Setting up in the DIFC

HOLT consultancy provides step by step guidance and assistance to applicants wanting to set up in the DIFC including:


  • Project management of a licence application to perform financial services activities in or from the DIFC. We will liaise with the DFSA, DIFC Authority, DIFC Registrar of Companies and other advisors as required.  
  • Assisting with the drafting of a Regulatory Business Plan.
  • Assisting with the drafting and completion of applicable forms for example, AUT IND 1 forms. 
  • Drafting of a tailored Compliance Manual and Anti-Money Laundering Manual. 
  • Development of a Risk Based Compliance Monitoring Programme tailored to your firm's needs and business model.
  • Preparing the proposed Authorised Individuals, e.g. Senior Executive Officer (SEO) for the DFSA interview.
  • Documenting and helping you to implement systems and controls to meet the regulator’s requirements according to your risk appetite.


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