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Singapore capital markets services license


A corporation may make an application for a capital markets services license to carry on business in one or more regulated activities. In granting a capital markets services license, the Authority shall specify the regulated activity or activities to which the license relates, described in such manner as the Authority considers appropriate.

    Legal Requirements


    Entity Requirements

    The entity making the application is a Singapore:
    a) A company,
    b) Sole proprietor
    c) Foreign owned company,
    d) Partnerships,

    Director’s Requirements

    At least one Executive Director of the applicant is a Singapore citizen or permanent resident.

    Shareholder requirements

    Every Singapore License will need at least one shareholder.

    Compliance Officer

    The License must establish and maintain an appropriate and effective compliance function within the firm which operates independently of all operational and business line functions and senior or supervisory management.

    Local Office

    The applicant must have premises in the island acceptable to the commission prior to operating the business. The premises should be able to facilitate confidential interaction between the applicant and its clients, and provide for safe and confidential storage of documents.

    Ongoing Obligations

    • Annual obligations: Maintain such accounting records and financial statements available for examination by the Registrar or any person authorized under his hand at its principal place of business or registered office in Labuan;
    • Notify Minister within a reasonable period of any of the following changes:
      • Changes in any Key Functionary in the Fund.
      • Change in the registered office address
      • Change of its agent in Labuan
      • Change in name or address of-
        • each director of the fund, if the fund is a company
        • each trustee of the fund, if the fund is a trust
        • Each general partner of the fund, if the fund is a limited partnership.
        • Appointment, resignation or removal of a Director or officer
    • The Licensee must maintain appropriate policies of insurance for the purpose of indemnifying such licensee against any liability that may be incurred as a result of any act or omission by the licensee or any of its officers or employees in the conduct of the licensee’s securities business.