Capital Markets

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Dramatic change is underway in capital markets across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

Efficient capital allocation is increasingly the priority. No longer are corporates only looking to self-funding or bank loans to finance growth. Nor are governments reflexively shouldering the whole burden of capital spending.

Companies are increasingly tapping equity and debt markets, while governments are looking to asset privatisations, public-private partnerships and debt financing to fund infrastructure and social development projects. The result is a vibrant landscape that demands the full range of capital market products and services.

DIFC offers the ideal platform to deliver capital market solutions to clients across the region from a tried and tested, globally recognised common-law jurisdiction that serves a vast region stretching from Europe to Singapore. Firms benefit from DIFC’s unrivalled status as the region’s financial hub and epicentre of deal making.

DIFC also provides direct access to Nasdaq Dubai, one of the MEASA region’s most significant international electronic trading platforms and one of the world’s leading exchanges for sukuk (Islamic bonds).

Banking is one of five areas within the Banks and Capital Markets focus at DIFC. The other areas include Private Banking, Investment Banking, Brokerage and Capital Markets.

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Advantages of setting up in DIFC

DIFC offers an established and tested legal and regulatory framework. Safe and stable, Dubai is a global city and a business, trade and tourism centre that is fully connected to regional and global markets.


DIFC is at the heart of regional deal making


Sophisticated regulatory environment that enables a wide range of capital structures


Diverse ecosystem of financial and professional services firms

Legal and Regulatory Framework

Although operating independently, the DIFC Authority, the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) serve a common goal: reinforcing DIFC’s principles of integrity, transparency and efficiency. 

The DIFC Authority is responsible for the guiding strategy, ongoing development and overall public administration of DIFC. The DFSA is the globally recognised independent regulator of financial services conducted in or from DIFC. The DRA provides an English-language, commercial common law judicial system, as well as a dispute resolution platform, and other services to deliver legal excellence in the Middle East.

Register in Three Steps

Simple and straightforward licensing, registration and regulation, makes setting up and operating in DIFC fast and efficient.

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Discuss your proposed capital markets operations with DFSA and DIFC service advisors


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Receive approvals for licenses, visas and consent notifications

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