Regulatory technology firm Nexus FrontierTech has joined forces with Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) to pilot an AI-based system to automate the licence application process for VC fund managers entering the emirate.

Nexus has developed technology solutions for clients in the UK, Japan, Vietnam and the Middle East since 2015.

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The firm has a team of more than 100 researchers and practitioners, working on solving enterprises’ most common problems with the firm’s AI solutions.

Nexus and ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) have built a “RegBot”, which utilises natural language processing and machine learning to identify and immediately clarify information and risk gaps in licence applications.

A draft application form is automatically completed for the applicant. At the same time, an assessment report is generated for review by the FSRA.

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Nexus says the bot should help increase business efficiency for all stakeholders and reduce turnaround time while ensuring compliance with FSRA’s rules and regulations.

“In the face of unprecedented change to the way services are being delivered, we are delighted to be part of ADGM’s journey to spur innovation and productivity in the UAE and the region,” says Nexus regional director Derrick Liao.


AGDM is an International Financial Centre located in the UAE’s capital.

It was established by the UAE Decree, ADGM’s jurisdiction, in 2015 and quickly gained global recognition for its responsive ecosystem.

Three independent authorities, the Registration Authority (RA), the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) and ADGM Courts, together ensure that its business-friendly environment operates in line with international best practices, recognised by major financial centres worldwide.