CMA licenses five entities to facilitate investor protection in Kenya
21-12-2022 13:55:00 | by: Pie Kamau | hits: 2024 | Tags:

The Capital Markets Authority (CMA), announced the issuance of licenses to four companies under the Capital Markets (Licensing Requirements) (General) Regulations 2002 and one under the Capital Markets (Online Foreign Exchange Trading) Regulations, 2017.

Wyckliffe Shamiah, CEO, CMA: ''The issuance of licenses enhances our mandate of ensuring the proper conduct of all licensed persons and market institutions and in turn, facilitates investor protection.''

Vedman Capital has been licensed as an investment adviser. The firm will primarily advice clients about investments in the capital markets and where an agreement exits with a client, manage a portfolio of investments for the purpose of investment. Additionally, the Authority noted the grant of a stockbrokerage license to SPK Investment Services to conduct the business of buying or selling of securities as an agent for investors.

Pergamon Financial Services has been licensed as an Investment Bank. An investment bank is a non-deposit taking institution whose primary role is to advise on offers of securities to the public or a section of the public such as Initial Public Offers (IPOs). They also advise on takeovers, mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring of listed companies, privatization and underwriting of securities issued or to be issued to the public.

Diamond Trust Bank has been licensed as an authorised depository. An authorised depository, also referred to as a custodian, is a bank licensed under the Banking Act or a financial institution approved by the Authority to hold in custody, for safekeeping, funds, securities, financial instruments, or documents of title to assets registered in the name of local investors or an investment portfolio.

Furthermore, the Authority has also licensed Admirals Kenya as a non-dealing online forex trading broker under the Capital Markets (Online Foreign Exchange Trading) Regulations, 2017. Admirals will act as a link between the foreign exchange market and a client in return for a commission in spreads but will not itself engage in market making activities.

Employees of the new licensees with direct dealings with clients will be required to undertake the Securities Industry Certification Programme (SICP) within one year from the date of licensing. The licences will remain in force unless otherwise suspended or revoked following the necessary due process.