SEBI Engulfs Non-Monetary Transactions – Extending tThe Scope of Material Financial Relationships

Shubham Gupta, a 4th year law student at the Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad

Introduction


In the recent informal guidance dated 6th Jan. 2020 in Gujarat State Petronet Ltd., the SEBI, in response to the interpretative letter, has clarified that even non-monetary transactions are within the scope of material financial relationships. Clause 14 of Schedule B of SEBI (PIT) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 stipulates that all designated persons in a company are required to disclose the details of those persons with whom they share a “material financial relationship”. Bringing non-monetary transactions within the ambit of material financial relationship – may have far-reaching unintended consequences and senior executives may be stretched into the blanket of violation easily. This article seeks to analyze the informal guidance issued by SEBI, and emphasizing the needs of the industry.

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InsiderTrading Regime in India: Relevance of Mosaic Theory

This article is authored by Shubham Gupta, a 4th-year law student at Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad

Introduction

Insider trading is a serious white-collar crime in India. Insiders tend to manipulate the market movement by having the unpublished price sensitive information (UPSI) over the information available in the public domain. However, in India, certain aspects of USPI are still brusque and obscured in SEBI (PIT) 2015. In SEBI (PIT) 2015, the materiality of information is a key determinant factor that catalyzes insider trading. However, when the part of the non-material information is wiped out from an insider to an analyst which if collated with the generally available information would make the analyst in possession of Unpublished Price Sensitive Information,

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