Variable Capital Companies Bill moved for First Reading in Parliament on 10 September 2018



Variable Capital Companies Bill moved for First Reading in Parliament on 10 September 2018

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Date Published: 27 September 2018

Authors and Contributors: Amit Dhume and Abel Ho.


On 10 September 2018, the Variable Capital Companies Bill (“Bill”) was moved for the first reading in Parliament paving the way for an alternative form of a corporate vehicle under Singapore Law for use as a collective investment scheme (“CIS”) – the Variable Capital Company (“VCC”). This Bill came on the back of a consultation paper and draft legislation issued by MAS (“Consultation Paper”) in March to April last year. On the same day, the Bill was read, MAS also issued its response to the feedback received from the Consultation Paper and also an explanatory brief on the Bill.


If the Bill is passed, the VCC regime will be a useful addition to the existing forms available to use for CIS, namely, a company under the Companies Act (Cap. 50), a unit trust, and a limited partnership. Further, it is envisaged that the proposed legal framework will provide investment managers with great operational flexibility in the constitution of funds in Singapore, further strengthening Singapore’s position as a full-service international fund management centre.


Relevant Weblinks:

  • The Bill can be accessed at the following weblink.
  • MAS’ response to the feedback received for the Consultation Paper can be assessed at the following weblink.
  • MAS’ explanatory brief on the Bill can be assessed at the following weblink.

Disclaimer: This update is provided to you for general information and should not be relied upon as legal advice.


CNPLaw’s Investment Funds Lawyers

Amit Dhume Partner at CNPLaw LLP


    Amit’s practice focuses on corporate law, investment funds, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory and compliance matters. He has over 15 years’ experience in these areas of law. Amit’s expertise has been recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2021 as a Recommended Lawyer for Corporate and M&A as well as Investment Funds. In December 2016, Amit was named by Singapore Business Review as one of the 70 most influential lawyers in Singapore under the age of 40.

    Abel Ho Legal Associate at CNPLaw LLP

      Senior Associate
      Abel is a senior associate in the Funds team. His main areas of practice are in investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory and compliance matters. He regularly assists in the establishment and operation of private funds and hedge funds using Singapore and offshore structures. He also assists in the full range of fund documentation including private placement memorandums, limited partnership agreements, investment management and sub-advisory agreements, administration agreements, and subscription agreements.

      We provide legal advisory services to fund managers, investors and investee companies in relation to both open-end funds and closed-end funds that deal with a variety of asset classes and employ different investment strategies including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, mutual funds, commodity funds and exchange traded funds.

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