Sebi settles 'Small is Beautiful'
'Small is Beautiful' was established in 2004 as the country's first private equity fund focussed on investments in power generation assets and is registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) as a venture capital fund.
Sebi had initiated enquiry into alleged violation of its investment guidelines for venture capital entities by the Rs 231-crore fund, which had garnered contributions from as many 21 public sector banks, financial institutions and insurance companies including Life Insurance Corporation (LIC).
However, the fund sought settlement of these proceedings through Sebi's consent mechanism, wherein a case can be settled after payment of certain charges.
In its consent order, dated November 1, Sebi said its High Powered Advisory Committee has accepted the consent terms involving a payment of settlement charges of Rs 37.5 lakh, which was later agreed upon by the regulator's panel of Whole-Time Members as well.
Accordingly, the "enquiry proceedings initiated against the appellant (Small is Beautiful) for the alleged violation" of Sebi's venture capital regulations has been settled upon the payment of these charges, the Sebi order said.
The alleged violation by the private equity fund was brought to Sebi's notice by the Income Tax Department.
The fund had a total committed corpus of Rs 231 crore, out of which Rs 226 crore was contributed by state-run banks, insurers and
Be the first to comment.