HOLT consultancy Ltd is an award winning professional compliance and risk management service provider, established in 2012 and based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
We operate in the financial services sector helping regulated and non-regulated firms to set up and operate in the DIFC.


We assist with Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) licence applications, provide outsourced Compliance Officers and Money Laundering Reporting Officers, provide governance and risk management solutions and deliver compliance training and AML training.


Our clients range from re(insurance) firms to firms providing asset management, wealth management, private banking, investment banking (M&A, corporate and project finance, trading, research), start-ups and branches.


Our Services

Setting up in the DIFC

HOLT consultancy provides step by step guidance and assistance to applicants wanting to set up in the DIFC including:   Project management of a licence application to perform…read more

Licence Variations

HOLT consultancy can help existing DFSA licence holders with licence upgrades, variations, enhancements and endorsements including:   Varying the scope of licence Upgrading an…read more

Compliance Support

HOLT consultancy provides Compliance Officers and MLROs on an outsourced basis or for temporary cover when there are unexpected staff absences.   Where the DFSA has…read more

Compliance Advice

Compliance Advice   Compliance is an independent control function that provides advice, issues policies, conducts training for the firm, and monitors a firm's activities.…read more

Compliance Reviews

Compliance reviews and compliance projects   ​Given our expert knowledge of the local regulatory landscape, we are able to perform compliance-related ad-hoc reviews and/or special…read more

Compliance Remediation

HOLT consultancy can help you to:   Prepare for a DFSA Regulatory Risk Assessment Implement corrective or disciplinary action that may be required following a regulatory risk…read more


We deliver training to firms in relation to compliance, anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing.   Training sessions are tailored to your business and are designed…read more


If you are looking to expand your compliance function, find a replacement Compliance Officer/MLRO or if you want to find a Compliance Officer with specific experience or skill set,…read more

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HOLT consultancy's new website

HOLT Consultancy is pleased to announce the launch of its completely redesigned website on its 6th anniversary.   Ben Holt, CEO of HOLT consultancy said "HOLT has been providing compliance services…
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HOLT consultancy 30x30 Dubai Fitness Challenge

HOLT consultancy employees are taking part in the Dubai 30x30 Fitness Challenge between 26 October 2018 and 24 November.   The team members each track 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days with…
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