Costa Rica Investment Funds License_Guideline

Costa Rica Investment Funds License

The Law No. 7523, of July 7, 1995 provides the legal framework for the provision of Investment Funds Services in Costa Rica.

Permitted Activities

As per the Act, Investment funds are separate assets belonging to a plurality of investors. With the assistance of a custody entity, they will be administered by the administrative companies and will be used to be invested in the manner provided in the respective prospectus, within the framework allowed by this law and the regulations of the Superintendency. The property right of the fund must be represented by participation certificates.

For all legal purposes, when exercising the disposition and administration of an investment fund, it shall be understood that the managing company acts on behalf of and for the account of the investors of the respective fund.

Types Investment Funds allowed;

  1. Open investment funds: those whose assets are variable and unlimited; units placed among the public are directly redeemable by the fund and their term is indefinite. In these cases, the units may not be subject to operations other than redemption.
  2. Closed investment funds: those whose assets are fixed; units placed among the public are not directly redeemable by the fund, except in the circumstances and procedures provided in this law.
  3. Open or closed financial investment funds: they are those that have all of their assets invested in securities or in other financial instruments representing financial assets.
  4. Open or closed non-financial investment funds: those whose main objective is investment in non-financial assets.
  5. Investment mega-funds: those whose assets are invested exclusively in units of other investment funds.

Legal Requirements



Element Requirement(s)
Entity Requirements The entity making the application is a Costa Rican Company which Includes;

  1. A Corporation
  2. Limited liability companies
Director’s Requirements The licensee will need at least 1 (one) natural person Fit and Proper Directors of any jurisdiction.
Shareholder requirements
  • The Mutual Funds Company will need at least 2 (two) shareholders.
  • Corporate shareholding is allowed and 100% foreign ownership is permitted.
Financial Portfolio Managers The Applicant’s Financial Portfolio Managers must be licensed or certified to perform said the activities by the Costa Rican Chamber of Investment Funds
Fund Sales Representatives The Applicant’s Fund sales representative must be

licensed or certified to perform said the activities by the Costa Rican Chamber of Investment Funds.

StockBroker The Licensee will need to have an Authorised Broker Agent to do any Transactions in the Stock Market
Compliance Officer The Licensee must establish and maintain an appropriate and effective compliance function within the firm which operates independently of all operational and business line functions and senior or supervisory management.
Local Office The company must have an office in Costa Rica and some employees must reside there.
Auditor The Licensee, must establish an internal Audit committee or outsource depending with the Company requirements.
Insurance It is not a requirement to have an indemnity insurance coverage or a fidelity bond.
Minimum Capital Requirements The Applicant must have the prescribed minimum paid-up capital and is able to meet the prescribed minimum net liquid capital requirement in cash or readily marketable securities.

The prescribed minimum paid-up capital is USD 45,000

Ongoing Obligations

  1. Provision of a summary of the prospectus—and if requested, the complete prospectus—at the moment of placement.
  2. Information on the share price, net assets and commissions, to be provided daily to the regulator and available to the market and investors.
  3. Portfolio composition, to be provided biweekly to the regulator and available to the market and investors.
  4. Personal statement accounts, to be provided to each investor on a monthly basis.
  5. An annual fee must be paid irrespective of whether it is a commercially active company or not.
  6. Financial statements are to be provided quarterly as well as annually. Annual statements have to be audited and supplemented with an additional report on compliance with securities regulations and internal controls.

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