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Regulatory checks, accountability and governance standards in India have received a serious boost with the introduction of the new Companies Act 2013. Business and investors have expressed confidence in the Act’s ability to induce transparency and welcomed the legislation as an attempt to restore the appeal of Indian business. The Government of India introduced this landmark legislation in the beginning of fiscal year 2014.
This report focuses on some key topics in respect of which the 2013 Act and rules are notified. These topics are broadly classified into - financial reporting, audit and auditors, related party transactions, loans and investments, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and mergers, amalgamations and reconstructions.
The SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Circular dated 17 April, 2014, amended Clauses 35B and 49 of the Listing Agreement. The RC49, among other matters, deals with aspects such as related party transactions, independent directors, Audit Committee and vigil mechanism.
Though this publication focuses on the requirements of the 2013 Act in certain specific areas; to help listed companies better understand applicable framework; a brief overview of RC49 is also provided where relevant.
For further information, please visit: http://www.ey.com/companiesact2013