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Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

GENERAL INFORMATION

Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”), an international financial centre in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, fully opened for business on 21st October 2015. At the heart of its strategy is the spirit of long-term partnership and collaboration – locally, regionally and internationally.

A financial free zone, ADGM is an independent jurisdiction encompassing the entire 114 hectares (1.14 sq. km) of Al Maryah Island with rules and regulations aligned with international best practice.

ADGM’s three independent authorities – the Registration Authority, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) and ADGM Courts – ensure that our business-friendly environment operates in line with international best practice that are recognized by major financial centres across the world.

ADGM aims to establish a well-regulated and enduring financial market that is aligned with international standards and best practices of global financial centers such as London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

BENEFITS OF ADGM

LEGAL AND REGULATORY

  • Firms recognized as registered UAE firms
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • Common law jurisdiction
  • Best-in-class independent regulatory framework
  • Variety of legal structures available

OPERATIONAL

  • Efficient digital process and procedures
  • Support with permits and government services
  • A deep pool of skilled professionals

TAX ENVIRONMENT

  • 0% tax
  • No withholding of taxes or VAT
  • No restrictions on repatriation of profits
  • Growing number of Double Tax Treaties (68 in force and 26 in progress)

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Grade ‘A’ offices and modern infrastructure
  • Global connectivity through world-class airlines
  • Leading hotels, healthcare and lifestyle amenities

NON-FINANCIAL SERVICES & ACTIVITIES IN ADGM

PROFESSIONAL & BUSINESS SERVICES

  • Legal
  • Accounting
  • Consulting
  • Human Resources
  • IT
  • Training Providers

Benefits:

        • Tap into local and regional business opportunities
        • Access to business ecosystem with advisory & support needs
        • ADGM support services to facilitate market entry

FAMILY OFFICES & HNWI SOLUTIONS

  • Single Family Offices 
  • Corporate Structures
  • Management Functions

Benefits: 

            • Tools for long-term family planning and succession arrangements
            • Conventional and Islamic perspective solutions
            • Tax efficient wealth planning
            • Community of experienced professionals, advisors and financial services providers, catering to all family wealth requirement

    CORPORATE & MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS

    • Company Headquarters 
    • Treasury Functions
    • Management Offices

    Benefits: 

              • 0% tax
              • Unlimited repatriation of profits
              • Growing number of Double Tax Treaties
              • International legal platform
              • Courts with renowned judges from across Common law jurisdictions
              • Access to quality financial and professional services providers

    CORPORATE LEGAL STRUCTURES & SOLUTIONS

    • Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) 
    • Holding Companies 
    • LLPs 
    • LPs 
    • GPs

    Benefits: 

          • Range of legal structures, providing simple structuring flexibility
          • Easy online registration process & ongoing reporting requirements
          • Transparent & competitive cost structures
          • Full spectrum of ownership structures including 100% foreign ownership and 50/50 JVs