The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Thursday notified new norms for ownership and governance of stock exchanges and other market infrastructure institutions including at least 51% stake holding by public and a minimum networth of Rs. 100 crore.
No Indian entity, either individually or together with persons acting in concert, would be allowed to acquire or hold more than 5% directly or indirectly in a stock exchange, SEBI said.
However, stock exchanges, depositories, banks, insurance companies and public financial institutions from India can acquire or hold up to 15% stake.
Individual shareholding would be capped at 5% for all non-Indian entities without any exemptions, and their collective holding cannot exceed 49%. Out of this, the holding through the foreign direct investment (FDI) route would be capped at 26% and that through foreign institutional investors (FIIs) at 23%. No FII would be allowed to acquire shares of a recognised stock exchange otherwise than through the secondary market.