St. Kitts Nevis Coat-of-Arms

Money Services Business

St. Kitts Nevis Coat of Arms

Legal Framework

Duration of Money Services Businesses

A licence to carry on money services business is valid from the date of first issue to the 31st December of that year and is renewable each year on payment of the prescribed annual fee on or before the 15th day of January.

If the Commission has reasonable cause to suspect that any person is carrying on money services business without a licence granted under the Money Services Business Act, No. 26 of 2008, the Financial Services Regulatory Commission may relay the matter before a Magistrate with regards to its suspicions.

Accounts

A licensee is required to appoint annually an Auditor who must be a Chartered Accountant, Certified Public Accountant, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean or some other professionally qualified accountant, whose duty shall be to prepare reports on the annual financial statements and financial position of the licensee.

Accordingly, the licensee must, within three months of the end of their financial year, forward the audited financial statements to the Financial Services Regulatory Commission unless prior written approval for an extension was granted by the Commission.

A licensee shall institute procedures to ensure that its accounting records and systems of business control comply with the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, No. 25 of 2008.

Annual Returns

The holder of a Class A or Class B licence, must, within the format provided by the Financial Services Regulatory Commission, file quarterly returns with the Commission within fifteen days of the end of a quarter, along with a written declaration that the information set out in the application for the licence remains correct and gives a fair picture of the operations of the money services business.

The holder of Class C, Class D or Class E licence must, within fifteen days of the end of the financial year, file an annual return with the Commission along with a written declaration that the information set out in its application remains correct.

Revocation and Termination of a Licence

The Financial Services Regulatory Commission may revoke any licence to carry on money services business in Saint Christopher and Nevis if the licensee (a) fails to commence operations within a period of three (3) months following the granting of the licence; (b) fails to comply with the conditions or restrictions of its licence; (c) is in breach of any of the provisions of the Money Services Business Act; (d) ceases to carry on money services business in Saint Christopher and Nevis; (e) is conducting its affairs in a manner detrimental to the public interest or to the interest of its customers; (f) goes into liquidation or is winding up or otherwise dissolved; (g) by reason of any other circumstance, is no longer a fit and proper person to hold a licence. The Financial Services Regulatory Commission will also terminate a licence at the request of the licensee.

Where a licence to carry on money services business in Saint Christopher and Nevis has been revoked, the Financial Services Regulatory Commission will publish a notice of the revocation in the Gazette and a newspaper circulating in Saint Christopher and Nevis and take any other steps necessary to inform the public of such revocation.

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Contact Information

The Nevis Financial Services (Regulation and Supervision) Department will be hosting its Annual AML/CFT Awareness Seminar and Training Workshop on Monday, March 06 and Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at the prestigious Four Seasons Resort under the theme, "Increasing Awareness through Smarter Compliance - Forging New Connections to Combat Financial Crime."
 

For further information, please contact the Financial Services Department at 469-1469 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Financial Services Regulatory Commission, Nevis Branch

P.O. Box 689, Main Street
Charlestown, Nevis
West Indies

Tel: (869) 469 - 1469
Fax: (869) 469 - 7739
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