Abu Dhabi Embraces M2's Arrival: Crypto Trading and Custodial Services Unveiled

by Tareq Sikder
  • UAE clients can register on the platform within two weeks.
  • It has launched an Earn product, providing yields of up to 10.5% on Bitcoin and Ethereum.
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A trading and custodial services platform, M2 has been officially launched today in the Abu Dhabi financial free zone, representing an advancement for the crypto infrastructure in the Middle East, according to the company.

M2 Secures Regulatory Approval, Joins Crypto Entities

Regulated as a Multilateral Trading Facility and Custodian by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, M2 is set to offer retail and institutional clients in the UAE the capability to buy, sell, and custody virtual assets on its platform.

Arvind Ramamurthy, Chief of Market Development, ADGM
Arvind Ramamurthy, Chief of Market Development, ADGM, Source: LinkedIn

UAE clients can now register with the platform, with M2 providing onboarding services within two weeks. This includes custody and trading of virtual assets. M2 introduces an Earn product with yields of up to 10.5% on Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Stefan Kimmel, CEO, M2
Stefan Kimmel, CEO, M2, Source: LinkedIn

Co-founded by Bijan Alizadeh Fard of Phoenix Group and led by the CEO, Stefan Kimmel, formerly with Kraken MENA and Commercial Bank of Dubai, M2's leadership team includes professionals with backgrounds at JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, IBM, PWC, and Goldman Sachs.

M2, having secured Financial Services Regulatory Authority licenses, joins other entities like Binance, Rain, BitOasis, and Securrency. The platform's global ambitions extend to pursuing operating licenses in the EU and UK, positioning itself as one of the first crypto companies to leverage the MENA region as a base for international expansion.

Arvind Ramamurthy, the Chief of Market Development at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the Emirate’s financial center, expressed support for M2's vision within the ecosystem of virtual asset trading venues and service providers, highlighting ADGM's regulations as conducive to M2's goals.

Shifting Paradigms: UAE's Transition from Oil to Digital Assets

The UAE has positioned itself well in the rapidly evolving landscape of decentralized technologies, showcasing a visionary strategy that combines regulatory expertise. Traditionally dependent on oil reserves, the UAE has shifted its focus to technology and finance, recognizing the potential of digital assets.

The UAE's regulatory initiatives, led by individual Emirates, such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai, aim to create a welcoming regulatory environment for global businesses while ensuring consumer protection and financial stability. This collaborative effort reflects the ambition of the UAE to be a global innovation and technology hub, attracting talent, investment, and positive exposure.

Abu Dhabi has played a pioneering role, with ADGM setting early regulatory benchmarks. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority has extended traditional financial regulatory frameworks to cover digital assets, demonstrating a commitment to innovation and risk mitigation. Dubai, through the Dubai International Financial Centre, has adopted a forward-thinking regulatory approach, recently proposing the Digital Assets Law and a new Law of Security regime.

At the federal level, the UAE Cabinet's decision to regulate virtual assets and service providers underscores the nation's commitment to overseeing the digital asset sector. The next crucial step is to harmonize regulations across all Emirates, fostering consistency, collaboration, and passporting among local authorities and the federal regulatory body.

A trading and custodial services platform, M2 has been officially launched today in the Abu Dhabi financial free zone, representing an advancement for the crypto infrastructure in the Middle East, according to the company.

M2 Secures Regulatory Approval, Joins Crypto Entities

Regulated as a Multilateral Trading Facility and Custodian by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, M2 is set to offer retail and institutional clients in the UAE the capability to buy, sell, and custody virtual assets on its platform.

Arvind Ramamurthy, Chief of Market Development, ADGM
Arvind Ramamurthy, Chief of Market Development, ADGM, Source: LinkedIn

UAE clients can now register with the platform, with M2 providing onboarding services within two weeks. This includes custody and trading of virtual assets. M2 introduces an Earn product with yields of up to 10.5% on Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Stefan Kimmel, CEO, M2
Stefan Kimmel, CEO, M2, Source: LinkedIn

Co-founded by Bijan Alizadeh Fard of Phoenix Group and led by the CEO, Stefan Kimmel, formerly with Kraken MENA and Commercial Bank of Dubai, M2's leadership team includes professionals with backgrounds at JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, IBM, PWC, and Goldman Sachs.

M2, having secured Financial Services Regulatory Authority licenses, joins other entities like Binance, Rain, BitOasis, and Securrency. The platform's global ambitions extend to pursuing operating licenses in the EU and UK, positioning itself as one of the first crypto companies to leverage the MENA region as a base for international expansion.

Arvind Ramamurthy, the Chief of Market Development at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the Emirate’s financial center, expressed support for M2's vision within the ecosystem of virtual asset trading venues and service providers, highlighting ADGM's regulations as conducive to M2's goals.

Shifting Paradigms: UAE's Transition from Oil to Digital Assets

The UAE has positioned itself well in the rapidly evolving landscape of decentralized technologies, showcasing a visionary strategy that combines regulatory expertise. Traditionally dependent on oil reserves, the UAE has shifted its focus to technology and finance, recognizing the potential of digital assets.

The UAE's regulatory initiatives, led by individual Emirates, such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai, aim to create a welcoming regulatory environment for global businesses while ensuring consumer protection and financial stability. This collaborative effort reflects the ambition of the UAE to be a global innovation and technology hub, attracting talent, investment, and positive exposure.

Abu Dhabi has played a pioneering role, with ADGM setting early regulatory benchmarks. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority has extended traditional financial regulatory frameworks to cover digital assets, demonstrating a commitment to innovation and risk mitigation. Dubai, through the Dubai International Financial Centre, has adopted a forward-thinking regulatory approach, recently proposing the Digital Assets Law and a new Law of Security regime.

At the federal level, the UAE Cabinet's decision to regulate virtual assets and service providers underscores the nation's commitment to overseeing the digital asset sector. The next crucial step is to harmonize regulations across all Emirates, fostering consistency, collaboration, and passporting among local authorities and the federal regulatory body.

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