Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange is regulated by Securities and Commodities Authorities (SCA)-a federal authority in the United Arab Emirates.
SCA was established in 2000 as per Federal Decree No (4) for Year (2000). Its main objective is putting the objectives stated in the Federal Law No. (4) of 2000 into effect by not sparing any effort to strengthen the legislative structure through issuing such regulations and instructions that ensure the development of the organizational and supervisory framework of the list joint-stock companies and other companies operating in the securities field. In addition, the Authority has introduced some controls and criteria that would contribute positively to enhancing the investors' trust in the Authority.
SCA is characterized by its juridical personality and financial and administrative independence, and it has the supervisory and executive powers necessary to exercise its functions. It is administered by a Board of Directors, where the Board's Chairman is also the Minister of Economy. Moreover, the authority has an organizational and administrative structure under the management and supervision of the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority.
SCA currently manages three financial markets in the UAE, which are : Abu Dhabi Securities Market (ADX), Dubai Financial Market (DFM), and the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX).
In addition, SCA manages the brokerage firms and approves/rejects the brokers who are allowed to trade and margin trade. The authority also supervises the services of custodians, financial consultancies, financial analyses, market makers, and securities lending and borrowing.
As part of the Authority's continuous effort to streamline its control and supervisory role and improve the organizational aspects of the companies subject to control, the Authority has deemed it suitable to alert these companies to the basic requirements stipulated by the Trading Companies Law No. 8/1984 and the amendments thereof and the Federal Law No. 4/2000 and the regulations, decisions and circulars issued in implementation thereof.