38. Assets Requirement

(1) This section applies if—
(a) the Regulator imposes an Assets Requirement on a person being given a Financial Services Permission;
(b) an Assets Requirement is imposed on an Authorised Person; or
(c) an Assets Requirement previously imposed on such a person is varied.
(2) A person on whom an Assets Requirement is imposed is referred to in this section as "A".
(3) "Assets Requirement" means a requirement imposed under section 35—
(a) prohibiting the disposal of, or other dealing with, any of A's assets (whether in the Abu Dhabi Global Market or elsewhere) or restricting such disposals or dealings; or
(b) that all or any of A's assets, or all or any assets belonging to Customers but held by A or to A's order, must be transferred to and held by a trustee approved by the Regulator.
(4) If the Regulator—
(a) imposes a requirement of the kind mentioned in subsection (3)(a); and
(b) gives notice of the requirement to any institution with whom A keeps an account; the notice has the effects mentioned in subsection (5).
(5) Those effects are that—
(a) the institution does not act in breach of any contract with A if, having been instructed by A (or on A's behalf) to transfer any sum or otherwise make any payment out of A's account, it refuses to do so in the reasonably held belief that complying with the instruction would be incompatible with the requirement; and
(b) if the institution complies with such an instruction, it shall be liable to pay to the Regulator an amount equal to the amount transferred from, or otherwise paid out of, A's account in contravention of the requirement.
(6) If the Regulator imposes a requirement of the kind mentioned in subsection (3)(b), assets held by a person as trustee in accordance with the requirement shall not, while the requirement is in force, be released or dealt with except with the consent of the Regulator.
(7) If, while a requirement of the kind mentioned in subsection (3)(b) is in force, A creates a Charge over any assets of A held in accordance with the requirement, the Charge is (to the extent that it confers security over the assets) void against the liquidator and any of A's creditors.
(8) Assets held by a person as trustee ("T") are to be taken to be held by T in accordance with any requirement mentioned in subsection (3)(b) only if—
(a) A has given T written notice that those assets are to be held by T in accordance with the requirement; or
(b) they are assets into which assets to which paragraph (a) applies have been transposed by T on the instructions of A.
(9) Subsections (6) and (8) do not affect any equitable interest or remedy in favour of a person who is a beneficiary of a trust as a result of a requirement of the kind mentioned in subsection (3)(b).
Amended on (13 January, 2020).