Published: May 11, 2023

ADGM Introduces Private Credit Fund Regulatory Framework

Following to the publication of its Consultation Paper No. 8 of 2022 on Private Credit Funds, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (“FSRA”) has announced the enactment of its regulatory framework enabling collective investment funds based in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”) to invest in credit facilities. The amendments permitting Private Credit Funds to operate in or from ADGM have been introduced to the Financial Services and Markets Regulations, Fund Rules (“FUNDS”), Islamic Finance Rules, and Glossary Rules of the FSRA.

The updated regulatory framework aims to facilitate participation in the global private credit market in and from the ADGM. Private credit has exponentially expanded in recent years – Bloomberg recently reported growth to a total of $1.4 trillion assets managed globally by the end of 2022 in comparison to $500 billion in 2015. To attract global funds, the new rules introduced by the FSRA exempt Private Credit Funds and Private Credit Fund Managers from the requirement to hold a Financial Service Permission, or satisfy a specified Base Capital Requirement, to carry on the regulated activities of ‘Providing Credit’ or ‘Arranging Credit’.


A fund may make investment in ‘Credit Facilities’ (by origination, purchase or participation), investment in equity of the fund’s borrowers (or its group) and the holding of financial instruments for the purpose of cash management or hedging.

Fund Structure

The fund must be a close-ended Qualified Investor Fund or Exempt Fund that is managed by an Authorised Fund Manager (within the context of the FUNDS Rules). A Venture Capital Fund will not be permitted to be a Private Credit Fund.


Private Credit Funds must not provide credit to the benefit of natural persons, a person related to its fund, collective investment funds, other lenders or financial institutions and persons intending to use proceeds of the credit facility for speculative investment purposes.

Diversification and risk concentration requirements

The fund will be required to limit the maximum exposure to a single borrower or group of connected borrowers to 25% of its capital.

System and control requirements

The fund is required to maintain systems, controls through suitable documented policies such as fund risk appetite statements, renewal and refinancing of credits policies, the monitoring of granted credits, and the management of collateral, sound assessment and pricing methodology.


The use of leverage by the fund will be limited to 100% of the capital of the fund.


The fund must issue periodic reports containing breakdowns of the allocated loans and their detailed descriptions, a summary of all committed and undrawn credit facilities, information on relevant exposures and report any material changes pertinent to the fund’s credit.

Stress Testing

The fund manager must have a periodic report based on a instilled comprehensive stress and scenario analysis programme, conducted by a qualifies third person, that enables the identification and mitigation of possible market risks and exposures.

To view the amendments to the FUNDS that introduces the rules on Private Credit Funds, please click here.

How can we help?

At Al Tamimi & Company, we provide expert guidance to financial institutions at the local, regional, and global levels on matters related to FSRA regulations, ADGM legal advancements, and the licensing of regulated financial service providers.

This alert was prepared by Elyazia Alozaibi.

Key Contacts

Ashish Banga

Senior Associate - Consultant