Category 4 DIFC Investment Advisory License - 10 Leaves


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The DIFC issues investment advisory licenses, that allow firms to engage in investment advisory and non-discretionary portfolio management services. For More Details, Mail us at: or Call us at: +97142445057


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Category 4 DIFC Investment Advisory License DIFC is one of the world’s top ten onshore financial centers and offers a secure and efficient platform for businesses and financial institutions to reach into and out of the emerging markets of the region. The quality and independence of DIFC’s regulator the prevailing common law framework excellent infrastructure and tax efficiencies make it the perfect base to take advantage of the rapidly growing demand for financial and business services in the ​MENASA region. DIFC fills the time-zone gap for a global financial centre between the leading financial centres of London and New York in the West and Hong Kong and Tokyo in the East. Specific Advantages: Here are some specific advantages of establishing in the ​Dubai International Financial Centre. LEGAL AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK: ● Legal framework supports cross-border activities ● 100 foreign ownership permitted ● No restriction on foreign talent or employees ● No restrictions on capital repatriation TAX BENEFITS: ● Zero tax for 50 years on profits capital or assets from 2004 ● Zero tax on employee income COUNTERPARTY CONFIDENCE: ● Highly regarded independent regulator ● Independent English-speaking common law judicial system ● Distinct from the UAE legal system ● Risk-based regulatory approach

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DIVERSE ECOSYSTEM ​: ● Central to regional deal making ● High concentration of international firms investment funds wealth management firms banks and financial institutions ● World-class regional and international law and auditing firms and other professional services ● The largest fund domicile in the region GEOGRAPHIC EPICENTRE: ● Management offices holding companies and family offices are located closer to the assets they own or manage ● The Middle East Africa and South Asia MEASA is increasingly the centre of gravity for the global economy ● Dubai plays a central role in the growing South-South trade principally between Asia and Africa ● Well-positioned to harness the potential of emerging markets The DIFC is a leading financial hub in the region. Besides offering a wide range of financial service activities the centre also provides an integrated environment and world-class standard of living. It is well regarded in the international community as well. There exist opportunities for startups as well. The recent focus on fintech led to the DIFC Fintech Hive initiative that serves as an accelerator for fintech firms to test their products and pitch it to prospective investors. DIFC Investment Advisor License ​: Firms interested in carrying out investment advisory activities from the DIFC are required to submit applications to the ​Dubai Financial Services Authority or DFSA. The DFSA for the purposes of authorisation and supervision categorises investment advisory credit advisory and insurance advisory activities under Category 4. Other activities that come under a ​Category 4 DIFC license include crowdfunding. While the Category 4 license allows firms to deal with Professional Clients only it is possible to seek a Retail Endorsement during or after the licensing process.

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DIFC Capital requirements: The base capital requirement for a ​Category 4 Investment Advisory License is 10000. Actual capital required will depend on the nature quantum of business and forecasted annual expenditure as per the financial model of the proposed firm. Costs: Setting up a DIFC Regulated Firm involves the following interactions ​: Dubai Financial Services Authority DFSA: The DFSA is responsible for reviewing and approving all applications for financial services. Costs depend on the activities applied for which puts the applicant in one of five categories. Generally there are two components of DFSA fees. One – an application processing fee and the other an annual licensing fee. Application fee: US 15000 for a Category 4 license application. License fee: US 15000 for Category 4 license. Registrar of Companies DIFC ROC: The ROC helps to set up the legal structure of the DIFC Regulated Firm. Shareholders can be individual or corporate. There are many options available such as ‘Private Company Limited by Shares’ and ‘Limited Liability Partnerships’. In case of Private Company Limited by Shares the costs for setting up include: Application for reserving a name 2 working days: US 800 Application for Incorporation of a Private Company Limited by Shares 5 working days: US 8000 Commercial License on Incorporation 5 working days: US 12000 annual fee

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Data Protection: The data protection notification is part of the process of registering a new entity in the DIFC. The costs involved are as follows: Registration - US 500 Annual renewal – US 250 Office spaces: Every entity registered in the DIFC is required to lease a physical office. You can choose from the Gate and surrounding buildings or other buildings within the DIFC such as Emirates Financial Towers Central Park Park Avenue Burj Daman and Currency House. Prices vary depending on the space availed and the building. Here is an indication of the prevailing rates: DIFC Business Centre – from a two-desk office at US 35000. DIFC Fitted Offices – from US 55 per square foot. Other buildings – from US 32000 per annum Visas: Establishment Card Application – US 630 PSA Deposit – US 682 Visas per visa – from US 1500 PSA Deposit per visa – US 682 Check For Updates: ense-categories

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