AMENDMENT TO SEBI (CREDIT RATING AGENCIES) REGULATIONS, 1999 AND MODIFICATION TO SEBI CIRCULAR

AMENDMENT TO SEBI 24 Sep

SEBI (Credit Rating Agencies) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2018:

As per Regulation 9(f) of SEBI (Credit Rating Agencies) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2018, a Credit Rating Agencies (CRA) may undertake the rating of financial instruments under the respective guidelines of the financial sector regulators/authorities as specified in Annexure A as mentioned below.

ANNEXURE A:

1. Securities and Exchange Board of India

2. Reserve Bank of India

3. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India

4. Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority

5. Ministry of Corporate Affairs

6. Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India

CRAs may also undertake research activities, incidental to rating, such as research for Economy, Industries and Companies.

Review of Ratings:

SEBI has issued guidelines in respect of the process for review of rating. Subsequently, SEBI has received representations from market participants. The concerns of the market participants were discussed with CRAs and following has been decided:

i. In modification to Para 1 of the aforesaid circular, cases of requests by an issuer for review of the rating(s) provided to its instrument(s) shall be reviewed by a rating committee of the CRA that shall consist of majority of members that are different from those in the Rating Committee of the CRA that assigned the earlier rating, and at least one-third of members are independent.

ii. All other provisions of the aforementioned circular shall remain unchanged.”

This circular is issued in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 11(1) of SEBI Act, 1992, read with the provisions of Regulation 20 of SEBI (Credit Rating Agencies) Regulations, 1999, to protect the interest of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate, the securities market.

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