While Bahrain based Rain crypto broker exchange had sent out a teaser last week saying a big announcement was coming, Citywire published an announcement on July 25th 2023 saying that RAIN trading Limited ( Rain ADGM) has been granted Abu Dhabi Global Market virtual asset brokerage and custody service license.
This comes just after BitOasis’s active operational license was suspended by Dubai’s virtual asset regulatory Authority.
According to CityWire, “Rain ADGM will offer institutional and a number of retail clients in the UAE the ability to buy, sell and store virtual assets, in addition to having a fiat-to-virtual asset onramp in AED.”
Joseph Dallago, CEO of Rain, stated to CityWire ‘This achievement represents a significant milestone not just for Rain, but for the entire virtual assets industry. With this license, we can now offer our customers an even greater level of security and trust, as we continue to drive innovation and growth in the virtual assets space. Rain now offers the only regulated on-ramp and off-ramp of AED into virtual assets in the UAE.”
Arvind Ramamurthy, Chief Of Market development at ADG added, “With the inclusion of companies like Rain, we are continuously trying to add value to Abu Dhabi’s digital asset ecosystem, This is while also supporting the diversification of our flourishing economy.”
In 2022 , cryptocurrency platform Rain received in-principle approval for financial services permission (FSP) from Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGB), which if it is fully approved will allow it to operate beyond the GCC region and offer a greater number of virtual asset pairs.
The in-principle approval was granted by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) to Rain Financial Group’s ADGM registered entity Rain Trading Limited. Prior to that the company had raised$110 million in Series B funding .
At the time of receiving in principle approval, Rain co-founder Yehia Badawy had said, “Working with regulatory bodies such as the FSRA is one of the fastest and most secure ways to offer cryptocurrencies to the region and benefits both customers and governmental bodies alike. We look forward to working hard to fulfil all IPA conditions to the satisfaction of the FSRA in order to obtain the FSP to operate.”
Rain was founded in 2017 by Abdullah Almoaiqel, AJ Nelson, Joseph Dallago, and Yehia Badawy.