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Guidelines for returning of draft offer document and its resubmission- (Securities and Exchange Board of India) (06 Feb 2024)


Capital Market

1. Adequate disclosures by the issuer and timely processing of offer documents are important for the vibrancy of the primary market. It is imperative that the offer documents as filed by the issuers and lead manager(s) are compliant with Schedule VI of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2018 ("ICDR Regulations"), which specifies information for disclosure in the draft offer document or the draft letter of offer and the offer document or the letter of offer, as applicable.

2. It has been observed that at times, draft offer documents/draft letter of offer filed with the Board for public issue/rights issue of securities (hereinafter "draft offer document") are found lacking in compliance with respect to instructions provided under Schedule VI of ICDR Regulations. Such documents require revisions/changes and thus lead to a longer processing time.

3. In order to ensure completeness of the offer document for investors and provide greater clarity & consistency in the disclosures and for timely processing, it has been decided to issue 'Guidelines for returning of draft offer document and its resubmission'

4. Accordingly, the draft offer document shall be scrutinized based on the broad guidelines and such documents which are not compliant with the instructions provided under Schedule VI of ICDR Regulations and guidelines provided hereunder, shall be returned to the issuer.

5. Broad guidelines for returning of draft offer document and its resubmission are placed at Annexure A of this Circular.

6. In order to enhance ease of doing business for issuers, where draft offer document is returned in terms of these guidelines, there shall be no requirement for payment of any fees on account of resubmission of draft offer document.

General Instructions

7. This Circular shall come into force with immediate effect.

8. The recognized stock exchanges are directed to bring the provisions of this circular to the notice of the listed entities and also to disseminate the same on their websites.

9. This Circular is issued in exercise of powers conferred by Section 11(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 and Regulation 299 of ICDR Regulations to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate the securities market.


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