The promulgation of the updated QFI Rules are attracting investors from world wide
On 25 September 2020, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), together with other relevant authorities promulgated the Measures for the Administration of the Investment in Domestic Securities and Futures by Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors and Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (《合格境外机构投资者和⼈⺠币合格境外机构投资者境内证券期货投资管理 办法》) and its implementation rules ("QFI Rules"), which took effect on 1 November 2020. Upon the official launch of the QFI Rules, the Administrative Measures for Securities Investment Made in China by Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors issued by the CSRC, the People's Bank of China (PBOC), and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) on 24 August 2006 ("QFII Rule") and the Measures for the Pilot Program of Securities Investment Made in China by RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors issued by the CSRC, PBOC and SAFE on 1 March 2013 ("RQFII Rule") were repealed.
The QFI Rules have made it more convenient for QFII/RQFII to invest in mainland China by merging the QFII and RQFII qualifications and system rules into one, lowering the entry threshold, relaxing access conditions, simplifying application documents and shortening the time limit for examination and approval. Also, the QFI Rules have steadily and systematically expanded the scope of investment.
According to the information disclosed on the CSRC's website2, from 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2022, up to 197 foreign investors from various jurisdictions, including but not limited to U.S., Singapore, Australia, and France, etc., have successfully obtained the QFI approvals from the CSRC.
Although the epidemic is still not completely over and various uncertainties still exist, based on the market news and frequent inquiries from our offshore clients, we understand that foreign investors are still full of enthusiasm for China's domestic market. Therefore, to understand the relevant requirements and processes of QFI application as well as the functions of relevant participants should be valuable for foreign institutions' business decision making.
1 https://baijiahao.baidu.com/s?id=1736360373943612428&wfr=spider&for=pc, 2022.08.01
2 http://www.csrc.gov.cn/csrc/c101900/c1029652/content.shtml, 2022.07.31.
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