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Technological innovation is transforming the financial services industry.

Constant advances in new technologies have provided opportunities for significant change and disruption to financial services and other related activities globally. Developments in distributed ledger technologies (“DLT”) have led to the emergence of digital assets, such as virtual coins or tokens for capital raising, and crypto assets/currencies for the facilitation of economic transactions.

ADGM’s OCAB Framework

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) launched the region’s first comprehensive crypto asset regulatory framework on 25 June 2018 and continues to engage actively with local and international market participants on various fronts to stay abreast of developments in the crypto asset space. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of ADGM has recently enhanced its “Guidance for the Regulation of Crypto Asset Activities” via its second edition.

Under its crypto asset framework, the FSRA regulates entities operating crypto asset businesses, including activities undertaken by crypto asset exchanges, custodians and other intermediaries such as asset managers, advisors, brokers, etc

ADGM’s robust framework addresses the full range of risks associated with crypto asset activities, including risks relating to money laundering and financial crime, consumer protection, technology governance, custody and exchange operations.

OCAB activities cover:

  • Operating a Crypto Asset Exchange and operating as a Crypto Asset Custodian
  • Buying and selling or exercising any rights in Accepted Crypto Assets (as principal or agent);
  • Managing Accepted Crypto Assets belonging to another person; Making arrangements with a view to another buying or selling or providing custody of Accepted Crypto Assets I.e. Brokerage
  • Advising on the merits

How can we help?

Re/think has vast expertise and practical experience assisting home-grown and global cryptocurrency businesses participants to set-up in ADGM. Re/think is currently retained as compliance advisors to two major crypto asset platforms.

Members of our team can capitalize on their Fintech certifications and lessons learned from a number of successful Fintech & OCAB set-ups in ADGM to offer end-to-end support throughout the authorisation process.

We specialise in:

  • Drafting your regulatory business plan, financial modelling, manuals and policies;
  • Drafting of the application and documentation;
  • Liaising with the FSRA;
  • Project management and providing compliance advisory throughout the licensing process.
  • Ongoing compliance advisory support post in-principle approval.

We also offer regulatory advisory on the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Guidance and approach to Initial Coin/Token Offerings (ICOs) and virtual currencies under the Financial Services and Markets Regulations (FSMR).

Please make an enquiry to find out more and speak to a senior member of our team.

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