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SEC Regulations

The Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC)

The history of the country is as old as it is eventful. Bangladesh has a four thousand years old history. In the ancient age the region was settled by Dravidian, Tibeto-Burman and Austro-Asiatic peoples. It is believed that the word 'Bangla' or 'Bengal' derived from the word BANG, the Dravidian speaking tribe that settled in the area around the year 1000 BC. The origin of Bangladesh consist the kingdom of Gangaridai that was formed in the 7th century BC. Bengal was later the part of Gupta Empire and Harsha Empire from 3rd to 6th centuries CE. Later on, in 12th century, Arab Muslim merchants established Islam in Bengal. By the 16th century, the Mughal Empire controlled Bengal, and Dhaka became an important provincial centre of Mughal administration.

The Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) was established on June 8, 1993 under the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission Act, 1993. The Chairman and Members of the Commission are appointed by the government and have overall responsibility to administer securities legislation.

Mission of the BSEC is to:

  • Protect the interests of securities investors.
  • Develop and maintain fair, transparent and efficient securities markets.
  • Ensure proper issuance of securities and compliance with securities laws.

The Commission's main functions are:

  • Regulating the business of the Stock Exchanges or any other securities market.
  • Registering and regulating the business of stock-brokers, sub-brokers, share transfer agents, merchant bankers and managers of issues, trustee of trust deeds, registrar of an issue, underwriters, portfolio managers, investment advisers and other intermediaries in the securities market.
  • Registering, monitoring and regulating of collective investment scheme including all forms of mutual funds.
  • Monitoring and regulating all authorized self-regulatory organizations in the securities market.
  • Prohibiting fraudulent and unfair trade practices relating to securities trading in any securities market.
  • Promoting investors’ education and providing training for intermediaries of the securities market.
  • Prohibiting insider trading in securities.
  • Regulating the substantial acquisition of shares and take-over of companies.
  • Undertaking investigation and inspection, inquiries and audit of any issuer or dealer of securities, the Stock Exchanges and intermediaries and any self-regulatory organization in the securities market.
  • Conducting research and publishing information.

Securities Laws

SL. Title Date Files
1 Clarification for Orders and Notifications including Corporate Governance Code 05 February, 2020 Download Now
2 English Text of the Depositories Act, 1999 13 February, 2020 Download Now

Press Release

SL. Title Date Files
1 Seminar on 'Financial Statement Analysis and Detection of Fraud' 26 February, 2020 Download Now
2 Press Release regarding 720th Commission meeting. 25 February, 2020 Download Now