Samoa Segregated Fund_Guideline

Samoa Segregated Fund

A trustee company may apply to the Registrar

  • to incorporate a segregated fund international company or to register an existing international company as a segregated fund international company if authorised by its Memorandum or
  • to register a segregated fund international company by way of continuance.

A segregated fund international company is regarded in law as a single legal person. The company is permitted to establish as many “segregated funds” with their assets and liabilities held separately from all other assets and liabilities of the company. A “segregated fund” is not regarded as a legal person separate from the company.

Legal Requirements



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

  1. Company
  2. Limited partnerships,
  3. Unit trust or
Director’s Requirements The licensee will need at least 2 (two) natural person Fit and Proper Directors of any jurisdiction.

The company must have a resident director who must be a natural person

Shareholder requirements
  • The professional fund 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 company is required to appoint and maintain at all times a registered segregated fund manager which must be a licensed trustee company to protect investors and creditors and ensure compliance with the Act.
Fund Manager The company is required to appoint and maintain at all times a registered fund manager which must be a licensed trustee company to protect investors and creditors and ensure compliance with the Act.
Custodian The applicant must have a licensed/approved custodian at all times.
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 SIFA
Insurance The applicant must have indemnity insurance coverage or a fidelity bond acceptable to the regulator
Minimum Capital Requirements The company may create and issue shares or other forms of membership interests specifically allocated and proceeds of issue may be credited to a segregated fund.

Ongoing Obligations

  1. Licenses are to be renewed annually after the date of registration.
  2. Filing of Audited Accounts
  3. The Licensee must maintain appropriate policies of insurance for the purpose of indemnifying such licensee against any liability that may be incurred as a result of any act or omission by the licensee or any of its officers or employees in the conduct of the licensee’s business

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