Fund Manager Fintonia Group Receives Provisional Virtual Assets License in Dubai

Fintonia Group has followed in the footsteps of several leading crypto companies in securing a license to operate in Dubai.

AccessTimeIconJul 19, 2022 at 2:00 a.m. UTC
Updated Jul 20, 2022 at 10:02 a.m. UTC

Oliver Knight is a CoinDesk reporter based between London and Lisbon. He does not own any crypto.

Singapore-based crypto fund manager Fintonia Group has secured a provisional virtual asset license granted by the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA), according to a press release.

  • The license allows the firm to offer crypto products and services to institutional clients in Dubai as it looks to establish a foothold in the emerging UAE market.
  • Fintonia Group has been operating since 2014 and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore since 2016.
  • "Our focus is to grow our business in Singapore and Dubai, where we see strong digital asset ecosystems developing along with demand for the regulated institutional grade services that Fintonia provides," founder and chairman Adrian Chng told CoinDesk.
  • In recent months a slew of crypto companies have secured licenses in Dubai including Binance, OKX and FTX, with Kraken being granted a license in Abu Dhabi.
  • Rival Singapore-based crypto fund Three Arrows Capital had also planned a move into Dubai before it was struck by solvency issues, which resulted in bankruptcy and market contagion that hit many of the largest crypto lending companies including CoinDesk sister company Genesis Global Trading and Voyager Digital.
  • Despite operating a similar business, Chng reiterated to CoinDesk that Fintonia had not been exposed or impacted by the downturn related to Three Arrows Capital.

UPDATE (20 July, 10:02 UTC): Corrects fourth bullet to say Kraken was granted a license in "Abu Dhabi" not "Dubai."

UPDATE (19 July, 10:42 UTC): Corrects founder's name to "Adrian Chng" from "Adrian Chang" in third and sixth bullet.


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