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NBU Cancels Limit on Foreign Investors’ Repatriation of Proceeds from Selling Securities and Equity Rights

NBU Cancels Limit on Foreign Investors’ Repatriation of Proceeds from Selling Securities and Equity Rights

As part of the FX liberalization and for further improvement of the investment climate, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has canceled a monthly limit of EUR 5 million set on the repatriation of the funds received from selling securities and equity rights as well as the funds received from a reduction of authorized capital of a legal entity or a foreign investor’s exit from an economic partnership.

In addition, new items have been added to the list of transactions that may be executed through the accounts of nonresidents. In particular, it is now allowed to credit to the current accounts of nonresident individuals the hryvnia funds received as dividends, interest income on securities, or other income from property items that is not related to their alienation, sale, or liquidation or reduction of authorized capital.

The said loosening provisions, together with the already canceled limitation on the repatriation of dividends, will give nonresidents more flexibility in how they manage their own funds both in foreign currencies and in the hryvnia. The streamlined procedure of repatriation of foreign investment will also facilitate the flow of investment into Ukraine.

Furthermore, to avoid misunderstanding, the NBU clarifies that the existing e-limit of EUR 2 million per year set on the abroad investments of resident legal entities also applies to the purchases of securities of foreign issuers and Ukrainian Eurobonds.

The loosening provisions are approved by NBU Board Resolution No.113 On Approval of Amendments to the Regulation on Safeguards and Procedures for Certain FX Transactions dated 9 September 2019. They will take effect on 10 September 2019.

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