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SEBI clearance for life insurance company IPOs
Oct 26, 2010 | 136 VIEWS

Among some other major changes in the IPO (Initial Public Offer) space, SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) has cleared the norms for life insurance companies to go public and raise money.

While the exact details of the norms are yet to be clearly understood, the life insurance companies will be expected to clearly spell out the risks specific to insurance companies and explain terms used in the insurance industry. This is apart from the financial disclosures which the life insurance companies would have to make when they go public.

While these have been more or less on expected lines, the bigger challenge would be the changes to the Insurance Bill which would need the amendments to be approved in the parliament. As of now, only 26% FDI is allowed in the insurance sector. The insurance sector has been pressing for a relaxation and increasing the FDI limit to 49%. This has been the biggest roadblock so far, but as things are proceeding, the chances are that this norm would be amended to allow greater foreign participation.

Some life insurance companies like Reliance Life Insurance, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance and HDFC Standard Life are keen to tap the markets to generate more funds for their business.

Deepak Yohannan
Deepak Yohannan is the CEO of MyInsuranceClub. He enjoys writing on Personal Finance and contributes regularly on sites like Reuters & Moneycontrol. He is a strong proponent of online insurance and is often found pointlessly babbling about it!

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