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Our dedicated team has extensive experience in the licensing and ongoing regulatory support of:

  • Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs)
  • Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs)
  • Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs)
  • Electronic Money Institutions (EMIs)
  • Payment Institutions (PIs)

Cyprus Investment Firms

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With its entry into the EU in May 2004, Cyprus has become one of the most attractive countries to set up and conduct investment and financial services.

Cyprus Investment Firms (“CIF”) are operating under the The Cyprus Investment Firms Law 144(I) 2007-2012 (the “Law”) which provides the legal framework for the provision of investment services as well as for the registration, regulation of operations and supervision of CIFs.

Investment services include any of the following services:

  • reception and transmission of orders in relation to one or more financial instruments
  • execution of orders on behalf of clients
  • dealing on own account
  • portfolio management
  • investment advice
  • underwriting of financial instruments and/or placing of financial instruments on a firm commitment basis
  • placing of financial instruments without a firm commitment basis
  • operation of Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTF)

Ancillary services include the following:

  • safekeeping and administration of financial instruments for the account of client
  • granting credits or loans to an investor to allow him to carry out a transaction in one or more financial instrument
  • advice to undertakings on capital structure, industrial strategy and related matters
  • foreign exchange services where these are connected to the provision of investment services
  • investment research and financial analysis
  • services related to underwriting

Our team can effectively navigate you throughout the whole process of obtaining a CIF license under CySEC and then provide the ongoing regulatory support for ensuring full compliance with the relevant laws and regulations.

Alternative Investment Funds

Cyprus over the last few years has evolved into a leading investment fund center, not just in Europe, but globally.

Alternative Investment Funds in Cyprus are regulated by the Alternative Investment Funds Law of 2018 (the “AIF Law”) which was enacted by the Cyprus House of Representative on 30/07/2018. The AIF Law repeals the Alternative Investment Funds Law of 2014.  

The Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) legal act in Cyprus since 2014 is aligned both with the Cyprus legal and regulatory framework and the latest EU directives on asset management, transparency and investor protection.

An AIF can take the following legal forms and may be established with limited or unlimited duration:

  • Fixed Capital Company
  • Variable Capital Company
  • Limited Partnership
  • Common Fund

The Types of AIF:

  • Alternative Investment Fund with limited Number of Persons
  • Alternative Investment Fund with Unlimited Number of Persons
  • Registered Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF)

At Fidescorp, we provide complete solutions in fund setup and licensing, fund administration, rendering middle and back office services as well as regulatory support to a wide range of investment funds and private vehicles operating predominantly in the alternative investment sphere.

Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs)

A Cypriot Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) can offer specific advantages to non-EU fund managers wishing to raise capital in Europe, as well as to develop a presence in the European market to benefit from the right to easily distribute their funds to investors in all EU countries.

One of the key issues monitored and assessed by many non EU fund managers is whether it makes sense to establish a European management company. There are related reasons for such considerations. First, the difficulties associated with utilizing the private placement regimes, and second, the recognition that even if or when the AIFMD marketing passport is extended to non-European fund managers, there is likely to be a period of uncertainty of application and approach – and in any case this demands full compliance with AIFMD requirements. As such, establishing a European management company is an attractive solution.

The AIFM must at least engage in the following core investment management functions when managing an Alternative Investment Fund (AIF):

  • Portfolio management,
  • Risk management.

In the course of collectively managing an AIF, the AIFM may be authorised to perform any of the following functions:

  • Administration
  • Marketing services
  • Activities related to the assets of the AIF, namely services necessary to meet the fiduciary duties of the AIFM, facilities management, real estate administration activities, advice to undertakings on capital structure, industrial strategy and related matters, advice and services relating to mergers and the purchase of undertakings and other services connected to the management of the AIF and the companies and other assets in which it has invested.

An external AIFM may also be authorised to provide the following MiFID services, subject to compliance with the relevant MiFID rules without separate MiFID authorisation being required. These are:

  • management of portfolios of investments, including those owned by pension funds and institutions for occupational retirement, in accordance with the mandates given by investors on a discretionary, client-by client basis
  • along with the provision of portfolio management services outlined above, an AIFM may further be authorised to provide non-core services including investment advice, safe-keeping and administration in relation to shares or units of collective investment undertakings and reception and transmission of orders in relation to financial instruments.

Our team provides tailored solutions in the setup and licensing of AIFM and ongoing  regulatory support.

Electronic Money Institutions (EMIs)

The “Electronic Money Law of 2012” transposes into Cyprus legislation the EU “Directive 2009/110 on the taking up, pursuit and prudential supervision of the business of Electronic Money Institutions”. The said law shall repeal and replace the basic law [Electronic Money Institutions Law – Law 86(I) of 2004].

The Law revises the legal framework for services regarding pre-paid electronic payment products, by regulating the following issues: (a) the issuance of electronic money in the Republic of Cyprus, (b) the issuance of electronic money in another EU member state or in a third country by a natural person residing in the Republic or by a legal person incorporated in the Republic, (c) the licensing and the prudential supervision of electronic money institutions.

Electronic money services in the Republic of Cyprus may only be provided by an electronic money institution which has been granted an authorisation by the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC).

Our team provides tailored solutions in the setup and licensing of EMIs and ongoing  regulatory support.

Immigration Services

Alternative Citizenship and Residency

Being one of the most reputable firms in the European Union in terms of investment migration services, Fidescorp’s dedicated team, in cooperation with our global partners, provides a complete guide and a full range of immigration services for the following programs:

  • Cyprus Permanent Residency
  • Cyprus Investment Program
  • Cyprus work and other visas
  • Greek golden visa program
  • Portugal residency program
  • Spain residency program
  • Antigua & Barbuda citizenship
  • Kitts & Nevis citizenship
  • Vanuatu citizenship

and others.

We navigate you through the complex procedures and we gained the expertise to eliminate the hassle of paperwork, with all immigration authorities, so you can stay concentrated on you core business. We process your applications smoothly, avoiding any unpleasant surprises.

Cyprus Permanent Residency

In line with the Cypriot government’s intention to increase foreign investment and to help its economic development, Regulation 6(2) of the Aliens and Immigration Regulations has recently been simplified by the Ministry of Interior in order to issue residence permits to applicants from non-European countries who intend to invest in the republic, provided that the following requirements are met:

  1. The main requirement is the purchase of new immovable property of a total market value of at least EUR 300,000 plus VAT. The applicant must submit the application form accompanied with a contract of sale and proof of payment of at least EUR 200,000 plus VAT. The contract of sale must have been submitted to the Cyprus Department of Land and Surveys. The property can also be bought by a company provided that the company is registered in the name of the applicant or the applicant and their spouse. They must also be sole shareholders.
  2. The applicant must submit a confirmation letter from a Cyprus bank that they have deposited a minimum capital of EUR 30,000 from abroad into an account that will be locked for three years. After the expiration of this period, the money will be released without restrictions.
  3. The applicant must provide supporting evidence of a secured annual income of at least EUR 30,000 deriving from abroad. This income must increase by EUR 5,000 for the spouse and every additional child and EUR 8,000 for each dependent parent. The income may include, for example, salaries from employment, rents, pensions, and dividends from shares.

Procedures and time frame

A fee of EUR 500 is payable with the submission of the application and EUR 50 extra for biometric capturing. The application will then be examined by the Civil Registry and Migration Department and will be submitted to a permanent secretary of the Ministry of Interior, who will make a decision within two months. Once approval has been granted, the applicant and all the members of the family must visit Cyprus within one year to obtain the actual permit.

When in Cyprus, a visit is organized to the migration office in Nicosia in order to capture the biometric data for all members of the family applying. The biometric data can be submitted either with the submission of the application for residence, during the application process, or immediately after approval.

Benefits of the Cyprus Permanent Residence Program

  • The application procedure is highly efficient, within two months.
  • There is a high approval rate if all criteria are satisfied.
  • It is not necessary to reside in Cyprus, but a visit once every two years is required.
  • Dependents can be enrolled in high-quality private schools, offering English language courses.
  • Residence applies to the whole family (applicant, spouse, and children under 18 years old).
  • Dependent children between 18–25 and parents of the applicant are also eligible.
  • The whole process can be arranged without being present in the country. However, a visit is required for biometric capturing.

Cyprus Investment Program

The Cyprus Investment Programme full Cypriot citizenship to wealthy individuals who invest EUR 2.15 million into the country and meet certain other requirements. Successful applicants gain the right to live, work, and study in all 28 EU member countries.

On 15 May 2019, the Council of Ministers revised the existing program and implemented new rules that enable foreign nationals to gain citizenship if they meet certain criteria. The changes include the addition of two government contributions of EUR 75,000 each and an approval time frame of six to eight months.

Any non-Cypriot citizen may apply for the Cyprus Investment Programme if they meet one of the investment criteria presented below. The qualification may either be done personally or through a company or companies in which the applicant acts as a shareholder or as a high-ranking senior manager.

  1. Fulfill both the below contributions:
  2. Donation of EUR 75,000 to the Research and Innovation Fund or another certified innovation enterprise
  3. Donation of EUR 75,000 to the Cyprus Land Development Corporation
  4. Select one of the following options:
  5. Investment in real estate, developments, and infrastructure projects

The applicant should make an investment of at least EUR 2 million for the purchase or construction of real estate.

  1. Purchase and establishment of or participation in Cypriot businesses and companies

The applicant must make an investment of at least EUR 2 million in the purchase of, creation of, or participation in businesses or companies that are based and operating in the republic. These businesses or companies should have a demonstrable and tangible presence in Cyprus and employ at least five Cypriot citizens.

  1. Investment in alternative investment funds or financial assets of Cypriot enterprises or Cypriot organizations licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission

The applicant should purchase units amounting to at least EUR 2 million from alternative investment funds. This criterion also covers the purchase of financial assets of Cypriot businesses or organizations for at least EUR 2 million, in the form of bonds, securities, and debt securities.

  1. Combination of the above investments

The applicant may invest in a combination of the above, provided that the total investment amounts to at least EUR 2 million.

Our team can advise on which option is best for you based on your personal circumstances and needs. Please get in touch with our experts for a free consultation.

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