ADIB seeks to increase foreign ownership limit

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Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank’s (ADIB) Board of Directors plans to open up to more foreign shareholders as the UAE eases rules to attract foreign direct investment. In a bourse filing, ADIB proposed the increase of non-UAE nationals ownership of Shari’ah compliant lender shares maximum limit to 40 per cent as well as to amend Clause No. 7of ADIB Articles of Association after obtaining necessary approvals. In September 2019, Emirates NBD announced that it intends to seek approvals from shareholders and regulators to boost its foreign ownership limit to 40 per cent—currently, foreigners hold five per cent of Emirates NBD shares and Dubai Govt owns a 55.76% stake. —Reuters