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19 April 2024

DIFC to seek comment on preferential regulations

By Staff Writer


The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) on Wednesday issued a consultation paper to seek comment on new Preferential Creditor Regulations under the DIFC Insolvency Law of 2004.


The regulations will protect the employees of any company at the DIFC that becomes insolvent by ensuring that they receive a preferential right to payment upon the company’s bankruptcy.


The proposed changes, drafted in consultation with an internationally renowned law firm, are aimed at making the Insolvency Law practical and comprehensible to all practitioners.


Dr Omar bin Sulaiman, Governor of the DIFC, said: “As the DIFC continues to be a catalyst for regional growth, development and diversification, we are committed to improving and expanding the legal and regulatory infrastructure in order to better serve our clients and their employees.”


The new regulations apply to only one class of preferential creditors, namely the employees in a DIFC-registered company, which goes into liquidation.

The Insolvency Law, issued in September 2004, set out provisions for preferential creditor regulations (Article 67 (2) to be passed at a subsequent date and it is in this context that these regulations have been drawn up. The proposed regulations will apply to all pending and future liquidations in the DIFC.


The proposed DIFC Preferential Creditor Regulation is posted on the DIFC website for public consultation.