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FCA & DFSA Regulations For Investment Firms Looking To Grow

Firms looking to expand into new jurisdictions, are likely to need to comply with strict regulatory requirements and meet specific operational requirements to obtain authorisation.

In this free webinar, we explored the similarities and differences between two major regulatory bodies, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK and the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) in the UAE. The aim of this webinar is to help those firms looking to grow and expand across borders to understand the requirements for doing so.

During this session, experts from Thistle Initiatives in the UK, Clarity Solutions in Dubai, and representatives from the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) discussed the requirements firms will face in the UK and UAE. We also clarified the key points firms in the investments space need to be aware of and the steps they need to take in obtaining authorisation.

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We covered the following topics in this webinar:

Thistle Initiatives

  • Overview of the FCA’s approach to UK firms and pre-application considerations
  • Application process and requirements
  • Post submission and potential requests from the FCA

Clarity Consulting

  • Overview of the DIFC
  • Market Entry
  • Licensed Activities
  • Regulatory Requirements


Adam Campbell - Manager - Investments (Thistle Initiatives)

Ali Hassan - Senior Representative for Europe and North America (DIFC)

Barry Cotter - Partner (Clarity Consulting) 

Sarah Smith - Consultant (Clarity Consulting)

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