Abu Dhabi boasts first-class infrastructure and unparalleled global connectivity, making it a premier international destination. Its exceptional qualities make it an ideal location to live, work, and conduct business.
A financial centre that provides transparency, efficiency, and integrity, through its progressive frameworks, future focused infrastructure, all within a familiar independent legal jurisdiction – ADGM is the perfect platform for success.
ADGM, the centre for a transparent and thriving sustainable finance ecosystem.
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Financial Services Regulatory Authority
Supporting and facilitating all financial activities in ADGM
ADGM believes that a fair, efficient and transparent marketplace is fundamental in meeting the dynamic and growing needs of the Abu Dhabi economy and global markets. ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority was established to advocate a progressive financial services environment and uphold the integrity of the whole international financial centre by managing any potential risk exposure and undesirable impacts.
The regulatory framework of the FSRA, the regulations and rules of which are modelled on internationally recognised standards and best practices, ensure that financial entities operate in ADGM with certainty and do so on a level-playing field, and that the best interests of customers, clients and investors are safeguarded.
The FSRA has an open and progressive approach in the maintenance and development of its regulatory framework, looking towards the international standard-setting bodies and responding to market innovations, and undertaking meaningful stakeholder engagement through public consultations, when considering amendments to its regulatory framework
Activities and Forms
Committed to operating a fair, efficient and responsive regulatory environment for its market participants and stakeholders both in the UAE and internationally.
Laws, Regulations and Rules
The Federal Legislation, including the UAE Constitution, established ADGM as a financial free zone.
All governance, legislative, and regulatory framework and activities to be carried on in ADGM is set out by Abu Dhabi Law No. 4 of 2013.
Financial Services and Markets Regulations (FSMR) establishes the legislative and regulatory framework for financial services in ADGM, and has been broadly modelled on the UK's Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) and other related legislation.
ADGM and its three Authorities issue relevant Guidance, based on English common law, to communicate and explain the principles that underpin the legal framework.
ADGM informs the public and marketplace about its plans and invites comments on proposed initiatives and amendments to rules through public consultations.
An Authorised Person may apply to the FSRA for a waiver or a modification of specific regulatory requirements. The firm shall submit written details of the reason for the request and all relevant facts to support the application.
ADGM Authorities have and will continue to issue relevant notices and circulars to explain changes and updates to stakeholders.