India's Capital Markets feel effects of global regulation

A new report published today has suggested that India’s financial markets will increasingly be affected by global events and changes to worldwide regulation, especially those introduced after the 2008 financial crash.

The City of London Corporation’s report, carried out by IMRB International, and titled ‘The Impact of Global Regulatory Change on India’s Financial Markets,’ examines the perceptions of Indian stakeholders on the impact of global regulation on India’s capital markets.

The information was gathered from face-to-face interviews with high level India representatives from India’s financial and professional services sectors, including banks, law firms and credit rating agencies. They were asked about global financial regulations, with a particular focus on European and US reforms, including Basel III, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the UK’s Bribery Act, how they were perceived, their awareness and impact of each on India’s capital markets.

Key findings of the report showed:

  • Basel III, because of its global nature, was viewed to have the biggest impact on banks and financial institutions. This was seen as likely to result in changes to business models and customer strategy and also an increased cost of compliance. There was however no particular opposition towards Basel III.
  • FATCA was seen to impact on all financial institutions with business interests in the US and would incur changes and costs as result of the business process introduced – especially ‘Know Your Customer’ requirements.
  • The UK’s Bribery Act 2010 was viewed as particularly stringent and has resulted in corporates and multinational banks incurring high costs on risk mitigation activities.
  • The Dodd-Frank Act’s impact, with the exception of the Volcker Rule, was unclear across many respondents.

In general, the report highlights the importance of effective global integration of regulation, with principles such as the need for simplification, the creation of a global playing field and a reduction in the stringency of regulation in some business areas recommended by the interviewees.

Commenting on the report, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, Mark Boleat, said:

“As India’s economy continues to steam ahead, the impact of global regulation on its financial markets will need ever closer scrutiny and evaluation. This report shows that as India’s capital markets do not exist in isolation, international regulation, and how it is applied, potentially could stifle the growth and development of emerging financial markets. Given India’s importance to global economic growth, I hope this report gives some extra valuable input to global financial regulation policymakers.”


Notes to editors

  1. The Impact of Global Regulatory Change on India’s Financial Markets can be found here.
  2. About the City of London Corporation: The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles: (1) we support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills projects. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust makes grants of more than £15 million annually to charitable projects across London and we also support education with three independent schools, three City Academies, a primary school and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama. (2) We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important ‘commons’ in south London. (3) And we also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events, research-driven policies all reflecting a long-term approach. See for more details.
  3. About IMRB International: IMRB International is one of the top 20 market research organisations in the world and the leading market research company in India. It was set up in 1970 and is today a part of Kantar (WPP’s Insights and Consulting wing). IMRB International's footprint extends across 11 countries - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and London. Commonly known as Academy of Research, IMRB International has won the Agency of Year award, instituted by Market Research Society of India for a record 8 years. With over 1200 full time staff, IMRB International provides high quality conceptualisation, strategic thinking, execution and interpretation skills. IMRB International's specialised areas includes consumer market research both quantitative and qualitative, industrial market research, business to business market research, social and rural market research, media research, retail research, and consumer panels.

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