The International Financial Services Centres Authority has notified the IFSCA (Capital Market Intermediaries) Regulations, 2021 vide notification dated October 18, 2021.
- Purpose: The Regulations provide for regulatory requirements in respect of registration, obligations and responsibilities, inspection and enforcement of various types of capital market intermediaries such as broker dealers, clearing members, depository participants, investment bankers, portfolio managers, investment advisers, custodians, credit rating agencies, debenture trustees and account aggregators.
- Registration: A certificate of registration as a capital market intermediary in IFSC shall submit an application form in the format provided in Part I of Schedule I to the Authority along with the application fees as specified by the Authority:
Provided that the applicant seeking registration to act as a broker dealer or clearing member or depository participant shall make the application along with such additional information through the recognised stock exchange or recognised clearing corporation or recognised depository respectively.
- Fees: The Authority may, after considering the application and on being satisfied that the applicant has complied with the conditions laid down in these regulations and is eligible to act as a capital market intermediary, and upon receipt of registration fees (as specified by the Authority), grant registration to the applicant subject to the conditions as the Authority may deem fit.
- Validity: The certificate of registration of a capital market intermediary shall be valid for such period as may be specified by the Authority, unless it is suspended or cancelled by the Authority.
- A registered capital market intermediary shall have an annual audit conducted in respect of compliance with these regulations by a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India or a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India or any person authorised to conduct audit in a Foreign Jurisdiction.