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ADGM Company Set Up & Regulations

The Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is a world-class financial free zone with its own civil and commercial laws. Established by Federal Decree in 2013, ADGM is a key pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision, designed to act as a catalyst for the growth of a dynamic financial services sector in the UAE.

Setting up as an ADGM company comes with a number of impressive benefits, such as 100% ownership and 0% personal income tax.

ADGM company formation is open to various companies operating within the finance sector, including investment banks and advisory companies. These companies are governed by one of three independent authorities – the Registration Authority, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the ADGM courts.

ADGM business setup is available for a range of company structures, including financial services, corporate headquarters, family businesses, holding companies and special-purpose vehicles to hold and protect assets.

The ADGM opens the door to many business opportunities, with various strategic partnerships locally and worldwide. Furthermore, the ADGM utilises some of the best regulatory frameworks in addition to the English Common Law.

Types of ADGM Company Set Ups

  • Special Purpose Vehicle
  • Foundation
  • Operating Company (OpCo)
  • Funds
  • Tech Startup
  • Shelf Company (ShelfCo)

ADGM setup

Applying for ADGM Company Formation

The application for an ADGM company is simple, and at CBD, we can assist you with all aspects.

The first stage involves outlining the nature of your business and the structure you wish to use. These structures may include private limited companies, private unlimited companies, branch offices, limited partnerships and investment companies.

The next step involves selecting a business name and choosing an office space, which is a requirement for ADGM companies. The final step entails completing a range of documents to secure your commercial license for the ADGM. These documents include but are not limited to the following:

  • Articles of Association
  • Resolutions
  • Nominee Arrangement forms
  • Economic Substance
  • ID documents for shareholders and signatories
  • Evidence of wealth

ADGM Set Up With CBD Formations

At CBD, we offer comprehensive assistance with the application process for an ADGM company. Our team of experts can guide you through every step of the process, ensuring a smooth and efficient experience.

  • Acting as an incorporation agent for a new ADGM company set-up
  • Providing company services to existing entities
  • Acting as a registered office provider
  • Providing directors, authorized signatories, company secretaries, registered agents, or other offices to an entity incorporated or registered in the ADGM
  • Providing nominee shareholders of companies
  • Assisting with ADGM filings such as annual filings, renewals and more

Get in touch for expert advice on your ADGM company formation, email: formations@cbdcorporateservices.com or Call/WhatsApp +971 56 218 4695

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