SEBI’s Guidelines for Liquidity Enhancement Schemes in Commodity Derivatives Contracts

Mar 27, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) vide its Circular CIR/MRD/DP/14/2014 dated April 23, 2014, has prescribed revised guidelines for Liquidity Enhancement Schemes (LES) in Equity Cash and Equity Derivatives segments.

Based upon feedback from exchanges, SEBI has decided to permit LES in commodity derivatives contracts subject to the requirements stipulated vide abovementioned SEBI Circular dated April 23, 2014.

In addition to the conditions and other requirements stipulated in the abovementioned circular, with regard to the eligibility of commodity derivatives contracts for LES, following additional requirements shall apply:

·       Any commodity that is classified as ‘Sensitive Commodity’ by the Exchange shall not be eligible for LES.

·       If any commodity derivative product is 'liquid' on any of the exchanges that is there is at least one exchange where the average daily turnover in Options or/and Futures on similar underlying commodity is more than or equal to INR 200 Crore for agricultural and agri-processed commodity, and INR 1000 Crore for non-agricultural commodity during the last six months, then no other exchange is eligible to launch LES on the same derivative product, unless the exchange where the product is liquid, has itself also launched a LES on said product.

·       For the present, schemes which incentivise brokers based on activation of new UCC (Unique Client Codes), number of trades or open interest shall not be permissible under LES.

·       Exchanges shall put in place a mechanism to ensure that the LES does not create artificial volumes, does not take away liquidity form the market, is not manipulative in nature and shall not lead to mis-selling of the product in the market.

The provisions of this circular shall come into effect from the date of the circular.

[Circular No.: SEBI/HO/CDMRD/DMP/CIR/P/2018/55]



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