Still holding Physical Share of Listed Entity!! Please get rid of it before 5th December 2018. Otherwise, you may lose your right to transfer. On 8th June 2018, SEBI has notified vide Notification No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2018/24 by issuing SEBI (LISTING OBLIGATIONS AND DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS) (FOURTH AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2018 that except in case of transmission or transposition of securities, requests for effecting the transfer of securities shall not be processed unless the securities are held in the dematerialized form with a depository.

In other words, there will not be any transfer of physical share after 5th December 2018. SEBI has decided to amend Regulation 40 of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 (‘Listing Regulations’) which deals with transfer or transmission or transposition of securities. According to this amendment, the requests for effecting the transfer of listed securities shall not be processed unless the securities are held in the dematerialized form with a depository. Therefore, for effecting any transfer, the securities shall mandatorily require to be in Demat form.

Why this amendment?

To keep a check on the instances of fraudulent transfer and for ensuring more transparency, this amendment has been brought into force.  Investors holding physical shares sometime loose track about the corporate action such as bonus/dividend due to change in their address and those corporate actions remained unclaimed.

After effects of the Amendment:

This amendment will bring the followings changes:

  1. Eliminating fraud and manipulation in physical transfer of securities
  2. Chances of error will be reduced.
  3. Transfer of securities only in Demat form will augur well for capital market and significantly speed up the transfer of securities, improve convenience and safety of transactions for investors.

Can holder continue to hold shares in Physical form?

Yes, the holder can continue to hold the shares in physical form but one cannot transfer the same in physical form.