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UAE’s Federal National Council approves draft finance leasing law

UAE’s Federal National Council approves draft finance leasing law

Any previous contracts signed without a licence from the central bank will be considered void

The UAE’s Federal National Council On Tuesday approved a draft law regulating finance leasing.

The new law makes it illegal for finance leasing to be practiced in the country without a licence from the central bank.

Any previous contracts signed without a licence from the central bank will be considered void and individuals who are not licenced are banned from using the phrase finance leasing or any synonym of it in their trade name.

The central bank will be in charge of licencing regulations, the practice of finance leasing in the country and the licencing of foreign finance leasing companies’ branches.

The draft law makes practicing finance leasing without a licence or the use of the term in trade names without a licence punishable with a jail term or a fine of Dhs200,000 ($54,452) to Dhs10m ($2.72m).

FNC members indicated the law would help the country keep up with international development, attract foreign industrial investment and financial flows and achieve its development goals.

Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, minister of state for financial affairs, said the draft law would support industrial and commercial projects by allowing production tools to be rented with the right to ownership at the end of the leasing period.

Companies would previously have to seek bank financing to buy the equipment directly.

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