Key Features

The UCITS European directive sets out a common set of rules for the cross-border distribution of collective investment schemes via the European Passport. UCITS are designed with the retail consumer in mind, ensuring appropriate levels of protection for investors. A UCITS may be established in Ireland as a single fund or as an umbrella fund comprising one or more sub-funds, each with a different investment objective and policy.

The key common aspects of UCITS funds are that they must be open-ended and liquid. The flexibility of UCITS is evident in that they may be set up as a single fund or as an umbrella fund that is comprised of several ring-fenced sub-funds, each with a different investment objective and policy. Each sub-fund is treated as a separate entity, with the assets and liabilities segregated from other sub-funds within the umbrella UCITS fund. Management of each sub-fund can be performed by a different investment manager and sub-funds are permitted to invest in each other, subject to certain investment restrictions.

UCITS funds can be used for a wide range of strategies and asset classes. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Money Market Funds (MMFs) are almost always established at UCITS funds.

Legal Requirements

Requirements

Description

General

  • Corporate  vehicle permitted

Investment company with fixed or variable capital,  Common Contractual Fund (CCFs), Irish Collective Asset-Management Vehicle (ICAV), Unit trust, Limited partnership

  • Local physical office required

No

Share capital or equivalent

  • Minimum subscription

None

  • Minimum investors

None

Directors

  • Minimum number

3

  • Corporate directorship allowed

No

  • Local director required

Minimum of 2 local directors

Investment Restrictions

  • Up to 10% of the net assets may be invested in unlisted securities
  • Up to 10% of the net assets may be invested in securities issued by the same issuer
  • Borrowings can be effected for investment purposes
  • Cannot enter into physical short sales and may establish side pocket share classes for illiquid assets.

Service Providers Required

  • Custodian

Yes (local)

  • Fund manager/Investment manager

Yes

  • Fund administrator

Yes (local)

  • Auditors

Yes

Tax Treatment

Authorised Irish funds are tax exempt, except to the extent that they have Irish resident investors.

Transfers of units in Irish funds are exempt from Irish stamp duty.

Duration to Set Up

About 3 months

Distinctive Benefits of Licence

  • Flexible structuring of fund vehicle
  • Favourable tax regime
  • Globally reputable regulatory environment

The Valsen Advantage

  • End to end comprehensive service
  • Speedy and efficient service
  • Expert advice on structuring options
  • Dedicated ongoing compliance support
  • Extensive network pool of service providers