New Delhi: With a view to facilitate ease of market access for foreign investors, markets regulator Sebi on Thursday allowed ‘segregated nominee account structure’ in international financial services centre (IFSC) for such investors to trade on stock exchanges.
In segregated nominee account structure, orders of foreign investors will be routed through eligible segregated nominee account providers for trading on stock exchanges in IFSC while adhering to regulatory requirements, relating to identification of end-client, unique client code, order placement at client level, client level margining and position limits.
In a circular, Sebi said that it will be obligatory on the stock exchanges for brokers and providers to furnish information relating to trades on bourses in IFSC originated through providers including KYC details of their end-clients, as and when requested.
Besides, exchanges in IFSC will have to ensure that the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and including those relating to capturing the KYC information for sharing with the central KYC Registry are adhered by providers for their end-clients.
Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) has been set up by the state government as India’s first IFSC that brings together world class infrastructure, connectivity, people and technology on a single platform for businesses across the world.
Sebi, in March 2015, had issued a detailed set of guidelines for establishing IFSCs as part of its efforts for setting up financial hubs in the country.