AIX has approved Listed Funds Rules*

30 July 2019

Astana International Exchange (AIX) is pleased to announce that Listed Funds Rules (the “Rules”) aimed at enabling the Listed Funds market have been approved by the Board of Directors and received a final approval from Astana Financial Services Authority on July 23, 2019.

The Rules allow the listing of Collective Investment Schemes under the AIFC Collective Investment Scheme Rules including Exchange Traded Funds, Islamic Investment Funds, Private Equity Funds, Venture Capital Funds and Real Estate Investment Trusts. Quick and efficient listing of Funds that have primary listing on an equivalent exchange with regime satisfactory to AIX is also possible under the Rules.

The Rules provide for a simple, cheap and transparent way to offer securities to both institutional and retail investors.

 “The Listed Funds regime was designed to create an attractive environment for both issuers and investors. Discussions with overseas listed funds intending to apply to AIX for secondary listing are underway,” said Tim Bennett, CEO, AIX. “We believe that with the enhanced transparency and investor protection, relative simplicity of trading and operations, lower operating costs, as well as high liquidity of units often attributed to Collective Investment Schemes, will give the AIX Listed Funds market a quick start.”

*This press release serves as a Notice under AIX Business Rules BRG 1.3.1.


AIX was created in 2017 within the AIFC development framework. AIX shareholders are: AIFC, Goldman Sachs, Shanghai Stock Exchange, Silk Road Fund and NASDAQ which provides AIX trading platform. The exchange operates within a regulatory environment based on the principles of English common law, ensuring reliable conditions for investments. AIX’s mission is to develop a deep and liquid capital market in Kazakhstan and the region by providing clear and favourable conditions for private and public businesses to raise capital. AIX is developing special segments for mining companies, as well as infrastructure projects under the Belt and Road initiative. Read more:

AIFC. The AIFC was established on the initiative of the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. In December 2015 President Nazarbayev approved the Constitutional Statute “On the Astana International Financial Centre” (AIFC). The aim of the AIFC is to establish a leading international centre for financial services. The objectives of the AIFC are to attract investment into the economy through the establishment of an attractive environment for investment in financial services, develop local capital markets, ensuring their integration with the international capital markets.

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