other associated person who is in possession of relevant information pertaining to conduct and affairs of the Alternative Investment Fund including the manager to give to the Inspecting Authority all such assistance and shall extend all such co-operation as may be required in connection with the inspection and shall furnish such information as sought by the Inspecting Authority in connection with the inspection.

(3) The Inspecting Authority shall, for the purposes of inspection, have power to examine on oath and record the statement of any employees, directors or person responsible for or connected with the activities of Alternative Investment Fund or any other associated person having relevant information pertaining to such Alternative Investment Fund.

(4) The Inspecting Authority shall, for the purposes of inspection, have power to obtain authenticated copies of documents, books, accounts of Alternative Investment Fund, from any person having control or custody of such documents, books or accounts.

Submission of report to the Board.

33. The Inspecting Authority shall, as soon as possible, on completion of the inspection submit an inspection report to the Board:

Provided that if directed to do so by the Board, he may submit an interim report.

Communication of findings, etc. to the Alternative Investment Fund.

34. The Board may after consideration of the inspection report and after giving reasonable opportunity of hearing to the Alternative Investment Fund or its trustees, directors or manager issue such direction as it deems fit in the interest of securities market or the investors including directions in the nature of :-

(a)  requiring an Alternative Investment Fund not to launch new schemes or raise money from investors for a particular period;

(b)  prohibiting the person concerned from disposing of any of the properties of the fund or scheme acquired in violation of these regulations;

(c)  requiring the person connected to dispose of the assets of the fund or scheme in a manner as may be specified in the directions;

(d)  requiring the person concerned to refund any money or the assets to the concerned investors along with the requisite interest or otherwise, collected under the scheme;

(e)  prohibiting the person concerned from operating in the capital market or from accessing the capital market for a specified period.

Chapter VI

Procedure For Action in case of Default

Liability for action in case of default.

35. (1) An Alternative Investment Fund which-

(a)  contravenes any of the provisions of the Act or these regulations;

(b)  fails to furnish any information relating to its activity as an Alternative Investment Fund as required by the Board;

(c)  furnishes to the Board information which is false or misleading in any material particular;

(d)  does not submit periodic returns or reports as required by the Board;

(e)  does not co-operate in any enquiry, inspection or investigation conducted by the Board;

(f)  fails to resolve the complaints of investors or fails to give a satisfactory reply to the Board in this behalf,

shall be dealt with in the manner provided under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Intermediaries) Regulations, 2008.

(2) Sub-regulation (1) shall not prejudice the powers of the Board to issue directions or measures under regulation 34 or under sections 11, 11B, 11D, sub-section (3) of section 12 or section 24 or Chapter VI-A of the Act or under any other law for the time being in force.

Chapter VII

Miscellaneous

Power of the Board to issue clarifications.

36. In order to remove any difficulties in the application or interpretation of these regulations, the Board may issue clarifications and guidelines in the form of circulars or issue separate circular or guidelines or framework for each category of Alternative Investment Funds.

Delegation of powers.

37. The powers exercisable by the Board under these regulations shall also be exercisable by any officer of the Board to whom such powers are delegated by the Board by means of an order made under section 19 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992.

Amendments to other Regulations.

38. The regulations specified in the Third Schedule to these regulations shall be amended in the manner and to the extent stated therein.

Repeal and Saving.

39. (1) The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Venture Capital Funds) Regulations, 1996 hereby shall stand repealed.

(2) Notwithstanding such repeal:

(a)  Anything done or any action taken or purported to have been done or taken, including suspension or cancellation of certificate of registration, any inquiry or investigation commenced or show cause notice issued under the repealed regulations, shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of these regulations;

(b)  All venture capital funds or schemes launched by such venture capital funds prior to date of notification of these regulations shall continue to be governed by provisions of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Venture Capital Funds) Regulations, 1996 till the fund or Scheme is wound up:

Provided that such funds shall not launch any new Scheme after notification of these regulations;

(c)  Any application made to the Board under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Venture Capital Funds) Regulations, 1996 and pending before it shall be deemed to have been made under the corresponding provisions of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012.

(3) After the repeal of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Venture Capital Funds) Regulations, 1996, any reference thereto in any other regulations made, guidelines or circulars issued thereunder by the Board shall be deemed to be a reference to the corresponding provisions of these regulations.

First Schedule-Form

Form A

Securities and Exchange Board of India

(Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012

See regulation 3

Application for Grant of Certificate of Registration as Alternative Investment Fund

Securities and Exchange Board of India

SEBI Bhavan, C4-A, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai 400051 – India

Instructions

 1.  This form is meant for use by the applicant for grant of certificate of registration as an Alternative Investment Fund.

 2.  The applicant should complete this form, and submit it, along with all supporting documents to the Board at its head office at Mumbai.

 3.  This application form should be filled in accordance with these regulations.

 4.  The application shall be considered by the Board provided it is complete in all respects.

 5.  All answers must be legible and all the pages must be numbered with signature/ stamp on each page of the form.

 6.  Information which needs to be supplied in more detail may be given on separate sheets which should be attached to the application form and appropriately numbered.

 7.  The application must be signed and all signatures must be original.

 8.  The application must be accompanied by an application fee as specified in the Second Schedule to these regulations.

1. General Information

(a)  Name, address of the registered office, address for correspondence and principal place of business, telephone number(s), fax number(s), e-mail address of the applicant.

(b)  Name, direct line number, mobile number and e-mail of the contact person(s).

(c)  Legal structure of applicant – Whether the applicant is a company or trust or limited liability partnership or a body corporate.

(d)  Date and place of incorporation/ establishment.

(e)  Category under which the application is made –

  1.  Category I Alternative Investment Fund- Venture Capital Fund

  2.  Category I Alternative Investment Fund- Social Venture Fund

  3.  Category I Alternative Investment Fund- SME Fund

  4.  Category I Alternative Investment Fund- Infrastructure Fund

  5.  Category I Alternative Investment Fund- Other

  6.  Category II Alternative Investment Fund

  7.  Category III Alternative Investment Fund

(f)  In case the applicant proposes to register as a Category III Alternative Investment Fund, whether the fund shall be open ended or close ended.

(g)  Whether the applicant or its associates or its sponsor(s) or its manager(s) is/ are registered with the Board, Reserve Bank of India or any other regulatory authority in any capacity along with the details of its registration.

(h)  Details of infrastructure for conducting activities as an Alternative Investment Fund

(i)  Copy of the draft placement memorandum.

2. Details of Applicant

I. In case applicant is a Trust:

 1.  Write-up on the activities of the applicant

 2.  Whether the Trust Deed is registered under the provisions of the Registration Act, 1908. (Enclose relevant extract of the Registered Trust Deed)

 3.  Whether the Trust Deed permits the carrying on of the activity of an Alternative Investment Fund

 4.  Whether the applicant is prohibited by its trust deed from making an invitation to the public to subscribe to its units;

 5.  Provide details of Trustees/ Trustee Company as below:

  a.  Whether Trustee is an individual or a Trustee company.

  b.  Name, registered office address, telephone number(s) and fax number(s) of the Trustees/ Trustee Company.

  c.  Name, direct line number, mobile number and e-mail of the contact person(s).

  d.  Identity and Address proof of Trustees/ Directors of the Trustee Company

  e.  Whether the Trustee Company is registered with Board, Reserve Bank of India or any other regulatory authority in any capacity along with the details of its registration.

  f.  Brief write up on the activities of the Trustee Company/ Profile of Trustees.

II. In case applicant is a Company:

 1.  Write-up on the activities of the applicant

 2.  Shareholding pattern and profile of the directors (Enclose Identity proof and address proof of the directors)

 3.  Whether the Memorandum of Association permits carrying on of the activity of an Alternative Investment Fund (Enclose relevant extract of the Memorandum of Association)

 4.  Whether the applicant is prohibited by its memorandum and articles of association from making an invitation to the public to subscribe to its securities;

III. In case applicant is a limited liability partnership:

 1.  Write-up on the activities of the applicant

 2.  Beneficial ownership pattern and profile of the partners (Enclose Identity proof and address proof of the partners)

 3.  Whether the partnership deed is duly registered under the provisions of the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 and permits carrying on of the activity of an Alternative Investment Fund (Enclose relevant extract of the Partnership Deed)

 4.  Whether the applicant is prohibited by its partnership deed from making an invitation to the public to subscribe to its securities;

IV. In case applicant is a Body Corporate

 1.  Write-up on the activities of the applicant

 2.  Shareholding pattern and profile of the directors (Enclose Identity proof and address proof of the directors)

 3.  Whether the applicant is set up or established under the laws of the Central or State Legislature

 4.  Whether the applicant is permitted carrying on of the activity of an Alternative Investment Fund (Enclose relevant extract of the relevant Statute/Act)

 5.  Whether the applicant is prohibited by its memorandum and articles of association from making an invitation to the public to subscribe to its securities;

3. Details of Sponsor(S) (Sponsor shall be as defined in sub-regulation (w) of regulation 2)

(a)  Name, address of registered office, address for correspondence and principal place of business, telephone number(s), fax number(s), e-mail address of the sponsor.

(b)  Name, direct line number, mobile number and e-mail of the contact person(s).

(c)  Legal status of the sponsor (whether sponsor(s) is/are individual/company/limited liability partnership/body corporate) and date and place of incorporation/ establishment, wherever applicable.

(d)  In case of Sponsor being individual(s), provide a brief profile of the Sponsor including professional qualification. In case of Sponsor(s) being other than individual, write up on shareholding pattern/ Partnership interests and profile of the directors/partners including their professional qualification.

(e)  Identity proof and address proof of the Sponsor (if sponsor is an individual)/ directors of Sponsor(is sponsor is a company)/ partners of the Sponsor (if sponsor is an limited liability partnership).

(f)  Whether the Sponsor or its director(s)/ partner(s) is/are registered with the Board.

(g)  Details of past experience of the Sponsor(s) in advising or managing pools of capital or in fund or asset or wealth or portfolio management or in the business of buying, selling and dealing of securities or other financial assets.

(h)  Copies of the financial statements for the previous financial year

(i)  Whether, the Sponsor has floated any Alternative Investment Funds/ Venture Capital Funds previously, which are registered with the Board. If yes, details of the same.

4. Details Of Manager

(a)  Name, address of the registered office address for correspondence, telephone number(s), fax number(s), of the Manager(s).

(b)  Name, direct line number, mobile number and e-mail of the contact person(s).

(c)  Legal status of the Manager (whether Manager(s) is/are individual/company/limited liability partnership/body corporate) and date and place of incorporation/ establishment, wherever applicable.

(d)  Write up on the activities of the Manager including past experience in advising or managing pools of capital or in fund or asset or wealth or portfolio management or in the business of buying, selling & dealing of securities or other financial assets.

(e)  Identity proof and address proof of the Manager (if manager is an individual)/ directors of Manager (if manager is a company)/ partners of the Manager (if manager is an limited liability partnership).

(f)  In case of Manager being a company or limited liability partnership, shareholding pattern /Partnership interests and profile of the directors /Partners

(g)  Brief profile of Key Investment Team including experience and professional qualification

(h)  Copies of the financial statements for the previous financial year

(i)  Whether, the Manager has managed/advised any Alternative Investment Funds/ Venture Capital Funds previously, which are registered with the Board. If yes, details of the same.

5. Details of Business plan and Investment Strategy

(a)  Investment objective and investment style/strategy of the fund.

(b)  The target investors

(c)  The target industries/sectors, if any

(d)  Proposed corpus

(e)  Proposed fees to the Sponsor and Manager

(f)  Tenure of the fund or scheme

(g)  Details of proposed use of leverage in case of Category III Alternative Investment Fund

6. Details Of Regulatory Action Taken In The Past, If Any

(a)  Whether the applicant or Sponsor or its directors/partners or Manager or its Directors/Partners or Trustees/Trustee Company or its directors are/were involved in any litigation connected with the securities market and any order has/had been passed against them for violation of securities laws. (If Yes, provide details. If No, enclose a declaration to that effect).

(b)  Whether the applicant/Sponsor/Trustee/Manager or its directors or Partners or employees are/have been involved in any litigation connected with the securities market which may have an adverse bearing on the business of the applicant or any order has/had been passed against them for violation of securities laws. (If Yes, provide details. If No, enclose a declaration to that effect).

(c)  Whether applicant/Sponsor/Trustee/Manager or its directors or Partners has/have been refused a certificate by the Board or its/their certificate has been suspended at any time prior to this application. (If Yes, provide details. If No, enclose a declaration to that effect).

7. Other Information/Declarations

(a)  Amount contributed/proposed to be contributed by the Sponsor(s)/Manager(s) as per clause (d) of regulation 10 along with details of the same. (Provide copies of commitment letters from the sponsor(s)/manager(s)).

(b)  Whether the applicant, Sponsor and Manager are fit and proper persons based on the criteria specified in the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Intermediaries) Regulations, 2008; (Enclose a declaration to that effect).

(c)  Declaration that the applicant shall comply with the provisions of regulation 10 with respect to investment in the Alternative Investment Fund.

(d)  Declaration that the applicant shall comply with the provisions of regulation 15 and 16 with respect to general investment conditions and conditions for the applicable category.

Declaration Statement (To Be Given As Below)

We hereby agree and declare that the information supplied in the application, including the attachment sheets, is complete and true.

AND we further agree that, we shall notify the Securities and Exchange Board of India immediately any change in the information provided in the application.

We further agree that we shall comply with, and be bound by the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992, and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012, and Government of India guidelines/instructions as may be announced by the Securities and Exchange Board of India from time to time.

We further agree that as a condition of registration, we shall abide by such operational instructions/directives as may be issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India from time to time.

For and on behalf of
(Name of the applicant)

Authorized signatory

(Signature)

FORM B

Securities and Exchange Board of India

(Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012

See regulation 6

Certificate of registration as Alternative Investment Fund

I. In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 12 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (15 of 1992), read with the regulations made thereunder, the Board hereby grants a certificate of registration to _________________________________________________________________
as an Alternative Investment Fund subject to the conditions specified in the Act and in the regulations made thereunder.
II.  The Category of the Alternative Investment Fund shall be –
___________________________________________________________________.
III.  The Registration Number of the Alternative Investment Fund is

IN/AIF/Category__/____________.

Date :

Place : MUMBAI

By Order

Sd/-

For and on behalf of

Securities and Exchange Board of India

SECOND SCHEDULE

Securities and Exchange Board of India

(Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012

See sub-regulations (2) and (5) of regulation 3, sub-regulation (2) of regulation 6 and sub-regulation (2) of regulation 12

FEES

PART A

AMOUNT TO BE PAID AS FEES

Application fee Rs. 1,00,000
Registration fee Rs. 5,00,000
Scheme Fee Rs. 1,00,000
Re-registration Fee Rs. 1,00,000

PART B

The fees specified above shall be payable by bank draft in favour of “The Securities and Exchange Board of India” at Mumbai.

Third Schedule

[see regulation 38]

1. Amendment to Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure) Regulations, 2009.

(i)  In regulation 2, in sub-regulation (1), in clause (zd), in sub-clause (i) after the words “venture capital fund” and before the words “and”, the words, “Alternative Investment Fund” shall be inserted;

(ii)  In regulation 37, in the proviso, clause (b) shall be substituted with the following namely, –

“(b) equity shares held by a venture capital fund or alternative investment fund of category I or a foreign venture capital investor:

Provided that such equity shares shall be locked in for a period of at least one year from the date of purchase by the venture capital fund or alternative investment fund or foreign venture capital investor.”

2. Amendment to Securities and Exchange Board of India (Foreign Venture Capital Investors) Regulations, 2000, –

(i)  In regulation 2,

 (a)  clause (l) shall be substituted with the following namely, –

“(l) “Venture Capital Fund” means a fund registered with the Board under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Venture Capital Funds) Regulations, 1996 or under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012 in the sub-category of “Venture Capital Fund’ under Category I Alternative Investment Fund.”

 (b)  clause (m) shall be substituted with the following namely, –

“(m) “Venture Capital undertaking” means a venture capital undertaking as defined under clause (aa) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012.”

(c)  In sub-regulation (2), after the words “Securities and Exchange Board of India (Venture Capital Funds) Regulations, 1996” the words and numbers “or Securities and Exchange Board of India (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulation, 2012” shall be inserted.

(ii)  In regulation 4, in sub-regulation (1), clause (e) after the words “venture capital fund” the words “or Alternative Investment Fund” shall be inserted:

(iii)  In regulation 11, in clause (b), after the words “venture capital fund”, the words “or alternative investment fund” shall be inserted;

(iv)  In regulation 11, in clause (c), the words “venture capital undertaking” wherever occurring shall be replaced with the words “venture capital undertaking or investee company as defined in clause (o) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2 of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulation, 2012”.

3. Amendments to Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisitions of Shares and Takeover) Regulations, 2011.

(i)  In regulation 2, in sub-regulation (1), in clause (q),in sub-clause (2) after item (viii) the following new item shall be inserted namely, –

“(viiia) an alternative investment fund and its sponsor, trustees, trustee company and manager;”

(ii)  In regulation 10, in sub-regulation (4), in clause (f) the words “venture capital fund” wherever occurring shall be replaced with the words “venture capital fund or Category I Alternative Investment Fund”.

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