Securities and Exchange Board of India (Delisting of Equity Shares) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), on May 31, 2018, has made the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Delisting of Equity Shares) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 to further amend the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Delisting of Equity Shares) Regulations, 2009,

They have come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette, that is on June 01, 2018.

In the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Delisting of Equity Shares) Regulations, 2009,—

I.                    After Regulation 3(2), the following sub-regulation shall be inserted, namely,

"(3) Nothing in these regulations shall apply to any delisting of equity shares of a listed entity made pursuant to a resolution plan approved under section 31 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 [No. 31 of 2016], if such plan, –

(a) lays down any specific procedure to complete the delisting of such share; or

(b) provides an exit option to the existing public shareholders at a price specified in the resolution plan:

Provided that, exit to the shareholders should be at a price which shall not be less than the liquidation value as determined under regulation 35 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016 after paying off dues in the order of priority as defined under Section 53 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 [No. 31 of 2016]:

Provided further that, if the existing promoters or any other shareholders are proposed to be provided an opportunity to exit under the resolution plan at a price higher than the price determined in terms of the above proviso, the existing public shareholders shall also be provided an exit opportunity at a price which shall not be less than the price, by whatever name called, at which such promoters or other shareholders, directly or indirectly, are provided exit:

Provided also that, the details of delisting of such shares along with the justification for exit price in respect of delisting proposed shall be disclosed to the recognized stock exchanges within one day of resolution plan being approved under section 31 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 [No. 31 of 2016]."

II.                  in Regulation 30, after sub-regulation (2) and before sub-regulation (3), the following sub-regulation shall be inserted, namely, -

"(2A) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-regulation (1), an application for listing of delisted equity shares may be made in respect of a company which has undergone corporate insolvency resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 [No. 31 of 2016]."

[No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2018/23]

URL: http://www.egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2018/186087.pdf