Download SEBI CIRCULAR CIR/MRD/ICC/ 8 /2013 for Arbitration Mechanism through Stock Exchanges – Introduction of Automatic Process and Common Pool of arbitrators.

SEBI CIRCULAR: Download SEBI CIRCULAR CIR/MRD/ICC/ 8 /2013 for Arbitration Mechanism through Stock Exchanges – Introduction of Automatic Process and Common Pool of arbitrators.

 CIR/MRD/ICC/ 8 /2013, March 18, 2013

 All Stock Exchanges having nation-wide trading terminals

Dear Madam/Sir,

Sub: Arbitration Mechanism through Stock Exchanges – Introduction of Automatic Process and Common Pool of arbitrators.

SEBI  has  received  inputs  from  investors  regarding  functioning  of  the  arbitration mechanism at the Stock Exchanges. In light of which, you are advised to carry out the following changes in the arbitration mechanism.

 1.   List of Arbitrators on the panel of all stock exchanges having nation-wide trading terminals shall be pooled and will be called a ‘Common Pool’. This list shall be made  publicly available including by way of display on websites of the stock exchanges.

 2.   ‘Common pool’ of Arbitrators will consist of Arbitrators listed on the panels of all stock exchanges having nation-wide trading terminals. The pooling of arbitrators will be done centre-wise. To illustrate, the list of arbitrators on the panel of all stock exchanges for the region covered by the Delhi centre will be pooled. This would enable an applicant from the region to choose any arbitrator from the ‘Common Pool’ for Delhi. If the client and member (stock broker, trading member or clearing member) fail to choose the Arbitrator(s) from the Common Pool, the Arbitrator(s) will be chosen by an ‘Automatic Process’ wherein neither the parties to arbitration (i.e. client or member) nor the concerned Stock Exchanges will be directly involved.

 3.   The ‘Automatic Process’ will entail a randomized, computer generated selection of Arbitrator, from the list of Arbitrators in the ‘Common Pool’. The selection process shall be in chronological order of the receipt of arbitration reference i.e. only after selecting an arbitrator for the former arbitration reference received, selection for the latter shall be taken up.

4.   The ‘Automatic Process’ will send a system generated, real time alert (sms, email etc.) to all entities involved in the particular case. Further, the communication for the appointment of the Arbitrator will be sent immediately and in any case not later than the next working day from the day of picking of the Arbitrator. This communication will be sent by the stock exchange on which the dispute had taken place, to all concerned entities including clients, arbitrators, members, stock exchanges etc.

5.   The selection of Arbitrators by Stock Exchanges as done currently, shall henceforth be replaced by the ‘Automatic Process’.

6.   In case of any probable conflict of interest in an arbitration reference being assigned to any Arbitrator the Arbitrator will have to upfront decline the arbitration reference. After the said arbitrator declines, the ‘automatic process’ will pick the name of another Arbitrator. This will continue till the time there is no conflict of interest, by the selected  arbitrator.  In  this  regard,  the  timelines  mentioned  at  clause 5.3  in  CIR/MRD/DSA/24/2010 dated August 11, 2010 of 30 days might get extended. However, SEs shall put on record the reasons of such extension.

7.   In case of conflict of interest by the arbitrator, the information for the same may reach the stock exchange on which the dispute has taken place within 15 days of receipt of communication from the SE above. The said information may be sent by any method which ensures proof of delivery.

8.   Fees of arbitrator shall be dealt in line with existing provisions, by the stock exchange on which the dispute had taken place.

9.   The recognised stock exchanges with nation-wide trading terminals are advised to make necessary amendments to relevant bye-laws for the implementation of the above decision immediately.

10. SEBI inspection of stock exchanges shall cover implementation of this circular.

11. The circular is being issued in exercise of powers conferred upon SEBI under
Section 11(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992.

12. This   circular   is   being   issued   in   partial   modification   of   SEBI   Circular   No.
CIR/MRD/DSA/24/2010 dated August 11, 2010 and will come into effect from 1st
April 2013.

Yours faithfully,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *