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  • Digital Assets

    Build the future of finance in a dynamic innovation ecosystem supported by clear, progressive regulations.

    Abu Dhabi is recognised as the top FinTech hub in MENA region with ADGM actively championing the development of a sustainable and vibrant FinTech ecosystem, setting many 'firsts' for the MENA region, including the first FinTech Regulatory regime and the first FinTech RegLab which today is the world's second most active FinTech sandbox after London.

    ADGM recognises the importance of technological innovation in the financial services industry. We play a meaningful role in supporting innovation and growth in FinTech while promoting systemic safety and consumer protection. As a centre of connectivity located halfway between the European and Asian markets, Abu Dhabi is a crossroads of the world where ADGM's strategic partnerships with other regulators and the private sector underpin a vibrant FinTech ecosystem. 

    ADGM is the first in the region to pioneer financial innovation and offer a platform for a vibrant FinTech ecosystem, while providing the opportunity to collaborate with a progressive and award-winning regulator. We continue to reach out to all relevant stakeholders in the FinTech industry, both locally and globally, in pursuit of achieving our goals in building the industry in Abu Dhabi. These partnerships provide a framework for parties to harness each other’s expertise and knowledge, and to create shared initiatives that strategically support the development and growth of the FinTech ecosystem in ADGM, Abu Dhabi, and beyond.

    Established FinTech entities setting up in ADGM find a business friendly and enabling ecosystem with access to some of the world's most underserved FinTech markets, while FinTech Startups can apply to the ADGM RegLab, the first RegLab in the region providing a controlled environment for participants to explore and develop innovative FinTech solutions in a risk appropriate and cost-effective environment.

    ADGM is partner in and home to the recently launched global tech ecosystem Hub71Over a billion dirhams of this programme is committed to driving tech transformation through Hub71.  For the first time, through Hub71, we will be bringing together three key pillars that are essential for the success of Abu Dhabi’s tech ecosystem – capital providers, business enablers and strategic partners. Mubadala Investment Company is leading this initiative, and our partners Microsoft and SoftBank Vision Fund are some of the world’s most powerful technology investors and companies. 

    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).

    Why set up your Digital Assets business in ADGM

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    Supportive and
    progressive ecosystem

    ADGM supports the development and expansion of transformative digital asset businesses, offering an enabling tech ecosystem and innovative community including financial institutions, investors, accelerators, infrastructure players, developers and professional service providers.
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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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    Global financial
    innovation network

    With access and connectivity to a global network of financial services regulators and fintech hubs, ADGM provides a connecting platform for digital asset businesses to scale their products in multiple jurisdictions.

    Digital Asset activities regulated by ADGM

    Virtual Assets

    Positioning itself as a destination of choice for virtual asset investors and in response to global demand from the industry, ADGM is the first jurisdiction in the region to introduce a comprehensive and bespoke regulatory framework for the regulation of spot virtual asset activities, including those undertaken by multilateral trading facilities, brokers, custodians, asset managers and other intermediaries.

    ADGM’s regulatory clarity and sophistication facilitate the operation of industry leading virtual asset players in a business-friendly environment. The regulatory framework addresses the full range of associated risks, including those relating to market abuse and financial crime, investor protection, technology governance, custody and exchange operations.

    The FSRA is the first regulator globally to regulate platforms that enable the trading of Virtual Assets as Multilateral Trading Facilities. Under the FSRA's regime, Multilateral Trading Facilities for Virtual Assets are required to meet requirements in relation to market surveillance, settlement, transaction monitoring and recording, transparency and other systems and controls. In order to foster institutional involvement within virtual asset markets, the FSRA focuses on proper governance, oversight and transparency in relation to actors within this space.

    Digital Securities

    Any digital token that exhibits the characteristics of a Security will be deemed and regulated as a Security by the FSRA. Issuers and 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.

    Derivatives and Funds

    Derivatives over Digital Assets, and Collective Investment Funds investing in Digital Assets, are regulated as Derivatives and Units in a Fund by the FSRA. Market operators and intermediaries dealing in such Derivatives and Funds are required to be licensed by the FSRA.

    Positioning itself as a destination of choice for virtual asset investors and in response to global demand from the industry, ADGM is the first jurisdiction in the region to introduce a comprehensive and bespoke regulatory framework for the regulation of spot virtual asset activities, including those undertaken by multilateral trading facilities, brokers, custodians, asset managers and other intermediaries.

    ADGM’s regulatory clarity and sophistication facilitate the operation of industry leading virtual asset players in a business-friendly environment. The regulatory framework addresses the full range of associated risks, including those relating to market abuse and financial crime, investor protection, technology governance, custody and exchange operations.

    The FSRA is the first regulator globally to regulate platforms that enable the trading of Virtual Assets as Multilateral Trading Facilities. Under the FSRA's regime, Multilateral Trading Facilities for Virtual Assets are required to meet requirements in relation to market surveillance, settlement, transaction monitoring and recording, transparency and other systems and controls. In order to foster institutional involvement within virtual asset markets, the FSRA focuses on proper governance, oversight and transparency in relation to actors within this space.

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