Temasek, GIC stake rise in ICICI Bank under scrutiny

According to the Business Standard, “the finance ministry and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to examine whether a proposal by Temasek Holdings and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) to increase their stakes in ICICI Bank would trigger the takeover code under which they would have to make an open offer to buy an additional 20%. The Singapore government has sought clarification on a proposal for the two companies to increase their stakes in ICICI Bank to 20 per cent, each holding 10 per cent. This would collectively make them the largest shareholders in the country’s largest private bank. Currently, Life Insurance Corporate is the single largest shareholder with 9.38%. The two Singapore investment vehicles currently hold 10.3 per cent in the bank — Temasek 8 per cent and GIC 2.3 per cent.

Sebi is yet to take a final view on the issue, sources said. The issue hinges on whether the two entities should be treated as one entity or not.”

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