Capital markets watchdog Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has in place a robust system for information sharing and coordination with foreign regulators to nab manipulators and fraudsters operating across boundaries, for which it received as many as 94 requests from overseas securities regulators during 2013-14.
The figure had more than double from the two preceding fiscal years. While Sebi had received 40 requests from foreign peers in 2012-13, it had got 37 requests in 2011-12, as per the market regulator’s latest annual report.
At the same time, Sebi had made 17 requests to capital markets regulators in other countries for information in 2013-14 as against 9 requests in the previous financial year.
This is the highest number of requests sent out by the Indian market watchdog since 2011-12.
The capital market regulator had sent out 9 requests each for regulatory assistance in 2011-12 and 2012-13 to foreign securities market watchdogs.
In 2003, Sebi had signed the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) multi-lateral memorandum of understanding (MMoU) for mutual assistance on enforcement and compliance of regulations with several countries including Securities Exchange Commission of US.
One of the IOSCO principles require the regulators to establish information sharing mechanisms, which set out when and how they will share both public and non-public information with their domestic and foreign counterparts.
“As a crucial part of its commitment towards the IOSCO MMoU concerning consultation and cooperation and the exchange of information, to which Sebi has been a signatory since April 2003, Sebi provides cooperation and facilitates exchange in other jurisdictions,” the market regulator said in the report.