In accordance with its legislative mandate, the Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority (FMA) ensures the stability of the Liechtenstein financial market, the protection of clients, the prevention of abuses, and the implementation of and compliance with recognized international standards.
As an integrated and independent supervisory authority, the FMA supervises the financial market participants in the Liechtenstein financial centre. Through its supervisory work, the FMA ensures the stability of the financial institutions and financial market as well as the protection of clients. If supervisory rules are violated, the FMA takes the necessary measures in the interest of client protection and the reputation of the financial centre. When combating abuse, the FMA also deals with cases in which activities subject to a licence are pursued without the appropriate licence.
The FMA ensures the implementation of international standards and participates in the preparation of financial market laws on behalf of the Government. The FMA advocates sustainable regulation that ensures efficient and effective supervision. To further specify laws and their implementing ordinances, the FMA also issues guidelines and communications.
The FMA is represented in all relevant supervisory organizations at the global and European level. With its recognition as an equivalent supervisory authority, the FMA makes an important contribution to ensuring international market access for Liechtenstein financial intermediaries. At the national level, the FMA maintains close contacts with business and professional associations.
Enterprise and team
The FMA is an autonomous authority with its own legal personality. It was established as an integrated Financial Market Authority in 2005. The FMA is governed according to the rules and practices of responsible and modern corporate management. At the end of 2019, the FMA employed 110 people from Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and other countries.