Licensing

Fund Management License
Labuan offshore company is a good base for starting Fund Management business. Licensed Labuan Fund Manager is authorized to provide management and administrative services (managing client’s discretionary accounts, acquire or dispose a portfolio of securities), advise on investments, deal in securities. The conduct of licensed entities is regulated by Labuan Financial Services Authority (LFSA) and should be carried out under Labuan Financial Services and Securities Act 2010 and Labuan Companies Act 1990.
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Annual license fee – RM 5,000.00 (US$ 1,200.00)

Labuan, being the federal part of Malaysia, is considered one of the most reputable and reliable jurisdiction to obtain a license for provision of financial services.

Labuan Fund Management License will allow you to provide management services which include investment advice and administrative services in respect of securities for the purpose of investment, including dealing in securities.

Labuan licensed entity enjoys the advantages of tax haven since a company is subject only to 3% of profit tax on net audit profits, and full exemption from other local taxes, assuming that a company does not carry our business activity on the territory of Labuan.

Local regulator – LFSA – set forth strict requirements in order to attract to Labuan only experienced, reliable and dedicated financial services providers.

Among the general requirements that an applicant needs to satisfy are:

  • Local company with local secretary and registered office
  • Prior experience in fund management, investment, financial markets etc.
  • At least two directors in the structure
  • A local office with 1 resident employee
  • A bank account in a local bank for deposit of paid-up capital
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Facts & Info for Labuan Fund Management License

Notable features
Procedure
Documents Required

General information

Company structure and staff:

  • Min. 1 shareholder (can be legal entities or natural persons)
  • Min. 2 directors (can be only natural persons)
  • A Company Secretary
  • At least 1 employee of administrative or technical level based in a local Labuan office

Details of beneficial owner(s), shareholder(s), director(s) are not part of public record.

Taxation

  • Profit Tax – 3% of net audited profits annually
  • Other taxes – 0% (capital gains, withholding tax, stamp duty on offshore instruments)

Remote set-up

Not possible (an applicant must go to an interview with LFSA and to a bank for verification).

Timeframe

4-5 months form the date of the application

Capital

Minimum stated capital requirements: 

Minimum capital requirement is 90,000.00 USD.

The capitalized amount can be used to cater for expenses of the company but the capital shall be unimpaired at all time.

Accounting requirements

  • The Company will be required to fil audited financial statements and tax return within 3 months from its balance sheet date.
  • The authorities may do half-yearly audit of the Company.
  • Accounting records should be kept at the local offices of the administrator.

Registered Agent - Required

Local office - Required together with a local phone line

Local employees - Required (minimum 1)

In order to obtain a license, the following steps will be carried out

  • Gathering and preparation of all the documents for initial verification.
  • Completing of the application forms, preparation of business plan, manuals and procedures (all the relevant documents must be couriered to Labuan in original).
  • Application submitting to LFSA and processing of the same by LFSA.
  • Invitation of company officers to attend an interview with LFSA (in Labuan).
  • Conditional approval will be granted by LFSA (usually 3 months) during which an applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

- Open a bank account in a local bank

- Deposit the capital

- Arrange local office and local employee

  • Once the conditions of pre-approval are complete, an applicant must pay annual fee of RM 5000 in advance for the following year.

In order to obtain license, we will fill all necessary application forms and also acquire apostilled corporate documents.
For that reason, please provide us with the following documents.

  • Notarized passport;
  • Notarized 2nd ID;
  • Certified Utility Bill;
  • Notarized Criminal Record;
  • Bank reference Letter;
  • 2 Character Reference Letters issued by professionals;
  • Certified Diplomas of Higher Education;
  • Detailed CV dated and signed by the applicant;
  • Detailed business plan;
  • Manuals (will be drafted by OFFSHORELICENCE): Anti Money Laundering policy, security policy and procedures and others, if requested by LFSA.

All documentation shall be provided in English language or translated to English by a professional and certified by Notary Public.