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Market Infrastructure
Investment exchanges, clearing houses, MTFs, OTFs and crypto asset exchanges

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), Organised Trading Facilities (OTFs) and Crypto Asset Exchanges.

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 Crypto Assets. For details on the regulatory treatment of Digital Securities, click here.

Within its capital markets, 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.

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.

Market Infrastructure is one of three Capital Markets focus areas at ADGM. The other areas include Brokerage and Debt and Equity Capital Markets.

Abu Dhabi is ideal for Market Infrastructure Services

Investor base

The ability to connect a worldwide investor base to markets within and from ADGM.

Access to capital

An extensive pipeline of regional and global capital raising opportunities.

Strategic location

Markets are conveniently located to cover the time zone between Europe and Asia.

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.

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.

Why set up your Market Infrastructure business in ADGM
Risk-based regulator
ADGM's business-friendly and risk-based regulator welcomes engagement and helps support ideas for growing your business.
Supportive ecosystem
ADGM supports the development and expansion of financial services business models.
Progressive ecosystem
ADGM prides itself on being a progressive regulator open to the use of new technologies and innovation.
Tax efficient
ADGM is a tax friendly environment, with 0% corporate and income tax and access to the UAE's extensive double tax treaties.
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.
Other Capital Markets solutions
Brokerage

ADGM's best in class regulatory framework, diverse range of product offerings, and connectivity with world markets makes it the destination for brokerage in the MENA region. Our capital market benefits from a world class listing authority, a framework that places investor protection at the forefront, and a wide range of market infrastructures that include Recognised Investment Exchanges, Multilateral Trading Facilities, Organised Trading Facilities and Crypto Asset Exchanges.

ADGM's best in class regulatory framework, diverse range of product offerings, and connectivity with world markets makes it the destination for brokerage in the MENA region. Our capital market benefits from a world class listing authority, a framework that places investor protection at the forefront, and a wide range of market infrastructures that include Recognised Investment Exchanges, Multilateral Trading Facilities, Organised Trading Facilities and Crypto Asset Exchanges.

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