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Obtaining DIFC Category 3D License | DFSA Category 3D Financial Licensing

June 26, 2021by Mohammed Rahali

Obtaining DIFC Category 3D License | DFSA Category 3D Financial Licensing

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTER [DIFC] is a broadly based recognized and renowned international financial center serving local, regional and international institutions, and serves in the obtainment of Financial License Categories 3D, 1, 2, 3A, 3B, 3C, 4 & 5.

 

DIFC CATEGORY 3D LICENSE – PROVIDING OR OPERATING A PAYMENT ACCOUNT, EXECUTING PAYMENT TRANSACTIONS OR ISSUING PAYMENT INSTRUMENTS

A DIFC Category 3D Authorised Firm in this category may be licensed to carry on one or more Financial Services of providing money services where the firm is providing or operating a payment account, executing payment transactions or issuing payment instruments. This includes creating and maintaining accounts for executing payment transactions, issuance of personalized sets of procedures agreed upon by the users and the provider, for initiation or execution of payment instructions. An Authorised Firm that has a 3D licence can also provide Financial Services in Category 4 but cannot provide Financial Services in Categories 1, 2, 3A or 3B, 3C or 5.

  • Base Capital – US$ 200,000
  • Expenditure based capital requirement – 9/52 of annual operating expenditure
  • Capital Plan must be captured in Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process Report.

Note that additional capital requirements may be imposed by DFSA on the review of the application. 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED APPOINTMENTS FOR AN AUTHORIZED FIRM IN ADGM?

  • Directors (at least 2, preferably 3-4) – can be outsourced (NEDs).
  • Senior Executive Officer (SEO) – In-house, UAE resident (can be a Director).
  • Risk Officer (RO) – can be outsourced.
  • Finance Officer (FO) – can be outsourced (can also be an Executive Director/Senior Manager).
  • Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) – can be outsourced, UAE resident (can be a CO).
  • Compliance Officer (CO) – can be outsourced, UAE resident (can be an MLRO).

HOW CAN WINCORE ASSIST YOU?

  • Introduction to the Regulator
  • Draft of Regulatory Business Plan (RBP) (Application Forms, Business flow processes & charts)
  • Preparation of Financial model for 3 years and draft of ICAAP and IRAP report.
  • Preparation of policies and manuals (Compliance, AML, Risk Management, Remuneration, Governance, Conflicts of Interests, Business Continuity Plan etc.)

AUT – CORE: this form must be submitted by all applicants applying for a license to carry out one or more financial services in or from ADGM. It covers information on the applicant, its activities, prospective clients and controllers;

AUT – IND: this form must be submitted by the individuals holding a mandatory function including directors, senior executive officer, finance officer, compliance officer and money laundering reporting officer; and

AUT-AMS: this form must be submitted by applicants applying to conduct financial services relating to arranging credit or deals in investment. The applicant will be required to submit this form as one of the Proposed Activities of ADGM CO includes arranging credits and deals in investment.

  • Draft of regulatory application for the company and individuals
  • Submission of Regulatory Application (with Policies and appointment of SEO, FO, MLRO, RO, CO)
  • Provision of full-time functions

SEO – Senior Executive Officer

FO – Finance Officer

RO – Risk Officer

MLRO – Money Laundering Reporting Officer

CO – Compliance Officer Initiation of the entity incorporation process

  • Office lease
  • Introduction to the UAE Bank for opening an Account
  • Issuance of Regulator’s financial services license

 

Wincore Advisory Group helps businesses to articulate their objectives and aspirations to set up DIFC Category 3D Financial Licence. Contact us at contact@wincoreadvisory.com or +971 4 221 2602.

 

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Mohammed Rahali

Managing Partner | E: m.rahali@wincoreadvisory.com | M: +971 (0) 55 138 9591

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