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International Financial Services Centres Authority notifies the regulatory framework for distribution of capital market products and services - (21 Dec 2022)


The International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA), in furtherance of its mandate to develop and regulate financial products, financial services and financial institutions in the International Financial Services Centres (IFSC), has notified the regulatory framework for Distribution of Capital Market Products and Services under IFSCA (Capital Market Intermediaries) Regulations, 2021. In recognition of the crucial role played by distributors in distribution of capital market products and services, a regulatory framework for distribution activities has been specified. Further, as the unified regulator of a global financial centre, IFSCA has enabled the registered distributors to undertake global distribution from IFSC and offer their services to clients in various jurisdictions.

In order to protect the interest of clients, the framework provides for various eligibility requirements, a detailed code of conduct including an advertisement code, other obligations, various permissible activities, responsibilities of issuers and service providers in IFSC, etc. Distributors are permitted to enter into arrangements with other distributors (called, Associated Distributors) from India, IFSC and foreign jurisdictions to widen the scope of their operations, get access to a larger pool of issuers and service providers, and cater to a broader clientele.

IFSCA registered / licensed entities, such as Banking Units, Finance Companies, Broker-Dealers, Investment Bankers, Investment Advisers and Corporate Agents - may avail of the simplified registration process and undertake distribution services from IFSC. A comprehensive code of conduct has been prescribed to ensure distributors maintain high standards of integrity, disclosure, diligence, promptitude and fairness in their dealings with clients. The code of conduct shall be complied by all registered distributors, associated distributors and other distributors that are empanelled by IFSC based entities for distribution of their products/services.


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