The interest and demand for virtual assets continues to grow both globally and in the UAE. ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) pioneered the movement to provide a safe and regulated infrastructure for multilateral trading facilities, brokers, custodians, asset managers and other intermediaries carrying out virtual asset activities. The regulatory framework addresses the full range of associated risks, including those relating to financial crime, consumer protection, technology governance, custody and exchange operations.

ADGM, the world's first jurisdiction to introduce and implement a comprehensive Virtual Assets Regulatory Framework

Responsible virtual asset players seek a regulatory regime like ADGM's which upholds high standards and fosters market confidence in order to encourage institutional involvement within virtual asset markets, the FSRA focuses on proper governance, oversight and transparency in relation to players within this space
Multilateral Trading Facilities using Virtual Assets
Under the FSRA's regime, Multilateral Trading Facilities using Virtual Assets are expected to meet requirements in relation to market surveillance, settlement, transaction recording, transparency and other systems and controls.
Virtual Asset Intermediaries
ADGM’s virtual asset framework regulates virtual asset intermediaries, including custodians, broker-dealers, asset managers and advisors, similar to their conventional counterparts with a particular focus on the risks relating to financial crime, consumer protection, technology governance and custody arrangements, where applicable.

Why set up your Virtual Assets business at ADGM?

Comprehensive virtual regulatory framework

ADGM was the world’s first jurisdiction to develop and implement a comprehensive framework and is the leading global destination for Virtual Asset activities.

Familiar regulatory standards

ADGM’s regime applies to its virtual asset players regulatory standards similar to those applicable to traditional markets. Firms setting up in ADGM have the benefit of a regulatory framework that enables them to carry out traditional financial services activities as well as virtual asset or digital securities activities.

English common law jurisdiction

ADGM has a strong rule of law through the direct application of English common law, strong judiciary, speed of judgement facilitated by the world’s first e-Courts, seat of arbitration and strong system of enforceability of judgements providing legal certainty and comfort for transactions undertaken in its market.

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The world's leading and most comprehensive Virtual Assets Framework by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).

Destination Abu Dhabi

ADGM, an international financial centre (IFC), is a landmark destination for Abu Dhabi residents and visitors. It boasts an exceptional collection of restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and residences all set against a stunning waterfront backdrop of Abu Dhabi’s skyline.
The first phase of development of the IFC is complete and is the home to ADGM Square, the ADGM Authorities Building, four office towers, The Galleria Mall, Four Seasons Hotel Al Maryah, Rosewood Abu Dhabi Hotel and the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Hospital.



Active registered licences as of Q4 of 2021


Workforce on Al Maryah Island

US $33 bn

Total assets under management

Financial Services entities looking to set up in ADGM are required to secure approval from the ADGM Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) before proceeding with registration with the ADGM’s Registration Authority.

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