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  • Capital Markets

    Thrive in a vibrant capital markets ecosystem driving sustainable growth and investment opportunities.

    ADGM’s robust capital markets ecosystem offers unparalleled access to public and private markets liquidity, investment opportunities, financial innovations and strategic partnerships for financial institutions seeking to unlock avenues of sustainable growth. Embrace the strength and stability of our capital markets bolstered by best-in-class regulatory frameworks that are designed to foster market integrity, transparency and trust.

    Whether you are a Markets Intermediary, Markets Infrastructure or seeking capital formation via Offers of Securities, position your business for success in ADGM with certainty and confidence, where regulatory clarity, agility and innovation serve as cornerstones for long-term growth and stability.

    Financial services entities that wish to carry on financial services activities in ADGM must apply for a Financial Services Permission from the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) under the applicable financial services regulations.

    Entities will find a wide range of Grade A office space on Al Maryah & Al Reem Island to choose from. The ADGM team will advise regarding office requirements on a case-by-case basis.

    Why set up your Capital Markets business in ADGM

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    Supportive and
    progressive ecosystem

    ADGM supports the development and expansion of financial services business models, offering a full ecosystem of legal, accounting and servicing firms.
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    Risk-based and
    progressive regulator

    ADGM prides itself on being a risk-based and progressive regulator open to the use of technological innovation and welcomes engagement to support ideas for growing your business.
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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 the world's first e-Courts, seat of arbitration, and a strong system of enforceability of judgments.

    Capital Markets activities supported in ADGM

    Markets Infrastructure

    Reflecting a flexible, world-class regulatory framework and strong investment environment, Market Infrastructures are a vital part of the capital markets within ADGM, coming in the form of Recognised Investment Exchanges, Recognised Clearing Houses, Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTFs) and Organised Trading Facilities (OTFs).

    ADGM fosters primary and secondary markets across its Market Infrastructures, ranging from the offering and listing of Securities (including Digital Securities) to having bespoke trading venues focused on commodity derivatives and Virtual Assets.

    Within its capital markets ecosystem, ADGM also allows Remote Bodies (exchanges and/or clearing houses) and Remote Members (broker/members) from non-ADGM jurisdictions to connect into ADGM-based brokers and Exchanges/Clearing houses respectively.

    Markets Intermediaries

    ADGM's best-in-class regulatory framework, diverse range of product offerings, and connectivity with global debt and equity capital markets makes it the destination for markets intermediaries such as broker-dealers, investment managers, custodians, corporate finance advisors in the MENA region. Our capital market benefits from a regulatory framework that places investor protection at the forefront, enabling access to a range of investment and trading opportunities across primary and secondary markets, multiple asset classes and product lines.

    Offers of Securities and Investments

    Issuers of securities and investment products can take advantage of FSRA's stringent and progressive framework governing their issuance in and from ADGM. Issuers, both regionally and globally, can raise capital in an efficient manner under a framework that offers significant investor protection. Issuers can make an Offer of Securities to the public or may benefit from an exemption under the FSRA's Exempt Offers regime. ADGM ensures full transparency for issuers and investors within its markets.

    Participants and investors benefit from a world class listing authority responsible for the review of prospectuses and for the admission of Securities to its Official List.

    Reflecting a flexible, world-class regulatory framework and strong investment environment, Market Infrastructures are a vital part of the capital markets within ADGM, coming in the form of Recognised Investment Exchanges, Recognised Clearing Houses, Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTFs) and Organised Trading Facilities (OTFs).

    ADGM fosters primary and secondary markets across its Market Infrastructures, ranging from the offering and listing of Securities (including Digital Securities) to having bespoke trading venues focused on commodity derivatives and Virtual Assets.

    Within its capital markets ecosystem, ADGM also allows Remote Bodies (exchanges and/or clearing houses) and Remote Members (broker/members) from non-ADGM jurisdictions to connect into ADGM-based brokers and Exchanges/Clearing houses respectively.

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