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    trish
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    Hi,

    I’m planning to set up a company and act as the trustee of a unit trust whose unit holders are all foreign retail / wholesale investors. The trust money will be invested in Australia REIT and other unlisted real estate funds. Do I need to apply for AFSL for the trustee company? thanks for any advices.

     

     

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    David Court
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    Hi Trish,

    Thanks for your question.

    To determine whether you need an AFSL you must first consider whether you are operating a “financial service business”.  You will provide a financial service if you provide financial product advice, deal in a financial product or provide a custody service (among other things) in Australia.  For further details see ASIC’s Regulatory Guide 36 (RG 1).

    It is likely that your unit trust will be classified as a managed investment scheme (MIS) under the Corporations Act.

    Conducting a business of operating a MIS will require the trustee to hold an AFSL.

    For further information please contact our Financial Services Team.

    Author: David Court

    Co-Contributor: Tamara Cherny and Greta Walters

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