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Singapore VCC (Variable Capital Company) Services

This permit is among the latest licensing options available in Singapore. The VCC (Variable Capital Company) is a new investment structure under the Variable Capital Companies Act. It became valid as of following its approval by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). In the last over one year plus period that the VCC (Variable Capital Company) corporate structure has taken effect, many can attest that it complements other Singapore's existing investment options. The ACRA administers the VCC (Variable Capital Company) investment structure. Also, all the VCCs must operate under the management of a Permissible Fund Manager. Note that the introduction of VCC (Variable Capital Company) was Singapore's way of supporting the investment funds structure.

What are advantage of VCC?

There are several reasons why the VCC is essential. They include:

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Very Flexible

This structure is flexible, unlike other corporate investment structures, especially regarding shares' redemption. Fund managers have flexible ways to meet all the obligations related to dividend payments. Also, you can use it for close-end and open-end fund strategies.


The VCC structure is comfortable to work with since you mustn't disclose the shareholders to the public. However, you must register the shareholders and disclose these details when the authorities request them for legal purposes.

What are VCC Registration Requirements?

Name Registration: The first step in the registration process is to find a suitable name for your VCC (Variable Capital Company) and then search this name on the Bizfile + Search Directory to determine if it is available. Note that you must choose a unique name that matches the Minister of Finance’s requirements.

Staff Requirements: A VCC must have these key entities:

  • At least one director is responsible for the daily operations of a VCC (Variable Capital Company). Ensure that the individual you appoint is a Singapore resident and matches the standards under the VCC (Variable Capital Company) Act.
  • Another primary employee is a company secretary who must take office within six months after its incorporation. He/she must be a Singapore resident.
  • An Auditor is a must-have individual who must join the VCC (Variable Capital Company) within three months after its registration. Note that there are no audit exemptions.
  • Every VCC must appoint Permissible Fund Manager Responsible for the operations and the property of the VCC. Who is a permissible Fund Manager? It refers to an LFMC that has a CMS, an RFMC, or a financial institution.

Physical office: You must offer the ACRA an office address where all the necessary notices about the VCC are addressed and where you can house all the essential documents. Ensure that this office is accessible and operational. However, it is not necessarily where the operations take place.

Constitution: Every VCC (Variable Capital Company) must have a Constitution (Legal document) which the applicant must submit for the registration process. It defines the VCC (Variable Capital Company) characteristics, the regulatory framework, operations details, and every key employee’s responsibilities. This document is private and only available to the relevant authorities.

Application Process of VCC

The application process has three key stages including:


Name Application

This application form requires you to provide the VCC name, type of the VCC, nature of activities, and office details.


VCC incorporation

Our team will go through all the documents and assist you in preparation of documents required for the quick approval.


Application Filing

Once all documents are reviewed and checked, we will file the paper for the incorporation of the company.

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What are the registration fee requirements?

Application for a VCC incorporation includes several submissions to the ACRA, and in every submission, there are statutory filing fees that you must pay. These applications include:

  • Approval for approval of the VCC name: The first step of the VCC application is submitting your VCC name, which requires you to pay S$15.
  • Application for the incorporation in the VCC structure: You need to pay S$8,000
  • Transfer of registration application: In this stage, you must pay a statutory fee of S$9,000. When you register sub-funds, each of them has a fixed registration fee of S$400.
  • Subfund registration: The registration fee for every sub-fund is S$400

What are processing Time to set up VCC?

The VCC incorporation approval may take 14 to 60 days before the subscriber may get the results. This time also includes the referral time to other agencies for review in case of any challenges

How we can help

From the details above, you can get that the VCC registration is not easy, and the entire process requires the necessary knowledge in this sector. One of the most challenging steps is the preparation of legal documents such as the constitution. You may need a professional to go through the documents and make the necessary adjustments. Our team consists of some of the most talented individuals who will make your experience better. Besides, our staff has what it takes to ensure an accurate VCC registration process and fast processing. You don't need to worry about all the services related to this field since we got your back. So message us today and ensure a smooth VCC registration process.

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6 FAQs about the VCC (Variable Capital Company)

Registration of a VCC under ACRA can be carried out by a subscriber of the proposed VCC or a CSP (Corporate Service Provider). Note that subscribers can either be a corporate or a person who is part of the proposed VCC.

No. A VCC is not mandatory to apply for approval from MAS before its registration process. However, note that existing requirements under the Securities and Futures Act also apply for the VCC.

The VCFM doesn’t require minimum base capital and risk-based capital; hence you don’t have to worry about the money.

Singapore's regulatory framework requires that a VCC must have a minimum of one director living in Singapore. Note that it is a must that the director has the proper qualifications to serve as the director.

Unfortunately, this question has no direct answer since there are some conditions. For example, foreigners can re-domicile their overseas fund in Singapore as VCC only if their investment structure matches the VCC structure. Also, the fund managers must register as a VCC and report to the foreign authorities about their re-registration in Singapore.

The application process is quite complicated and, in most cases, requires the assistance of professionals. For instance, you can seek these services from our website, and our reliable team will assist you in the whole process.

The first step in the registration process of a VCC is to give your VCC a name and submit it for approval. Later, you must register the name within the next 120 days after its approval to avoid your application from lapsing

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