2012: The year of reforms and revisions for Sebi
The year started on a high with Sebi approving introduction of offer for sale (OFS) and institutional placement programme (IPP) to help the government meet its divestment target of R40,000 crore for FY12. Though the government fell short of its target in the last financial year, it is currently reaping the benefits of the OFS route having raised more than R6,500 crore through two transactions and lining up many more.
Interestingly, second half of the year also saw the regulator relax provisions related to payment of margins and cooling period for the OFS and IPP route based on feedback received from various market participants. Sebi also eased the norms for insurance companies and mutual funds to participate in preferential allotment, thus, paving way for LIC picking up further stake in many state-owned banks.
Start of the year also saw Sebi bringing in restrictions in the manner one could trade in stocks on the listing day. While circuit filters were introduced to curb sharp movements in the stock price, day trading was banned to keep away traders and speculators. The result was a notable reduction in the wild swings that shares saw on the day of listing.
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