SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore launched a new corporate structure for investment funds with 20 so-called Variable Capital Companies (VCC) on Wednesday, a scheme designed to attract more funds to base themselves in the Asian city-state.
The new framework will give fund managers greater flexibility in share issuance and dividend payment, and allow them to set up multiple funds in a single VCC to reduce costs, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and companies regulator ACRA said in a joint statement.
The VCCs launched on Wednesday include venture capital, private equity and hedge funds, while authorities also unveiled a grant scheme to encourage more such funds to locate in Singapore.
Months of anti-government protests in rival Asian finance hub Hong Kong have increased Singapore's allure, with some wealth managers scrapping plans to open offices in the Chinese-ruled city in favour of the Southeast Asian nation.
Singapore's central bank has warned wealth managers not to aggressively court business from Hong Kong.
(Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Writing by John Geddie; Editing by Stephen Coates)