Offers of Business Trusts
Requirements for offers of units or derivatives of units in business trusts to investors in Singapore.
What is a Business TrustA business trust (“BT”) is a business enterprise structured as a trust.
A BT that is constituted in Singapore and whose units or derivatives of units are offered to the public will be required to register with MAS under the Business Trust Act (“BTA”).
Under the BTA, a registered BT must have a trustee-manager whose role is to manage the business of the trust and safeguard the interests of beneficiaries of the trust (also referred to as “unitholders”).
Requirements for Offers of Business TrustsOffers of units or derivatives of units in a BT to investors in Singapore are regulated under .
Unless otherwise exempted, an offer of units or derivatives of units in a BT must comply with the following requirements:
- A BT must be registered by MAS if it is constituted in Singapore
- The offer of units or derivatives of units in a BT must be made in or accompanied by a MAS-registered prospectus and product highlights sheet
Exempted OffersRegistration of a BT and prospectus registration requirements do not apply to certain offers of units in or derivatives of units in a BT (“exempted offers ”). These offers include:
- Offers where the minimum transaction amount is S$200,000
- Small Offers – Total amount raised is S$5 million or less in 12 months
- Private Placement – Offers made to no more than 50 persons in 12 months
- Offers targeted at accredited or institutional investors
Key ResourcesFor details of the relevant requirements and available exemptions, you may refer to:
for a full list of the relevant regulations and guidelines relating to offers of units or derivatives of units in a BT.