Seychelles Fund Administrator License
The Mutual Fund and Hedge Fund Act, 2008 sets out the guidelines pertaining to the application and licensing of mutual funds and other collective investment entities.
Any one of the following activities undertaken in relation to a mutual fund amounts to mutual fund administration:
- Managing including controlling all or substantially all of the assets of the mutual fund or
- Administering a mutual fund or
- Providing a principal office to a mutual fund within Seychelles or
- Providing an operator (director, trustee or general partner) to a mutual fund.
A mutual fund administrator’s licenced company must be incorporated under the Companies Ordinance, 1972, or a company which is not incorporated in Seychelles (in which case, the company is required to have an agent for service in Seychelles). There are various types of Seychelles Fund Administrator Licences:
Seychelles Fund Administrator’s Licence – allows its holder to administer an unlimited number of mutual funds.
Restricted Seychelles Fund Administrator’s Licence – permits its holder to administer only the mutual funds specified in its licence.
Approved Foreign Administrator – An applicant incorporated overseas and holding a current licence or other authorisation from a regulatory body in a recognised jurisdiction may be exempted from the licensing requirement. This allows such persons to administer outside Seychelles, a Seychelles’ licensed fund without having to be licensed by the Authority.
- Corporate vehicle permitted
Seychelles Domestic Company
- License application fee
- Annual license fee
- Local physical office required
Share capital or equivalent
- Minimum paid up capital
- Minimum number
- Corporate directorship allowed
- Local director required
- Minimum number
- Corporate shareholder allowed
- Local shareholder required
Service Providers Required
- Company secretary
- Legal adviser
Tax Treatment Business tax payable by a fund administrator is the aggregate of the following amounts paid by it or another party, in respect of a fund administered by the licensee:
10% of fees in respect of new mutual fund licences;
5% of fees in respect of annual renewal of mutual fund licences; and
5% of all other fees under the Act.
Duration to Set Up Around 3 months
Distinctive Benefits of Licence
Ease and speed of establishment
Flexible structuring of the entity
Favourable compliance restrictions
Friendly 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