SEBI changes reporting norms for Category III AIF’s regarding investment in commodity derivatives market



September 29, 2017

To All Registered Category III Alternative Investment Funds

All Custodian(s) of Securities

Dear Sir / Madam,

Sub: Change in reporting norms for Category III Alternative Investment Funds (“AIFs”) regarding investment in commodity derivatives market.

1. In terms of circular no. SEBI/HO/CDMRD/DMP/CIR/P/2017/61 dated June 21, 2017, the Category III Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) are allowed to participate in the commodity derivatives market, subject to certain conditions which inter-alia include the following:

i. Category III AIFs shall invest not more than ten percent of the investable funds in one underlying commodity.

ii. Category III AIF shall be subject to the reporting requirements as may be specified by SEBI.

2. In view of the above, it is decided to revise the reporting formats for Category III AIFs so as to capture the information pertaining to investment in commodity derivatives as per enclosed Annexure. Accordingly, circular no.CIR/IMD/DF/10/2013 dated July 29, 2013 issued for operational, prudential and reporting requirements for AIFs stands modified.

3. All Category III AIFs are advised to submit the monthly/quarterly report in the revised format for the period ended September 30, 2017 onwards.

4. This circular is issued in exercise of powers conferred under Section 11(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate the securities market.

5. This circular is available on SEBI website at under the categories “Circulars” and “Info for – Alternative Investment Funds”.

Yours faithfully,

Naveen Sharma

Deputy General Manager



ANNEXURE is attached here

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