Overview of Regulatory Framework
The capital markets industry operates within a certain regulatory framework which the players in this industry need to adhere to in the course of offering their services. Since inception, the Authority has strived to deepen and broaden the capital markets by developing a regulatory framework that facilitates the development of new financial products and institutions through research and ensuring fairness and orderliness in the capital markets industry. The regulatory framework of the Authority is comprised of the following:
- The Capital Markets Act;
- The Central Depositories Act, 2000
Regulations and Rules:
- The Capital Markets (Collective Investment Schemes) Regulations, 2001
- The Capital Markets (Securities) (Public Offers, Listing and Disclosures) Regulations, 2002
- The Capital Markets (Licensing Requirements) (General) Regulations, 2002
- The Capital Markets (Takeovers and Mergers) Regulations, 2002
- The Capital Markets (Foreign Investors) Regulations, 2002
- The Capital Markets Tribunal Rules, 2002
- The Capital Markets Asset Backed Securities Regulations 2007
- The Capital Markets (Registered Venture Capital Companies) Regulations 2007.
- Guidelines on Corporate Governance Practices by Public Listed Companies
- Guidelines on the Approval and Registration of Credit Rating Agencies
The above Acts, Regulations as well as the Guidelines are what the Authority uses to supervise and regulate the market intermediaries. The regulatory framework is crafted in such a way that it encourages self regulation to the maximum practical extent.