• Limited Liability Partnerships Rules

    LLP Rules
    LLP 1:
    Application, purpose and interpretation
    LLP 1.1 Application
    LLP 1.2 Purpose
    LLP 1.3 Interpretation
    LLP 2:
    Limited Liability Partnerships registry, Forms and Fees
    LLP 2.1 Forms
    LLP 2.2 Time for Filing Forms
    LLP 2.3 Fees
    LLP 2.4 Provision of Information
    LLP 3:
    Accounting and Audit
    LLP 3.1 Accounting Standards
    LLP 4:
    Miscellaneous
    LLP 4.1 Registers and Records
    LLP 4.2 Objection to Notice of Financial Penalty
    LLP App1:
    Prescribed Forms
    LLP App2:
    Prescribed Fees


    Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

    • LLP 1 LLP 1 Application, Purpose and Interpretation

      • LLP 1.1 LLP 1.1 Application

        • LLP 1.1.1

          These rules apply to every Person to whom the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations apply.

          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

      • LLP 1.2 LLP 1.2 Purpose

        • LLP 1.2 Guidance

          The purpose of these rules is to provide further detail in respect of the operation of the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations. Accordingly, these rules should be read in conjunction with the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations.

          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

      • LLP 1.3 LLP 1.3 Interpretation

        • LLP 1.3.1

          In these rules:

          (A) defined terms are identified by the capitalisation of the initial letter of the word or phrase and are in italics;
          (B) subject to (C) defined terms have the same meaning as they have in the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations; and
          (C) the following defined terms have the meaning given below:

          Defined Term Meaning
          Authorisation Authorisation granted by the Regulatory Authority to carry on Regulated Activities in accordance with Part 5 of the Financial Services Regulations.
          CRO Companies Registration Office
          Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations The QFC Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations 2005
          Islamic Financial Business The business of carrying on one or more Regulated Activities in accordance with Shari'a.
          Person Any person and includes a natural or legal person, body corporate, or body unincorporate, including a branch, company, Partnerships, unincorporated association or other undertaking, government or state.
          Regulated Activities Has the meaning set out in Article 23 of the Financial Services Regulations.

          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

    • LLP 2 LLP 2 Limited Liability Partnerships registry, Forms and Fees

      • LLP 2.1 LLP 2.1 Forms

        • LLP 2.1.1

          The forms identified in column 3 in the table in Appendix 1 are prescribed for the purposes set out in column 1 of that table.

          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

        • LLP 2.1.2

          (1) The Prescribed Forms must be completed in accordance with any directions, instructions or requirements contained in the form.
          (2) An annexure to a Prescribed Form must be endorsed with the words:

          "This is the annexure to the (insert description of form) relating to (insert name of Limited Liability Partnerships) dated (insert date of form)."
          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

        • LLP 2.1.3

          Any form, annexure or other document filed with the CRO must:

          (A) be on white paper of international A4 size;
          (B) be clearly printed or written in black in a manner that is permanent and is able to be reproduced or copied by photographic or electronic means;
          (C) contain, where applicable, original signatures of the person or persons indicated on the form and the date on which they signed;
          (D) set out the name and QFC number (where applicable) of the Limited Liability Partnerships or Branch to which the form relates; and
          (E) be completed in the English language.
          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

        • LLP 2.1.4

          Where a provision of the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations or these rules requires a certified copy of a document to be filed with the CRO, the copy must be certified by:

          (A) in the case of a document created or issued by a Limited Liability Partnerships or Non-QFC Limited Liability Partnerships itself, including but not limited to the Limited Liability Partnerships Agreement and other constitutional documents, a Member or Designated Member of the Limited Liability Partnerships or Non-QFC Limited Liability Partnerships;
          (B) in the case of a document issued by the public body responsible for the incorporation of companies or the maintenance of the company registry in another jurisdiction, a person properly authorised by that public body; or
          (C) in any other case, a person duly authorised to certify official documents in the jurisdiction in which the copy is being certified.
          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

      • LLP 2.2 LLP 2.2 Time for Filing Forms

        • LLP 2.2.1

          Where an Article in the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations or a rule in these rules requires a notice to be filed with the CRO, the notice must be filed, in the absence of a time limit being stated in the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations or these rules, within 21 days of the date of the happening of the event to which the notice relates.

          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

      • LLP 2.3 LLP 2.3 Fees

        • LLP 2.3.1

          The fees identified in column 3 in the table in Appendix 2 are prescribed for the purposes set out in column 1 of that table.

          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

      • LLP 2.4 LLP 2.4 Provision of Information

        • LLP 2.4.1

          (1) The CRO will, upon application and payment of the Prescribed Fee, produce an extract of the information maintained in the register maintained by the CRO in relation to any particular Limited Liability Partnerships or Branch.
          (2) An extract of information produced pursuant to (1) is prima facie evidence of the matters stated in it.
          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

        • LLP 2.4.2

          (1) The CRO will, upon application and payment of the Prescribed Fee, produce a certified copy of a certificate of incorporation of a Limited Liability Partnerships or of a certificate of registration of a Branch, or any document required to be filed with the CRO as provided for in the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations.
          (2) A certified copy of a certificate of incorporation or certificate of registration produced pursuant to (1) is conclusive evidence of the incorporation of the Limited Liability Partnerships or registration of the Branch.
          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

    • LLP 3 LLP 3 Accounting and Audit

      • LLP 3.1 LLP 3.1 Accounting Standards

        • LLP 3.1.1

          For the purposes of Article 34 of the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations, the accounting standards published by the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) are prescribed in respect of a Limited Liability Partnerships which is an Authorised Firm and which has on its Authorisation an endorsement authorising it to conduct Islamic Financial Business.

          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

    • LLP 4 LLP 4 Miscellaneous

      • LLP 4.1 LLP 4.1 Registers and Records

        • LLP 4.1.1

          Subject to any specific requirement of the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations, any register or record that a Limited Liability Partnerships is required to keep or maintain by operation of the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations or these rules, must be kept at the registered office of the Limited Liability Partnerships or at such other place determined by the Members.

          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

        • LLP 4.1.2

          A decision of the Members to keep any register or record referred to in Rule 4.1.1 at a place other than the registered office of the Limited Liability Partnerships must only be made by the Members and a record must be kept of the decision, including the decision as to the place at which the registers or records must be maintained.

          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

      • LLP 4.2 LLP 4.2 Objection to Notice of Financial Penalty

        • LLP 4.2.1

          To object to the imposition of a financial penalty in accordance with Article 57(3)(B) of the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations, a person must file with the CRO within the period stated in the notice of imposition of financial penalty a notice of objection which sets out the following information:

          (A) the name of the person to whom the notice of imposition of financial penalty was addressed;
          (B) the date of the notice of imposition of financial penalty;
          (C) the period within which objection to the imposition of financial penalty must be made; and
          (D) every matter which the person believes ought to be taken into account by the CRO in determining whether to commence proceedings in the Regulatory Tribunal for payment of financial penalty.
          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

    • LLP App1 LLP App1 Prescribed Forms

      • LLP A1.1 LLP A1.1 Prescribed Limited Liability Partnerships Forms

        • LLP A1.1.1 LLP A1.1.1

          For the purpose of the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations and these rules the Prescribed Forms are listed in the table.

          Purpose Relevant Article or Rule Form
          Annual Return Article 30(1) Q15
          Application for:
          (A) incorporation as a Limited Liability Partnership;
          (B) for registration as a branch in the QFC
          where the application is in conjunction with an application for a licence to conduct non-regulated activities
          Article 9, 46 Q01
          Application for:
          (A) incorporation as an Limited Liability Partnerships;
          (B) for registration as a branch in the QFC
          Whe where the application is in conjunction with an application for authorisation to conduct regulated activities.
          Article 9, 46 Q02
          Notice of change or appointment, removal or resignation of an auditor Article 38(1) and Article 38(6) and Article 40(4) Q07
          Notice of change of branch particulars Article 50 Q07
          Notice of change of name of a Limited Liability Partnership Article 20(2) Q07
          Notice of change of financial year Article 33 Q07
          Registration of a financing statements with the CRO Article 65 Q23
          Notice of change of registered office of a Limited Liability Partnership Article 26(1) Q07
          Registration of the particulars of each Member who becomes or ceases to be a Member or any change in the particulars of the Members of a Limited Liability Partnership Article 16(1) (A) and 16(1) (B) Q07
          Registration of the particulars of each new Designated Member who becomes or ceases to be a Designated Member Article 16(1)(A) Q07


          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

          • LLP A1.1.1 Guidance

            The forms referred to in the table in Appendix 1 are published on the website of the Regulatory Authority (www.qfcra.com).

            Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).

    • LLP App2 LLP App2 Prescribed Fees

      • LLP A2.1 LLP A2.1 Prescribed Limited Liability Partnerships Fees

        • LLP A2.1.1

          For the purpose of the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations and these rules the Prescribed Fees are listed in the table.

          Purpose Relevant Article or Rule Fee US$
          Application for:
          (A) incorporation as a Limited Liability Partnerships;
          or
          (B) registration as a branch in the QFC.
          Article 9, 46 Nil
          Filing notice of change in the branch particulars Article 50 200
          Filing of change of name of a Limited Liability Partnership Article 20(2) 200
          Filing of change of registered office of a Limited Liability Partnership Article 26(1) 200
          Delivery of annual return to CRO Article 30(1) 200
          Notice of change or appointment, removal or resignation of an auditor Article 38(1) and Article 38(6) and Article 40(4) 200
          Registration of a financing statements with the CRO Article 65 200
          Registration of the particulars of each Member who becomes or ceases to be a Member or any change in the particulars of the Members of a Limited Liability Partnerships Article 16(1) (A) and 16(1) (B) 200
          Registration of the particulars of each new Designated Member who becomes or ceases to be a Designated Member or any change in the particulars of the Members of a Limited Liability Partnerships Article 16(1) (A) and 16(1) (B) 200
          Request for an extract of the information maintained in the register maintained by the CRO Rule 2.4.1 50
          Request for certified copy of certificate of incorporation or certificate of registration or any document required to be filed with the CRO as provided for in the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations Rule 2.4.2 50
          Search of the register of financing statements Article 71(3) 50


          Inserted by from RM2011-2 (as from 6th December 2011).