Investment Management

Discover an open, progressive and international financial services sector

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 ongoing 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.

ADGM provides the ideal platform for Investment Managers (IMs), by providing a trusted legal environment through the first direct application of English common law in the region. Coupled with the efficiency of establishment, ADGM has removed significant barriers to entry.

By providing a broad range of vehicles including fund vehicles, asset holding vehicles (SPVs) and structuring vehicles, ADGM allows for the management of sophisticated portfolios. Furthermore, its beneficial tax environment and the UAE's strong network of Double Taxation Treaties has made ADGM an ideal location for management of both regional and international portfolios.

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.

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

Why set up your Investment Management business in ADGM

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Product friendly

ADGM prides itself on being a product friendly jurisdiction recognising that Investment Managers require new and innovative solutions for ever-evolving client advisory and market making needs.
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Agile and responsive

ADGM also provides a fast response time to international regulatory changes to help Investment Managers 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 & Asset Management solutions

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 (FMs) 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.

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

The ADGM funds framework balances a business-friendly environment for industry practitioners whilst retaining appropriate levels of investor protection, allowing fund managers (FMs) 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.

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