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  • Governance Risk

    • RPP 2-5-15

      All applicants are required to demonstrate robust governance arrangements together with the fitness and integrity of all controllers, directors and senior management. The DFSA is aware that management control, in smaller start ups especially, may lie with one or two dominant individuals who may also be amongst the owners of the firm. In such circumstances, the DFSA would expect the key business and control functions (i.e. risk management, compliance and internal audit) to be subject to appropriate oversight arrangements which reflect the size and complexity of the business. Applicants can assist the DFSA by describing in detail the ownership structure, high level controls and clear reporting lines which demonstrate an adequate segregation of duties.

      Derived from DFSA GM8/2011 (Made 28th April 2011). [VER 1/02-11]
      Amended by Notice of Updates (Made 11th February 2015). February 2015 Edition
      Amended by Notice of Updates (Made 23rd January 2017). February 2017 Edition

    • RPP 2-5-16

      The DFSA may request details of the background, history and ownership of the start up entity and, where applicable, its Group. Similar details relating to the background, history and other interests of the directors of the start up entity may also be required. Where it considers it necessary to do so, the DFSA may undertake independent background checks on such material. A higher degree of due diligence will apply to individuals involved in start up entities and there would be an expectation that the entity itself will have conducted detailed background checks, which may then be verified by the DFSA.

      Derived from DFSA GM8/2011 (Made 28th April 2011). [VER 1/02-11]
      Amended by Notice of Updates (Made 11th February 2015). February 2015 Edition
      Amended by Notice of Updates (Made 23rd January 2017). February 2017 Edition