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24 January 2021

FAB issued Oman CMA Custody license and signs Service Level Agreement with Muscat Clearing and Depository

Abu Dhabi, 24 January 2021: First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest financial institutions, has become a direct custodian member of Muscat Clearing and Depository (MCD) in the Sultanate of Oman.

FAB is the third international custodian of the securities depositary linked to the country’s stock exchange, Muscat Securities Market (MSM). It will contribute to MCD’s mission to promote post-trade solutions that systematically reduce risks, enhance operating efficiency and minimise cost.

Haitham Al Salmi, General Manager at Muscat Clearing and Depository, said: “We are delighted to welcome First Abu Dhabi Bank as custodian of the MCD. We look forward to collaborating with the FAB team to introduce further post-trade enhancements and provide their regional and international client-base with access to Oman’s capital markets.”

Kashif Darr, Managing Director & Head of Securities Services, FAB, said: “FAB is proud to build on its long heritage in Oman, stretching back almost 50 years, with the addition of direct custodian membership of the MCD. We look forward to bringing our differentiated brand of Securities Services - led by next generation technology and a dedicated client focus - to both domestic institutional investors in Oman and to international investors. Oman is a key part of FAB’s leading regional direct custody platform, which currently spans the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Lebanon and will incorporate Kuwait and Egypt in early 2021.”