The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) is the independent public supervisory Authority responsible for the supervision of the investment services market, transactions in transferable securities carried out in the Republic of Cyprus and the collective investment and asset management sector. It also supervises the firms offering administrative services which do not fall under the supervision of ICPAC and the Cyprus Bar Association.
«Our Mission is to exercise effective supervision to ensure investor
protection and the healthy development of the securities market»
The CySEC was established in accordance with section 5 of the Securities and Exchange Commission (Establishment and Responsibilities) Law of 2001 as a public legal entity. The operation of the CySEC is governed by the Laws regulating the Structure, Responsibilities, Powers, Organization of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission and Other Related Matters (N73(I)/1009).
The vision of the CySEC is to establish the Cyprus securities market as one of the safest, most reliable and attractive destinations for investment.
The mission of the CySEC is to exercise effective supervision to ensure investor protection and the healthy development of the securities market.
The main duties and responsibilities of the CySEC are set out in Article 25 of the Law which Regulates the Structure, Duties, Powers, Organisation of the Securities and Exchange Commission and other Related Matters (L73(I)/2009) and may be summarised as follows:
- To examine applications and grant operating licenses to entities under its supervision, as well as to suspend and revoke the said licenses.
- To supervise and regulate the operation of the Cyprus Stock Exchange and of other organised markets in the Republic and the transactions carried out in these markets.
- To supervise and regulate the agencies under its supervision in order to ensure their compliance with the laws governing their operation.
- To carry out all necessary investigations in view of the exercise of its duties under the law as well as on behalf of other foreign competent Authorities.
- To request and collect information which is necessary or conducive to the exercise of its duties under the law and to demand by written request the provision of information from any natural or legal person or organisation deemed to be in a position to provide the required information.
- To impose the administrative and disciplinary sanctions provided by the law.
- To require the cessation of practices which are contrary to the securities market laws.
- To apply to a competent court for the issue of an order for detention, or charge or freezing or prevention of alienation or transaction involving assets.
- To issue regulatory Directives and Decisions.
- To cooperate and exchange data and information with other public Authorities in the Republic, competent foreign supervisory Authorities and other organisations.
The CySEC is responsible for the supervision of operations and ensuring the compliance with the relevant legislation of the following entities:
- Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs)
- Cyprus branches of Investment Firms (Ifs) of other EU member-states
- Tied Agents of CIFs
- Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS)
- UCITS (Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) Management Companies
- UCITS Agents
- Cyprus branches of UCITS Management Companies of other EU member-states
- Administrative Services Companies – Trustee and Fiduciary Service Providers
- Variable Capital Investment Companies
- Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs)
- Regulated Markets
- Central Counterparty Clearing House (CCPs) of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives
- Trade depositories of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives
With the enactment of legislation currently undergoing legal vetting, CySEC will be the supervisory Authority also for the Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs). Furthermore, the relevant legislation which will govern the supervision of the Central Securities Depositories (CSDs) is under preparation.
In addition to the above responsibilities, the CySEC has also been entrusted with powers and duties under the following laws:
- The Public Offer and Prospectus Law of 2005
- The Insider Dealing and Market Manipulation (Market Abuse) Law of 2005
- The Public Takeover Bids Law of 2007
- The Transparency Requirements (Transferable Securities Admitted to Trading on a Regulated Market) Law of 2007