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Funds and Fund Management
Where fund managers can establish a comprehensive selection of funds

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 leading to a thriving environment for established local and international firms.

ADGM also recognises that the ease for new players to enter the market is key to developing a robust funds industry. As such, ADGM has developed a framework that allows for start-up and boutique fund managers, as well as providing Venture Capital fund managers a bespoke regulatory framework that acknowledges their specific nature. 

ADGM authorised fund managers may choose to establish and manage funds outside of ADGM, whilst any firm with the appropriate ADGM FSRA permission may also promote and sell both ADGM funds and foreign funds in or from ADGM.

The direct application of English common law in ADGM, the first time in the region, has provided international entities with the trusted legal environment that they need. Coupled with the efficiency of establishment, ADGM has removed significant barriers to entry.

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

Abu Dhabi is ideal for Funds and Fund Management

Business friendly

The ease of doing business in Abu Dhabi and within ADGM is invaluable, with numerous digital platforms, an environment that supports good business, and a concierge service for all Abu Dhabi government services.

Cost effective

Abu Dhabi supports a low cost establishment which helps to protect margins and costs for Fund Managers.

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 Fund Management 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 one the safest cities in the world, Abu Dhabi offers a modern family friendly lifestyle with many housing options, best in class international schools, sporting facilities and a vibrant cultural scene.

Why set up your Funds and Fund Management business in ADGM
Product friendly
ADGM prides itself on being a product friendly jurisdiction recognising that Fund Managers require new and innovative solutions for ever evolving investment management needs.
Agile and responsive
ADGM also provides a fast response time to international regulatory changes to help Fund Managers implement with minimal impact on ongoing business.
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.
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.
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.

With a geographic location at the heart of the MENA region and the South/South Corridor, ADGM has strong ties to the Belt and Road Initiative and benefits from on-going links to South Asia and Africa. This greater regional representation in Emerging Markets Indices and growing government debt issuance, has led to international, regional and local investment/asset managers increasing their focus on the region.

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 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 firms are providing:

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

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.

With a geographic location at the heart of the MENA region and the South/South Corridor, ADGM has strong ties to the Belt and Road Initiative and benefits from on-going links to South Asia and Africa. This greater regional representation in Emerging Markets Indices and growing government debt issuance, has led to international, regional and local investment/asset managers increasing their focus on the region.

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