SECP approves Debt Securities Trustee Regulations for comments

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 5 (APP): The Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has approved a comprehensive draft regulatory framework under the Securities Act, 2015, for the licensing and regulation of debt securities trustees (DSTs).
In the proposed regulations notified for public consultation, DSTs’ registration has been replaced with their licensing.
The validity of DSTs’ license has been reduced from three years to one year as per requirement of the Securities Act.
According to a statement issued here on Saturday, Banks, development financial institutions and investment finance companies may act as DSTs subject to the condition that they remain compliant with the requirements of the act and the regulations at all times.
In order to facilitate the development of the debt market, DST has
been allowed to make investment of up to 10% in the debt issue of which it is acting as a DST, subject to the condition that it would hold such investment till maturity.
Furthermore, for protection of investors, approval of two-thirds of
the outstanding debt securities holders in value has been made mandatory in case of restructuring/rescheduling of any debt security.
The existing DSTs have been allowed one-year timeframe to comply with the requirements of the revised regulations.
The draft framework is available on the SECP’s website. The SECP shall take into considerations all the comments received by November 22, 2016.
The comments may be emailed at umair.ahmed@secp.gov.pk or mailed to Director (PRPD), Securities Market Division, Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan, 9th Floor, NIC Building, Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad.