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Associate in the Investment Funds Practice at Mumbai office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. He advises reputed fund houses on structuring and setting up investment vehicles like including private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds and fund of funds. He also provides legal and regulatory advise to fund managers, portfolio managers and investment advisors. He has advised institutional investors for their investments in domestic and offshore fund vehicles. He can be reached at kartik.dhir@cyrilshroff.com

SEBI Adjudicates on Pledging of Securities held by Category I AIFs

Background

In a recent order[1] (“Order”), the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) held that a category I alternative investment fund registered with it (“Fund”); its investment manager (“Manager”); and its trustee (“Trustee”), were in violation of certain SEBI (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012 (“AIF Regulations”). Specifically, these violations were with respect to provisions associated with (i) the code of conduct applicable to the Fund, Manager and Trustee; and (ii) provisions related to leverage and borrowings applicable to the Fund.Continue Reading SEBI Adjudicates on Pledging of Securities held by Category I AIFs

Introduction

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) released five consultation papers on proposed changes in regulatory norms for alternative investment funds (“AIFs”), inviting comments from the public, on February 03, 2023. These consultation papers indicate the next generation of regulatory reforms that SEBI has planned for AIFs.Continue Reading SEBI Unveils Next Generation Reforms for AIFs

The rise of domestic capital in alternative asset space requires the AIF Regulatory Platform be made available to In-house Funds

The Indian growth story has been propelled by alternative asset classes that witnessed an unprecedented inflow of domestic and foreign capital in the last few years. Alternative Investment Funds (“AIFs”) have played an essential role in this and have raised, as on June 30, 2022[1], a whopping INR 6,94,520 crore (Indian Rupees Six lakh ninety-four thousand and five hundred twenty crore), of which actual deployed capital stands at INR 3,11,343 crore (Indian Rupees Three lakh eleven thousand and three hundred forty-three crore). These numbers are up from INR 2,90,339 crore (Indian Rupees Two lakh ninety thousand and three hundred thirty-nine crore) of capital raised and INR 1,19,758 crore (Indian Rupees One lakh nineteen thousand and seven hundred fifty-eight crore) of actual capital deployed, as on June 30, 2019[2]. Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), being the capital market regulator in India, has played an active role in streamlining the AIF industry. SEBI’s proactive and investor-friendly approach is often reflected in the discourses with market participants as well as in the guidelines / circulars / regulations issued for the AIF industry.Continue Reading An Argument for In-house Alternative Investment Funds