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The Capital Market Authority (the CMA) continues to drive ┬áthe development of the Saudi capital markets in furtherance of the Saudi Vision 2030’s Financial Sector Development Program with the issue of its draft proposed amendments to some of its key implementing regulations on 23 December 2019. The proposed changes are to its Securities Business Regulations (SBRs) and the Authorised Persons Regulations (APRs), which will presumably become known as the ‘Capital Market Institutions Regulations’ with the…

A recent judgment by the Dubai Court of Cassation has concluded that for a contract to be Shari’a compliant, an Islamic bank or financial institution is required to do more than just to name that contract as a Murabaha contract (Cassation Appeals Nos. 898-927/2019). The Court of Cassation ruled that a Murabaha contract has to meet certain objective criteria to be considered as Shari’a compliant. These criteria are subject to review by the court and,…

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) announced on 03 March 2020 that it had decided to cut the Repo rate by 50-basis points from 2.25% to 1.75% and Reverse Repo rate by 50-basis points from 1.75% to 1.25%. In the interests of preserving monetary stability, the Repo rate and the Reverse Repo rate were reduced by a further 75-basis points on 16 March 2020 from 1.75% to 1.00%, and 1.25% to 0.50% respectively. On the…

As the world attempts to address the various challenges arising from the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), governments and financial services regulators have been making efforts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the economy and financial sector. Set out here is an overview of the measures taken and guidance provided by the financial services regulators in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and overseas to address the financial markets and various regulatory concerns, including the: Dubai…

The UAE has pioneered a new insolvency regime for individuals or natural persons with the issuance of the stand-alone Insolvency Law No. 19 of 2019 (Insolvency Law), which has come to effect as of 30 November 2019. The Insolvency Law is intended to provide sufficient protections to natural or civil persons who are facing financial distress and are unable to settle their debts, unlike the UAE Bankruptcy Law which regulates commercial companies and individuals considered…