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Banks are considered special, but Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB) and its high profile founder-CEO, Uday Kotak are extraordinarily special (here and here). Ever since KMB was granted a banking license in 2003, Uday Kotak has been its CEO. As per the Reserve Bank of India’s directive, he will have...
The fact that the RBI supported the administrator’s actions in the court case indicates that, in all likelihood, it had orally instructed him to proceed. On January 20, 2023, the Bombay high court dealt a body blow to Yes Bank. It set aside the decision of the then Administrator (and...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Why is the capital market deliberately overlooking the serious concerns regarding corporate governance in the Kotak Mahindra group? Presumably because the bank has been rewarding shareholders over the years, as well as because of the stature of its founder-CEO, Uday Kotak. The latest issue emerging from the...
Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB) sent the following response to this analyst’s article, “KMB Talks of “Highest Standards of Corporate Governance”, But Avoids Telling Shareholders about Adverse SEBI Orders against Executive Director”  (dated August 3, 2022; it was later released to the general public as well, on grounds of public...
On the one hand, Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB) is proudly broadcasting to shareholders its thoughts on the virtues of corporate governance, and how the bank is more than merely conforming to the letter of the law.   At the same time, a notice to KMB shareholders seeking approval to re-appoint...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. According to the grand theory of capitalism and the free market, competition anoints the customer as king. In the capital market, it is argued that increasing the number of players would improve price discovery, and greater scrutiny of managements’ conduct would discipline them. Thus the market would...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. On July 19, 2022, based on a police press release, the media reported (here and here) a major theft in the currency chest of the ICICI Bank branch in Dombivali (near Mumbai). Allegedly, an ICICI Bank employee, on the weekend of July 9- 10, 2022, robbed the...
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)’s order dated June 30, 2022 indicted not only the senior-most executives of Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund (KMF), but also Kotak Mahindra Trustee Company (KMTC), for failing in its oversight of the asset management company. The matter related to KMF’s investment in...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Yes Bank is in the news  for its non-performing assets, a legacy of erstwhile founder-CEO Rana Kapoor’s  reckless lending being transferred to an Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC). If and when the deal is announced, the balance sheet and the bank will be absolved of the sins of...
Jay Kotak’s appointment comes with questions for the private banking sector, which has mostly eschewed the dynastic tendencies of old-school India Inc companies. Jay Kotak (standing) and Manish Agarwal of the Kotak Mahindra Bank's 811 initiative. Photo: YouTube screengrabSupport Us Listen to this article:BANKING 36 MINUTES AGO On May 26, 2022, a...