Rule harmonisation between NBFCs & banks, decreasing regulatory arbitrage led to merger: Parekh

MUMBAI: HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh on Monday said harmonisation of rules between banks and non-banks which reduces the regulatory arbitrage was one of the key factors which influenced the decision for merger between the largest home financier and HDFC Bank. Parekh, who said the merger discussions have happened over the last three weeks, noted that requirements like non performing asset recognition being at par and size-based regulations for non-bank finance companies are among the changes in landscape.
Addressing a press conference after the surprise announcement earlier in the day, Parekh said the last three years have seen harmonisation in the regulations which reduce the “regulatory arbitrage” of running a separate home finance company.
He said being an housing finance company, HDFC does not have priority sector loans mandate, and is not required to comply with statutory…

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