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Islamic fund management company

  1. 1. Investor guide to Islamic Finance in Malaysia Islamic fund management company MIFC
  2. 2. Introduction Islamic Fund Management Companies (IFMC) are foreign Islamic fund managers that are licensed by the Securities Commission of Malaysia to manage mandates according to Shariah principles. These IFMCs can be wholly foreign-owned and can invest in foreign currency Islamic funds. There are currently eight licensed IFMCs which constitute about 9% of the total fund management companies in Malaysia. Of the eight players, six have equity participation from foreign multinational players. With more than 85% of the equity market being Shariah- compliant, Malaysia is also the world’s largest issuer of Islamic Sukuk and currently has ACKNOWLEDGMENT fourteen Islamic-based wholesale funds. We would like to acknowledge Securities Tremendous growth and interest in Islamic Commission Malaysia, Malaysia International Islamic finance for the last ten years have led to the Financial Centre and other establishment of more than 155 Islamic funds organisations for the use in Malaysia. As at June 2009, the total net of information extracted from their publications and asset value of Islamic funds stood at RM22.12 websites. billion (US$6.24 billion). 2 PricewaterhouseCoopers
  3. 3. Scope of Eligibility criteria business activity Fund management as defined in the Foreign and local fund managers intending Guidelines on Islamic Fund Managers to set-up a foreign Islamic fund management has the same definition in the Capital business in Malaysia are required to apply Markets Securities Act 2007 which means and register with the Securities Commission. undertaking on behalf of any other person or There are two stages to the application persons, whether on a discretionary authority process: upon obtaining an approval in granted by such person or persons or principal for the establishment of an IFMC, otherwise, the management of a portfolio of applicants must then submit an application securities or futures contracts. for a fund manager licence. Generally, securities and futures contracts include, among other things, government stocks or bonds, shares or debentures, unit trusts, and future and exchange-traded options. They exclude currency or interest Modes of entry rate swaps, and forward exchange rate contracts. All IFMCs must be incorporated as a local Malaysian entity. 100% foreign equity ownership allowed. Investor guide to Islamic Finance in Malaysia 3
  4. 4. Capital requirements Application & licensing fee requirements The minimum paid-up capital for an IFMC is Applications to establish an IFMC shall be RM2 million (US$570,000). Minimum made to the Securites Commission providing shareholders’ fund of the same amount is to be information relating to its: maintained at all times. • financial soundness; • compliance and risk management capabilities; The annual renewal licensing fee is RM2,000 • track record in fund management activities; (US$570) for any first regulated activity, • geographical presence; and RM1,000 (US$290) for any subsequent • brand value and expertise in various markets, additional regulated activity. products and services; and • technological capabilities. Applicants are also required to provide information on its proposed business model in Malaysia and its value proposition for the overall development of the capital market. Upon obtaining the approval for establishment of an IFMC, the fund management company must then be incorporated under the Companies Act 1965 via the Companies Commission of Malaysia. 4 PricewaterhouseCoopers
  5. 5. Application process The license application Stage 1 is a two-stage process, Prepare information on: Establishment • C ompany background which consists of an Process • C ompliance establishment stage • A ctivity of group and a licensing stage. • B usiness plan and model for the proposed company Applicants with no local presence are required to undertake both Complete the ‘Form for Establishment of a stages of the process Foreign Fund Management Company* while applicants with local presence need not Meetings and discussions with the undertake the first stage. Securities Commission on the application for IFMC * Note: The application for establishment under Stage 1 is submitted to the No Submission of Application in order? additional documents Securities Commission at: Yes Investment Management Supervision Department Receive approval in principle (AIP) for the Securities Commission Malaysia establishment of an IFMC 3, Persiaran Bukit Kiara Bukit Kiara Within 6 50490 Kuala Lumpur months MALAYSIA Stage 2 Licensing Process AND Telephone: +60 (3) 6204 8777 Facsimile: +60 (3) 6201 5078 Establish or incorporate the Email: Apply for IFMC license** company Website: ** Note: Complete: Identify: The application for licensing under • Form 1 - Application for New • Directors (of whom, one needs Stage 2 is submitted to the Securities Capital Market Services to be licensed) Commission at: Licensing approval • Form 1A, IB, IC and Forms 3 and • Key management within 6 24 - Application for New Capital • Fund management Licensing Department weeks Market Services Representatives representatives (at least Securities Commission Malaysia License, Directors, key one licensed representative, 3, Persiaran Bukit Kiara management and compliance excluding the licensed Director) Bukit Kiara officer • Compliance officer 50490 Kuala Lumpur • Readiness Checklists • Shariah adviser MALAYSIA • A deposit of RM150,000 (US$42,800) also needs to Telephone: +60 (3) 6204 8777 be lodged with the Securities Facsimile: +60 (3) 6201 5078 Commission Email: Website: Investor guide to Islamic Finance in Malaysia 5
  6. 6. Regulatory requirements Islamic Fund Managers must be licensed The IFMC shall at all times, also observe the under the Securities Commission. As such, in following: establishing an IFMC, the following regulatory • maintain all accounts in accordance with structures apply / should be adhered to: Shariah principles; • Capital Market Services Act 2007; • undertake appropriate Shariah compliant • The Securities Commission Licensing risk management techniques and tools for Handbook; its Islamic fund management business; and • Application for Establishment of Foreign Fund • perform internal audits to monitor Shariah Management Companies Under the Special compliance. Scheme; • Guidelines on Islamic Fund Management; and In addition, the Islamic fund manager is • Guidelines on Compliance Function for Fund expected to prepare at least annually, a Managers. written disclosure and declaration to the board of directors of the Islamic fund manager and the Securities Commission that the Islamic IFMC are required to comply with the following: fund management business has been carried • Appoint as Shariah adviser, an individual or a out in accordance with Shariah principles. corporation, or an Islamic bank or a licensed institution approved by Bank Negara Malaysia to carry on an Islamic banking business (non-resident Shariah advisers may also be appointed); and • Ensure that its investment activities are limited to Shariah-compliant investments. 6 PricewaterhouseCoopers
  7. 7. Government incentives • Income tax exemption on all income derived from a business of providing fund management services to local and foreign investors up to 2016; • Income tax exemption on income received by non- resident experts in Islamic finance; • Islamic fund management companies are allowed to invest all their Shariah funds abroad; and • Fast and easy immigration approval for expatriates in Islamic finance and their family members. Investor guide to Islamic Finance in Malaysia 7
  8. 8. Contact us PricewaterhouseCoopers Level 10, 1 Sentral, Jalan Travers Kuala Lumpur Sentral P O Box 10192 50706 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Telephone: + 60 (3) 2173 1188 Facsimile: +60 (3) 21731288 Email: Website: Global Islamic Finance Team Malaysia Mohammad Faiz Azmi Global Islamic Finance Leader Jennifer Chang Senior Executive Director © 2009 PricewaterhouseCoopers. All rights reserved. “PricewaterhouseCoopers” refers to the individual members of the PricewaterhouseCoopers organisation in Malaysia each of which is a separate legal entity or, as the context requires, other member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity. CS2569