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New UAE Mutual Funds Regulations Herald Critical Changes for Foreign Managers

The United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”) federal securities regulator, the Emirates Securities and Commodity Authority (the “SCA”), has issued extensive revisions to the UAE Mutual Funds Regulations 2012 (the “2012 Regulations”)...more

Brexit and Islamic Finance

The future exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union is to be one of the most profound political, economic and legal events in the country’s recent history. For those who seek to engage with Islamic Finance and...more

Saudi CMA Draft Rules to Open Foreign Investment in Listed Shares

The Saudi Capital Market Authority (the CMA) has published for consultation its draft rules for Qualified Foreign Financial Institutions - Investments in Listed Shares (the Draft Rules). ...more

Dubai International Financial Centre Introduces New Qualified Investor Funds Regime

As a result of an extensive benchmarking process against established fund regimes in Luxembourg, Cayman Islands and Ireland, the Dubai Financial Services Authority (the DFSA) has recently implemented a new Qualified Investor...more

UAE Securities Regulator Introduces Prohibition on Unlicensed Investment Management Activities for Non-Licensed Firms in the UAE

In August 2012, the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority (“SCA”) introduced a new regulatory framework governing the marketing and sale of foreign funds to investors in the United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”). This was...more

UAE Launches New Financial Free Zone in Abu Dhabi

The federal government of the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) has issued legislation establishing a new financial free zone in Abu Dhabi. The name of the new free zone, “Global Marketplace Abu Dhabi” (“GMAD”), serves as a...more

5/9/2013

UAE Securities Regulator Introduces Private Placement Exemption for UAE Investment Funds Regulation

In August 2012, the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority (“SCA”) introduced a new regulatory framework governing the marketing and sale of foreign funds to investors in the United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”) (the...more

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