Vanuatu General Mutual Fund

Vanuatu revamped the Mutual Funds Act in 2005 to offer a competitive edge to established mutual funds and administrators in the world. The Act provides for the licensing of mutual funds and mutual fund administrators.

Key Features

A mutual fund license can be issued to a company, a unit trust or a partnership.

A General Mutual Fund license is issued on the following grounds:

  • Each promoter of the fund is of sound reputation; and
  • The fund will have a mutual fund administrator in Vanuatu that be providing an office in Vanuatu for the fund; and
  • The arrangements for the administration of the fund are otherwise satisfactory; and
  • If the fund is a company, the fund must at least have two directors and the rules prohibit the issue of bearer shares; and

Legal Requirements




  • Corporate  vehicle permitted

Vanuatu International Company, Partnership or Unit Trust

·         License application fee

USD 250

·         Annual license fee

USD 1,000

  • Physical office in Vanuatu


Share capital or equivalent

·         Minimum subscription


·         Minimum investors



  • Minimum number


  • Corporate directorship allowed


  • Local director required


Service Providers Required

  • Custodian

Yes (from anywhere)

  • Fund manager/Investment manager

Yes (from anywhere)

  • Local fund administrator


  • Auditors


 Tax Treatment

Vanuatu has no income tax, capital gains tax, tax on wealth, estate duty or inheritance tax.

Duration to Set Up

About 4 weeks

Distinctive Benefits of Licence

  • Ease and speed of establishment
  • Friendly regulatory environment

The Valsen Advantage

  • End to end comprehensive service
  • Speedy and efficient service
  • Expert advice on structuring options
  • Dedicated ongoing compliance support
  • Extensive network pool of service providers


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