Weekly Spotlight: ADGM announced that businesses registered with them will also be licenced to operate onshore in Abu Dhabi
This week the spotlight is on legal and regulatory developments in the Abu Dhabi Global Market, where they have announced businesses who register to operate with them will also be licenced to operate onshore in Abu Dhabi. It follows an agreement between the Global Market and Abu Dhabi’s Economic Development Department. Under the agreement, entities established in the Global Market will be able to hold dual licences providing they satisfy and fulfil the requirements of each jurisdiction and operate according to their rules and regulations. Entities with dual licences will not have to be physically present in Abu Dhabi. However financial service firms will still be subject to the relevant regulatory obligations and applicable laws, including any licencing requirements which may be imposed by any Federal financial service regulators.
Elsewhere, the Market’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority has launched a consultation on its proposed Remote Membership Framework plus other miscellaneous amendments aimed at boosting its capital market regime. The consultation ends on 2 January 2018. If approved, brokers from outside the Global Market would be able to access the Market’s exchanges and clearing houses. This would expand international investor participation in the Market, facilitates cross-border flows and increase liquidity for the Market’s capital market.