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May 03, 2024
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India Eases Foreign Investment Rules at GIFT City: What Investors Need to Know

India's market regulator recently announced significant changes to foreign investment regulations at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City), opening up new opportunities for global investors. These updates come as part of India's ongoing efforts to position GIFT City as a premier destination for international capital and financial services. Here's a breakdown of the key updates and their implications for investors:

Expanded Investment Opportunities for Foreign Funds

Foreign funds established at GIFT City can now receive full investments from non-resident Indians (NRIs) and individuals of Indian origin. However, enhanced disclosures are required for funds with significant investments from Indian groups. Specifically, funds holding more than 33% of their equity assets under management (AUM) in a single Indian group or collectively managing over 250 billion rupees ($3 billion) in Indian markets must provide detailed investor information.

Regulatory Framework for Transparency

To ensure transparency and compliance, foreign funds operating at GIFT City have two options for disclosing investor identities. They can either submit identity documents such as passports or permanent account numbers (PAN) to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), or adhere to the regulatory framework established by the International Financial Services Regulatory Authority.

Growing Investor Confidence

Over the past three years, GIFT City has attracted significant interest from global investors, with more than 80 fund managers committing over $30 billion and investing nearly $3 billion in the city. These developments underscore the growing confidence in India's financial ecosystem and its potential as a gateway for international capital.

Strengthening Market Integrity

SEBI also announced measures to enhance market integrity and prevent misconduct, particularly front-running and insider trading. Asset management companies (AMCs) are required to implement robust surveillance mechanisms, internal controls, and escalation processes to detect and address any instances of market abuse effectively. AMCs will be held accountable for ensuring compliance with these regulations.

Relaxation of Investment Caps and Bond Sizes

In a bid to encourage investment diversification, SEBI has relaxed rules on caps for passive funds' exposures to sponsor group company stocks. The threshold has been raised from 25% to 35%, providing fund managers with more flexibility in portfolio construction. Additionally, SEBI approved the reduction of the minimum ticket size for bonds from 100,000 Indian rupees to 10,000 Indian rupees, making bond investments more accessible to retail investors.


The recent regulatory updates signal India's commitment to fostering a conducive environment for foreign investment and financial innovation at GIFT City. With expanded investment opportunities, enhanced transparency measures, and a focus on market integrity, GIFT City is poised to emerge as a leading hub for global capital and financial services.

For more insights and updates on India's evolving financial landscape, stay tuned to Dinesh Aarjav & Associates!