CySEC Supervised 837 Entities and Imposed €2.9 million Fines in 2022

Wednesday, 15/03/2023 | 13:08 GMT by Damian Chmiel
  • CIFs represent the majority of licensed and sanctioned entities.
  • CySEC's oversight extends to two new types of companies: crowdfunding and PEPP.
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The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC ) has summarized the previous year and announced that it supervised 837 regulated entities at the end of 2022. In addition, the regulator revealed that as part of its expanded supervisory authority, it will oversee crowdfunding providers and personal pension products.

CySEC's Year in a Review: More Regulated Firms and More Fines

According to the CySEC yearly summary published on 15 March 2023, the Cypriot supervisor is currently monitoring 837 companies, which translates to an increase of 3.9% compared to 806 at the end of 2021. What is more, approximately 100 new applicants are under review pending licensing, which is 12% higher than in 2019, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"During 2022, a total of 86 applications for licenses were approved for all types of entities under the supervision of CySEC. CySEC rejected 6 applications for Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs) licenses and a further 15 applications were withdrawn, including applications for CIF licences and collective investments," CySEC commented.

Throughout 2022, CySEC's Supervision Department conducted a variety of inspections on CIFs, including 359 remote, thematic, and on-site reviews. In addition, the Department monitored the implementation of requirements for reporting transactions and derivatives contracts.

Furthermore, it conducted 119 remote document inspections and monitored the requirements of Collective Investment Institutions. Lastly, the Department continued to monitor the online marketing practices of CIFs using its specialized system, which enables the collection and analysis of relevant information.

In 2022, CySEC imposed administrative fines totaling approximately €2.9 million, of which the overwhelming majority related to penalties and settlements for CIFs. In the past two years, CySEC imposed administrative fines of over €4.2 million, of which over €3.6 million stemmed from CIFs. Over the past decade, the Cypriot regulator has imposed settlements and fines reaching €34.2 million.

Some of the largest financial fines were paid by Maxigrid Directors.

Crowdfunding and Personal Pension under CySEC's Scrutiny

Dr George Theocharides, the Chairman of CySEC, announced during a press conference that summarized the regulator's annual activities that the supervisory role will be expanded to two new groups of companies, including European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSPs) and the Providers of Pan-European Personal Pension products (PEPP). ECPs and PEPP will be able to provide pan-European services from the Republic under European laws.

In addition, CySEC plans a technological upgrade in 2023 and a higher emphasis on investors' education.

"During 2023, CySEC will advance the processes for creating a control and management system for licensing applications. With the completion of the system, all applications for licensing of supervised entities will be submitted electronically, as well as any changes submitted periodically by the supervised entities, such as the members of their Board of Directors," the regulator added.

Regarding education and training, CySEC wants to establish an annual award for two university students to promote financial literacy in Cyprus, particularly among youngsters. According to the latest press release, the supervisor wants to offer a cash prize of €1000 each.

In addition to other benefits, education is anticipated to enhance investors' comprehension of market risks and bolster their self-assurance in making their own investment choices. A recent survey conducted by CySEC indicated that one out of every three investors relies on finfluencers and their recommendations to make investment decisions. Moreover, 26 percent of Cypriot investors had invested more than they could afford to lose.

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC ) has summarized the previous year and announced that it supervised 837 regulated entities at the end of 2022. In addition, the regulator revealed that as part of its expanded supervisory authority, it will oversee crowdfunding providers and personal pension products.

CySEC's Year in a Review: More Regulated Firms and More Fines

According to the CySEC yearly summary published on 15 March 2023, the Cypriot supervisor is currently monitoring 837 companies, which translates to an increase of 3.9% compared to 806 at the end of 2021. What is more, approximately 100 new applicants are under review pending licensing, which is 12% higher than in 2019, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"During 2022, a total of 86 applications for licenses were approved for all types of entities under the supervision of CySEC. CySEC rejected 6 applications for Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs) licenses and a further 15 applications were withdrawn, including applications for CIF licences and collective investments," CySEC commented.

Throughout 2022, CySEC's Supervision Department conducted a variety of inspections on CIFs, including 359 remote, thematic, and on-site reviews. In addition, the Department monitored the implementation of requirements for reporting transactions and derivatives contracts.

Furthermore, it conducted 119 remote document inspections and monitored the requirements of Collective Investment Institutions. Lastly, the Department continued to monitor the online marketing practices of CIFs using its specialized system, which enables the collection and analysis of relevant information.

In 2022, CySEC imposed administrative fines totaling approximately €2.9 million, of which the overwhelming majority related to penalties and settlements for CIFs. In the past two years, CySEC imposed administrative fines of over €4.2 million, of which over €3.6 million stemmed from CIFs. Over the past decade, the Cypriot regulator has imposed settlements and fines reaching €34.2 million.

Some of the largest financial fines were paid by Maxigrid Directors.

Crowdfunding and Personal Pension under CySEC's Scrutiny

Dr George Theocharides, the Chairman of CySEC, announced during a press conference that summarized the regulator's annual activities that the supervisory role will be expanded to two new groups of companies, including European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSPs) and the Providers of Pan-European Personal Pension products (PEPP). ECPs and PEPP will be able to provide pan-European services from the Republic under European laws.

In addition, CySEC plans a technological upgrade in 2023 and a higher emphasis on investors' education.

"During 2023, CySEC will advance the processes for creating a control and management system for licensing applications. With the completion of the system, all applications for licensing of supervised entities will be submitted electronically, as well as any changes submitted periodically by the supervised entities, such as the members of their Board of Directors," the regulator added.

Regarding education and training, CySEC wants to establish an annual award for two university students to promote financial literacy in Cyprus, particularly among youngsters. According to the latest press release, the supervisor wants to offer a cash prize of €1000 each.

In addition to other benefits, education is anticipated to enhance investors' comprehension of market risks and bolster their self-assurance in making their own investment choices. A recent survey conducted by CySEC indicated that one out of every three investors relies on finfluencers and their recommendations to make investment decisions. Moreover, 26 percent of Cypriot investors had invested more than they could afford to lose.

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Damian's adventure with financial markets began at the Cracow University of Economics, where he obtained his MA in finance and accounting. Starting from the retail trader perspective, he collaborated with brokerage houses and financial portals in Poland as an independent editor and content manager. His adventure with Finance Magnates began in 2016, where he is working as a business intelligence analyst.
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