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SEBI eases access norms for Foreign Portfolio Investors

Edelweiss - Prime Time Monthly Bulletin - Feb 2018 |
Pranay Bhatia, International Liaison Partner
Partner - Tax & Regulatory Services

13 March 2018

The opening up of Foreign Direct Investment (‘FDI’) accompanied by introduction of the new Foreign
Portfolio Investment (‘FPI’) Regulations makes India a more accessible destination amongst markets. The
SEBI (FPI) Regulations, 2014 has considerably eased the entry norms for FPIs to access the growing Indian
Capital Markets, since the introduction of the said Regulations, by SEBI on January 7, 2014.

India still holds being an attractive investment destination. Infusion of foreign capital to the secondary market has always received more attention due to the special nature of this investor segment.
With a broad based objective to attract more FPI in the country, SEBI had issued a consultation paper titled ‘Easing of Access Norms for Investment by FPIs’ with a view to solicit comments from public at large.

After taking into consideration the various comments received on the proposals contained in the aforesaid consultation paper, SEBI has brought about the following revisions in extant regulatory provisions vide its recently introduced circular easing the access norms for investment by FPIs: