Asset Servicing Overview
A home for the full lifecycle of asset servicing

ADGM has become home to a wide ecosystem supporting the growth of its funds management, institutional asset management and private wealth management industries. The English common law environment and sophisticated regulatory regime has provided the ideal platform for the growth of Asset Servicing Providers (ASPs), providing a home at ADGM for the full lifecycle of asset servicing. Increasingly clients require, and entities are providing:

  • Funds Accounting Administration
  • Trustee Services
  • Custody of Traditional and Digital Assets
  • Asset Financing
  • Depositary Services
  • Risk Management
  • Outsourcing Services

With the increasingly sophisticated needs of institutional and private asset managers across traditional asset classes, alternatives and digital assets, the demand for effective and efficient asset services continues to grow. ADGM is committed to providing an effective platform for these services in a tax efficient location and with access to skilled resources and technology innovators.

Financial services entities are required to meet specific resource requirements, either designated as Controlled Functions, which require approval by the FSRA, or as Recognised Functions, which are appointed by the entity itself and notified to the FSRA. For more information refer to Chapters 5.3 and 5.4 in the ADGM General Rulebook (GEN).

Entities that are either required or that want to have a physical presence, will find a wide range of Grade A office space on Al Maryah Island to choose from. The ADGM team will advise regarding office requirements on a case by case basis.

Asset Servicing is one of three Wealth and Asset Management focused areas at ADGM. The other areas include Investment Management and Funds and Fund Management.

Abu Dhabi is ideal for Asset Servicing

Business friendly

The ease of doing business in Abu Dhabi and within ADGM is invaluable, with numerous digital platforms, a tax-friendly environment that supports good business, and a concierge service for all Abu Dhabi government services. Abu Dhabi supports a low cost establishment which helps to protect margins and costs for ASP's.

Strategically located

Conveniently positioned globally at the crossroads of major trading routes, Abu Dhabi is in close proximity, mostly within a three hour flight, to the two large wealth markets in the wider Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent.

Strong diversifying economy

Abu Dhabi is a regional hub with a strong public and private sector in an economy which is increasingly diversifying across sectors, leading to greater, locally provided Asset services.

Unparalleled infrastructure

Abu Dhabi has world class infrastructure with significant investments in green sustainable energy and an extensive professional services infrastructure such as medical, consultancy, legal, architectural and housing.

Safe and stable

Ranked as one the safest cities in the world, Abu Dhabi offers a world-class infrastructure, including housing, schools, sporting facilities, cultural institutions and events with convenient international transportation links globally.

Why set up your Asset Servicing business in ADGM
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Product friendly
ADGM prides itself on being a product friendly jurisdiction recognising that ASPs' require new and innovative solutions for ever evolving asset management needs.
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Agile and responsive
ADGM also provides a fast response time to international regulatory changes to help ASPs' implement with minimal impact on ongoing business.
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FinTech hub
ADGM is rated to be one of the world's leading FinTech jurisdictions with a flourishing ecosystem and with the world's second most active FinTech regulatory sandbox.
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Rule of law
A strong rule of law through the direct application of English common law, strong judiciary, speed of judgment facilitated by world's first e-Courts, seat of arbitration, and a strong system of enforceability of judgments.
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Full ecosystem
ADGM offers a full ecosystem of legal, accounting and servicing firms and enables the optimisation of businesses.
Other Wealth and Asset Management solutions
Investment Management

Abu Dhabi is perfectly placed to take advantage of local and regional investment and asset management opportunities, as home to some of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world.

Funds and Fund Management

The ADGM funds framework balances a business-friendly environment for industry practitioners whilst retaining appropriate levels of investor protection, allowing fund managers to establish a comprehensive selection of funds, including Sharia-compliant products, and to benefit from the wide range of available corporate, limited partnership and trust vehicles. ADGM funds may be distributed across the UAE, which has led to a thriving environment for established local and international firms.

Abu Dhabi is perfectly placed to take advantage of local and regional investment and asset management opportunities, as home to some of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world.

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