ADGM gives in-principle approval to Liminal

Digital asset custody and wallet infrastructure provider affirms commitment to regulatory compliance and innovative solutions


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Published: Tue 21 Nov 2023, 10:02 PM

Liminal, a fast growing digital asset custody and wallet infrastructure provider, is pleased to announce the grant of an In-Principle Approval (IPA) by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) to operate as a custody provider for Virtual Assets.

The IPA is not the actual licence, but it serves as an important milestone in Liminal’s journey. Liminal is working diligently to fulfil all the IPA conditions and meet FSRA’s stringent requirements to receive the Financial Services Permission (FSP).

Abu Dhabi boasts one of the most sophisticated regulatory frameworks for digital assets, offering clarity to entrepreneurs and their customers. In the rapidly growing fintech landscape of the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, FSRA’s progressive approach has made it a highly sought-after location for digital asset service providers. Receiving the FSP from the FSRA will empower Liminal in extending its services as a trusted and reliable custodian for Virtual Assets within the ADGM jurisdiction and serve the broader MENA region.

Earlier this year, in May, Liminal obtained the TCSP License from the Hong Kong Companies Registry, enabling regulated digital asset custodial services in Hong Kong.

Manan Vora, Senior VP of Strategy & Business Operations at Liminal, expressed enthusiasm about the IPA, stating, “ADGM has established itself as a thriving hub for innovation, growth, and maturation of the Web3 ecosystem. Their dedication to formulating clear and comprehensive regulations has created a trusted and secure environment for investors and Web3 enterprises. Recognizing the escalating demand for secure custody services in the MENA region, we took this strategic step to cater to the industry’s evolving needs. The IPA marks a significant leap forward in our mission to provide institutional-grade custody services for the digital asset industry. We are genuinely thrilled to contribute to the growth of this emerging market. After setting up an entity in Abu Dhabi, our next step is to obtain the FSP, and work closely with the ADGM team to provide regulated custody operations.”

Arvind Ramamurthy, Chief of Market Development at ADGM said, “We extend our congratulations to Liminal on being granted the IPA from the FSRA of ADGM, which paves the way for them to become fully operational in ADGM as a premier custody provider for virtual assets. As an international financial centre of the UAE’s capital, ADGM’s vision for fostering a dynamic and trusted financial ecosystem prioritises upholding the highest standards of security, innovation, and regulatory compliance. Liminal’s capabilities and dedication align seamlessly with ADGM’s goals and reinforce our commitment to driving the growth of the digital asset space in Abu Dhabi and beyond. We anticipate witnessing Liminal’s positive impact on the market and its contribution to the advancement of virtual asset services.”

Jehanzeb Awan, Founder & CEO, J. Awan & Partners, praised Liminal’s commitment and said, “It’s truly impressive to witness Liminal’s dedication to regulatory compliance and their unwavering service to the digital asset industry. Our joint efforts in undergoing stringent screening procedures and audits have culminated in a significant milestone with the issuance of the IPA. I am confident that Liminal will continue to set new standards in the virtual asset custody space, while fostering innovation in ADGM’s rapidly emerging market.”

In its efforts to delivering regulated and compliant custody solutions in the Middle East, Liminal has Dr. Bhaskar Dasgupta, Veteran Business Strategist, to Its Board in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Dasgupta is highly regarded for his contributions to ADGM, and has been instrumental in revolutionising cryptocurrency regulation on a global scale.

Liminal has built a robust infrastructure that prioritises security, compliance, and operational excellence. Their advanced custody platform leverages automation to simplify the safekeeping of virtual assets. Additionally, Liminal implements strict security protocols, comprehensive risk management measures, and thorough audit procedures to maintain the highest level of protection for client assets. The company remains dedicated to staying at the forefront of innovation in the digital asset custody space, consistently adhering to regulatory best practices, and continuously enhancing its offerings to meet the evolving needs of its clients.

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