Incorporation • Jurisdiction

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

Form an ADGM company and enjoy the benefits of calling one of the world’s leading financial and technology jurisdictions home.

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Why choose ADGM? 

ADGM is one of the most trusted financial centers in the world

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Why ADGM?

Learn why business owners, investors and lawyers are increasingly choosing ADGM as a preferred jurisdiction

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Types of licenses

ADGM licenses

ADGM Special Purpose Vehicle license

Setting up an ADGM SPV as a holding company is an attractive option for businesses and their investors. Companies benefit from the low cost, speed, and simplicity that ADGM’s fully digitized incorporation process achieves, while investors are attracted by the flexibility and legal protections that ADGM’s regulatory environment provides.  

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ADGM Tech Startup license 

The ADGM Tech Startup License encourages entrepreneurship by removing cost as a barrier to entry for tech startups. Get your low-cost operating license in ADGM via the Clara platform. 

ADGM Operating Company license

Grow and scale in Abu Dhabi’s award-winning international financial centre, providing an international and supportive business environment. Clara can also assist with work permits and visas, securing office space and other government services.

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ADGM Foundation

Foundations provide a mechanism to consolidate family assets into a single top holding entity. Using a Foundation to hold assets, business interests, and property allows clear instructions to be legalized as to the transfer of assets upon succession.

Clara is the official legal onboarding partner of Hub 71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem.

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From SPVs to Tech Startup licenses and foundations, Clara’s got you covered in ADGM.

Benefits

Learn more about the benefits of ADGM 

Before you get started, learn more about the benefits of incorporating in ADGM.

Regulatory Framework: Enabling cross-border operations

  • Complete foreign ownership allowed.
  • Unrestricted capital repatriation.
  • No limitations on employing foreign staff.

Tax efficiencies: Tax exemption for half a century

  • Profits, capital, and assets enjoy a 50-year tax holiday.
  • Personal income remains tax-free.

Ecosystem

  • Exceptional regional and international professional services.
  • Emerging hub for funds in the region.

Geographic hub

  • Management offices, holding companies, and family offices situated in proximity to their assets.
  • UAE pivotal in expanding South-South trade, notably between Asia and Africa. 
  • Strategically poised to capitalize on emerging market opportunities.
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From company formation to maintaining the cap-table, by using Clara founders can digitally form their companies in a range of jurisdictions, create and manage their cap-tables and generate legal documents. Clara is quickly becoming an integral part of the startup software stack.

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Clara is a must-have for founders. Not only does it provide all the legal tools you need in a single platform, using Clara also signals to investors that you are a serious startup.

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IP Assignments, what? I didn’t even know they existed before Clara. For startups, setting up governance, corporate structures, data rooms and fundraising are all hard to get right. Clara’s legalOS is premium. It pays for itself.

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Binance uses Clara to incorporate and manage ADGM entities. The team at Clara are extremely efficient and go the extra mile to ensure we always have a smooth experience and meet our deadlines. Top-notch service!

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