Devolvement (Ofer Abarbanel online library)

In the investment banking sector, particularly in India, devolvement is a process whereby if an investment issue is undersubscribed, an underwriter is required to subscribe to the remaining shares. The outstanding unsubscribed amount devolves onto the underwriter.[1]

This is also known as hard underwriting.[2] The Securities and Exchange Board of India publishes guidelines and a recommended method of computation relating to the extent of the devolvement onto a particular underwriter in the case where there are multiple underwriters, or sub-underwriters.[1]


  • Subramanyam, Pratap G (2008). “Underwriting”. Investment Banking: Concepts, Analyses, and Cases. Tata McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 978-0-07-065690-1.
  • “3. The share-issuing process” (PDF). Underwriting services for share offers: A report on the Supply in the UK of underwriting services for share offers. Competition Commission. 1999. Archived from the original (PDF)on 2003-07-31.


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