Tuesday, February 8, 2011


  1. Board Resolution under Section 292(1) (d) & S.372A for investment and incorporation of Wholly Owned Subsidiary.

  2. Form ODI – Part I (i. e. details of JV/ WOS, Indian Parties and the financing pattern of the overseas entity) is required to be filed by Investing Indian Company with Designated Authorised Dealer Bank. Certificate by the Statutory Auditor for compliance of FEMA is also required to be submitted along with ODI form.

  3. Under Automatic Route, in case of new proposals, immediately after effecting remittance, the Designated Authorised Dealer Bank will forward Form ODI – Part I along with Part II (i. e. Remittance Report) to RBI for obtaining Unique Identification Number.

  4. On receipt of the Form from the AD bank, RBI will allot an Unique Identification Number to each JV/ WOS, which is required to be quoted in all the future correspondence by AD Bank/ Indian Company.
How Much Quantum can be Invested:

Under automatic route , up to 100% net worth of investing company in its foreign subsidiary or JV Company.

If your Indian Company net worth is say Rs 1 Crore , you can invest up to 1 Crore under automatic route in the WOS / JV company in foreign country.

How Much can be invested in WOS / JV by an Indian Listed Company  ?

As per RBI guidelines , if  there is no JV or WOS , Listed Indian companies can invest up to 50 % of their net worth as on the date of the last audited Balance Sheet in overseas companies, listed on a recognized stock exchange, or by way of rated debt securities issued by such companies by way of portfolio investment.


Indian parties are prohibited from making investment in a foreign entity engaged in real estate (meaning buying and selling of real estate or trading in Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) but does not include development of townships, construction of residential/commercial premises, roads or bridges) or banking business, without the prior approval of the Reserve Bank.
  1. An Indian Company which has made direct investment abroad is under obligation to receive share certificate or any other document as an evidence of investment, and submit the documents / Annual Performance Report to the Reserve Bank, in accordance with the provisions specified in Regulation 15 of the Notification. The share certificate or any other document as evidence of investment has to be submitted to and retained by the designated AD Category - I bank, who is required to monitor the receipt of such documents and satisfy themselves about the bonafides of the documents. A certificate to this effect should be submitted by the designated AD category – I bank to the Reserve Bank along with the APR (Part III of Form ODI). 

  2. Annual Performance Report (APR) should be submitted, through the designated AD Category-I bank, every year within 3 months of the closing of the annual accounts of the WOS i. e. on or before 30.06.2010

  3. A JV / WOS set up by the Indian party as per the Regulations may diversify its activities / set up step down subsidiary / alter the shareholding pattern in the overseas entity . The Indian Company should report to the Reserve Bank through the AD Category - I bank, the details of such decisions within 30 days of the approval of those decisions by the competent authority of the JV / WOS concerned in terms of local laws of the host country and include the same in the Annual Performance Report (APR—Part III of form ODI) required to be forwarded to the AD Category-I bank.




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  2. Hello!

    Can India individuals buy shares in a unlisted company abroad under the $200,000/yr automatic route?

    I want to buy a majority stake in a company (started by my friend) in Europe which is now loss making but I think I can make it profitable.


  3. really very helpful and exact information provided by ur blog.
    i have one more query if u can help , one of our client company has invested in WOS 40 years ago , do this requires now any compliances, because that time no form or disclosures were made to RBI.

    thanks in anticipation

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