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Securities and Exchange Board of India

NOTIFICATION

Mumbai, the 2nd February, 2023

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF (ISSUE AND LISTING OF NON-CONVERTIBLE SECURITIES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2023

No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2023/119.In exercise of the powers conferred under section 30 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (15 of 1992), the Board hereby makes the following regulations to further amend the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Securities) Regulations, 2021, namely: –

1. These regulations may be called the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Securities) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023.

2. They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

3. In the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Securities) Regulations, 2021,

(1) in regulation 2, in sub-regulation (1), clause (q) shall be substituted with the following, namely – “(q) “Green debt security” means a debt security issued for raising funds subject to the conditions as may be specified by the Board from time to time, to be utilised for project(s) and/ or asset(s) falling under any of the following categories:

(i) renewable and sustainable energy including wind, bioenergy, other sources of energy which use clean technology,

(ii) clean transportation including mass/public transportation,

(iii) climate change adaptation including efforts to make infrastructure more resilient to impacts of climate change and information support systems such as climate observation and early warning systems,

(iv) energy efficiency including efficient and green buildings,

(iv) sustainable waste management including recycling, waste to energy, efficient disposal of wastage,

(v) sustainable land use including sustainable forestry and agriculture, afforestation,

(vi) biodiversity conservation,

(vii) pollution prevention and control (including reduction of air emissions, greenhouse gas control, soil remediation, waste prevention, waste reduction, waste recycling and energy efficient or emission efficient waste to energy) and sectors mentioned under the India Cooling Action Plan launched by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change,

(viii) circular economy adapted products, production technologies and processes (such as the design and introduction of reusable, recyclable and refurbished materials, components and products, circular tools and services) and/or eco efficient products,

(xi) blue bonds which comprise of funds raised for sustainable water management including clean water and water recycling, and sustainable maritime sector including sustainable shipping, sustainable fishing, fully traceable sustainable seafood, ocean energy and ocean mapping,

(x) yellow bonds which comprise of funds raised for solar energy generation and the upstream industries and downstream industries associated with it,

(xi) transition bonds which comprise of funds raised for transitioning to a more sustainable form of operations, in line with India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, and

Explanation: Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) refer to the climate targets determined by India under the Paris Agreement at the Conference of Parties 21 in 2015, and at the Conference of Parties 26 in 2021, as revised from time to time.

(xiii) any other category, as may be specified by the Board from time to time.”

(2) in regulation 15,

(a) sub-regulation (6) shall be substituted with the following, namely –

“(6) The issuer shall send a notice regarding recall or redemption of non-convertible securities, prior to maturity, to all the eligible holders of such securities and the debenture trustee(s), at least twenty-one days before the date from which such right is exercisable and the notice to the eligible holders shall be sent in the following manner:

(i) soft copy of such notice shall be sent to the eligible holders who have registered their email address(es) either with the listed entity or with any depository; and

(ii) hard copy of the notice shall be sent to the eligible holders who have not registered their email address(es) either with the listed entity or with any depository.”

(b) sub-regulation (7) shall be substituted with the following, namely –

“(7) The issuer shall simultaneously provide a copy of such notice to the stock exchange(s) where the non-convertible securities of the issuer are listed, for dissemination on its website.”

(3) in regulation 18, after sub-regulation (6) and before sub-regulation (7), the following sub-regulation (6A) shall be inserted –

“(6A) The trust deed shall contain a provision, mandating the issuer to appoint the person nominated by the debenture trustee(s) in terms of clause (e) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 15 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Debenture Trustees) Regulations, 1993, as a director on its Board of Directors at the earliest and not later than one month from the date of receipt of nomination from the debenture trustee(s):

Provided that an issuer whose debt securities are listed as on the date of publication of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Securities) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023 in the official gazette, shall amend the trust deed to incorporate the above provision on or before September 30, 2023.”

(4) in regulation 23, after sub-regulation (5), the following sub-regulation (6) shall be inserted, namely –

“(6) If an issuer is a company, it shall ensure that its Articles of Association require its Board of Directors to appoint the person nominated by the debenture trustee(s) in terms of clause (e) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 15 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Debenture Trustees) Regulations, 1993 as a director on its Board of Directors:

Provided that the issuer whose debt securities are listed as on the date of publication of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Securities) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023 in the official gazette, shall amend its Articles of Association to comply with this provision, on or before September 30, 2023:

Provided further that the issuer, which is in default of payment of interest or repayment of principal amount in respect of listed debt securities, shall appoint the person nominated by the debenture trustee(s) as a director on its Board of Directors, within one month from date of receipt of nomination from the debenture trustee or the date of publication of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Securities) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023 in the official gazette, whichever is later.”

(5)  after regulation 33 and before regulation 34, the following regulation shall be inserted, namely – “Period of subscription

33A. (1) A public issue of debt securities or, non-convertible redeemable preference shares shall be kept open for a minimum of three working days and a maximum of ten working days.

(2) In case of a revision in the price band or yield, the issuer shall extend the bidding (issue) period disclosed in the offer document for a minimum period of three working days:

Provided that the overall bidding (issue) period shall not exceed the maximum number of days, as provided in sub-regulation (1).

(3) In case of force majeure, banking strike or similar circumstances, the issuer may, for reasons to be recorded in writing, extend the bidding (issue) period disclosed in the offer document:

Provided that the overall bidding (issue) period shall not exceed the maximum number of days, as provided in sub-regulation (1).”

(6) in regulation 50, after sub-regulation (4), the following sub-regulation shall be inserted, namely –

“(5) The designated stock exchange shall collect a regulatory fee as specified in Schedule VI to these regulations from an issuer of perpetual debt instruments, perpetual non-cumulative preference shares and similar instruments at the time of their listing.”

(7) clause 1 of Schedule VI, shall be substituted with the following, namely –

“In respect of every draft offer document filed in terms of these regulations, a non-refundable fee of 0.00025% of issue size, subject to the minimum of twenty-five thousand rupees and maximum of fifty lakh rupees, shall be payable to the Board.”

BABITHA RAYUDU, Executive Director
[ADVT.-III/4/Exty./595/2022-23]

Footnotes:  

1. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Securities) Regulations, 2021 were published in the Gazette of India on August 9, 2021 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2021/39.

2. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Securities) Regulations, 2021, were subsequently amended on:

(i) April 11, 2022 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Securities) (Amendment) Regulations, 2022 vide notification no. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2022/77.

(ii) November 9, 2022 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Securities) (Second) (Amendment) Regulations, 2022 vide notification no. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2022/102.

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