Unlocking Global Opportunities: A Comprehensive Analysis of The MCA’s Amendment Allowing Indian Companies to Directly List on Foreign Stock Exchanges

  • Sweta Kumari and Kriti
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  • Sweta Kumari

    Student at Chanakya National Law University Patna, India

  • Kriti

    Student at Chanakya National Law University Patna, India

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The recent notification of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs with regard to the direct listing of Indian equity shares in the foreign stock exchange is a very crucial step. Earlier the listing in foreign exchange was done through the use of ADRs/ GDRs. This was a lengthy process as it required an underwriter and usually, this took a long time. Furthermore, this route has witnessed many corruption such as round tipping of funds and money laundering. Later on, the expert committee of SEBI also published the report for direct listing of equity shares in the foreign stock exchange. The committee made various recommendations regarding the same. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs then came up with the new amendment allowing the Indian Companies to directly list its share in the foreign stock exchange. There are multiple sections to this article. First, the article provides a brief synopsis of the circumstances surrounding the amendment's ratification. Second, it discusses the traditional ADR/GDR route, which required Indian Companies to convert their securities into depository receipts in order to obtain funding from foreign stock exchanges. Thirdly, it addresses the amendment made to the MCA that permits the direct listing of equity shares on foreign stock exchanges. Finally, it analyzes the noteworthy example of companies that directly listed their shares and provides insight into past events that have operated as a barrier in the path of Indian companies from listing on foreign stock exchanges. However, there is a lack of regulatory framework which creates confusion. For instance, the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999, and Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Rules 2014 have not been amended. Hence, in the absence of any regulatory frameworks, the amendment only acts as a licence to direct listing without any appropriate procedure.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 2733 - 2741

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.117740

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