The scope of master direction on mergers will cover “an amalgamation of two banking companies and amalgamation of an NBFC with a banking company”.
In both the cases, the voluntary amalgamation will become effective after RBI's approval.
According to the direction, the decision of amalgamation should be approved by respective boards by two-thirds majority and not just by members present and voting.
Also the draft scheme of amalgamation should have approval of shareholders of each banking company by a resolution passed by a majority representing two-thirds of the shareholders.
In case of an NBFC merging with a private sector bank, the master direction said that all accounts should be KYC-compliant as they would eventually become accounts of the banks after amalgamation.
In a separate direction, RBI said allotment of shares to the investors will be subject to compliance rule which requires investors to obtain specific prior approval of RBI if the proposed acquisition results in aggregate holding of five per cent or more of the paid-up capital of the bank.