Sebi notifies norm for anchor investors in public offers

An anchor investor in market parlance refers to a qualified institutional buyer (QIB) making an application for a value of Rs 10 crore or more through the book-building process.

With an aim to boost fund raising through primary markets, capital markets regulator Sebi has notified relaxed norms for public offers by removing restriction on maximum number of anchor investors.

The present regulation limit the number of anchor investor at 15 if the public issue size is under Rs 250 crore and this can increased to 25 if the issue size is over Rs 250 crore.

In a notification, Securities and Exchange Board of India(Sebi) said it has removed the present restriction on the maximum number of anchor investors (currently 25) for anchor allocation of public issue worth over Rs 250 crore.

The requirement for the number of anchor investors for allocation of up to Rs 250 crore will remain the same but for issues above that size there could be 10 additional investors for every additional allocation of Rs 250 crore, subject to minimum allotment of Rs 5 crore per anchor investor.

In case of allocation above Rs 250 crore, a minimum of 5 such investors and a maximum of 15 such investors for allocation up to Rs 250 crore and an additional 10 such investors for every additional Rs 250 crore or part thereof, shall be permitted, subject to a minimum allotment of Rs 5 crore per such investors.

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