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Setting up a Fund Management Company in Malaysia



Setting up a Fund Management Company in Malaysia


Setting up a fund management company in Malaysia involves several steps, including obtaining a license from the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), complying with various regulatory requirements, and establishing a strong operational framework. Here's a comprehensive overview of the process:


1. Eligibility Criteria:


To be eligible for a license to operate as a fund management company in Malaysia, an entity must meet the following criteria:

  • Incorporated in Malaysia

  • Minimum paid-up capital of RM10 million

  • At least 30% Bumiputera equity participation

2. Regulatory Licensing:


The primary regulatory body for fund management activities in Malaysia is the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). To obtain a license from the SC, applicants must submit a detailed application package, including:

  • Company profile and business plan

  • Audited financial statements

  • Details of key personnel and their qualifications

  • Investment management expertise and track record

  • Policies and procedures for fund management activities

  • Risk management framework

  • Internal control mechanisms

The SC will thoroughly review the application and may request additional information or clarifications. Upon approval, the SC will issue a license to the fund management company.


3. Regulatory Compliance:


Fund management companies in Malaysia must adhere to a strict set of regulatory requirements, including:

  • The Capital Markets and Services Act 2007 (CMSA)

  • Guidelines on Fund Management

  • Guidelines on Compliance Function for Fund Management Companies

  • Client Asset Report For Fund Management Companies

These regulations cover various aspects of fund management, including investor protection, market conduct, risk management, and reporting obligations.


4. Operational Framework:


Fund management companies must establish a robust operational framework to ensure the effective management of funds and compliance with regulatory requirements. This includes:

  • Implementing a comprehensive risk management system

  • Establishing strong internal controls

  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records

  • Conducting regular audits and reviews

5. Ongoing Monitoring:


The SC closely monitors the activities of fund management companies to safeguard investor interests and maintain market integrity. Companies must regularly submit reports, provide updates on their operations, and address any concerns raised by the SC.


Setting up a fund management company in Malaysia requires careful planning, adherence to regulatory requirements, and the establishment of a sound operational framework. By following these guidelines, fund management companies can successfully navigate the regulatory landscape and establish a strong presence in the Malaysian market.


Professional Services


It is advisable to engage professional service providers, such as Bestar accounting and compliance consultants, to assist with the application process, regulatory compliance, and operational setup. These experts can provide valuable guidance and ensure adherence to the regulatory landscape.


How Bestar can Help


Bestar can provide comprehensive support services to assist in setting up a fund management company in Malaysia. Our expertise encompasses various aspects of the process, ensuring a smooth and compliant establishment of your fund management company. Here's a detailed overview of how Bestar can help:


Regulatory Expertise:


Bestar's team of experienced accountants and consultants possesses in-depth knowledge of the Malaysian regulatory landscape and the specific requirements for setting up a fund management company. We can guide you through the entire process, ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations and providing valuable insights into the regulatory framework.


Application Preparation:


Preparing the detailed application package required by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) can be a complex and time-consuming task. Bestar can assist in streamlining this process by:

  • Drafting a comprehensive business plan that outlines your company's objectives, investment strategies, and target market.

  • Organizing and compiling financial statements, including audited financial reports and projections.

  • Gathering and presenting information on the qualifications and experience of key personnel, demonstrating their expertise in fund management.

  • Preparing supporting documentation, such as risk management policies, internal control procedures, and investor protection measures.

Regulatory Liaison:


Bestar can act as your liaison with the SC, handling communications, providing clarifications, and addressing any concerns raised during the review process. We can ensure seamless interactions with the regulator and expedite the licensing process.


Risk Management Framework:


Bestar can assist in developing a robust risk management framework that is tailored to your fund management company's specific risk profile. This includes:

  • Identifying potential risks associated with your investment strategies, market conditions, and operational processes.

  • Implementing effective mitigation strategies to minimize and manage these risks.

  • Establishing comprehensive monitoring procedures to track and assess risks on an ongoing basis.

Operational Setup:


Bestar can provide guidance on establishing a strong operational framework for your fund management company. This includes:

  • Setting up internal controls to safeguard investor assets, prevent fraud, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

  • Implementing accounting systems and procedures to maintain accurate financial records, prepare timely financial reports, and meet statutory reporting obligations.

  • Establishing operational policies and procedures to streamline business processes, enhance efficiency, and promote a culture of compliance.

Ongoing Compliance Support:


The regulatory landscape in Malaysia is constantly evolving, and fund management companies must stay up-to-date with the latest changes to maintain compliance. Bestar can provide ongoing support to ensure your company remains compliant by:

  • Monitoring regulatory developments and advising on the implementation of new requirements.

  • Conducting regular compliance audits to identify and address any potential gaps or non-compliance issues.

  • Assisting with the preparation and submission of regulatory reports and filings.


By partnering with Bestar, you can gain access to our expertise, experience, and network to streamline the process of setting up a fund management company in Malaysia. Our support will help you navigate the regulatory landscape, establish a sound operational framework, and position your company for success in the Malaysian market.

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