SEBI defers implementation of revised norms for royalty payment; consultation paper on SROs in securities market soon

Mumbai: Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Wednesday deferred implementation of revised norms pertaining to royalty payment by listed companies to related parties by three months.

Following the decision taken at the SEBI's board meeting here, the implementation of a provision of the amended norms would have been deferred till 30 June, 2019. They were to be implemented from 1 April this year.

Shareholders' approval would be needed for making royalty or brand payments to related parties exceeding 2 percent of the particular listed entity's consolidated turnover.

 SEBI defers implementation of revised norms for royalty payment; consultation paper on SROs in securities market soon

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In a release, the watchdog said the decision has been taken in view of representations received on the matter.

As per the revised norms, payments made to related parties towards brand usage or royalty are to be considered material if the transaction is more than two percent of the listed entity's annual consolidated turnover during a financial year.

This required approval of the shareholders with no related party having a vote to approve such resolutions. The provision was to come into effect from 1 April, 2019.

"In view of the representations received on the subject and with a view to analysing them, the board decided to defer the implementation of this provision for three months ie till 30 June, 2019," the release said.

The amendments were made to SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 - payment relating to royalty and brand usage.

Besides, SEBI board decided to come out with a consultation paper on Self Regulatory Organisations (SROs) in securities market.

A public consultation process would be undertaken towards amend SRO regulations. The objective is to define an SRO, rationalise the process of recognition as well as strengthen the role of such entities in the securities market, the release said.

At the meeting, the board also approved SEBI's budget for the 2019-20 fiscal.

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Updated Date: Mar 27, 2019 18:47:42 IST