Rise, Fall & Subsequent Legitimisation of Default Loss Guarantees

Anita Baid & Subhojit Shome |

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Read our FAQs on Default Loss Guarantee in Digital Lending

FAQs on Default Loss Guarantee in Digital Lending

An understanding of the Guidelines issued by RBI

Team Finserv |

On September 02, 2022, the RBI issued the “Guidelines on Digital Lending” (“DL Guidelines”), which had essentially put a bar on “Loss sharing/ structured default guarantee arrangements” such as First Loss Default Guarantees, likening their nature to that of “synthetic securitisation” as defined under the Master Direction – Reserve Bank of India (Securitisation of Standard Assets) Directions, 2021 (“SSA Directions”). This caused a disruption in the digital lending industry as most of the arrangements ran on some form of loss-sharing arrangement. (Refer to our FAQs on the Digital Lending Guidelines here)

In its Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies dated June 8, 2023, the RBI announced its intention to issue a regulatory framework for permitting Default Loss Guarantee arrangements in Digital Lending[1]. The same day, the Guidelines on Default Loss Guarantee (DLG) in Digital Lending have been issued by the regulator (‘DLG Guidelines’).

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