• Exemption for an interest in a foreign general insurance company

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    Australian residents with shares in a publicly listed general insurance company can get this exemption if the following requirements are satisfied:

    • Approved stock exchange

    Shares you hold in the company must be of a class listed on any stock market of a stock exchange approved in regulation 152I, Schedule 12 of the Regulations. See Appendix 1: Approved stock exchanges for more information.

    • Trading requirement

    The class of shares you hold in the company must be widely held and actively traded on a regular basis on a stock market of an approved stock exchange during the period in which the exemption applies.

    • Authorised to carry on general insurance business

    The general insurance company must be authorised under the law of its place of residence to carry on general insurance business. This requirement ensures that the company meets regulatory requirements for general insurance businesses in its country of residence.

    • Principally engaged in general insurance business

    The general insurance company must also be principally engaged in the active carrying on of general insurance business during the period in which the exemption applies. [section 509]

    Last modified: 01 Jul 2006QC 18507