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ADGM, leading the way with a transparent and progressive approach to regulating digital assets

ADGM is a leading international financial centre based in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) are global pioneers in the regulation of digital assets, facilitating access to this dynamic market through a robust and progressive framework.

The FSRA champions an innovative approach to regulation across the financial landscape, taking a forward-looking and transparent stance based on strong cross industry dialogue and collaboration with the different sector players. As a result, Abu Dhabi is fast becoming a destination of choice for global players leading the development of digital assets who have established themselves within ADGM in order to benefit from its supportive ecosystem, globally recognised regulatory standards and English common-law jurisdiction.

Conducting Virtual Asset Activities in ADGM

Virtual Assets Framework by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

In response to global demand from industry players, in 2018, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of ADGM became the first jurisdiction globally to introduce and implement a comprehensive and bespoke regulatory framework for the regulation of exchanges, custodians, brokers, and other intermediaries engaged in virtual asset activities.

Digital Assets

ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) introduced a comprehensive regulatory framework in 2018 for digital assets, including virtual assets, tokenised securities and funds, and stablecoins.

Digital Securities

Businesses, locally and globally, can take advantage of ADGM’s best in class framework to raise capital and manage their investments in an efficient manner via the issuance and trading of digital securities in and from ADGM.

Digital Asset Players

ADGM’s regulated ecosystem supports a diverse range of firms and service providers ranging from multilateral trading facilities, broker-dealers, custodians, asset managers and other intermediaries in the conduct of digital asset activities.


Investors are seeing the benefits of investing and trading with regulated digital asset players and interest and demand for access to digital assets in regulated markets is increasing.

As a financial services regulatory body, we are committed to being fair, efficient and transparent and look to fulfil this commitment through our world-class regulatory framework and an expansive network of partners, which is underpinned by international standards and best practices.

We believe in the importance of championing an innovative ecosystem that encourages financial innovation and intermediation across the UAE, the region, and the globe. The FSRA adopts a risk-based and pragmatic approach to its roles and responsibilities to ensure ADGM is a sound ecosystem for stakeholders to operate in.

Emmanuel Givanakis

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