DIFC Financial Landscape: Navigating Growth, Regulations, and Investment Strategies | 19 October 2023 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM | In Person Training at The Academy at DIFC

Expired DIFC Financial Landscape: Navigating Growth, Regulations, and Investment Strategies | 19 October 2023 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM | In Person Training at The Academy at DIFC


Attend and earn 2 DIFC Mandatory Points!


This training will cover various aspects of the DIFC’s financial landscape. It will start by emphasizing the growth and significant developments within the DIFC. Following that, it will delve into topics such as the collective investment funds regime, Fund Manager responsibilities, and marketing intricacies within the DIFC. The third section will examine prudential licensing, Anti-Money Laundering considerations, and the supervision/enforcement processes outlined in the DIFC’s regulatory framework. Collectively, these sections will offer a comprehensive insight into the DIFC’s financial environment.

Join LexisNexis Middle East, Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP and the DIFC Academy for an in person training where our experts aim to:

  1. introduction 
  • Growth of the DIFC
  • Contents of the book
  • Key Developments

2. A ‘Collective’ Approach

  • An introduction to the DIFC’s collective investment funds regime.
    • Collective Investment Law
    • Definitions and local nuances
  • Obligations and considerations for Fund Managers; and
    • Roles, functions, and operations
  • Marketing in, into, and from the DIFC.
    • Law, licensing, and exemptions

3. Regulating Regulatory Law

  • Prudential licensing in the DIFC.
    • Categories, permissions and
  • Licensing Applications
    • Commentary
    • Developments to application process
  • Anti-Money Laundering
    • DIFC and federal considerations
    • Development and updates
  • Supervision and Enforcement
    • Supervision and investigation
    • Enforcement process.
    • Recent enforcement




Muneer Khan, Regional Head, Partner, Simmons & Simmons LLP 

Adam Wolstenholme, Managing Associate, Simmons & Simmons LLP

Nina Fischer, Supervising Associate, Simmons & Simmons LLP

 Matthias Ng, Associate, Simmons & Simmons LLP

Sami Ben Dechiche, Managing Associate, Simmons & Simmons LLP




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  • Muneer Khan
    Muneer heads Simmons & Simmons’ award-winning Middle East financial markets and services regulatory practice, in addition to our international Islamic finance practice. He is also a member of our international FinTech team. He specialises in financial services regulatory matters and advises both regional and international financial institutions and asset management groups on a wide range of regulatory and transactional matters. In particular, Muneer helps international banks and asset management firms to navigate complex cross-border regulatory issues relating to the provision of financial services, including structuring and licensing issues, across the Middle East and the wider regions. Muneer also has significant experience and has recognised expertise in structuring a wide range of complex and innovative funds, financial products and services.    
  • Adam Wolstenholme
    Adam specialises in advising clients on complex international, cross-border and sensitive areas of law, with a particular emphasis on financial crime and financial services regulatory matters. He has gained a strong background in the local and regional framework and practicalities that are vital to understanding the international and domestic sensitivities in the Middle East. He provides current and pragmatic advice on the region’s anti-money laundering legislation, boycott provisions, anti-bribery legislation, and sanctions regimes. In addition, Adam is regularly instructed to advise both local and international clients on the effects of the recent amendments to the UAE Penal Code and Human Resources Law and how they impact the anti-bribery framework in the UAE.
  • Nina Fischer,
    Nina specialises in advising leading global asset managers on the provision of cross-border financial services across the GCC as well as advising on general UAE regulatory matters. In particular, her practice focuses on offering an integrated approach throughout the whole lifespan of investment funds, for example, from initial structuring advice, to fund formation, advising on fund raising activities and providing ongoing support throughout the life of the fund. She brings a diverse range of previous experience to Simmons’ Financial Markets team which goes beyond pure financial regulation and adds to the breadth of advice the team can provide.
  • Matthias Ng
    Matthias has a broad experience advising a variety of financial institutions on DIFC, ADGM and “Onshore UAE” regulatory issues, including banking, market infrastructure and payments related matters. Given the growth of the region's virtual asset sector, he has also assisted a range of virtual asset service providers, such as exchanges, brokers and wallet providers, with navigating the complex virtual asset regulatory space in the UAE and across the GCC.
  • Sami Ben Dechiche
    Sami is a New York Bar qualified lawyer with over nine years' experience in investment funds spent in Europe and the Middle East. He advises on fund structuring, including the drafting of funds relevant documentation such as private placement memoranda and limited partnership agreements, as well as on investments by private and institutional investors into regulated investment structures.


Venue Phone: +971 4 401 9324

Venue Website:

Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC Academy Level 3 Auditorium 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • DIFC Financial Landscape: Navigating Growth, Regulations, and Investment Strategies
     10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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