New Opportunity in China Fund Management Market：Door for Foreign Fund Managers to enter China Market is Now Open2017-02-093538
In June, 2016, the Asset Management Association of China (“AMAC”) announced a new regulation (“AMAC Q&A (X)”) on the registration of foreign-owned private securities investment fund managers (“PFM”), which opens a door for foreign-owned enterprises to enter China’s private securities investment fund market.
In January, 2017, the AMAC published an Illustrative Guidance for the Registration and Filling of WFOE and Joint Venture Private Securities Investment Fund Managers (“Illustrative Guidance”). The Illustrative Guidance sets out detailed requirements for the registration of foreign-owned PFMs.
Some requirements, inter alia, to obtain a registration for a foreign-owned PFM as follows:
Overseas Financial License: both foreign shareholders and foreign actual controller of the foreign-owned PFM shall be overseas licensed financial institutions;
Legal Opinion on PFM registration: A legal Opinion on PFM registration provided by qualified Chinese law firm and lawyers shall be submitted to the AMAC along with PFM application;
Qualification of the fund practitioners: all of the fund practitioners shall obtain a qualification for practicing fund-related business in China, including senior executives, investment managers, persons-in-charge for investment decision making or trade execution and other practitioners engaging in daily private fund operation and management.
Undoubtedly, it is a great and valuable opportunity for overseas institutions to take part in China fund management market. Taking the unstable financial regulations in China into account, we suggest that overseas institutions should make full use of this opportunity and establish legal entities in China market.