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    WARNING: Potentially fraudulent misrepresentations made by non-ADGM companies

    ADGM RA 02/06/2021
    Third Party Financial Technology Services

    The Registration Authority (RA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) wishes to alert members of the public about persons making false and misleading claims that non-ADGM companies are, or are about to be, incorporated, registered or licensed in ADGM. In addition, some persons may also purport that companies are licensed to conduct certain types of business in or from ADGM when this is not true.

    In some cases, these misrepresentations may be part of a greater fraudulent scheme and could result in significant financial losses to unwary investors. A company cannot claim to be incorporated, registered or licensed to do business in or from the ADGM until the Registrar approves its application. Similarly, a company cannot claim to be licensed in the ADGM to conduct certain business activities when, in fact, it is not.

    It is a serious contravention of ADGM legislation to misrepresent that a company is incorporated, registered or licenced to conduct certain business in or from ADGM when it is not. This type of misconduct, which can result in a fine up to US $15,000 per contravention, typically involves making these false claims to the public on a website, material contract, investor subscription form or other similar communications or documents.

    The RA is particularly concerned that these false and misleading representations have the potential to fraudulently mislead members of the public to invest in these non-ADGM companies, in part, based on the incorrect belief that these companies are, or are about to be, incorporated, registered or licensed to carry on certain activities in or from ADGM.

    Members of the public and potential investors are encouraged to search ADGM’s online public Register of Companies to see if a company is incorporated in ADGM by going to www.registration.adgm.com.

    Using the “Company Search” function on that page, you can view the details of all ADGM registered and deregistered entities, including incorporated companies and registered branches of foreign companies in ADGM. Searching ADGM’s public Register of Companies is a free service.

    The RA advises members of the public and potential investors to always exercise caution when contacted by a representative of any entity that purports that it is or will be incorporated, registered and licensed to conduct business in or from the ADGM. In particular, this includes a solicitation for investment. Prior to investing in such companies, you should always exercise the appropriate due diligence, including confirming the entity’s current status by checking the ADGM Register of Companies.