MEIMA was launched at ADGM to support the region's investment sector
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New trade association launched to support Middle East investment management sector

New trade association launched to support Middle East investment management sector

The association aims to create an inclusive environment for asset owners, asset managers, service firms and others to network, collaborate and learn from each other

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MEIMA launch at ADGM

The Middle East Investment Management Association (MEIMA), a new industry association for the investment management sector, has been launched to serve as a representative body and ideas hub.

Founding members of MEIMA include senior executives from AD Global Investors Limited, Apex Group, Azimut (ME), Digital Spring Ventures, AD Investment Management,  Freedom Asset Management, Northern Trust Corporation and Aarna Capital.

MEIMA is registered with and established at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).

David Rothon, chairman of MEIMA and CEO at AD Global Investors commented: “MEIMA has been founded with a vision to create a bigger investment marketplace across the MENA region, to improve liquidity, to make it easier to invest region wide and to bring industry professionals together. This association will become a focus point for the investment industry, driving best practice, raising levels of service and execution, and working together to improve the regional environment for asset management.”

Maroun Jalkh, chair of the Membership, Events and Communications Sub-Committee of MEIMA and CEO at Azimut (ME), said: “Having spoken to so many investment management companies in the Middle East it’s clear there is a need for an organization like MEIMA. Membership is open not just to investment management firms but professional companies like lawyers, advisers to the investment sector and wealth managers, and the like. Networking   and better engagement with regulators are the two main reasons why firms we have spoken to wish to join MEIMA.”

Dhaher Bin Dhaher, CEO of the Registration Authority of ADGM added, “We welcome MEIMA into the Abu Dhabi ecosystem and extend our congratulations to the association on its inception.  ADGM is pleased to be the destination of choice and home jurisdiction for MEIMA, the first of its kind in the region. Over the years, Abu Dhabi’s pioneering leadership, strong physical connectivity, robust trade, and financial linkages, and progressive regulations have successfully drew in numerous global investment firms, allowed companies and capital to meet, and enabled investors to prosper.

 “As the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, ADGM is home to dynamic companies with varying fundraising needs, and as and a premier hub for solutions in investment risk management, ADGM provides a strategic vantage point for asset and fund managers seeking innovative solutions and business vehicles to manage investments in the UAE and the wider region.  We will continue to support MEIMA and its members in fulfilling their mission, and together, foster a more vibrant ecosystem for asset management, private equity and venture capital in the region.”

A membership-based association, MEIMA will support, champion and advance the growth and development of the asset management industry in the region.

The association’s broad objectives are to:

  • Be the voice of the industry for all stakeholders who have a stake in improving the MENA investment management sector, from ADGM, DIFC, and onshore UAE to  GCC/MENA and non-UAE regulated asset managers
  • Engage with regulators to drive a competitive and compliant regional asset management operating environment
  • Assist international members to establish their firms in the region
  • Create an inclusive environment where the wider ecosystem of asset owners, asset managers, service firms and others can be brought together to network, collaborate, and learn from each other
  • Ensure the highest levels of stewardship and governance
  • Creating an encouraging environment for developing and incorporating innovation into business models.
  • Assist and support members to achieve the best results for their customers, and to grow their business.
  • Drive a progressive “people” agenda in the industry to ensure the highest levels of professionalism and talent

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