Merchant Banks

Merchant banks are approved under the Monetary Authority of Singapore Act and their operations are governed by the Merchant Bank Directives. Their ACU operations are also subjected to the Banking Act.

Merchant Banks operate within the Guidelines for Operation of Merchant Banks. Their typical activities include corporate finance, underwriting of share and bond issues, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio investment management, management consultancy and other fee-based activities. Most merchant banks have, with MAS' approval, established ACUs to transact in the Asian Dollar Market. For the latest number of merchant banks in Singapore, please refer to this link to the Financial Institutions Directory.

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01 Nov 1985 10 Acquisition of Shares in CompaniesDirectives
01 Nov 1985 1007 Appointment of External AuditorsNotices
01 Nov 1985 13 AuditingDirectives
18 Dec 1987 27 Dealings by Employees of a DealerDirectives
18 Dec 1987 29 Time StampingDirectives
18 Dec 1987 30 Information to be Furnished by a DealerDirectives
31 Jul 2008 Asian Currency Unit Terms and Conditions of OperationGuidelines
22 Jan 2003 BD 5/2003 : Lifting of Limits on Car LoansCirculars
01 Mar 2005 BD Cir 04/2005 : Central Provident Fund Board's Measures to Address Cashback Transactions for Resale HDB FlatsCirculars
30 Dec 2004 BD Cir 14/2004 : Cash Rebates Offered for Housing LoansCirculars
03 Sep 2013 Borrowers Who are Individuals and Who Own Residential Property Gazetted for Acquisition (Amended from Circular dated 22 July 2013)Circulars
04 Sep 2014 Borrowers Who are Individuals and Who Own Residential Property Gazetted for Acquisition (August 2014)Circulars
15 Dec 2011 Directive 1 Minimum Capital RequirementDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 11 Inspection and Investigation of Merchant BanksDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 14 Action by the Authority if a Merchant Bank is Unable to Meet Obligations etc or is Conducting Business to the Detriment of DepositorsDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 15 Operation of an Asian Currency UnitDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 16 Power of the Authority to Aggregate the Assets or Liabilities of a Merchant Bank with its Related CorporationsDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 17 Declaration of Bank HolidaysDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 18 Offences by Directors and Chief Executives of Merchant BanksDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 19 Offences by Directors, Employees and AgentsDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 2 Changes in ShareholdersDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 20 Disqualification of Directors and Employees of Merchant BanksDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 21 General PenaltyDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 22 IndemnityDirectives
18 Dec 1987 Directive 23 Compliance and ApprovalDirectives
18 Dec 1987 Directive 24 DefinitionsDirectives
18 Dec 1987 Directive 25 Conduct of BusinessDirectives
18 Dec 1987 Directive 26 Rules and Market Practices of The Singapore Government Securities MarketDirectives
18 Dec 1987 Directive 28 AccountsDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 3 Place of BusinessDirectives
18 Dec 1987 Directive 31 Trust AccountsDirectives
18 Dec 1987 Directive 32 Exempt Merchant Bank Government Securities DealerDirectives
03 Mar 1999 Directive 33 Financial StatementsDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 4 Amendment of Merchant Bank's ConstitutionDirectives
11 Mar 2005 Directive 5 Provision for Bad and Doubtful DebtsDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 6 Information to be Furnished by Merchant BanksDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 7 Credit Facilities to Directors, Related Corporations, etcDirectives
01 Nov 1985 Directive 8 Credit Facilities and LimitsDirectives
20 Jan 2000 FSG 02/2000: Posting of Financial Product Information On Third Party Internet Websites [Cancelled with effect from 15 Mar 2004]Circulars
22 Oct 2013 FSG Circular No. BD 08/2013: Conduct of Renminbi ("RMB") Business in SingaporeCirculars
30 Jun 2013 Guide to Conduct and Market Practice in Foreign Exchange and Currency Deposit TransactionsGuidelines
06 Sep 2011 Guidelines for Financial Institutions to Safeguard the Integrity of Singapore's Financial SystemGuidelines
19 Mar 2007 Guidelines for Operation of Merchant BanksGuidelines
01 Dec 2005 Guidelines on Definition of a "Deposit"Guidelines
07 Aug 2012 Guidelines on Fit and Proper Criteria [Guideline No. FSG-G01]Guidelines
23 Dec 2016 Guidelines on Standards of Conduct for Marketing and Distribution ActivitiesGuidelines
10 Mar 2017 Guidelines on the Application of Total Debt Servicing Ratio for Property Loans under MAS Notice 645, 1115, 831 and 128Guidelines
01 Dec 2009 Guidelines to MAS Notice 1014Guidelines
30 Nov 2015 Guidelines to MAS Notice 1014 on Prevention of Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism - Merchant Banks Guidelines
30 Nov 2015 MAS Notice 1014 (Amendment) 2015Notices
30 Nov 2015 MAS Notice 1014 on Prevention of Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism - Merchant Banks Notices
16 Dec 2015 MAS Notice 1015 Minimum Liquid Assets and Liquidity Coverage RatioNotices
29 Sep 2016 MAS Notice 1106A (Amendment) 2016Notices
26 May 2016 MAS Notice 1113 (Amendment) 2016Notices
08 May 2015 MAS Notice 1117 on Collection of Statistical Returns for Renminbi Business ActivitiesNotices
01 Jan 2005 Monetary Authority of Singapore (Merchant Banks - Annual Fees) Notification 2005Subsidiary Legislation
15 Dec 2011 Notice 1001 Definition of Capital Funds and Net Head Office FundsNotices
09 Mar 2006 Notice 1002 Auditors' Reports and Additional Information to be Submitted with Annual AccountsNotices
08 May 2013 Notice 1003 Submission of Statistics and ReturnsNotices
01 Nov 1985 Notice 1004 Credit Facilities to Merchant Bank Directors, Staff and Related ConcernsNotices
11 Mar 2005 Notice 1005 Credit Files and Classification of LoansNotices
01 Mar 2004 Notice 1008 Authorised DepositoriesNotices
01 Mar 2004 Notice 1009 Withholding Tax on NCDs Denominated in Foreign Currencies [Cancelled with effect from 1 Mar 2004]Notices
07 Sep 2007 Notice 1011 Appointment of Chief ExecutivesNotices
01 Nov 1985 Notice 1012 Credit Facilities to a Single Borrower or Group of BorrowersNotices
01 Mar 2006 Notice 1013 Disclosure in Financial StatementsNotices
16 Apr 1982 Notice 1101 Standardisation of Commercial Bills of ExchangeNotices
07 Sep 2007 Notice 1102 Appointment of Head of Treasury and Register of DealersNotices
25 May 1978 Notice 1103 Exchange Control LiberalisationNotices
04 Jul 2003 Notice 1104 Weekly Report on S$ TransactionsNotices
28 May 2004 Notice 1105 Lending of Singapore Dollar to Non-Resident Financial InstitutionsNotices
10 Mar 2017 Notice 1106 Residential Property LoansNotices
30 Nov 2011 Notice 1106A Residential Property Loans - Fact SheetNotices
29 Nov 2013 Notice 1107 Bridging Loans for the Purchase of Immovable PropertiesNotices
19 Feb 2003 Notice 1108 Banking Secrecy Conditions for OutsourcingNotices
30 May 2017 Notice 1109 Unsecured Credit Facilities to IndividualsNotices
01 Mar 2004 Notice 1110 Negotiable Certificates of DepositNotices
02 Nov 2012 Notice 1111 Notice on Risk Based Capital Adequacy Requirements for Merchant Banks Incorporated in SingaporeNotices
23 Jan 2013 Notice 1112 Reporting of Suspicious Activities & Incidents of FraudNotices
15 Apr 2013 Notice 1113 Motor Vehicle LoansNotices
21 Jun 2013 Notice 1114 Technology Risk ManagementNotices
10 Mar 2017 Notice 1115 Computation of Total Debt Servicing Ratio for Property LoansNotices
01 Aug 2014 Notice 1116 Foreign Exchange Conversion in China via the Renminbi Clearing Bank for the Settlement of Eligible Cross-Border TradeNotices
01 Jul 2014 Prevention of Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of TerrorismNotices
28 May 2004 RMD Cir No. 26/04: MAS Notice 1105 - Lending of Singapore Dollar to Non-Resident of Financial InstitutionsCirculars
04 Jul 2003 RMD Cir No. 34/03: MAS Notice 1104 - Weekly Report on S$ TransactionsCirculars
06 Jan 2006 SRD Cir 01/2006 : Further Guidance on Business Continuity ManagementCirculars
21 May 2014 SRD TR 01/2014 System Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration TestingCirculars
27 Jul 2016 SRD TR 01/2016 - MAS Circular (Cancellation) 2016Circulars
21 Aug 2013 SRD TR 02/2013: MAS Circular (Cancellation) 2013Circulars
26 Sep 2014 SRD TR 02/2014 IT Security Risks Posed By Personal Mobile DevicesCirculars

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Last Modified on 26/11/2016