Establishing in the
Abu Dhabi Global Market
Within two years of its inception, the ADGM has proved to be one of the world’s most innovative financial centres, and ranked the “Financial Centre of the Year(MENA)” for two consecutive years…Get Started
The World’s Newest International Financial Centre
The ADGM opened for business in the year 2015. Since then, it has been at the forefront of innovation in the financial regulatory space, pioneering initiatives such as the FinTech RegLab, the versatile Special Purpose Companies Regime, and the region’s first framework for the establishment of Foundations. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) authorises and regulates firms for financial services, and the ADGM Courts complete the structure. The ADGM is a Common Law jurisdiction, a factor that provides familiarity and comfort to international investors.
Consecutive years as MENA’s ‘Financial Centre of the Year
Approved financial entities
US$ 4.2 billion +
AUM (ADGM firms)
Helping you navigate the detailed process of finance service authorisation through a focused approach, comprehensive documentation assistance and advice on prevalent rules and regulations.
Consulting on the Rulebooks, their application; compliance outsourcing and oversight. Corporate Governance and risk management. Assistance in the creation of a robust compliance department at your firm. Training on compliance-related matters.
Outsourcing of the CFO function and Virtual CFO services. Also regulatory reporting and specialist consulting on asset management and brokerage.
Fulfilling the HR function of your firm – policies and procedures, payroll and people management. Assistance in recruitment. Training on soft skills. Comprehensive HR portal.
Pioneer in ADGM-related courses. Short and effective refreshers on compliance and corporate governance. Emphasis on Digital Transformation and regulatory aspects of new technologies.
Our consulting activities are focused on translating the power of technology into realizable business strategies for small and medium enterprises. Specializing in digital and IT transformation, sourcing advisory, branding & digital strategy, and governance services.
From basic legal work (contracts, service agreements) to comprehensive fund documentation. Also corporate structures, with a focus on startups and fintech.
While the FSRA permits a wide range of financial services to be carried out from the ADGM, some restrictions apply. Any person or institution intending to carry out financial services in or from the ADGM is required to be licensed and authorised by the FSRA. Authorised firms are divided into the following categories, each with its own rules and capital requirements.
- Accepting Deposits
- Managing a PSIAu
US $10 million
- Dealing in Investments as Principal (not as a Matched Principal)
- Dealing as Credit
US $2 million
- Dealing in Investments as Principal (only as a Matched Principal)
- Dealing as Agent
- Providing Custody (only if for a Fund)
- Acting as the Trustee of a Fund
US $4 million
- Managing a Collective Investment Fund
- Managing Assets
- Providing Trust Services as a Trustee of an express trust
- Managing a PSIAr
- Providing Custody (other than for a Fund)
US $ 250,000
Base Capital for Exempt and Qualified Investor Funds - US$ 50,000
- Advising on Financial Products
- Arranging Custody
- Insurance Intermediation
- Insurance Management
- Operating an Alternative Trading System
- Providing Fund Administration
- Providing Trust Services other than as a trustee of an express trust
- Arranging Credit and Advising on Credit
- Arranging Deals in Investments
US $ 10,000
US $ 10Million
Special Purpose Vehicles
- Multiple classes of shares & corporate directorships permitted
- Low cost, can use the address of a corporate service provider
- Envelope of Common Law
Arguably the most versatile corporate structure of its kind in the GCC…EXPLORE MORE
- Activity-based fee structure
- Reduced office space costs
- Path-breaking initiatives for FinTech firms
The ADGM framework offers many incentives for startup firms to set up base and obtain authorizations to do business.EXPLORE MORE
- Supports both Domestic and Foreign Funds
- Extensive range of fund types and structures
- Fast-track notification process for Exempt and Qualified Investor funds
ADGM’s fund framework provides class-rivalling costs and time-to-market, with globally competitive minimum capital requirements. There are no remuneration restrictions on fund managers.EXPLORE MORE
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