An FII, or a foreign institutional investor, is an entity established to make investments in India.
However, these FIIs need to get registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India. Entities or funds that are eligible to get registered as FII include pension funds; mutual funds; insurance companies / reinsurance companies; investment trusts; banks; international or multilateral organisation or an agency thereof or a foreign government agency or a foreign central bank; university funds; endowments (serving broader social objectives); foundations (serving broader social objectives); and charitable trusts / charitable societies.
The following entities proposing to invest on behalf of broad based funds, are also eligible to be registered as FIIs:
- Asset Management Companies
- Investment Manager/Advisor
- Institutional Portfolio Managers