ADGM enacts new money laundering rules
Abu Dhabi

ADGM ensures a safe regulatory environment with enhanced anti-money laundering rules

Abu Dhabi Global Market enacted changes to its rules that prevent money laundering and financing of terrorism and unlawful organisations, as the UAE increase efforts to fight financial crime.

“These amendments reflect ADGM’s commitment as an international financial centre to provide a safe regulatory environment and adopt a stringent and effective financial crime prevention supervisory framework, which supports the UAE’s efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing activities,” said Richard Teng, chief executive of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of ADGM.

The emirate’s financial free zone is “working closely with UAE federal authorities to ensure proper readiness for [global anti-money laundering standards body] Financial Action Task Force’s upcoming mutual evaluation assessment, and our dedicated team is working on various initiatives to enhance the level of compliance and awareness of financial crime risks,” Mr Teng said on Monday.

Like other countries globally, the UAE is preparing to undergo an assessment this summer by the Financial Action Task Force, an inter-governmental body set up in 1989 and responsible for developing and upholding global policies to fight money laundering, terrorist financing and other types of financial crime.

Last October, the Dubai government made changes to the Dubai International Financial Centre’s AML laws as part of the same national efforts. Meanwhile, the UAE has also tweaked the federal legislation on anti-money laundering.

ADGM’s regulatory changes follow a period of public consultation, where the proposals received support, it said. The enhancements are with regards to the free zone’s anti-money laundering regime with the new federal laws, and require ADGM-registered businesses to comply with the framework within the next 12 months.


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