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SEBI to introduce real estate investment trusts soonnews
28 November 2007

Mumbai: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is in the process of introducing `real estate investment trusts'''' (REITs) and will soon come up with the first set of proposals, chairman M Damodaran said.

He was delivering the keynote address at the second capital market summit of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Mumbai.

"We are also looking at introducing REITs... Consultations with persons that have better understanding of these products have commenced and shortly we are going to write the first set of proposals," Damodaran said.

REITs offer common shares to the public, representing ownership rights in an operating business and give out most of the profits as dividends. REITs also provide easy liquidity to investors as these shares can be bought or sold in stock exchanges.

SEBI, he said, was also in the process of finalising norms for real estate mutual fund (REMF), adding, "The accounting solution for valuation of real estate were being worked out by AMFI and ICAI."

"We will ensure that both the products are made available to the investors and there won''''t be any partiality in introducing REMF and REIT," he said.

In 2008, the regulator planned to launch a nationwide campaign to educate investors and encourage market participants to take up the role of self-regulating organisations (SROs) more seriously.

As a large number of foreign investors want to register in India to participate in the booming stock market, SEBI is also working on guidelines to help speed up the process for raising capital, Damodaran said.

"The intention is largely to see that the markets are onshore and not offshore as was in the past," he said.

SEBI, last month, had tightened investment rules for unregistered foreigners.

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