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RBI Greenlights LIC’s Acquisition of 9.99% Stake in HDFC Bank

In a significant development, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has granted approval to Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) for acquiring up to 9.99% aggregate holding in HDFC Bank, the nation’s largest private sector bank. The approval, based on LIC’s application to RBI, is subject to various conditions.

Key Points

  1. Timeframe for Acquisition: LIC has been advised to acquire the major shareholding in HDFC Bank within one year, concluding by January 24, 2025.
  2. Limit on Holding: The RBI stipulates that LIC must ensure its aggregate holding in HDFC Bank does not surpass 9.99% of the paid-up share capital or voting rights at any given time.
  3. Regulatory Compliance: The approval is contingent on adherence to provisions outlined in the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, RBI’s Master Direction and Guidelines on Acquisition and Holding of Shares or Voting Rights in Banking Companies (issued on January 16, 2023), Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999, SEBI regulations, and other applicable guidelines and statutes.
  4. Market Context: HDFC Bank shares experienced a significant sell-off recently, pushing them near 52-week lows following the release of the bank’s third-quarter results.

Important Questions Related to Exams

  1. What percentage of aggregate holding in HDFC Bank has RBI approved LIC to acquire?
  2. By what date has LIC been advised to acquire the major shareholding in HDFC Bank?
  3. According to RBI, what is the maximum allowable holding percentage for LIC in HDFC Bank?
  4. What regulatory act governs the conditions for LIC’s acquisition in HDFC Bank, as per the RBI approval?

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