Thu, Nov 26, 2015
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

AIMA Singapore responds to MAS consultation paper on fund management company regulations

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update - The Singapore Branch of the Alternative Investment Management Association (“AIMA”), the industry trade association for hedge funds, is currently in the process of engaging its Singapore members, in response to the latest Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) consultation paper on the proposal to regulate the fund management companies.

The latest MAS consultation paper sets out the proposed regulatory framework governing fund management companies (“FMCs”). There are three proposed categories of FMCs under the new regulatory regime:

- Notified FMCs – FMCs whose assets under management (“AUM”) are not more than S$250 million and who serve not more than 30 qualified investors;

- Licensed A/I FMCs – Licensed FMCs who serve only accredited and/or institutional investors; and

- Licensed Retail FMCs – Licensed FMCs who serve retail (i.e. non-accredited and non-institutional) investors.

This proposed 3-tier regime for fund managers will affect local hedge fund managers. Currently, local hedge fund managers operate under the Exempt Fund Manager (“EFM”) framework.

The MAS have called for responses to the paper by 31 May 2010 and, following consultation with its members, AIMA Singapore will be submitting comments to the MAS.

Michael Coleman, the Chairman of the Singapore branch of AIMA, commented: “We are pleased to note that the latest consultation paper has seen MAS considering many of the views and comments that AIMA had raised in earlier dialogue sessions.”

Michael added: “Our member managers will be impacted by the proposed changes particularly in the areas of capitalization and executive staffing. We are happy to see that MAS has, with the Notified FMC category, recognized the needs of start up and smaller managers not to be overburdened by regulatory costs.”

Michael also welcomes the transitional arrangement proposed by MAS: “Our members had expressed concerns around the need for and likely shape of a transitional regime. The announcement provides clarity on this issue and it is anticipated there will be an aggregate of 18 months’ time for our members to meet the new requirements. This will help to mitigate any potential major disruption to the continued operation of our members.”

Corporate website: Source

See yesterday’s article: Singapore working on tightening rules for hedge funds Source


What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing

  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Other Voices: Hedge fund marketing and the selling cycle[more]

    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. Investing - BlackRock targets ETF investors with flexible currency hedging, Nelson Peltz bets on General Electric Company and Mondelez International, Apple plummets to 4th place among hedge holdings, from No. 1, Top Q3 equity purchases and sales of top 50 hedge funds[more]

    BlackRock targets ETF investors with flexible currency hedging From BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, is changing course on exchange-traded funds that protect against currency volatility. After stressing the easy switch between hedged and unhedged ET

  3. BlackRock is shutting down its Global Ascent macro fund[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has announced plans to shut down a macro fund, Global Ascent Fund, because of "headwinds facing the industry". The hedge fund, which makes bets on stock, bond and currency markets, will return money to investors. Ac

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  5. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega