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Labuan International Business and Financial Centre Inc Sdn Bhd (Labuan IBFC Inc.) and Tricor Group (Tricor) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enable both parties to mutually strengthen Labuan IBFC’s marketing outreach and market development initiatives in Greater China.

“We are excited to further our cooperation with Tricor to expand Labuan IBFC’s value proposition to the Greater China region. This partnership will further strengthen our market footprint by offering Chinese based entities a viable substance enabling Asian based jurisdiction for all their international business needs,” said Farah Jaafar-Crossby, CEO of Labuan IBFC Inc.

“We have worked closely with Tricor over the years, increasing awareness in Asia of the wide range of structures and solutions for international business expansion, wealth management and digital finance offerings. However, Tricor’s recent expansion into mainland China, with offices covering all regions, makes the timing of this cooperation even more significant,” she added.

Tricor is one of the leading Trust Company Service Providers (TCSP) in Labuan IBFC. Like other service providers in the jurisdiction, it plays a significant role in Labuan IBFC’s business ecosystem as it is obligatory to appoint a TCSP when setting up a Labuan-licensed entity.

Lennard Yong, Group CEO of Tricor, said: “Following our acquisition of CP TRUST in Labuan in late 2018 in addition to our recent acquisition of Richful Deyong in Greater China last month, we have deepened our expertise and footprint in these high-growth markets. We are pleased to partner with Labuan IBFC as we seek to deliver a comprehensive suite of best-in-class business expansion solutions. In partnership with Labuan IBFC, I am confident that our talented teams will continue to deliver innovative solutions to accelerate the growth of our clients across Asia.”

The MoU provides a platform for both parties to explore market development opportunities in Greater China through activities such as training and knowledge sharing sessions, exchanges on market information and other mutually beneficial initiatives. The arrangement, while non-exclusive, provides for a focused commitment by both parties to explore the expansive China market.

In line with Labuan IBFC’s efforts to gain a bigger foothold in China, earlier this year its Regulator, the Labuan Financial Services Authority, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission to foster greater cooperation aimed at enhancing regulatory and supervisory oversight of cross border branches and subsidiaries of China and Labuan-based banks and insurance entities.

“As Malaysia’s international business and financial center for close to 30 years, Labuan IBFC is known as a special zone within Malaysia focused on facilitating cross-border trades, investments, financing and wealth management,” said Farah.

“It is a unique jurisdiction that provides fiscal neutrality and certainty in a currency-neutral operating environment, with a wide variety of business and wealth management structures, which we hope to attract more China based users with. Of course, the advantage of our location in the center of Asia, in addition to the cultural affinity and shared language base cannot be underestimated” she added.

Currently Labuan IBFC is home to close to 200 companies (out of which 35 are licensed entities) directly originating from China. As of last year, Bank of China was appointed by Labuan FSA as a renminbi settlement bank there thus creating an efficient, seamless and cost-effective real-time settlement of renminbi-denominated transactions. To facilitate Chinese users, Labuan companies may be incorporated with a Chinese name and in Chinese articles of associations at no extra cost.

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For more information, please contact:
Labuan IBFC
Rowena Wong
Tel: +603 2773 8984
Mobile: +6013-677 2466

Email: [email protected]

Tricor (Group Office)
Sunshine Farzan 
Group Head of Marketing & Communication
Tel: +852 2980 1261
Email: [email protected]

Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC), Malaysia, through its internationally recognised yet business-friendly legal framework, is the preferred international business and financial centre in the Asia Pacific region.

It offers global investors and businesses the benefits of being in a well-regulated jurisdiction, while providing for fiscal neutrality and certainty, in addition to being an ideal location for substance creation.

Labuan IBFC boasts a wide range of business structures and investment solutions catered to cross-border transactions and international business dealings. It offers services and solutions in niches such as asset leasing, risk management, commodity trading, wealth management, international business companies and Islamic financial services to global businesses looking at penetrating Asia and Asian entities aiming to go global.

Labuan IBFC operates within clear and comprehensive legal provisions, guidelines and practice notes, enforced by a single regulator, Labuan Financial Services Authority.

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Tricor Group (Tricor) is the leading business expansion specialist in Asia, with global knowledge and local expertise in business, corporate, investor, human resources & payroll, and corporate trust & debt services. Tricor provides the building blocks for, and catalyzes every stage of clients’ business growth, from incorporation to IPO. Tricor has had a rapid expansion through organic growth and development as well as partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. The Group today has over 50,000 clients globally, a staff strength of over 2,600 and a network of offices in 47 cities across 21 countries / territories. Our client portfolio includes over 1,500 companies listed in Hong Kong and China, ~500 companies listed in Singapore and Malaysia, and more than 40% of the Fortune Global 500 companies, as well as a significant share of multinationals and private enterprises operating across international markets. In March 2017, the Permira Funds became the controlling shareholder of the Tricor Group, alongside management.


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