Labuan Digital Financial Services

With the recent explosion of technology-driven innovations within the financial services industry around the world along with the gaining interest in cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum and the various alternative coins), Labuan Financial Services Authority (LFSA) launched the Digital Financial Services category to differentiate the FinTech and Blockchain industry players from the conventional, traditional financial players in Labuan itself. This is clearly a move closer to embrace innovative digital financial services which is the trend moving forward.

Why Labuan for Digital Financial Services?

The Labuan jurisdiction has approved 46 Digital Financial Services entities as at 30 June 2020 which includes 3 digital banks, 2 securities exchange and 19 crypto exchanges. According to the recent 2021 Labuan Annual Report, there are 30 newly approved Digital Financial Services entities in the year 2020.

14 Key Benefits of Registering Digital Financial Services Business in Labuan

Types of Labuan Digital Financial Services Offered

The innovative digital financial services that are now offered in and through Labuan include:

All Labuan entities undertaking innovative digital financial services are regulated by the Labuan Authority with the highest standard of market practice to instil confidence within the financial services industry, its players and various stakeholders and to promote longevity of businesses, creating a whole ecosystem.

8 Basic Operational Expectations for Labuan Digital Financial Services Entities

1.     Adhere to high standard of professionalism in client dealings and various stakeholders

2.     Adequate set of internal guides, manuals, polices and controls

3.     Appoint auditor to carry out audits of the company’s financials and proper accounting records to be kept in the Labuan office

4.     Ensure each person in control and all officers are fit and proper

5.     Maintenance of sufficient unimpaired losses capital

6.     Meet substance requirements with employment of minimum full time employees (FTEs) and minimum expenditure

7.     Internal business audit assessments

8.     Regular compliance and reporting to Labuan FSA, Inland Revenue and relevant authorities

7 Key Regulatory Expectations for Labuan Digital Financial Services Entities

1.     Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)

2.     Business Continuity plan

3.     Corporate Governance

4.     Cyber risk management, security, resilience and governance

5.     Disaster recovery plan

6.     Exit plan strategy

7.     Market Conduct Requirements

Tax Framework for Labuan Digital Financial Services Entities

5 Key Tax Benefits are:

Labuan Business ‘One Platform’ provides a one-stop application solution for Labuan Digital Financial Services Entities Set Up which includes:

  • Advisory, crafting of Business Plan, Operation System manuals, AMLA/KYC manuals and all other documents required by the relevant authorities
  • Due diligence, preparation of all necessary documents for the application form submission to approval follow-up including arranging an interview with Labuan FSA (if any) and compliance officer qualifying
  • Submission and supervise the application process 
  • Act as your liaison and contact point with Labuan FSA for all correspondence and arrange an interview (if any) 
  • Track the license approval and attend all queries from Labuan FSA
  • Advisory on the right company structure after approval
  • Business Continuity Plan write up, implementation and on-going reporting
  • Compliance Operation System set up including reporting guidance
  • Bank account set up onshore and offshore
  • Operation office set up @ Labuan
  • Marketing office set up @ anywhere in Malaysia
  • Company Buy-Outs, Mergers and Acquisition and Succession Planning

Why our Trust Company for Your Labuan Digital Financial Services Entity Set Up?

We are a full-fledged licensed Labuan Trust Company (Trust License No. LT 0034) with a highly experienced team of dedicated professionals handle all license applications. We provide complete “one-stop” solutions in pre-assess, meet, planning, structuring, establishment and corporate service for your Labuan Digital Financial Services Entity set up, ensuring you get a bespoke service that meets your digital business needs as well as onwards operation.

Feel free to contact us at +6012-2889809 or send us an inquiry to [email protected] to check on your eligibility to apply for the Labuan Digital Financial Services entity. Labuan Business ‘One Platform’ is designed to elevate your Labuan operations efficiently!

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