Should SEBI allow the Ola Electric IPO to go through?

A reading of the Bhavish Aggarwal-led company’s draft prospectus tells us that the bar for startups to list on the public markets has hit the floor. As a regulator, SEBI cannot afford to look the other way.

Ola Electric Mobility has taken the first step towards a public listing. The company, on 22 December, filed the draft red herring prospectus with market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India to raise Rs 5,500 crore through a fresh issue of equity shares. 

This is a momentous occasion on several counts. Here’s a four-year-old startup, which was spun out of cab-hailing company Ola (ANI Technologies) in 2019, knocking on the door of Dalal Street, a feat that usually takes companies almost twice as much time. It is also the first pure-play electric vehicle maker in India to file for …


Pradip K. Saha

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