New Residency Requirements for Authorised Signatories of ADGM Entities
Under Commercial Licensing Regulations 2015 (Conditions of Licence and Branch Registration) Rules 2019, each ADGM entity is now required to have at least one (1) authorised signatory who holds a valid UAE residency visa.
This requirement applies to existing ADGM entities as well as ADGM SPVs.
Disclosing Ultimate Beneficial Owners
Under Beneficial Ownership and Control Regulations 2018, every ADGM entity is considered to have ultimate beneficial owners (“UBOs”).
The UBOs may include shareholders, the beneficial owners pursuant to a nominee agreement, and the parties to a trust structure.
Each ADGM entity shall prepare and file with the ADGM Registration Authority a “Record of Beneficial Owners” that discloses the relevant UBOs.
Failure to do so may result in ADGM imposing on your entity a maximum fine of USD 25,000.
VAT Registration Obligations
Under the Registration Authority Circular No (2) of 2019: Value Added Tax (“VAT”) Registration Compliance notice, the Registration Authority urges all ADGM entities to review whether they are required to comply with Federal Decree-Law No. 8 of 2017 (“UAE VAT Law”).
In this connection, although the VAT legislation sets out exceptions on the import of goods into and on supplies of goods made within or between VAT designated zones, ADGM has not been designated as such and therefore these VAT exceptions do not apply.
An ADGM entity may be required to register for VAT purposes or may register on a voluntary basis, depending on several factors.
Filing Requirements for Entities registered in ADGM
Under the ADGM Companies Regulations 2015, each ADGM entity is subject to the following filing requirements:
at time of renewing commercial license
Due date depending on accounting reference; and
Financial disclosures dependent on entity revenues and employee headcount.
Ad Hoc Filings:
Changes in director;
Change in shareholder;
Change in UBO (as discussed above);
Change in registered office address; and
Allotment of shares.