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 Dubai Financial Market Launches DFM ARENA to Woo Investors

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Dubai Financial Market Launches DFM ARENA to Woo Investors

Close on the heels of Saudi Arabia’s PIF signing agreement with BlackRock, a global asset management firm, to develop its capital markets, Dubai Financial Market (DFM), the region’s leading financial market, unveiled its flagship initiative – ARENA by DFM – an innovative platform for Initial Private Offerings (IPOs).

Designed to catalyse growth opportunities for both companies and investors, DFM Arena represents a pioneering approach to capital raising and investment within the MENA region. The announcement was made at the second edition of the MENA Capital Market Summit.

DFM ARENA provides a platform for a wide range of private companies, including family businesses, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and businesses at various growth stages.

Through this platform, companies can access capital through diverse assets including equity and debt with plans to introduce additional asset classes. Additionally, venture capital firms can expand their investor base by selling private market shares, thus establishing a previously unavailable liquidity pool.

Furthermore, privately listed companies on ARENA will have the option of limiting investor’s access to institutional investors, employees-only, or family and founding members, offering a unique Pre-IPO listing option.

For companies seeking to raise over $9.53 million (AED 35 million), ARENA offers cost-effective access to an extensive network of investors and fosters a collaborative approach with transparency throughout the process.

Serving as a regulated alternative to conventional financing routes, ARENA empowers private enterprises to access capital markets directly and engage with DFM’s purpose-built book-building process. With streamlined offerings, including memorandum review and timelines, issuers can significantly reduce transaction costs.

Exclusive Access to Investors

For investors, DFM Arena provides exclusive access to DFM private market investments, including early-stage growth opportunities to diversify their investment portfolios.

Emphasising the significance of the initiative, DFM’s CEO Hamed Ali said that the announcement marks a pivotal moment in DFM’s commitment to providing issuers with a transparent and streamlined avenue for capital raising. The platform combines the advantages and efficiency of direct listing with the DFM’s diverse investor base and capabilities.

He also said that DFM ARENA enables investors to easily access private investments in the UAE’s most promising companies and brands, unlocking investment opportunities that were previously inaccessible.

“ARENA acts as a catalyst to enhancing the funding ecosystem for growth companies, paving the way for a more vibrant and inclusive investment ecosystem. Through a technology-powered platform, ARENA is designed to facilitate seamless processes, including due diligence, book building, brokered trades, and settlement, fundamentally reshaping the landscape of investment accessibility and efficiency,” he added.

DFMGI Fifth Globally

The DFM General Index (DFMGI) was ranked fifth globally in 2023, surpassing other major global markets.

DFM also attracted 230,000 new investors since 2022 and its market capitalisation witnessed a substantial growth in market capitalisation, rising from $158.42 billion at the end of 2022 to $187.32 billion by the end of 2023.

DFM also raised $9.39 billion in IPO proceeds in 2023, with demand exceeding $272 billion since 2021. Moreover, Dubai’s capital market listed 155 bonds and sukuk with a value of $131.78 billion on both the DFM and Nasdaq Dubai, emerging as a vital platform for raising capital and securing funding.

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