With respect to issuance of fresh P-Notes with derivatives as underlying, SEBI has said a certificate has to be issued by the compliance officer or equivalent entity of the FPI concerned.
It should be certified that the derivatives position on which the ODI is being issued is only for hedging the equity shares held by it, on a one-to-one basis, as per the circular.
“The said certificate shall be submitted along with the monthly ODI reports,” it added.
As per SEBI, the term ‘hedging of equity shares’ means taking a one-to-one position in only those derivatives which have the same underlying as the equity share.
The latest measure also comes at a time when the value of foreign investments through P-Notes have been on the decline.
Last month, SEBI tightened P-Note norms by deciding to levy a fee of $1,000 on each instrument and barred their issuance for speculative purposes to check any misuse for channelising black money.
At the same time, the regulator also decided to relax the entry norms for foreign portfolio investors willing to invest directly in Indian markets rather than through participatory notes.