March 6, 2021

startups: RBI blocks NBFC plans of Mauritius-funded startups

(This story initially appeared in on Aug 05, 2020)

BENGALURU: Indian startups must wait longer to personal their non-banking monetary firm (NBFC) licence for the reason that RBI has returned the functions of a number of of them, a few of that are top-funded. These embrace Sequoia-backed BharatPe, Google Capital-backed CarDekho, and digital banking startup Jupiter, backed by Sequoia and Matrix Companions, three sources conscious of the matter mentioned.

The transfer follows latest geopolitical developments which have spurred tighter scrutiny of Chinese language capital coming into native startups through tax havens like Mauritius, the place most enterprise capital and personal fairness funds are registered. Second, cash coming from funds registered in Mauritius, which is on the Monetary Motion Process Pressure gray checklist, is being seen as capital from a jurisdiction with weaker norms to counter cash laundering. This has resulted within the RBI returning these functions.

India has been making strikes to boycott Chinese language affect within the economic system for the reason that border battle. In keeping with sources, the scrutiny of those functions has additionally elevated owing to the involvement of restricted companions – who put money into VC funds – with origins in China.

Most of those startups who utilized for a licence and have raised VC funding must wait longer earlier than there’s a change within the RBI’s stance, individuals conscious of the matter mentioned. BharatPe co-founder Ashneer Grover and Jupiter founder Jitendra Gupta declined to remark. The RBI mentioned it has nothing to touch upon the matter, whereas an electronic mail despatched to CarDekho didn’t elicit any response.