The Financial Services Growth Sector in Cyprus has attracted significant amounts of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). This also includes funds from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
The European Investment Bank has been a supporter of Cyprus for 35 years, with investments of 2.7 billion euros. Also, Cypriot banks are all fully recapitalized and regulated by the European Central Bank (ECB) under stringent guidelines. Finally, the Anti-Money Laundering Law is fully effective across all Cypriot financial institutions.
The financial services are considered to be pivotal for Cyprus’ economy. The island is a licensing hub for investments firms that aims to gain access to EEA territory.
Cyprus has a strong network of financial and professional service providers with highly-skilled, educated, and multilingual teams specialized in servicing the fund industry and today offers a wide range of customized services in fund and asset acquisition structuring, fund administration, custody, audit, and other related services.
A Cyprus Investment Firm (CIF) is rightly considered one of the most suitable options by those wishing to professionally offer and perform regulated investment services and activities within the European Union and internationally.
What are the benefits for the Financial Services Sector in Cyprus?
There are several benefits for the financial services sector in Cyprus, some of which are:
The attractive and transparent tax system
Cyprus offers a low corporate tax of 12.5% and a developed network of double tax treaties, boosting investment in fintech. Moreover, there is an 80% tax exemption on qualifying profits arising from the exploitation of R&D intellectual property qualifying assets (the IP Box Regime), taking advantage of effective tax as low as 2.5%.
The attestation of the program’s success is the significant number of multinational companies and international banking units already operating in Cyprus. Moreover, more than 8k IT professionals serve the fintech industry locally.
Strong legal framework
Cyprus has put in place all necessary mechanisms for the prevention and suppression of money laundering and terrorist financing activities, being fully compliant with all relevant EU directives.
Freedom to provide investment and ancillary services through passporting
A CIF can use the license granted by CySEC to offer cross-border investment services or establish a branch in another EEA jurisdiction without the need to obtain any additional licenses. This is achieved through what is called passporting.
Low set-up and operational costs
The costs of incorporating a company, the administration costs, the high competence of professionals and the costs of providing professional services in Cyprus are generally lower than most other member states in the European Union that have a similar profile internationally.
Exponential Growth in Investment Funds
There is a steady growth of Investment Funds in Cyprus. More specifically, according to CySEC, the value of Total Assets Under Management reached €8.58bn in the 4th quarter of 2020, recording a 10.3% increase over the 3rd quarter of the same year and a 3.8% increase when compared to the 4th quarter of 2019.
Moreover, the statistics for the 4th quarter of 2020 have shown that CySEC supervises 283 Management Companies and Undertakings of Collective Investments (UCIs), of which 197 have operations. In more detail, it supervises 164 Externally Managed UCIs, 56 Internally Managed UCIs and 63 External Fund Managers.
The Total Assets Under Management (AUM) for the 4th quarter of 2020 reached €8.58 billion, with a 3.8% increase compared to the 4th quarter of 2019 and a 10.3% increase since the 3rd quarter of 2020. The Net Asset Value (NAV) of UCIs (managed by the Management Companies) was €6.99 billion.
Due to the introduction of the RAIFs, costs required to set up an AIF are lower than ever.
For Investment firms, Cyprus has been the jurisdiction of choice for more than 20 years, especially for Forex CFD brokers.
Brexit had seen an increase in financial services companies and fund managers looking at Cyprus to retain EU ‘passporting’ rights. Cyprus is also attractive to investors from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Cyprus is also a top emerging fund centre in Europe, with visibility enhanced by listing Cyprus funds on international platforms.
How can CX Financia help you?
At CX Financia, we have helped clients structure and establish their businesses in Cyprus.
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