Mar 12, 2013

FM declines any money-laundering attempt via P-NOTES. P-NOTES notional value 1.38 lakh crore at the end of 2011


FM declines any moneylaundering attempt via P-NOTES. P-NOTES notional value 1.38 lakh crore at the end of 2011.
In reply to a question asked in Loksabha, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the Securities and Exchange Board of India and the enforcement directorate have not come across any instance of Participatory Notes, through which foreign institutional investors invest in Indian stock markets, being used for money laundering.
At the end of December 2012, the notional value of outstanding PNs stood at Rs 1.51 lakh crore, higher than Rs 1.38 lakh crore at the end of 2011.
Currently FIIs issuing PNs has to report details such as name, location, type and jurisdiction of the end beneficial owner of the instrument on a monthly basis to market regulator Sebi.
FIIs are also required to provide an undertaking that they have not issued the PNs to Indian residents or non-resident Indians and KYC compliance norms have been followed for beneficial owner of the PN.
A PN is a derivative instrument issued by Sebi registered FIIs against underlying Indian securities. The investor in PN has neither ownership of the underlying Indian securities nor any voting rights.
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