Dubai: The UAE’s capital markets regulator will issue new regulations on bonds, sukuk and securitisation in the first half of next year, Obaid Al Za’abi, chief executive officer of the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), said in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

“We will put solid requirements on sukuk issuance. Also the governance laws will be local laws. They should comply with the local laws, not the common English laws or the other foreign laws,” he said while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by the SCA on Monday.

The authority also has submitted proposals to the competent authorities to scrap the maximum cap set for the sale of shares by shareholders when companies convert to joint-stock businesses.

The current companies law has set 30 per cent as the maximum limit for selling shares.

Al Za’abi said that the move will be carried out in compliance with international practices and industrial requirements.

On foreign ownership, he said the authority is currently working on two approaches. The first consists of the authority encouraging listed companies to increase the rate of foreigners’ ownership of shares to reach the set percentage of 49 per cent, while the second approach concerns the authority working with the Ministry of Economy to draft a new investment law.

He also pointed out that the SCA is working with UAE financial markets to provide a special platform for SMEs, which is expected to be announced by the beginning of 2019.

The SCA is also working to redraft regulations which will extend the power of penalties, supervision and enforcement according to International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) principles.