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Zisha Rizvi, partner, STA

New private financing platform to boost UAE's SME growth

UAE, October 22, 2018

The arrival of a new private financing platform in the UAE to support start-ups, private enterprises and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will give a huge boost to “key engines of the country’s economic growth”, said a legal expert.

Zisha Rizvi, partner at STA Law Firm, said the lead taken by the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is a vital move to ensure the continued growth of crowdfunding, which can mean the difference between business success and failure for SMEs.

The ADGM, an international financial centre in Abu Dhabi, last month launched its framework for the regulation of online private financing platforms (PFPs) for non-public companies, with the aim to reduce the risk of obtaining financial support from crowdfunding.

Rizvi said: “SMEs, which comprise about 95 per cent of the total establishments in the UAE, employ more than 42 per cent of the workforce and are key engines of our economic growth.”

STA says the UAE is witnessing a continuous rapid growth of crowdfunding through a plethora of online platforms, and it was essential that government authorities should take steps to regulate the risk and protect the rights of the parties involved in such transactions.

Rizvi continued: “The proposed regulations by the ADGM portray the UAE’s dedication to protect the interests of the enterprises that use financing platforms as alternate sources of funding by raising money from a qualified network of investors.”

“This limits the risk and provides a regulated platform for start-ups and established businesses in ADGM to obtain the appropriate capital and liquidity for their expansion and growth. These regulations place appropriate regulatory safeguards to ensure a risk-free operation of the financing platforms for the clients,” she added.

Loans to SMEs account for just 4 per cent of the outstanding bank credit in the UAE, below the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region average of 9.3 per cent.

Rizvi is recognised as a leading UAE-based expert adviser on corporate law, banking and finance, litigation and real property in the global market, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service

Tags: | UAE | economic | growth | Private | Financing | platform |

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