Isle of Man Recognized Scheme _Guideline

Isle of Recognized Scheme

Retail collective investment schemes established outside the Isle of Man wishing to be promoted to the general public of the Island must obtain ‘recognition’ by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority (‘the Authority’). These schemes are referred to as Recognised Schemes.

A Recognised Scheme should be subject to equivalent regulatory requirements in its own jurisdiction to those applying to an IOM Authorised Collective Investment Scheme

There two types of recognised funds:

  1. schemes authorized in designated countries; and
  2. Individually recognised schemes.

Legal Requirements



Element Requirement(s)
Entity Requirements The entity making the application is:

  1. an Isle of Man Company incorporated under the Companies Act 1931
  2. an Isle of Man Company incorporated under the Companies Act 2006
  3. Protected Cell Company
  4. Limited Liability Partnership
  5. Company
Director’s Requirements The licensee will need at least 2 (two) natural person Fit and Proper Directors of any jurisdiction.
Shareholder requirements
  • The f will need at least one shareholder.
  • Corporate shareholding is allowed and 100% foreign ownership is permitted.
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.
Licensed Principle The Applicant must employ at least one individual who is licensed as a principal.

The Principle must:

  1. Have sufficient educational or other qualifications or experience;
  2. Have sufficient authority within the company;
  3. Be a fit and proper person, to supervise the business for which the company that has nominated him is licensed or is applying to be licensed
Fund Administrator The Applicant must employ a fund administrator with no local requirement
Fund Manager Isle of Man Manager licenceholder

Applicant can be of any jurisdiction.

Custodian Regulated in the Isle of Man or in a suitable jurisdiction
Promoter A regulated promoter must be appointed if sales to “certain persons”(1) are allowed through non regulated financial advisers
Local Office The applicant must have premises acceptable to the authority. The premises should be able to facilitate confidential interaction between the applicant and its clients, and provide for safe and confidential storage of documents.
Auditor The Licensee, within one month after becoming licensed, shall appoint an external auditor who is acceptable to the Commission
Insurance The applicant must have indemnity insurance coverage or a fidelity bond acceptable to the regulator
Minimum Capital Requirements

Ongoing Obligations

Recognised Schemes from designated territories are required to provide ongoing notifications to the Authority as elaborated in section 6 of the Collective Investment Schemes (Recognised Schemes) Regulations 2015.

In the case of individually Recognised Schemes, any proposed alteration (including any proposal to replace the manager, trustee/fiduciary custodian or governing body) must be pre-notified in writing to the Authority in accordance with the CIS Act. Alterations to individually Recognised Schemes require the ‘approval’ of the Authority.

No proposed change or alteration may take effect unless either the Authority has approved the proposal, or one month has elapsed since the date that notice was given and the Authority has not notified the manager or trustee that the proposed alteration is not approved.

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