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Regulatory Environment

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Regulatory Environment

Amana Capital is a multi-licensed Group, regulated by different regional and international bodies including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Dubai Financial Service Authority (DFSA), the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) and the Lebanese Capital Markets Authority (CMA).

Amana Financial Services UK Ltd is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Registration Number 605070. FCA is a regulatory body that ensures that all firms stick to its rules, provide consumers with appropriate products and services and protect them from the harm that can be caused by bad conduct in the financial services industry. The FCA also supports and empowers a healthy and successful financial system, where firms can thrive and consumers can place their trust in transparent and open markets. Moreover, the FCA takes appropriate measures to prevent financial firms from being used as a channel for financial crime.

Amana Financial Services (Dubai) Limited is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), Registration Number F003269.

Amana Capital Ltd (Cyprus) is a registered Cypriot Investment Firm (CIF), Registration Number HE 281953, authorized and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySec), Licence Number 155/11, under the Investment Services and Activities and Regulated Markets Law of 2007 (Law 144(I)/2007), and subject to all CySEC Rules. As a CySec regulated CIF, clients can be assured that Amana Capital Ltd complies at all times with the strictest standards of proper handling and protection of client funds. Amana Capital Ltd also follows the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) 2004/39/EC, a European legislation which came into effect in all countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) on November 1, 2007. MiFID was adopted in Cyprus through the Cyprus Investment Services and Activities and Regulated Markets Law of 2007 (Law 144(I)/2007). MiFID provides a harmonized regulatory environment for investment services and activities across 30 member states of the EEA (the 27 Member States of the European Union plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein). The main objectives of the MiFID Directive are to enhance financial transparency, increase competition, and offer greater consumer protection in investment services.

Amana Capital SAL is authorized and regulated by the Lebanese Capital Markets Authority (CMA) as a Financial Intermediary Institution (Authorization number 26). The CMA grants authorizations and licenses for the establishment of entities and institutions engaged in the Securities Business in Lebanon. The CMA regulates, supervises, licenses and monitors the activities of the Lebanese Capital Markets as per the powers stipulated by the Capital Markets Law 161/2011. The CMA has two main objectives that underline its strategic mission and vision: (i) promoting and developing the Lebanese Capital Markets; and (ii) protecting investors from fraudulent activities, through the issuance of regulations that are in line with international best practices, and proper control and audit of all institutions that deal with financial instruments.

The Group also works in conjunction with the Special Investigation Commission – Fighting Money Laundering (SIC). The SIC, Lebanon's Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), receives, analyzes, and investigates suspicious transaction reports (STRs) and ensures compliance of banks, financial institutions and other reporting entities with the AML/CFT regulations.

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