ASIC extends relief for foreign financial service providers from Luxembourg

ASIC has extended its relief for foreign financial service providers (FFSPs) from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services (AFS) licence when providing financial services to Australian wholesale clients by Luxembourg fund managers.

The relief in ASIC Corporations (CSSF-Regulated Financial Services Providers) Instrument 2016/1109 applies to Luxembourg fund managers who are either:

  • management companies, which can manage undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities relating to the undertaking for collective investment of Luxembourg (2010 Law) that come under Chapter 15 of the 2010 Law (Chapter 15 Management Company), or
  • investment companies established under Part I of the 2010 Law that have designated themselves as “self-managed” (Self –Managed UCITS).

The relief applies until 28 September 2018. This period is consistent with the extension of relief ASIC gave to FFSPs in ASIC Corporations (Repeal and Transitional) Instrument 2016/396. It will allow ASIC to consider the policy settings for all FFSPs comprehensively.

Applying for reliance

Luxembourg fund managers who meet the terms of the legislative instrument should apply for reliance in the same way as for other foreign financial services providers as set out in Regulatory Guide 176 Foreign financial service providers (RG 176) and 15-051MR ASIC facilitates foreign financial services providers applying for exemptions.

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