The regulatory body responsible for the issuing of Mauritius forex licences and monitoring financial services activities is the Mauritius Financial Services Commission, also known as the MFSC. The Mauritius regulator was established to provide a regulatory framework for all financial companies including forex regulation from rule making and investigatory practices, to powers of enforcement and ensuring statutory conditions are met.
A forex broker is the equivalent of a "Full-Service Dealer" or "Investment Dealer" under MFSC regulations. Specifically, a firm would receive authorization to carry on Dealing in Securities in one of the various categories based on a firm's business model:
1) Full-Service Dealer (Including Underwriting) authorizes the licensee to trade in securities as principal with the intention of reselling these securities to the public, to underwrite or distribute securities on behalf of an issuer or a holder, to give investment advice which is ancillary to the normal course of its business activities and to manage portfolio of clients. Minimum unimpaired stated capital of MUR 10 million or an equivalent.
2) Full-Service Dealer (Excluding Underwriting) authorizes the firm to trade in securities as principal with the intention of reselling these securities to the public. Minimum unimpaired stated capital of MUR 1 million.
3) Investment Dealer – Broker authorizes the licensee to execute orders for its clients, to manage portfolio of clients and to give advice on securities transactions to its clients. Minimum unimpaired stated capital of MUR 700,000.
4) Investment Dealer – Discount Broker is authorized to execute orders for clients without giving advice. Minimum unimpaired stated capital of MUR 600,000.
5) Investment Dealer (Commodity Derivatives Segment) is authorised to act as broker in Commodity Derivatives only. Minimum unimpaired stated capital of MUR 1 million.
6) Investment Dealer (Currency Derivatives Segment) is authorized to act as broker in Currency Derivatives only. Minimum unimpaired stated capital of MUR 1 million.
A Broker/Dealer authorization, essentially a forex broker licence, would allow the forex broker to offer Contracts for Difference (CFDs) in forex, commodities, futures and shares to retail and wholesale clients.
The minimum capital requirement ranges from about 15,000 USD to 250,000 USD depending on the licence category.
A physical presence in Mauritius is required. You must also designate a Compliance Officer and at least two directors who must be located in Mauritius. Each must pass fit and proper tests and be approved persons by the regulator.
The experience and qualifications of the personnel constitute one of the most important elements of a successful application. It is very important to be able to locate and select qualified individuals, who would constitute the minimum required key personnel of your firm. And, these individuals must be approved by the regulator.
We can handle all relevant subjects which include selection of the personnel, immigration and work permits, drafting employment contracts and, most importantly, check adequacy of the candidates against the key position in your firm.
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The regulator requires you to disclose most all aspects and details of your business. Our business is to ensure you meet the regulator's requirements, and we will review what you currently have or complete what is needed for you.
- Business and Financial Plan
- Supervisory and AML/CTF Manuals
- KYC of beneficial owners, directors, controllers and affiliates
- Proof of Professional Indemnity Insurance
- Capital adequacy requirements must be calculated regularly
- Annually, an audited financial statement
- As needed, any material changes to the firm, its operations or people
Mauritius has a number of local options to choose from banks serving the financial services sector. We will facilitate bank introductions and account openings.
Mauritius' reputation as a sound jurisdiction is widespread and the country has close ties with Europe. Establishing institutional relationships with liquidity providers and prime brokers is not so difficult. We will help you establish the institutional relationships you need to build a successful business.
When you engage with us, our scope of service covers all of the aspects you need in order to get your forex broker licence:
- Provision of regulatory guidance
- Company incorporation
- Approved Person’s fit and proper tests
- Employing local directors, officers and staff
- Establishing an office
- Facilitating bank accounts
- Introduction to accountant and auditor relationships
- Management and supervision of the application
- Preparation of all client-facing legal documents including client business terms and disclosures
- Completing the business plan, compliance manuals, employment and outsourcing agreements
2 to 3 months.
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