Compliance And Policies of AIF

FEMA & Other Regulatory Compliance for AIFs

CS Shivani Gupta | Updated: 22 November, 2021

S.NoParticularsFrequencySubmission Date
1.The AIF, which has issued units to a person resident outside India shall file Form INVI with the RBI  ImmediateWithin 30 days from date of issue of units
2.The AIF making downstream investment in another Indian entity which is regarded as indirect foreign investment (as sponsor or manager is not Indian owned and controlled), shall file Form DIImmediateWithin 30 days from the date of allotment of equity instruments 
3.Foreign Liabilities and Assets (FLA) return has to be filed with the RBI in lieu of all the foreign investments received and made in the previous yearAnnually15 July of the financial year following the previous year (i.e. 15 July 2021 for FY 2020-2021)
4.On commencement of an account-based relationship with a client, the investment manager shall file an electronic copy of client ‘s KYC records with the Central KYC Records RegistryImmediateWithin 10 days after the commencement of an account-based relationship with the client 
5.On appointment of the principal officer and designated director as per the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 (PMLA) and rules notified there under, the Investment Manager shall submit a letter to the Office of the Director, Financial Intelligence Unit, India (FIU-IND) communicating the appointment and details of the principal officer and designated directorImmediateImmediate
6.Reposting of all cash and suspicious transactionImmediateImmediate




S.NoParticularsFrequencySubmission Date
1.Income Tax Return Annually 31 October of the relevant assessment year  
2.Advance Tax payment Quarterly 15th day of June, September, December and March of every tax year
3.Withholding tax payments Monthly 7th of the subsequent month except for March which is due by 30 April
4.Withholding tax returns Quarterly 

31 July -first quarter

31 October -second quarter

31 January -third quarter

31 May -fourth quarter

5.Certification for withholding taxes on foreign remittances (Form 15CA/15CB)Per foreign remittance At the time of foreign remittance 
6.Statement to be furnished (in Form No. 64C) by AIF to unit holders in respect of income distributed during the previous year (applicable for Category I/II AIF) Annually 30 June of financial year following the previous year 
7.Statement to be furnished (in Form No. 64D) by AIF to Income tax authorities in respect of income distributed during the previous year (applicable for Category I/II AIF)Annually 15 June of financial year following previous year 




S. NoParticularsFrequencySubmission
ADisclosures to be provided to the Investors of the AIF

Annual report to the investors include the following information:

  1. Financial information of investee companies;
  2. Material risks and how they are managed, which may include:
  1. Concentration risk at fund level;
  2. Foreign exchange risk at fund level;
  3. Leverage risk at fund and investee company levels;
  4. Realisation risk (i.e. change in exit environment) at fund and investee company level;
  5. Strategy risk (i.e. change in or divergence from business strategy) at investee company level;
  6. Reputation risk at investee company level
  7. Extra-financial risks, including environmental, social and corporate governance risks, at fund and investee company level.


(For Category I and Category II AIF) 


(For Category III AIF)

Within 180 days from the year end (For Category I and II AIF)

Within 60 days of the end of the quarter(Category III AIF) 


Description of Valuation and methodology for valuing assets

Valuation to be undertaken by an independent Valuer (For Category I and Category II AIF) 

Category III AIF to undertake NAV valuations and disclose NAV to the investors


(Can be enhanced to 1 year on approval of 75% of investors by value of their investment)

Close ended fund –Quarterly

Open ended fund -Monthly


(Can be enhanced to 1 year on approval of 75% of investors by value of their investment

Close ended fund –Quarterly

Open ended fund -Monthly


As and when it occurs: 

Any changes to the placement memorandum including modifications in terms or documents of the fund/scheme.

Annually Within one month from the end of the financial year


  1. Financial, risk management, operational, portfolio, and transactional information regarding fund investments;
  1. Any fees paid to the manager or sponsor; and
  1. Any fees charged to the AIF or any investee company by an associate of the manager or sponsor.

As and when occurred:

  1. Any inquiries or legal actions by legal or regulatory bodies in any jurisdiction.
  2. Any material liability arising during the AIF’s tenure;
  3. Any breach of placement memorandum or any other fund documents;
  4. Change in control of the manager or sponsor or investee company; and
  5. Any significant change in the key investment team.
Immediate As and when occurred 
6.The manager or sponsor is required to disclose their investment in the AIF to the investorsImmediate Immediate 
7.The sponsor and manager are required to disclose all conflicts of interests Immediate As and when they arise and seem likely to arise
BTo the Trustee and Sponsor

Manager is required to prepare a compliance test report (CTR) and submit to the 

trustee and the sponsor, in case the AIF is set up as a trust; or (ii) sponsor, in case of other AIFs

In case of observations on CTR, trustee/sponsor to intimate the same to manager

Manager to make necessary changes in CTR basis comments received from trustee/sponsor




Within 30 days from the end of the financial year

Within 30 days of receipt of CTR

Within 15 days from date of receipt of observations/comments

2.Any findings of audit of compliance with terms of PPM along with corrective steps, if any (in case of AIFs which have not raised any funds from their investors, they shall submit a Certificate from a Chartered Accountant to the effect that no funds have been raised)AnnuallyWithin six months from the end of the financial year
1.Prior SEBI approval if any change in control of AIF, Sponsor or Manager Prior approvalAs soon as possible

Submission of quarterly report (online) to SEBI relating to their activity as an AIF

Submission of report on leverage undertaken (For Category III AIF)



By 7th of the month of the following the quarter (applicable till quarter ending September 30,2021

By 10th of the month of the following the quarter (applicable from quarter ending December 31, 2021 onwards.


3.Intimate SEBI of any violations of the AIF regulations or circulars issued thereunder observed from the CTRImmediateAs soon as possible
4.Intimate SEBI if any information previously submitted are false or misleading in any material particular or if there is any material change in the information already submitted or if there is a change sponsor, manager or designated partners.ImmediateAs soon as possible
5.AIFs shall report the utilization of overseas investments limit on SEBI intermediary portal Immediate Within 5 working days of such utilization 
6.In case the AIF has not utilized/partly utilized the overseas investment limits within a period of 6 months from the date of SEBI approval (validity period), the same shall be reported on the SEBI intermediary portalImmediate Within 2 working days after expiry of the validity period  
7.In case the AIF wishes to surrender the overseas limit at any point of time within the validity period, the same shall be reported on the SEBI intermediary portal Immediate Within 2 working days from the date of decision to surrender the limit
8.As and when occurred: Any changes to the placement memorandum, including modifications in terms or documents of the fund/schemeAnnuallyWithin one month from the end of the financial year 




S. NoPoliciesDescription
1.Prevention of Money laundering (PML) policy and the ancillary documentsTo be drawn in line with the requirements of the PML Act along with the formats for reporting the same.
2.Stewardship policy

The SEBI circular dated December 24, 2019 mandates every AIF ( Category I and II) to have a Stewardship Policy, which shall spell out how intends to discharge its stewardship responsibilities like monitoring and actively engaging with investee companies on various matters including performance (operational, financial, etc.), strategy, corporate governance (including board structure, remuneration, etc.), material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) opportunities or risks, capital structure.

A training policy for personnel involved on implementation of the principles is crucial and may form a part of the policy.

3.Conflict of Interest PolicyA clear policy on how they manage conflicts of interest in fulfilling their stewardship responsibilities, Institutional investors should formulate a detailed policy for identifying and managing conflicts of interest. The policy shall be intended to ensure that the interest of the client/beneficiary is placed before the interest of the entity. The policy should also address how matters are handled when the interests of clients or beneficiaries diverge from each other.
4.Policy of Voting and disclosure of voting rights
  1. Mechanisms to be used for voting
  2. Internal mechanisms for voting including guidelines on how to assess the proposals and take decision thereon, guidelines on how to vote on certain specific matters/circumstances including list of such possible matters/circumstances and factors to be considered for a decision to vote for/against/abstain, Formulation of oversight committee as an escalation mechanism in certain cases.
  3. Policy for conflict of interest issues in the context of voting
  4. Disclosure of voting
5.Policy for continuous monitoring of investee companies

This will be a policy to continuously monitor their investee companies in respect of all aspects they consider important, which shall include performance of the companies, corporate governance, strategy, risks, etc.

The AIF should identify the levels of monitoring for different investee companies, areas for monitoring, mechanism for monitoring, etc.

The AIF may also specifically identify situations where they do not wish to be actively involved with the investee companies, e.g. in case of small investments.

The investors should also keep in mind regulations on insider trading while seeking information from the investee companies for the purpose of monitoring.

6.Valuation Policy
  1. List down the guidelines that will be followed by the company while valuing its investments (various securities)
  2. Frequency of valuation of the portfolio companies
  3. Valuation principles used by the fund/scheme for valuation of portfolio companies (whether the fund/scheme follows the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation (IPEV) Guidelines). 
  4. Any other guiding principles relevant for the investors to know with respect to valuation of the fund/scheme
7.Grievance redressal policyMechanism for dealing with complains from clients and the time frame for resolving the complaints.
8.Risk management policyThis will be a policy listing down the potential risks and the mechanism to manage the same.
9.Client acceptance policyPolicy will lay down he norms to be followed before  accepting the client, the KYC procedure to be followed, the other documentation involved like contributors agreement, PPM to be circulated and signed, how to receive payments, etc .


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