On February2, 2021 Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has released the guidelines to set up Limited Purpose Clearing Corporation (LPCC) by Asset Management Companies (AMCs) of Mutual Funds(MFs). As per the guidelines, AMCs needs to contribute Rs 150 crore towards share capital of LPCC.
Purpose of LPCC– To clear and settle the repo transactions in corporate debt securities.
Highlights about the Contribution:
Proportion to AUM
The contribution of AMCs is to be in proportion to the Asset Under Management (AUM)of open ended debt oriented mutual fund schemes (excluding overnight,gilt fund and gilt fund with 10 year constant duration but including conservative hybrid schemes) managed by them.
Basis of Calculation
Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) will calculate contribution as per Average AUM of debt oriented schemes as mentioned above for Financial Year (FY) 2019-20
Networth to be Maintained
AMCs has to ensure that the net worth as prescribed under Regulation 21(f) of SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 is maintained over and above the contribution.
Recommendation of Working Group
The Mutual Fund Advisory Committee (MFAC) of SEBI constituted a working group consisting of representatives of various Mutual Funds, Clearing Corporation of India Limited (CCIL)and AMFI for detailed deliberation.
Among others, the working group has suggested setting up LPCC by AMCs of MFs.
Approval of SEBI Board
The SEBI board in its meeting held on September 29, 2020 approved the proposal to set up LPCC.
Consequently, Securities Contracts (Regulation) (Stock Exchanges and Clearing Corporations) Regulations, 2018(SECC Regulations), have been amended on October 08, 2020
What are the Basic Functions of SEBI?
The basic functions of SEBI is to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate the securities market and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
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