Bangkok, Thailand (PressExposure) February 09, 2009 -- (Syndacast) -- The Securities Commission (SC) has given its approval for three new foreign Islamic fund management companies [http://www.sc.com.my/main.asp?pageid=252] (IFMCs) to start operations in Malaysia. The three are Aberdeen Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd, BNP Paribas Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd and Nomura Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd.
The three companies already have a presence in the conventional asset management industry in Malaysia, as part of the five licenses issued under a special scheme announced in 2005 to broaden the international participation in the Malaysian capital market.
Their interest to further expand their fund management business indicates their confidence in the Malaysian fund management industry [http://www.sc.com.my/main.asp?pageid=252&menuid=279], and reaffirms the growing interest among international players to make Malaysia the global hub for Islamic fund and wealth management activities [http://www.sc.com.my/sub.asp?pageid=&menuid=267].
Ã¢â¬ÅDespite the global slowdown, the coming on board of these three international players reflects the strong growth potential in niche areas like Islamic fund management, said Dato Sri Zarinah Anwar, Chairman of the Securities Commission. This will help add depth and breadth to the Islamic finance industry [http://www.sc.com.my/index.asp], of which Malaysia commands a leadership role.
In granting the approval, the SC had considered, among other things, the scope of operations that will be established by the three Islamic fund management companies (IFMCs) in Malaysia [http://www.sc.com.my/main.asp?pageid=252], their fund management experience, brand value, expertise in various markets, geographical presence, and compliance and risk management capabilities.
Mr Atsushi Yoshikawa, President & CEO of Tokyo-based Nomura Asset Management Co Ltd commented, Nomura Asset plans to position Islamic fund management as one of our most important strategies. With the establishment of Nomura Islamic Asset Management, we plan to provide a wide range of products and services to Asia and the Middle East regionsÂ.
"We are very pleased to be awarded a license for Islamic fund management in Malaysia. BNP Paribas Investment Partners is firmly committed to further developing its existing Islamic investment capabilities,"Â said Mr Vincent Camerlynck, Global Head of Business Development and Member of the Executive Committee, BNP Paribas Investment Partners in Paris. Ã¢â¬ÅMalaysia is a strategic hub for our Islamic business and complements our Europe and Middle East centres to create a powerful global platform.
"We're delighted that our application for an Islamic fund management license has been approved as this enables us to expand into an important new area. The domestic Islamic finance sector has been growing rapidly,Ã¢â¬Â said Mr Gerald Ambrose, Managing Director of Aberdeen Asset Management Sdn Bhd. Ã¢â¬ÅMalaysia has also promoted itself successfully as a regional centre, and this is helping to develop a local pool of expertise as well as recognition for Shariah funds.
The three new entities join a growing list of leading players keen on establishing their global and regional Islamic fund management [http://www.sc.com.my/sub.asp?pageid=&menuid=267] operations in Malaysia. The others who have been approved to establish operations are Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia), DBS Asset Management, CIMB-Principal Asset Management, Global Investment House and Reliance Asset Management.
The Securities Commission (SC), a statutory body reporting to the Minister of Finance, was established under the Securities Commission Act 1993. It is the sole regulatory agency for the regulation and development of capital markets. The SC has direct responsibility for supervising and monitoring the activities of market institutions, including the exchanges and clearing houses, and regulating all persons licensed under the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007. More information about the SC is available on its website at www.sc.com.my