Master Circular for Credit Rating Agencies

SEBI has issued a Master Circular for Credit Rating Agencies on July 03, 2023. The master circular provides that An issuer can request a CRA for review/appeal of the rating(s) provided to its security/ies. It shall be reviewed by a rating committee of the CRA that shall consist of majority of members that are different from those in the Rating Committee of the CRA that assigned the earlier rating, and at least one-third of members are independent. (“Independent” would mean people not having any pecuniary relationship with the CRA or any of its employees).

CRAs are advised to refrain from giving Indicative Ratings without having a written agreement in place. In case such Indicative Ratings are provided by the CRA, it shall be considered as aiding and abetting the Issuer in suppression of material information by the CRA which would be in contravention of Clause 12 of Code of Conduct of CRAs and may result in violation of the provisions of section 12A of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 and SEBI (Prohibition of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices relating to Securities Market) Regulations, 2003 by the CRA.