An excellent option for those who want to expand or start their own business in the Asia-Pacific region in a brokerage or foreign exchange direction, since the Labuan jurisdiction offers remarkably preferential tax regime for such activities. New rules for conducting brokerage business have been in force in Labuan since the beginning of 2018.
The principle of the money brokerage business is that money transfers are made between clients and sellers with the help of intermediaries (brokers) who earn their interest on fees and commissions. This license does not permit the purchase or sale of Malaysian ringgit and foreign currency by a broker as principal.
Why is it worth getting this license:
- Foreign ownership, no need for a local partner
- Corporate income tax is 3% or a fixed amount of 20,000 Malaysian ringgit (4,000 EUR) per year; it is possible to choice between these regimes.
- No management fees, pass-through interest taxes, technical fees and royalties
- Currency exchange is not controlled
- No stamp duties, no VAT
- No sales and service taxes, as well as import duty
- There is no capital gain tax and inheritance tax.
- There is access to over 70 Treaties on Avoidance of Double Taxation
- There is a tax reduction for foreign managers and specialists in the amount of 50%
- No taxes on CEOs fees
- There is no tax on dividends to shareholders
- Malaysian 2 year work visa with the possibility of further extension
- Person or institution that has many years of experience in financial brokerage (at least 3 years), good references and excellent reputation.
- Other service providers from other jurisdictions whose local authorities have provided an approval.
- Any licensed institution, meeting the requirements of the Financial Services Act (2013), adopted by the Central Bank of Malaysia.
Obligation and eligibilities of a license holder:
- Confirmation from a Malaysian bank of paid-in capital, which is RM500,000 (approximately 100,000 EUR) without loss.
- Since all money transfers can be made only through Labuan, it is necessary to have an office for such transactions.
- Transactions of foreign currencies that you choose yourself (including Malaysian ringgit).
- Transactions with residents of Malaysia are allowed, including dealers authorized by the Malaysian Exchange Control.
- Setting the margin requirement (leverage), which must be at least 1%, in other words, 100: 1 deposit in order to open a trading position. For example, with a transfer of $ 200,000, $ 2,000 is a margin requirement.
- Foreign primary broker / liquidity provider or other counterparty, must be regulated by the reputable authority.
- Before starting to operate in other market, it is necessary to obtain approval from local authority. Approval is to be transmitted to the Labuan FSA.
- The licensee must inform the Labuan FSA within 14 days of any technical failures or intrusions into the system.
- A complete list of all active brokers, their responsibilities and roles in the business should be available to authorities.
- An external auditor should be appointed. Full audit is to be completed once a year.
- Provide segregated accounts for all clients, where all funds must be properly managed. Client must be able to withdraw their funds in the term of 3 working days.
- All contracts and written agreements with clients must be documented.
- Licensee must keep all agreements with the principal brokers, liquidly providers and trading platform available for authorities.
- Compliance with the AML / CFT Law and Guidelines of the Central Bank of Malaysia and the Labuan FCA.
- Labuan FSA will authorize company’s decision to change: director, ownership, location or to outsource some functions.
- Regular license fee – 5,000 ringgit (1,000 EUR).
Documents that are required to obtain the license:
- A business plan that includes marketing strategies and a financial plan for the next 3 years.
- Profile and qualifications of directors and shareholders.
- Latest Audited Accounts of the company-applicator for the last 2 years.
- KYC, AMLA and Operations Guidance’s and Procedures.
- A period of 30 to 60 days, subject to the receipt of additional documents and the information that the Labuan FSA may request during the approval period.
- The Labuan FSA may also schedule meetings or interviews with key personnel to clarify or clarify specific issues.
Regular annual fees:
- Regular license fee – 5000 Ringgits (1,000 EUR).
- Optional fee on Marketing Office (possibility to have a representative office on the territory of Malaysia) – 7,500 ringgits (1,500 EUR).
- Optional fee on a Co-Located Office (possibility to locate office on the territory of Malaysia) – 10,000 ringgits (2,000 EUR).
The first payment must be made after the approval of the license, it will be valid until December 31, and then every year you must pay no later than January 15 of each year.
Steps to obtain the license:
- Registration of the Labuan Company.
- Applying for the license with the Labuan FSA.
- Wait the approval period.
- Fulfilment of additional requirements set forward by authorities during the approval period and condacting meting with the Labuan FSA.
- Obtaining the license.
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