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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

NBFC requires RBI NoC for overseas direct investment (ODI) in Joint Ventures or wholly owned subsidiary (JV/WoS) abroad

Instances have been observed where Non Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) have made overseas investments without regulatory clearance of the Department of Non-Banking Supervision, Reserve Bank of India. Any investments made by NBFCs without regulatory clearance is a violation of FEMA 2004 and attracts penal provisions.

In this regard, it is emphasised that all NBFCs desirous of making any overseas investment must obtain 'No Objection' (NoC) of the Department of Non-Banking Supervision (DNBS) of RBI before making such investment, from the Regional Office in whose jurisdiction the head office of the company is registered.

Applications in this regard shall clearly state the activities intended to be undertaken by the overseas entity. NBFCs may also note that in terms of the Regulations ibid, they are not permitted to make direct investment in a foreign entity engaged in activities not approved under FEMA.

Source: RBI/2009-10/442 DNBS (PD).CC. No.173/03.10.01 /2009-10 dated 3rd May 2010


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