International Co-operation

To achieve our objectives, the DFSA fosters and maintains relationships with other regulatory agencies within Dubai and the UAE, as well as with international bodies, regulators and organisations. For ease of access, a number of links to local registers, the DIFC's two exchanges, DIFC Court decisions, local and English language news sources and telephone directories are provided here.

In the context of non-public information, the DFSA actively pursues alliances and the creation of Memoranda of Understanding with local, national and international bodies, authorities and organisations. These Memoranda facilitate the realisation of the DFSA’s objectives and guiding principles, which include co-operating with and providing assistance to authorities, bodies and organisations in the State and other jurisdictions. In particular, these Memoranda facilitate the way in which regulators can assist each other in the pursuit of individual and common objectives, including through the exchange of information and the use of enforcement powers.

MoUs signed by the DFSA

The traditional mechanism for formalising co-operation between regulatory authorities in different jurisdictions is a bi-lateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

An MoU provides a formal basis for co-operation between regulatory authorities, bodies and organisations, including for the exchange of information and investigative assistance, based on existing laws. This means it cannot make lawful a release of information that would otherwise be unlawful, nor can it compel assistance that can only be voluntary.

It should be noted that the lack of an MoU is no impediment to sharing information and providing assistance to a fellow regulator as the DFSA's authority to share information and assist is based on specific provisions in the Regulatory Law. Chapter 8 of the DFSA Regulatory Policy and Process (RPP Sourcebook) elucidates further on the DFSA exercising powers on behalf of other authorities and sharing information with domestic and foreign regulators, bodies and organisations.

Multi-lateral MoUs

  • The International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO)
  • The Boca Declaration
  • International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS)
  • IOSCO Africa and Middle East Regional Committee (AMERC)
  • The International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR)

Bi-lateral MoUs:

1 Abu Dhabi Financial Services Regulatory Authority of ADGM
2 Australia Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
3 Australia Australian Securities and Investments Commission
4 Bahrain Central Bank of Bahrain
5 Belgium Banking, Finance & Insurance Commission of Belgium [+AIFMD]
6 Brunei Brunei Darussalam Central Bank
7 Canada Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
8 Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Monetary Authority
9 China China Banking & Insurance Regulatory Commission
10 China China Securities Regulatory Commission
11 Cyprus Central Bank of Cyprus
12 Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission 
13 Denmark Financial Supervisory Authority (Finanstilsynet) 
14 Dubai Dubai Police General Head Quarters 
15 Dubai Dubai’s Public Prosecution
16 Dubai Smart Dubai
17 Egypt Central Bank of Egypt
18 Egypt Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority
19 Europe European Securities and Markets Authority (re Credit Rating Agencies)
20 Europe European Securities and Markets Authority (re Central Counterparts)
21 France Banque de France
22 France L’Autorite des Marches Financiers 
23 Germany Federal Financial Supervisory Authority of Germany (BAFIN)
24 Greece Hellenic Capital Market Commission 
25 Guernsey Financial Services Commission
26 Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission
27 Iceland The Financial Supervisory Authority (Fjarmalaeftirlitid)
28 India Reserve Bank of India
29 India Securities and Exchange Board of India
30 India International Financial Services Centre Authority
31 Indonesia  Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan)
32 Ireland The Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority
33 Isle of Man Isle of Man Financial Services Authority
34 Israel Israel Capital Markets Insurance and Savings Authority & the Israel Securities Authority
35 Italy Bank of Italy (Banca d’Italia)
36 Italy Italian Securities & Exchange Commission (Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa) 
37 Japan Financial Services Agency
38 Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
39 Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
40 Jersey Financial Services Commission
41 Jordan Central Bank of Jordan
42 Jordan Insurance Commission of Jordan
43 Jordan Jordan Securities Commission
44 Kazakhstan Astana Financial Services Authority 
45 Kuwait Capital Markets Authority
46 Lebanon Banque du Liban
47 Lebanon Capital Markets Authority
48 Luxembourg Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier 
49 Malaysia Bank Negara – Islamic Finance
50 Malaysia

Securities Commission of Malaysia (re Cooperation and Exchange of Information)

51 Malaysia

Securities Commission of Malaysia (re Marketing and Distribution of Islamic Funds)

52 Malta Financial Services Authority 
53 Mauritius Financial Services Commission
54 Mauritius Central Bank of the Republic of Mauritius (Bank of Mauritius)
55 Morocco Bank Al Maghrib
56 Netherlands De Nederlandsche Bank
57 Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets 
58 New Zealand New Zealand Securities Commission
59 Oman Central Bank of Oman
60 Oman Capital Markets Authority
61 Portugal Banco de Portugal
62 Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority
63 Russia Central Bank of the Russian Federation
64 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority
65 Singapore Monetary Authority of Singapore
66 South Africa Financial Services Board of South Africa
67 South Africa The Bank Supervision Department of the South African Reserve Bank
68 South Korea Financial Supervisory Commission
69 Sweden Financial Supervisory Authority 
70 Switzerland Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA)
71 Taiwan Financial Supervisory Commission 
72 Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission
73 Turkey Capital Markets Board
74 Turkey Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency
75 UAE Central Bank of the UAE
76 UAE Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the UAE
77 UAE Insurance Authority
78 UAE Securities and Commodities Authority
79 UAE Telecommunication Regulatory Authority - Computer Energy Response Team
80 United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority
81 United Kingdom Prudential Regulation Authority
82 United States New York State Banking Department
83 United States Commodity and Futures Trading Commission
84 United States The Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Cooperation
85 United States The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) MoUs:

1 Austria Austrian Financial Market Authority (AIFMD)
2 Belgium Financial Services & Markets Authority 
3 Bulgaria Financial Supervision Commission Bulgaria 
4 Cyprus Cyprus Securities & Exchange Commission
5 Czech Republic Czech National Bank 
6 Denmark Financial Supervisory Authority (Finanstilsynet) 
7 Estonia Estonian Financial Supervision Authority 
8 Finland Finanssivalvonta Finland 
9 France L’Autorite des Marches Financiers 
10 Greece Hellenic Capital Market Commission 
11 Hungary Pénzügyi Szervezetek Allami Felügyelete 
12 Iceland The Financial Supervisory Authority (Fjarmalaeftirlitid)
13 Ireland Central Bank of Ireland 
14 Italy Italian Securities & Exchange Commission (Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa) 
15 Latvia Financial & Capital Market Commission 
16 Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority 
17 Lithuania Bank of Lithuania 
18 Luxembourg Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier 
19 Malta Financial Services Authority 
20 Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets 
21 Norway Financial Supervisory Authority (Finanstilsynet)
22 Poland Financial Supervision Authority 
23 Portugal Securities Market Commission 
24 Romania Financial Supervisory Authority 
25 Spain The National Securities Market Commission (Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores)
26 Sweden Financial Supervisory Authority 
27 United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (pre Brexit)
28 United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (post Brexit)



To assist our fellow regulators, particularly in fulfilling their licensing and registration responsibilities, the DFSA has joined other members of IOSCO in an initiative to provide enhanced access to publicly available information. The following links to local registers, the DIFC's two exchanges, DIFC Court decisions, local and national English language news sources and telephone directories are provided here to answer preliminary enquiries and to facilitate the due diligence process.

Requests from regulators and other agencies for non-pubic information should be directed to the DFSA’s Director of International Relations (via Requests: [email protected]), and will be dealt with under existing bi-lateral or multi-lateral protocols (as applicable), the Regulatory Law and the RPP Sourcebook.

Local Register Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME)
DIFC Registries DME Members’ List
DIFC Courts DME Market News
DFSA Media Releases DME Market Notices
DIFC Press Centre Yellow Pages (UAE Directory)
NASDAQ Dubai (Stock Exchange) Gulf News
NASDAQ Dubai Members’ List Khaleej Times
NASDAQ Dubai Market News The Gulf Today
NASDAQ Dubai Market Notices The National


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