Who is Foreign Institutional Investors (FII's)

Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) is an investor or investment fund that is from or registered in a country outside of the one in which it is currently investing. The term is used most commonly in India to refer to outside companies investing in the financial markets of India. International institutional investors must register with the Securities and Exchange Board of India to participate in the market.

Who can get registered as FII?Following entities / funds are eligible to get registered as FII:

1. Pension Funds

2. Mutual Funds
3. Insurance Companies
4. Investment Trusts
5. Banks
6. University Funds
7. Endowments
8. Foundations
9. Charitable Trusts / Charitable SocietiesFurther, following entities proposing to invest on behalf of broad based funds, are also eligible to be registered as FIIs:

1. Asset Management Companies

2. Institutional Portfolio Managers
3. Trustees
4. Power of Attorney Holders The eligibility criteria for applicant seeking FII registration As per Regulation 6 of SEBI (FII) Regulations,1995, Foreign Institutional Investors are required to fulfill the following conditions to qualify for grant of registration:• Applicant should have track record, professional competence, financial soundness, experience, general reputation of fairness and integrity;• The applicant should be regulated by an appropriate foreign regulatory authority in the same capacity/category where registration is sought from SEBI. Registration with authorities, which are responsible for incorporation, is not adequate to qualify as Foreign Institutional Investor.• The applicant is required to have the permission under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 from the Reserve Bank of India.• Applicant must be legally permitted to invest in securities outside the country or its in-corporation / establishment.• The applicant must be a “fit and proper” person.• The applicant has to appoint a local custodian and enter into an agreement with the custodian. Besides it also has to appoint a designated bank to route its transactions.• Payment of registration fee of US $ 5,000.00