This month we bring you a special focus on a continent that boasts the world’s largest free trade area, a diverse economic make-up and increasing political stability. The latest edition of Law Update focuses on Africa, a territory that continues to be an attractive business and investment destination.
Like the rest of the world, Africa is still re-building from the impact of COVID-19, however, there continues to be an optimistic view of the opportunities the continent presents. An example of the appetite for investment into Africa was captured in a report we commissioned, titled Legal Leaders in MENA. Our survey of legal leaders revealed a resounding desire to expand into new territories, with 81% naming Africa as their investment destination of choice.Read the full edition
In an event held by the Securities & Commodities Authority (‘SCA‘) under the title “The Role of Financial Markets Institutions in Motivating Investment in Securities” H.E. Dr. Obaid Al Zaabi launched the “Investors Rights in Capital Market” guidelines (‘Guidelines’) The Guidelines summarise investors’ rights and the standard of conduct that they should expect from financial service providers. It is helpful for both investors to understand their rights and persons licensed by the SCA to understand the SCA’s expectations of them in the provision of financial services.
The Guidelines list 20 rights to which all investors are entitled when dealing with SCA licenced providers including but not limited to brokerage, trading, investment management, promotion and introductions service providers. In short, the Guidelines provide that a licenced service provider shall:
The Guidelines do not impose new obligations on financial service providers as their obligations are already contained in regulations issued by the SCA. However, the codification of investors’ rights, in an easily accessible and comprehensible document, should motivate investment by establishing trust in the market between licenced providers and investors. Increased trust in the market should lead to increased investments because:
The SCA is also taking further steps to make the market more attractive to investors and increase the access investors have to material by providing information and guidance on a number of social media platforms including Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These steps should assist in making the market more accessible to the modern investor. This move, by the SCA, demonstrates the steps it is taking to achieve its mandate of safeguarding the rights of investors, promoting sound practices, and creating a capital-attractive environment.
Al Tamimi & Company’s Equity Capital Markets team regularly advises on investors’ rights in Capital Markets. For further information please contact Anna Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Yousef Al Amly (email@example.com).