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Yes Bank, Goldman Sachs settle case with Sebi

Private sector lender Yes Bank and Goldman Sachs settled a Sebi probe into alleged violation of listing and disclosure norms as well as merchant banker regulations, respectively.

Individually, Yes Bank has paid Rs 40.8 lakh, while Goldman Sachs (India) Securities Pvt Ltd has remitted Rs 20.80 lakh towards settlement fees, the regulator said in separate orders.

The Sebi agreed to settle proposed adjudication proceedings in the case, pertaining to alleged violation of listing and disclosure requirements as well as code of conduct for merchant bankers after it was approached by Yes Bank and Goldman Sachs, respectively with a plea under the settlement regulations.

Under the settlement, an entity is allowed to settle charges by paying a penalty without admission or denial of guilt.

In the settlement order passed on Thursday, Sebi said it has disposed of the adjudication proceedings initiated against Yes Bank and Goldman Sachs.

It was alleged that the private sector bank had violated LODR (Listing Obligation and Disclosure Requirement) norms, while Goldman Sachs did not comply with the merchant banker regulations in the matter of Yes Bank.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had initiated adjudication proceeding against both the entities in December 2016.

While the adjudication proceedings were in progress, the private sector bank and the merchant banker had approached Sebi to settle the case on payment of settlement charges.

Thereafter, Sebi’s high powered advisory committee recommended the case for settlement on the payment of Rs 40.80 lakh for Yes Bank and Rs 20.80 lakh for Goldman Sachs. This was also approved by the regulator’s panel of whole-time members, following which they remitted the amount.

Accordingly, the regulator has disposed of the adjudication proceedings initiated against the both entities.

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