Securities issued with option clauses made enforceable


The RBI has recently made an amendment to the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) Regulations, 2000, recognizing issuance of equity shares or convertible securities containing an optionality clause as eligible instruments which may be issued to non-residents under the foreign direct investment route. However, the amendment specifies that such an instrument cannot contain an option or right to exit at an assured price.

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