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Singapore to repeal Registered Fund Management Companies (RFMC) Regime

09 Apr 2024

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced the upcoming repeal of the regulatory regime for Registered Fund Management Companies (RFMCs), planned for 1 August 2024. This move aims to streamline regulations for fund managers. To continue operating, existing RFMCs must transition to become Licensed Fund Management Companies (LFMCs) under the Capital Markets Services (CMS) framework by 30 June 2024.

Applying for an A/I LFMC License

  • Application window: existing RFMCs can apply between 1 April and 30 June 2024 using Form 1AR available online
  • Review process: MAS will inform applicants of their decision within a month. Successful applicants can expect their CMS licenses by end July 2024. Current exempt representatives will become appointed representatives upon licensing

Eligibility for A/I LFMC status

MAS will approve applications if the RFMC:

  • Managed third-party investor assets in the past six months (except for RFMCs registered less than six months)
  • Submits Form 1AR on time
  • Provides supporting documents upon request by MAS

Continuity of operations

RFMCs can continue functioning during the application process but must comply with existing regulations. Upon receiving a license, A/I LFMC regulations will apply immediately.

You should familiarise yourself with these requirements beforehand. RFMCs with ongoing regulatory issues can still apply. However, approval doesn’t waive existing issues, and remediation will be required post-licensing.

Unsuccessful applications

RFMCs inactive for the last six months will lose their registration and cannot manage funds after the repeal.

There’s no appeal process for such entities.

Communication with investors

Consider informing investors about your transition plans before the repeal.

RFMCs without a CMS license by 1 August 2024 will no longer be authorised to manage funds. Therefore, continuing such activities might be a regulatory breach.

AUM cap and lifting procedures

A new limit of S$250 million in assets under management (AUM) applies to newly licensed A/I LFMCs.

MAS can review and potentially lift the AUM cap based on factors like:

  • Regulatory compliance history
  • Internal controls and risk management
  • Board stability
  • Business model and investment strategy changes

Transition support

MAS will hold a virtual briefing on 16 April 2024, for all existing RFMCs to explain the transition process.

Industry associations and stakeholders such as third-party compliance service providers, legal advisers, and auditors of RFMCs can register for the briefing here.

How can IQ-EQ help?

IQ-EQ understands the complexities of transitioning from an RFMC to an A/I LFMC. We offer a comprehensive suite of services to help you navigate the process smoothly and efficiently.

  • Application process (Form 1AR and required documents if requested)
  • Compliance manual review and updates to the A/I LFMC requirements
  • Summary of key changes from RFMCs to A/I LFMCs
  • Training on the preparation and submission of quarterly returns (Form 1, 2 and QIEF), scheduled in May 2024 and September 2024. The first quarterly returns to be submitted for successfully transitioned RFMCs will be the quarter ended September 2024
  • Industry briefing updates
  • Ongoing regulatory guidance and obligations post licensing

If you require any assistance or further information, please feel free to reach out to us.


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