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Sebi issues operational guidelines for covenant monitoring with DLT

For data exchange and verification across depositories, format for unique asset ID would be a 12-digit alphanumeric string

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
Markets watchdog Sebi on Tuesday issued the operational guidelines for security and covenant monitoring using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).
In August 2021, the regulator had specified the manner of recording of charges by issuers and manner of monitoring by Debenture Trustees (DTs) and Credit Rating Agencies, among others.
As the backbone of the DLT system would be uniqueness of assets recorded in the system, a unique identifier (asset ID) would be allotted for each asset offered by an issuer as security for the non-convertible securities.
For data exchange and verification across depositories, format for unique asset ID would be a 12-digit alphanumeric string.
The DLT system would provide an alert to the issuer and the DT by having appropriate validation/ duplicate checks in the system for identifying possible duplicate entries for assets of an issuer, Sebi said in a circular.
To begin with, certain assets would be tracked at portfolio level and no specific parameters for the underlying assets would be captured. It would include movable assets such as furniture and equipment, and current assets like portfolio of advances/ receivables.
All issuers proposing to issue non-convertible securities on or after April 1 should record the details in the system before activation of ISIN.
"For existing outstanding non-convertible securities, issuers will be required to enter the details into the DLT system on or before September 30, 2022 and DTs shall verify the same by November 30, 2022," Sebi said.

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First Published: Mar 29 2022 | 10:27 PM IST

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