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The ideal platform for raising, deploying and managing capital across the region

The region benefits from a vast pool of wealth and a growing appetite for specialist investment products. There is also an increasing demand from high net worth individuals for tailor made solutions which meet their specific and individual wealth management requirements. Our legislative and regulatory regime has created a highly supportive and secure environment for the growth of the funds industry. In compliance with IOSCO Principles, the Funds Regime allows for the domiciliation, management and distribution of funds from DIFC. For more information about Fund Regime in DIFC, please visit the DFSA website.

Where should you consider domiciling your next fund?

JOIN US ON THE JOURNEY.

DIFC’s legislative and regulatory regime provides a highly supportive and secure environment for the growth of the Fund Management industry, providing a strong proposition for the domiciliation, management and distribution of Funds from the DIFC. 

The region benefits from a vast pool of wealth and a growing appetite for specialist investment products. This supportive legislative and regulatory regime is why the DIFC has been chosen by around 200 active wealth and fund management firms as a strategic hub to help grow their businesses.

SUPPORTING FUND MANAGERS.

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How to get the right support for setting up your fund.

Fund Managers must take a holistic view of the advantages provided by jurisdictions. As the region’s leading financial hub we believe the DIFC provides the Fund Management industry with a unique set of commercial benefits for cross-border investment, and a base for the effective management of core functions.

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The DIFC Fund regime continues to be very attractive for investors from a regulatory standpoint, and given the additional benefit of no capital gains tax, and its strategic location, offers Fund managers a strong alternative jurisdiction to domicile funds and host core operations.

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Need more flexibility for managing your funds?

In common with other popular fund domiciles globally, the DIFC caters for the creation and regulation of three types of DIFC-domiciled funds:

  • Public Funds
  • Exempt Funds
  • Qualified Investor Funds (QIF)

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Given the “light touch” approach of the DFSA with respect to QIFs and the relative speed in setting up QIFs, a number of regional managers have recently chosen to domicile funds in the DIFC as QIFs, rather than in other offshore or tax-free jurisdictions.

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Easy fund setup. Transparent, low cost fee structures.

If your business is considering the DIFC, we are now more cost effective than ever. Our most popular approach to managing Funds domiciled in the DIFC is through a Qualified Investment Fund Manager licence. DIFC has an extensive range of fund types. We are the most established Centre in the region for Property Funds and Real Estate Investment Trusts. 

The DIFC framework supports both domestic and foreign funds.

DOMESTIC FUNDS
• Fund manager based in DIFC or foreign manager
• Fund set up and domiciled in DIFC
• Can be marketed within DIFC and from the Centre
FOREIGN FUNDS
• Fund manager based in DIFC or foreign manager
• Not set up or domiciled in DIFC
• Can be marketed within DIFC and from the Centre
EXTENSIVE RANGE OF FUND TYPES
• Islamic Funds
• Hedge Funds
• Private Equity Funds
• Money Market Funds
• Property Funds
• Real Estate Investment Trusts

 The table below outlines set-up and annual operations costs through our current incentive.

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0% taxation is just the beginning.

The DIFC framework supports both domestic and foreign funds.

ESTABLISHING AS A FUND MANAGER IN THE DIFC.

In joining the DIFC, your business can gain access to a range of benefits designed to support the DIFC Fund management community.

  • 100% foreign ownership structure
  • Common Law Legal jurisdiction
  • No capital controls
  • No limit on hiring talent from overseas
  • 0% tax rate on all corporate profits

ESTABLISHING AS A QUALIFIED INVESTMENT FUND IN THE DIFC.

Domiciliation in the DIFC provides investors the assurance that their fund is being managed in a jurisdiction which requires the fund manager to address their legal requirements, such as anti-money laundering, to international standards.

In addition, Fund managers establishing Qualified Investment Funds in the DIFC, can benefit from the following advantages:

  • Low cost establishment $1000 per Fund, ongoing cost of $4000 per annum
  • Speed to market offering – Fund set up can be achieved within 48 hours
  • Distribution growth – DIFC domiciled investment funds can be marketed internationally, including in the European Union, through private placement regimes, or more globally through an extensive range of Memorandum of Understandings in place
  • Efficiency - No tax layering
  • Rich ecosystem of service providers
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Your new fund domicile of choice.

DUBAI, THE LEADING FUND DOMICILE IN THE REGION.

  •  Political and economic stability
  • World class regulation
  • Large multi-lingual workforce
  • Availability of service providers
  • Experienced fund set-up and structuring capabilities
  • World-wide acceptance of DIFC Funds
  • QIF application approval process can be only 2 days

 APPLYING FOR A LICENCE.

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GET IN TOUCH

Creating a presence in a new jurisdiction and fund domicile can be challenging even for the most established firms. The DIFC’s streamlined process makes setting up both clear and efficient. Firms are guided through our integrated application, registration and incorporation, leasing, and employee sponsorship processes by a dedicated relationship manager. Firms benefit from this single point of contact for service provision, query handling, issue resolution, expansion assistance, and ensuring the return of maximum value for their presence in the centre.

 

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Useful documents

Wealth Management in the DIFC
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Wealth & Fund Management Current Incentives
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The Largest Fund Centre in the Region
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The Viable Alternative for Fund Managers
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