ADGM Company Structuring

Abu Dhabi Global Market, the award-winning international financial centre providing an ambitious, international business environment and strategically located in the capital of the United Arab Emirates

Ownership & Tax
Environment

  • 100% ownership
  • ADGM is a tax friendly
    environment, with 0%
    direct tax


Legislation &
Regulations

  • Legal certainty due to
    direct applicable of English
    common law
  • An independent jurisdiction
    with its own civil and
    commercial laws

 

Efficient Processes
& Procedures

  • Modern infrastructure and
    global connectivity
  • Support with visas and
    government services

An award-winning financial centre recognized globally for its robust, progressive and responsive business-friendly ecosystem. ADGM was borne from the region’s pioneering and ambitious vision.

ADGM is a landmark destination for Abu Dhabi residents and visitors. It boasts an exceptional collection of restaurants, shopping malls, hotels, medical facilities and residences, all set against a stunning, waterfront back drop of Abu Dhabi’s breathtaking skyline. 

ADGM’s strategic objectives are:

  • To position ADGM as a leading internationally recognised financial centre with a trusted regulatory, judicial and dispute resolution system;
  • To become a major contributor to the diversification of Abu Dhabi’s GDP by the year 2030;
  • To become a regional leader in business efficiency, professionalism and knowledge development.

Three Authorities register, regulate and apply English common law in ADGM:

Registration Authority
Responsible for the registration, incorporation and licensing of legal entities in ADGM and supports with all government-related services;

Financial Services Regulatory Authority

Regulates all financial services entities registered in ADGM and ensure they meet specific obligations set out by the FSRA;

ADGM Courts

Independent courts of the first instance and of appeal, overseeing the jurisdiction of ADGM.

 

Fintech – RegLab

The ADGM RegLab is the first specially-tailored regulatory framework in the region, which provides a controlled environment for both new market entrants and existing FinTech participants to develop and test innovative FinTech solutions.

The set-up will allow FinTech participants to explore and develop FinTech solutions in a risk appropriate and cost-effective environment.

Special Purpose Vehicles

Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) are passive holding companies established for the purpose of isolating financial and legal risk by ring-fencing certain assets and liabilities. 

Catering to the needs of a broad range of business types, uses and industry sectors, ADGM’s SPV regime is adopted by businesses, individuals and the advisory community for a wide variety of purposes. 

SPVs cannot be used to conduct operational business or hire staff.

All ADGM registered entities are eligible to apply for a Tax Residency Certificate from the UAE Ministry of Finance to benefit from the UAE’s Double Tax Treaty network.

Financial Business

As an International Financial Centre strategically positioned to service the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, ADGM provides a wide spectrum of services covering banking, insurance, wealth and asset management, fintech, virtual assets management and capital market activities.

Non-Financial Business

ADGM is not just about financial services. The legal and operational platform is set up to also attract a broad range of professional and business services providers, tech start-ups, family businesses, corporate headquarters and various management functions.

Retail

ADGM is a vibrant business and lifestyle destination, home to luxury retail and dining options, premium hospitality and world-class healthcare.

The permitted retail business activities on Al Maryah Island Abu Dhabi include:

  • manufacturing;
  • wholesale and retail trade;
  • repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles;
  • transportation and storage;
  • accommodation and food service activities;
  • information and communication;
  • professional, scientific and technical activities;
  • administrative and support service activities;
  • arts, entertainment and recreation;
  • other service activities.

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