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RBI-Requirement for obtaining prior approval of RBI in cases of acquisition/ transfer of control of Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs)
July, 10th 2015

RBI/2015-16/122
DNBR (PD) CC.No. 065/03.10.001/2015-16

July 09, 2015

All Non-Banking Financial Companies (excluding Primary Dealers)

Dear Sirs,

Requirement for obtaining prior approval of RBI in cases of acquisition/ transfer of control of Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs)

Please refer to DNBS (PD) CC.No.376/03.10.001/2013-14 and Notification No. DNBS(PD) 275/GM(AM)-2014 dated May 26, 2014 on the ‘Non-Banking Financial Companies (Approval of Acquisition or Transfer of Control) Directions, 2014’. The Reserve Bank has decided to review the above mentioned directions based on the representations received from the industry and the comments received on the Draft Directions issued on March 30, 2015. The revised directions are detailed below.

2. Requirement of prior approval of Reserve Bank

(i) Henceforth, prior written permission of the Reserve Bank shall be required for

  1. any takeover or acquisition of control of an NBFC, which may or may not result in change of management;

  2. any change in the shareholding of an NBFC, including progressive increases over time, which would result in acquisition/ transfer of shareholding of 26 per cent or more of the paid up equity capital of the NBFC. Prior approval would, however, not be required in case of any shareholding going beyond 26% due to buyback of shares/ reduction in capital where it has approval of a competent Court. The same is however required to be reported to the Reserve Bank not later than one month from its occurrence;

  3. any change in the management of the NBFC which would result in change in more than 30 per cent of the directors, excluding independent directors. Prior approval would not be required for those directors who get re-elected on retirement by rotation.

(ii) Notwithstanding clause (i), NBFCs shall continue to inform the Reserve Bank regarding any change in their directors/ management as required in Non-Banking Financial Companies Acceptance of Public Deposits (Reserve Bank) Directions, 1998, Non-Systemically Important Non-Banking Financial (Non-Deposit Accepting or Holding) Companies Prudential Norms (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2015 and Systemically Important Non-Banking Financial (Non-Deposit Accepting Holding) Companies Prudential Norms (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2015.

3. Application for prior approval

(i) NBFCs shall submit an application, in the company letter head, for obtaining prior approval of the Bank under paragraph 2, along with the following documents:

  1. Information about the proposed directors/ shareholders as per the Annex;

  2. Sources of funds of the proposed shareholders acquiring the shares in the NBFC;

  3. Declaration by the proposed directors/ shareholders that they are not associated with any unincorporated body that is accepting deposits;

  4. Declaration by the proposed directors/ shareholders that they are not associated with any company, the application for Certificate of Registration (CoR) of which has been rejected by the Reserve Bank;

  5. Declaration by the proposed directors/ shareholders that there is no criminal case, including for offence under section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, against them; and

  6. Bankers’ Report on the proposed directors/ shareholders.

(ii) Applications in this regard may be submitted to the Regional Office of the Department of Non-Banking Supervision in whose jurisdiction the Registered Office of the NBFC is located.

4. Requirement of Prior Public Notice about change in control/ management

i. A public notice of at least 30 days shall be given before effecting the sale of, or transfer of the ownership by sale of shares, or transfer of control, whether with or without sale of shares. Such public notice shall be given by the NBFCs and also by the other party or jointly by the parties concerned, after obtaining the prior permission of the Reserve Bank.

ii. The public notice shall indicate the intention to sell or transfer ownership/ control, the particulars of transferee and the reasons for such sale or transfer of ownership/ control. The notice shall be published in at least one leading national and in one leading local (covering the place of registered office) vernacular newspaper.

5. The directions contained above are applicable with immediate effect, i.e., the same will apply on any takeover or acquisition of control, any change in the shareholding or any change in the management occurring after the date of this circular.

6. Any violation of the aforementioned directions would result in adverse regulatory action including cancellation of CoR.

7. Notification No. DNBS.(PD) 029/CGM(CDS)-2015 dated July 09, 2015 is enclosed.

Yours faithfully,

(C D Srinivasan)
Chief General Manager


RESERVE BANK OF INDIA
DEPARTMENT OF NON-BANKING SUPERVISION
CENTRAL OFFICE
CENTRE I, WORLD TRADE CENTRE,
CUFFE PARADE, COLABA,
MUMBAI 400 005.

Notification No. DNBS.(PD) 029/CGM(CDS)-2015 dated July 09, 2015

The Reserve Bank of India, having considered it necessary in the public interest, and being satisfied that for the purpose of enabling it to regulate the credit system to the advantage of the country, it is necessary to give the directions as set out below, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 45K and 45L of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (2 of 1934) and of all the powers enabling it in this behalf gives to every non-banking financial company the directions hereinafter specified.

Short title and commencement of the Directions

1. (1) These Directions shall be known as the ‘Non-Banking Financial Companies (Approval of Acquisition or Transfer of Control) Directions, 2015’.

(2) These Directions shall be applicable to every non-banking financial company whether accepting deposits or not, except Primary Dealers.

(3) These Directions shall come into force with immediate effect.

Definitions

2. For the purpose of these Directions, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) "control" shall have the same meaning as is assigned to it under clause (e) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2 of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011.

(b) "NBFC" means a non-banking financial company as defined in clause (f) of section 45-I of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.

3. Requirement to obtain prior approval of Reserve Bank of India for acquisition or transfer of control of NBFCs –

(i) The prior written permission of the Reserve Bank of India shall be required for –

a) any takeover or acquisition of control of an NBFC, which may or may not result in change of management;

b) any change in the shareholding of an NBFC, including progressive increases over time, which would result in acquisition/ transfer of shareholding of 26 per cent or more of the paid up equity capital of the NBFC.

Provided that, prior approval would not be required in case of any shareholding going beyond 26% due to buyback of shares/ reduction in capital where it has approval of a competent Court. The same is to be reported to the Bank not later than one month from its occurrence;

c) any change in the management of the NBFC which would result in change in more than 30 per cent of the directors, excluding independent directors.

Provided that, prior approval would not be required in case of directors who get re-elected on retirement by rotation.

(ii) Notwithstanding clause (i), NBFCs shall continue to inform the Reserve Bank regarding any change in their directors/ management as required in Non-Banking Financial Companies Acceptance of Public Deposits (Reserve Bank) Directions, 1998, Non-Systemically Important Non-Banking Financial (Non-Deposit Accepting or Holding) Companies Prudential Norms (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2015 and Systemically Important Non-Banking Financial (Non-Deposit Accepting or Holding) Companies Prudential Norms (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2015.

4. Application for prior approval

(i) NBFCs shall submit an application, in the company letter head, for obtaining prior approval of the Bank under paragraph 3, along with the following documents:

  1. Information about the proposed directors/ shareholders as per the Annex;

  2. Sources of funds of the proposed shareholders acquiring the shares in the NBFC;

  3. Declaration by the proposed directors/ shareholders that they are not associated with any unincorporated body that is accepting deposits;

  4. Declaration by the proposed directors/ shareholders that they are not associated with any company, the application for Certificate of Registration (CoR) of which has been rejected by the Reserve Bank;

  5. Declaration by the proposed directors/ shareholders that there is no criminal case, including for offence under section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, against them; and

  6. Bankers’ Report on the proposed directors/ shareholders.

(ii) Applications in this regard may be submitted to the Regional Office of the Department of Non-Banking Supervision in whose jurisdiction the Registered Office of the NBFC is located.

5. Requirement of Prior Public Notice about change in control/ management

i. A public notice of at least 30 days shall be given before effecting the sale of, or transfer of the ownership by sale of shares, or transfer of control, whether with or without sale of shares. Such public notice shall be given by the NBFCs and also by the other party or jointly by the parties concerned, after obtaining the prior permission of the Reserve Bank.

ii. The public notice shall indicate the intention to sell or transfer ownership/ control, the particulars of transferee and the reasons for such sale or transfer of ownership/ control. The notice shall be published in at least one leading national and in one leading local (covering the place of registered office) vernacular newspaper.

6. Application of other laws not barred- The provisions of these Directions shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of the provisions of any other laws, rules, regulations or directions, for the time being in force.

7. Repeal and saving- (i) Non-Banking Financial Companies (Approval of Acquisition or Transfer of Control) Directions, 2014 dated May 26, 2014, shall stand repealed.

(ii) Notwithstanding such repeal, any action taken, purported to have been taken or initiated under the directions hereby repealed shall continue to be governed by the provisions of the said directions.

(C.D.Srinivasan)
Chief General Manager


ANNEX

INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED PROMOTERS/ DIRECTORS/
SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY

Sr. No. Particulars Required Response
1 Name  
2 Designation Chairman/ Managing Director/ Director/ Chief Executive Officer
3 Nationality  
4 Age (to be substantiated with date of birth)  
5 Business Address  
6 Residential Address  
7 E-mail address/ Telephone number  
8 PAN Number under Income Tax Act  
9 Director Identification Number (DIN)  
10 Social security number/Passport No.*  
11 Educational/professional qualifications  
12 Professional Achievement relevant to the job  
13 Line of business or vocation  
14 Any other information relevant to the Company  
15 Name/s of other companies in which the person has held the post of Chairman/ Managing Director/ Director/ Chief Executive Officer  
16 Name/s of the regulators (RBI,SEBI,IRDA,PFRDA,NHB or any other foreign regulator) of the entities mentioned in which the persons hold directorships  
17 Name/s of the NBFCs, if any, with which the person is associated as Promoter, Managing Director, Chairman or Director including a Residuary Non-Banking Financial Company, which has been prohibited from accepting deposits/ prosecuted by RBI ?  
18 Detail of prosecution, if any, pending or commenced or resulting in conviction in the past against the person and/or against any of the entities he is associated with for violation of economic laws and regulations  
19 Cases, if any, where the person or relatives of the person or the companies in which the person is associated with, are in default or have been in default in the last 5 years in respect of credit facilities obtained from any entity or bank  
20 If the person is a member of a professional association/ body, details of disciplinary action, if any, pending or commenced or resulting in conviction in the past against him/ her or whether he/ she has been banned from entry of any professional occupation at any time  
21 Whether the person attracts any of the disqualification envisaged under Section 164 of the Companies Act, 2013  
22 Has the person or any of the companies, he/ she is associated with, been subject to any investigation at the instance of the Government Department or Agency  
23 Has the person at any time been found guilty of violations of rules/ regulations/ legislative requirements by Customs/ Excise/ Income Tax// Foreign Exchange/ Other Revenue Authorities, if so, give particulars  
24 Experience in the business of NBFC (number of years)  
25 Equity shareholding in the company  
(i) No. of shares ……………………………
(ii) Face value Rs. ………………………..
(iii) Percentage to total paid up equity share capital of the company ……………………………
26 Name/s of the companies, firms and proprietary concerns in which the person holds substantial interest  
27 Names of the principal bankers to the concerns at 26 above  
28 Names of the overseas bankers *  
29 Whether number of directorships held by the person exceeds the limits prescribed under Section 165 of the Companies Act, 2013  
    Signature :
  Date : Name :
  Place: Designation :
    Company Seal :
* For foreign promoters/ directors/ shareholders
Note: (i) Separate form should be submitted in respect of each of the proposed promoters/ directors/ shareholders

ANNEX

INFORMATION ABOUT CORPORATE PROMOTER

Sr. No. Particulars Required Response
1 Name  
2 Business Address  
3 E-mail address/ Telephone number  
4 PAN Number under Income Tax Act  
5 Name and contact details of compliance officer  
6 Line of business  
7 The details of their major shareholders (more than 10%) and line of activity, if corporates  
8 Names of the principal bankers/ overseas bankers *  
9 Name/s of the regulators (RBI,SEBI,IRDA,PFRDA,NHB or any other foreign regulator)  
10 Name/s of Company/ies in the Group as defined in the Prudential Norms Directions  
11 Name/s of the company/ies in the Group that are NBFCs  
12 Specify the names of companies in the group which have been prohibited from accepting deposits/ prosecuted by RBI ?  
13 Detail of prosecution, if any, pending or commenced or resulting in conviction in the past against the corporate for violation of economic laws and regulations  
14 Cases, if any, where the corporate, is in default or have been in default in the last 5 years in respect of credit facilities obtained from any entity or bank  
15 Whether the corporate has been subject to any investigation at the instance of the Government Department or Agency  
16 Has the Corporate at any time been found guilty of violations of rules/ regulations/ legislative requirements by Customs/ Excise/ Income Tax// Foreign Exchange/ Other Revenue Authorities, if so, give particulars  
17 Has the promoter corporate/ majority shareholder of the promoter corporate, if a corporate, ever applied to RBI for CoR which has been rejected  
    Signature :
  Date : Name :
  Place: Designation :
    Company Seal :
* For foreign corporate

 
 
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