ADSS (ADS Securities)

ADS Securities LLC, dba ADSS,[1] is a private financial services firm headquartered in Abu Dhabi that offers online trading, investment, wealth management and asset management[2] services for institutional, private and retail clients.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] It provides foreign investment markets analysis on CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNBC Arabiya.[10][11][12][13][14][15]


ADS Securities LLC is licensed by the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates [16] to act as a financial and monetary intermediary in the conduct of financial and monetary brokerage business for the sale and purchase of currencies and intermediating in money market transactions as permitted in accordance with Central Bank Resolution Number 126/5/1995 (as amended) and to carry out certain categories of financial investment business as permitted under Central Bank Resolution Number 164/8/1994 (as amended).[17][18]

ADSS is the biggest foreign-exchange trader in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)[19] region and serves central banks, asset managers, brokerage firms, and hedge funds.[4][5] As of March 2012, it managed a daily forex volume of $4–5 billion.[5] In March 2018, this increased to managing daily forex volumes of up to US$20 billion. As of September 2019, daily forex volumes declined back to $4-5 billion and the company has started a complete restructuring after the departure of it’s ex CEO Philippe Ghanem. [20]

The firm was established with $400 million in capital under ADS Holding LLC and began trading in March 2011. The shareholders increased their capital investment with an additional $185 million to increase the total capitalization to $585 million by end of 2016.[21] Operations are headquartered in Abu Dhabi with regional offices in Singapore, Hong Kong regulated by the SFC (AXC847) and in November 2014 ADS Securities London Limited was opened. ADS London is owned by ADS Holding LLC, and works in partnership with ADS Securities LLC. ADS Securities London is authorised and regulated by the FCA (577453).[21][22] ADS Securities has more than $13 billion to arrange bond issues.[23]


ADSS business areas include, trading and brokerage based on its own multi-asset trading technology.[24] The company also has a cross-asset investment service, investment banking and offers wealth and asset management.[3][4][25] The firm is known for its pricing of CFDs including a Dubai Oil CFD which gave Middle Eastern investors access to the local commodity for the first time.[3] On 4 May 2016, the company announced the launch of an Arabic language trading application called OREX mobile.[26]

Regional Offices

ADSS has two main regional offices in London and Hong Kong, established under the entities ADS Securities London Limited (ADSS London) [27] and ADS Securities Hong Kong Limited (ADSS Hong Kong) respectively.[28] ADSS London is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 577453) and is an IFPRU 730K firm,[29] with its registered office at 9th Floor, 125 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1AR, registration number: 07785265.[30] ADSS Hong Kong is licensed by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (CE No. AXC847) to act as a financial intermediary in the conduct of brokerage business for the sale and purchase of securities, futures contract, leveraged foreign exchange and advising on corporate finance as permitted in accordance with the Securities and Futures Ordinance of Hong Kong.[31] ADSS Hong Kong holds SFC type, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 licenses.[32]


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