Setting up a Singapore Variable Capital Company (VCC) – what are the benefits?
HOW TO SET UP A VCC IN SINGAPORE
Similar to the incorporation of a Singapore company, the setting up of a VCC is a straightforward procedure and is conducted online via the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) website. The process takes approximately two weeks to complete.
- Choose and register a VCC name
- Determine the type – VCC can be set up as a single standalone fund or an umbrella fund with two or more sub-funds, each holding a portfolio of segregated assets and liabilities
- Appoint directors, company secretary, auditor, fund manager and other key persons
- Provide a registered office address and a constitution.
FUTURE FEATURES OF THE VCC
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is currently looking at some additional features, designed to enhance the structure and provide further flexibility in response to the evolving requirements of fund managers and investors.
1. Amendments to Existing Legislation
One key update, currently being considered by MAS and based on industry feedback, is to amend the existing legislation to widen the scope of fund managers allowed to use the VCC structure. Currently, single family offices, which are unlicensed, are not able to manage a VCC.
2. Converting Existing Singapore Funds to VCCs
Another feature being explored by MAS is the feasibility of allowing fund managers who are interested, to convert existing Singapore funds, structured as companies or unit trusts, to VCCs. There are currently no statutory provisions for this conversion.
How can Waystone help?
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