Briefings

Using the FSC Settlement Framework to Lower Regulatory Sanctions

Mauritius has garnered attention since it was placed on the list of “Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring” by the FATF in March 2020. Since then, the international business community has exercised more caution concerning FDI in the jurisdiction, which has had some adverse impact on the economy. The Government and regulatory authorities have bolstered their efforts …

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Finance Bill 2021 – Summary for Businesses

The objective of the Finance Bill is to provide for the implementation of measures announced in the Budget Speech 2021-2022. This note summarises its key proposals, which will be debated and voted at the National Assembly in the coming weeks. It aims to provide a basic understanding of the proposed measures that are relevant to …

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The Social Contributions and Social Benefits Bill – Briefing Note

Download PDF The Social Contribution and Social Benefits Bill was introduced at the National Assembly on 13 July 2021. In a nutshell, it proposes to repeal the Contribution Sociale Généralisée Regulations 2020 (the “CSG Regulations”) and amend the National Pensions Act as explained below. This note summarises the proposed changes. It does not, however, deal …

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Amendments to the Financial Services (Special Purpose Fund) Rules 2021

The Financial Services (Special Purpose Fund) Rules 2013 applicable to collective investment schemes and closed-end funds (schemes) authorised by the FSC were recently revamped on 6 March 2021 by the proclamation of the Financial Services (Special Purpose Fund) Rules 2021 (the Rules). The regime was designed for schemes which sought to be treated as non-resident in …

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Amendments to the Securities (Preferential Offer) Rules 2017

Private placements of equity securities or debt securities in Mauritius were not subject to any legislative framework until fairly recently. In contrast, public offers of these securities are regulated since the early 2000s by the Securities Act 2005, the Securities (Public Offers) Rules 2007 and, depending on which securities exchange they are listed, the Listing …

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The Evolution of the Global Business Sector in Mauritius and Impending Changes in June 2021

The global business sector was established in the early 1990s to attract foreign investment into Mauritius and has gradually become one of the pillars of the economy today.The initial regime introduced by the Mauritius Offshore Business Activities Act 1992 allowed offshore corporations and trusts to carry out offshore business activities such as offshore insurance, offshore …

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Regulation of the Real Estate Sector – AML/CFT Framework

The real estate sector is identified as being highly exposed to the risk of money laundering. Real estate agents are therefore prone to being the target of criminals for hiding illicit gains, which is why they can undoubtedly play a pivotal role in the detection of a suspicious transaction/activity. As a result, the Financial Intelligence …

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Regulatory Approach to Real Estate Agents

Real estate is identified as a sector that is highly exposed to the risk of money laundering. The vulnerability of the real estate sector is explained by the fact that high value properties are often acquired through complex structures or third-party nominees, and/or involve the risk of value manipulation. As in other countries, the sale …

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