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Master Circular for Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs)- (Securities and Exchange Board of India) (07 May 2024)

MANU/SMIS/0010/2024

Capital Market

1. With an objective to ensure an effective regulatory framework for AIFs, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has been issuing various circulars from time to time. SEBI's Master Circular no. SEBI/HO/AFD/PoD1/P/CIR/2023/130 for AIFs dated July 31, 2023 was a compilation of such relevant circulars issued by SEBI up to March 31, 2023, which were operational as on that date.

2. Subsequently, various circulars have been issued by SEBI under SEBI (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012. The provisions of such circulars issued until March 31, 2024 have been incorporated in this Master Circular, which supersedes the Master Circular for AIFs dated July 31, 2023.

3. In addition to the requirements specified under this Master Circular, the AIFs shall be required to independently comply with the other requirements specified by SEBI for market intermediaries such as the 'Levy of Goods & Services Tax (GST) on the fees payable to SEBI', 'Approach to securities market data access and terms of usage of data provided by data sources in Indian securities market', 'Digital mode of payment', 'Information regarding Grievance Redressal Mechanism' and 'Guidelines on Outsourcing of Activities by Intermediaries', etc.

4. With respect to any other directions or guidance issued by SEBI, as specifically applicable to AIFs, the same shall continue to remain in force in addition to the provisions of this Master Circular or any other law for the time being in force.

5. This Master Circular shall come into force from the date of its issuance. With the issuance of this Master Circular, all the circulars mentioned in Annexure 17 of this Master Circular shall stand rescinded.

6. Notwithstanding such rescission:

a) anything done or any action taken or purported to have been done or taken under the rescinded circulars, including registrations or approvals granted, fees collected, registration suspended or cancelled, any inspection or investigation or enquiry or adjudication commenced or show cause notice issued prior to such rescission, shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this Master Circular;

b) any application made to SEBI under the rescinded circulars, prior to such rescission, and pending before it shall be deemed to have been made under the corresponding provisions of this Master Circular;

c) the previous operation of the rescinded circulars or anything duly done or suffered thereunder, any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under the rescinded circulars, any penalty, incurred in respect of any violation committed against the rescinded circulars, or any investigation, legal proceeding or remedy in respect of any such right, privilege, obligation, liability, penalty as aforesaid, shall remain unaffected as if the rescinded circulars have never been rescinded.

7. The trustee / sponsor of AIF, as the case may be, shall ensure that the 'Compliance Test Report' prepared by the manager of the AIF, in terms of para 15.2 of this Master Circular, includes compliance with the provisions of all chapters of this Master Circular.

8. This circular is issued with the approval of the competent authority.

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

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