THIS CHECKLIST DEALS ONLY WITH THE BROAD GUIDELINES FOR PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUNDS. IT MAY BE NOTED HERE THAT THE CONTENTS OF THE CHECKLIST ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FROM TIME TO TIME.
This checklist is not a legal document.
This checklist is strictly meant for the purpose of guiding Applicants regarding processing of applications for grant of registration to Alternative Investment Funds.
A. The applicant has to visit the siportal.sebi.gov.in and file application for grant of registration as an AIF. The system generates a login ID for the applicant on receipt of the application for registration as an Alternative Investment Fund. On creation of the login SI portal, the Login ID and Password is automatically sent to the applicant through the system.
B. On receipt of the Login ID and Password, the applicant must fill up all the details by clicking “Fresh Registration” under the tab “AIF” given on the SEBI portal and pay required Application fees of Rs.1,00,000/- + 18% Goods & Services Tax (GST) through online mode available on SI Portal or by way of bank draft in favour of “The Securities and Exchange Board of India”, payable at Mumbai. The applicant is encouraged to make the requisite payment through the online mode only.
C. The applicant is required to submit information as specified under First Schedule of SEBI (AIF) Regulations, 2012 and other information as specified in the later sections of this document. The applicant needs to provide the details in various fields of the SIPortal and wherever specific fields are not provided, the applicant needs to upload the documents on the SIPortal under ‘optional attachments’. Instructions on how to fill the details is available under every field and the same can be accessed by clicking the “Blue Question Mark” on the top right hand corner of every page. Once all the details are filled up, the applicant to submit the online application form by clicking the “Final Submit” button.
D. Once the applicant submits the online application, the same is received by SEBI. The status of the application can be tracked by the applicant using the application number allotted for each application after the final submission.
E. For ease of processing the application, the applicant also needs to make a physical submission of the application to SEBI containing all the documents/information as mentioned in this document.
On receipt of approval from SEBI, the applicant are required to pay applicable registration fee as under:
Category of the Applicant
Category I AIF (except Angel Funds)
Rs. 500,000/- + 18% GST
Category I AIF – VCF - Angel Fund
Rs. 200,000/- + 18% GST
Category II AIF
Rs. 10,00,000/- + 18% GST
Category III AIF
Rs. 15,00,000/- + 18% GST
Upon receipt of registration fee, SEBI will grant registration to the applicant as an Alternative Investment Fund.
A. The list of various documents/ information required to be submitted/uploaded by the applicant at the time of filing application on the SIPortal for registration as an Alternative Investment Fund are as given below in the table:
|S.N||Information required||Particulars||Supporting documents to be submitted|
|1.||Details of the Applicant (AIF)|
Duly signed and stamped Application form (Form A) as given under First Schedule of SEBI (AIF) Regulations, 2012, providing all details specified in Form A.
One scan copy of duly signed and stamped Form A and one word document of the Form A to be uploaded on the SIPortal
Checklist from the Signatory in the prescribed format as given in Annexure-A
|Duly signed and stamped Undertaking & Checklist to be provided as under:|
|Legal structure of the AIF||Signatory|
Incorporation and address of the
Self-attested copies of following documents to be provided:
i. Registered Trust Deed, in case of a Trust;
ii. Registered Partnership Deed along with certificate of incorporation, in case of Limited Liability Partnership (LLP);
iii. Memorandum and Articles Association along with certificate of incorporation, in case of a Company;
iv. PAN of the AIF (Applicant)
Details of the Investment Manager Sponsor and Trustee of the AIF
|i. Identity proof; ii. Proof of address|
Self-attested copies of PAN and address proof to be provided for the following:
ii. Sponsor and its Directors/Partners (as applicable)
iii. Investment Manager and its Directors/Partners (as applicable)
iv. Trustee and its Directors/Partners (as applicable)
v. Key investment team members
vi. Key management personnel of the AIF or Investment manager;
vii. Certificate of Incorporation of sponsor/manager to be provided as applicable.
Financial information of the Investment Manager or Sponsor
of the AIF
|Capital adequacy for maintaining continuing interest|
i. Latest CA certified Net-worth certificate of Sponsor / Investment Manager or their promoters/partners (as applicable) to demonstrate that they have sufficient net worth for maintaining continuing interest in the AIF;
ii. Financial statements for previous financial year of the Sponsor and Investment Manager.
Declarations to be provided by the
required for processing the
i. Declarations w.r.t regulatory actions taken in the past, if any, - Refer 6(a), 6(b), 6 (c) of Form-A as given under First Schedule of SEBI (AIF) Regulations, 2012 (*) ;
ii. Declarations w.r.t compliances – Refer 7(a), 7(b), 7(c), 7(d) of Form – A as given under First Schedule of SEBI (AIF) Regulations, 2012(#);
iii. Whether there are any supervisory or regulatory concerns/actions in the last five (5) years with respect to applicant, sponsor, investment manager, controlling entities of sponsor and investment manager, associates and group companies of the applicant/sponsor/investment manager? If not, a declaration to that effect to be provided;
iv. Whether necessary approval has been obtained from GoI for Press Note 3 compliance, in case the investment in Sponsor and/or Investment Manager is from any of the countries which share a land border with India or their beneficial owner is from such country? If not applicable then a declaration to that effect on a letter head shall be provided;
* Consolidated declarations under 6(a), 6(b), 6(c) to be submitted separately for Applicant, Trustee, Sponsor and Investment Manager.
# Fit and proper declaration under 7(b) to be as per SEBI (Intermediaries) Regulations, 2008 as amended on November 17, 2021 or as may be amended subsequently
|5.||Scheme documents / Private placement memorandum|
Launch of First
scheme by the AIF
AIFs to file their placement memorandum with SEBI through a SEBI registered Merchant Banker at the time of filing application for grant of registration (except Angel Funds and schemes that are Large Value Funds for Accredited Investors (LVF)
|Scheme Type||Document required|
Scheme of all AIFs, (except Angel Funds and schemes that are
Due Diligence Certificate from a SEBI Registered Merchant Banker.
This Due Diligence Certificate to be in terms of SEBI circular dated October 21, 2021on Modalities for filing of placement memorandum through a Merchant Banker as per the prescribed format given at Annexure B:
Category I AIF – VCF
- Angel Funds
Due Diligence Certificate from Trustee / Designated Partner/
Board of Directors of the AIF (as per legal structure) as mentioned at Annexure A.
|Schemes of LVF|
Duly signed and stamped
undertaking form the CEO of the Manager to the AIF (or person holding equivalent role or position depending on the legal structure of Manager) and Compliance Officer of Manager to the AIF.
This undertaking to be in terms of SEBI circular dated June 24, 2022 on “Guidelines for Large Value Fund for Accredited Investors under SEBI (AIF) Regulations, 2012 and Requirement of Compliance Officer for Managers of all AIFs”
shareholders/ partners of Sponsor and Investment
|Information to be provided on letter head|
Shareholding pattern/partnership interest (as applicable) along with voting rights to be provided:
In case shareholder or partner of Manager/Sponsor is a non-individual, further details of entities holding 15% or more controlling interest in such shareholder/partner to be provided.
|7.||Whether Sponsor, Investment Manager or their shareholders / partners with shareholding/ voting rights / partnership interest of 20% or more, are registered with RBI, IRDA, PFRDA or any other financial regulator?||Information to be provided on letter head|
Yes /No (as applicable)
i. If yes, registration details of the entity (s) to be provided as under:
Whether any adverse concerns raised by financial regulator in last 5 years? If so, details thereof.
Information to be provided with respect to controlling entities
/ persons, key management person (s) (KMPs), key investment team etc.
|Information to be provided on letter head||The necessary information to be provided in the prescribed format as given below:|
|1.||Name of promoters|
|2.||Names of Person(s) holding controlling Interest or Person(s) exercising control over the applicant directly or indirectly|
Names of Person(s) holding 20% or more
(i) shareholding / partnership interest (ii) voting rights/controlling interest
Name of the Director(s) or Managing Partner(s)
Name of the Key Management Person(s)
Name of the Compliance Officer
|7.||Names of the key investment team member(s)|
Name of the group companies
|9.||Name of the associate companies|
Information to be provided with respect to associates and group companies of the Applicant, Sponsor, and
|Information to be provided on letter head|
The necessary information to be provided in the in the prescribed format as given below:
Key investment team member(s) meeting experience and
qualification requirements in terms of Reg 4(g) of AIF Regulations
|Information to be provided on letter head|
Profile and background of the key investment team member(s) to be provided in Form-A and PPM (format given below) to clearly bring out the following:-
i. adequate experience of not less than five (5) years of experience in advising or managing pools of capital or in fund or asset or wealth or portfolio management or in the business of buying, selling and dealing of securities or other financial assets;
ii. professional qualification in finance, accountancy, business management, commerce, economics, capital market or banking from a university or an institution recognized by the Central Government or any State Government or a foreign university, or a CFA charter from the CFA institute or any other qualification as may be specified by the Board:
Name of organisation
(**) may provide information on deals/transactions handled and their role to demonstrate the experience
B. All the names mentioned in the above table viz: name of applicant, sponsor, manager, trustee and their directors/partners, key investment team, key management persons, controlling entities, associate and group companies of the applicant /sponsor/manager etc., are also required to be provided in an excel file along with their PAN No. in the format as given below: