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Investment Funds

At GCC Law, our investment fund services are tailored to the intricate regulations and advantageous fund regimes within the UAE, KSA, and key global jurisdictions, ensuring our clients can maximize their investment strategies while adhering to compliance and best practices.

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Investment Funds

Fund Regimes in the UAE


Our expertise within the UAE encompasses the leading financial free zones and the federal regulatory environment:


Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) / Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA): We advise on the establishment of DIFC funds regulated by DFSA, navigating the rules for domestic funds, foreign funds, and the unique Qualifying Investor Fund regime, catering to sophisticated investors.


Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA): As the regulatory body for virtual assets in Dubai, we guide clients through VARA’s specialized framework for crypto-related funds and investments.


Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) / Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM): Our services include structuring funds within ADGM, utilizing its flexible structures such as Exempt Funds, Public Funds, and Private Investment Funds, under the oversight of FSRA.


Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA): We also provide advice on the SCA’s regulations for funds operating onshore in the UAE, ensuring compliance with federal requirements.


Fund Regimes in KSA


In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we work within the framework set by the Capital Market Authority (CMA) to assist clients in establishing a variety of funds, including private equity, real estate, and hedge funds, ensuring alignment with the CMA’s rigorous regulatory standards.


Global Jurisdictions


Our international practice is adept at navigating the fund regimes of multiple prestigious global jurisdictions:


Luxembourg: We advise on the full suite of fund structures in one of Europe’s premier investment fund domiciles, including SICAVs, SIFs, and RAIFs, leveraging Luxembourg’s status as a gateway for European investors.


British Virgin Islands (BVI): Our expertise covers BVI’s flexible investment vehicles, such as professional, private, and public funds, known for their investor-friendly regulations and tax neutrality.


Cayman Islands: We guide clients through setting up hedge funds, private equity funds, and other investment vehicles in the Cayman Islands, a leading offshore financial center.


Jersey: Recognized for its robust regulatory framework, we assist clients with Jersey-based fund structures, suitable for a wide range of asset classes and investor types.


Bermuda: Our services extend to Bermuda’s sophisticated fund structures, appealing to international investors with its regulatory clarity and efficiency.


GCC Law’s comprehensive knowledge of fund regimes—ranging from the progressive financial centers in the UAE and the KSA’s


stringent regulatory environment, to the established and emerging global jurisdictions—places us in a unique position to provide strategic legal advice for investment fund structuring. Our approach is nuanced and global in perspective, ensuring that our clients can tap into diverse investment opportunities while maintaining compliance with local and international regulations.


Fund Structuring and Strategy


For General Partners (GPs) and Limited Partners (LPs), we offer customized structuring strategies that align with their investment goals and the regulatory demands of each jurisdiction. We ensure that our clients are well-informed about the advantages and considerations of each fund regime, from the tax-efficient structures in the BVI and the Cayman Islands to the investor-friendly and flexible frameworks in Jersey and Bermuda.


Our understanding of the nuances of each regime, whether it’s the sophisticated and highly-regulated Luxembourg market or the rapidly evolving digital asset space governed by VARA, allows us to deliver comprehensive legal advice that spans the entire lifecycle of a fund. This includes the initial structuring and setup, ongoing compliance and governance, through to the final stages of capital distribution and fund dissolution.


Integrated Global Services


GCC Law’s commitment to providing holistic legal services is reflected in our integrated approach. Our finance team works in tandem with other specialists within the firm, including those in corporate, tax, and regulatory practices, to ensure that every aspect of fund structuring and management is covered. This cross-disciplinary collaboration ensures that our clients receive seamless, end-to-end legal support tailored to their specific needs.


Our global presence and local expertise allow us to facilitate cross-border transactions and advise on multi-jurisdictional compliance, positioning GCC Law as the law firm of choice for sophisticated and strategic fund structuring advice in the UAE, KSA, and across the globe.

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