Vanuatu Regulation
Increasingly Popular among

Binary Options and FX Brokers

Vanuatu has a very user friendly Act, the Prevention of Frauds Act which allows an individual or a company to apply for a Securities Dealers License.

This license allows you to buy, sell, trade securities such as shares, bonds, options etc. and manage a portfolio of investments for and on behalf of your clients.

This License can be useful for investment/fund management institutions such as Brokerage firms, mutual or hedge funds etc. who may have clients wishing to invest in securities which may not be permissible or must comply with onerous and costly compliance of their resident jurisdiction. Such investments can be done through an entity incorporated in Vanuatu licensed to carry on Securities dealing business thereby bypassing these constraints legally.

Dealer in Securities

The island nation of Vanuatu, located in the South Pacific Ocean is becoming a preferred jurisdiction for many Forex brokers looking for regulation, mainly due to the low capital requirements that Forex brokers need to meet in order to receive a Vanuatu Forex license.

The minimum capital required can be as low as to VATU 5,000,000 (50.000 USD) for every new application, and now to be paid to the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission.

Opting for Vanuatu Forex regulation also has several other advantages, such as:

No local office in Vanuatu is required.
No local staff in Vanuatu is required.
It is the fastest available regulation on the market today by far.

Vanuatu Profile
As a Safe and Compliant OFC Destination

Dealer in Securities Act of Vanuatu has been amended on 16 June 2017.

The Act on International Companies has been amended as well.

Together 13 laws have been either passed or amended, all with the aim of compliance with AML/CTF standards as set by FATF.

This is overall good news since it should help to enhance Vanuatu profile as a safe and compliant OFC destination.

Therefore, all dealers in securities companies have to respect, as from this date, the following regulations:

These companies have also to respect every laws and regulations of the countries in which they perform activities.

The KYC Requirements

The KYC requirements include the filing of at least the following documents (non- exhaustive list):

  • Details of the source of the funds used to pay the capital (new requirement)
  • Notarized Police clearance and passport of the applicant
  • Details of the business plan
  • Details on effective beneficial owner

The new law is a bit unclear about the situation of current licensed companies for which a dealer in securities license has already been granted as the notion of “renewal” still does not exist.

Our understanding is that all current licence holders have to comply with the new additional information provisions of the law within a period of maximum 6 months following the Gazette Date of the law (16 June 2017); however, the law is silent on whether these companies already licensed and incorporated have to respect the new bond requirement.

How TBA can Help Brokers
Interested in Vanuatu Forex Regulation

TBA & Associates, together with its local Lawyers, has been offering legal services related to acquiring a Vanuatu Forex license since 2006 and are today able to assist clients with every step all over the process.

The license will be issued by the Vanuatu FSC Financial Services Commission, the entity regulating and supervising the financial industry in the country.

The steps required include incorporating a company in Vanuatu, applying for the license, paying all the necessary fees, guidance on compliance and other practical matters Forex brokers need to be aware of.

Additionally our lawyers offer free and non-binding consultations for Forex brokers and potential Forex brokers in order to help them understand if they fulfill the requirements set by the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission for a license.

Our experienced staff offer regulation related services in many other popular jurisdictions as well, and can therefore advise brokers who have not decided on the most suitable jurisdiction yet on what the most beneficial jurisdiction is.

Low Costs and Fast Registration

In addition to the above, perhaps the two main reasons for the quick increase in popularity for Vanuatu licenses are:

(a) The fact that this is the fastest available Forex/Binary Options regulation out there (it is possible to be granted a license in only 2 to 3 months); and

(b) Very low capital requirements even compared to other known licensing jurisdictions;

There are, naturally, some additional expenses in connection with the regulation process, such as incorporation and administration of a Vanuatu financial company, annual registered office and secretarial services fees, application for trading in financial and commodity-based derivative instruments and other securities from VFSC, including VFSC regulatory application fees, governmental fees, agents consulting fees, legal fees, etc. However, these expenses are still smaller compared with other regulating jurisdictions.

As usual, we will do our best on our side to manage your applications / renewal process as fast as possible.